In order to understand how to feng shui your home, you’ll need a basic knowledge of feng shui principles.
Every element in your home has energy. Feng shui is the practice of balancing that energy.
The 5 elements of feng shui are: earth, water, fire, wood and metal. Good chi/energy means keeping all five elements balanced.
By balancing these five elements you can influence how your home feels.
Let’s start considering how each room in your home could effect your energy, health and wealth. In feng shui house rules, the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom are three of the most important rooms in your home. How you balance the energy in each of these spaces has an affect on your personal life.
Simply put, if feel your life’s not quite where you want it to be, check what’s missing in your home. Start with making some of these easy changes.
How to Feng Shui Your Home – Room by Room
1. How to Feng Shui Your Front Entry
The front entry of your home is where your home receives energy. Think of it as your home’s mouth where nourishment comes in. Creating an auspicious front entry way makes for an easy flow of good chi or energy into your home.
- The area around the front door should be level with no barriers such as walls or old pots.
- Make sure the front door is in perfect condition and opens and closes easily.
- Ideally the door should open inward to allow chi to come in.
- Paint the front door and be sure any loose hardware is tightened and working smoothly.
- Paint your front door in a color that harmonizes with the direction it faces:
- North facing door; blue, black, white or gray
- South facing door; red, purple, deep yellow, deep orange or pink, green or brown
- West facing door; white, gray, light yellow, beige, light brown
- East facing door; green, brown, blue, black, light yellow, beige, sandy brown
- Add a water feature and fresh flowers in pots.
2. How to Feng Shui Your Hallway
As you step through the front entry, your hallway or entryway represents an opportunity where good chi can enter your home. With long hallways, chi can rush through your home too quickly, but it’s easy to use remedies to slow it down. Decorate one side of the hallway with a gallery wall, or use mirrors to bounce light and energy. Placing a narrow hall table with a lamp midway down the hall is another one.
- Keep your hallway free of unnecessary clutter to allow good chi energy to flow freely.
- Keep coats and shoes in a closet or cabinet if possible.
- Place a mirror above a hall table but make sure it doesn’t face the door.
- Make sure there’s enough light either from windows, skylights or lamps.
- Don’t be afraid to use fresh green plants or flowers to encourage good chi and health.
- Long hallways can be broken up with art, rugs or plants to slow down any energy rushing through the home.
- In a long hallway, paint a wall opposite the front door to slow down chi entering the home.
3. How to Feng Shui the Kitchen
Our kitchen represents the nourishment, health and wealth of our family, so it’s a really important room to feng shui. If you’re starting to plan a kitchen, then by all means think about the most optimal kitchen layout for good energy. Without making major changes or renovations, it’s still possible to encourage good feng shui in your kitchen by paying attention to these essential ingredients.
- Your best stove top location is on an island so the cook is in a command position facing any entry.
- Ranges shouldn’t be under a window or opposite a door if possible.
- Ideally your oven will be in the south or southwest corner of the kitchen.
- Water and fire clash, so try not to have the stove and sink next to each other.
- Consider neutral colors for your kitchen; like white, soft gray and green.
- Avoid using red and black together, they represent fire and water so cancel each others energy out.
- Clear clutter from counter tops and cupboards to stop it draining your energy.
4. How to Feng Shui the Living Room
The living room represents family and gathering. Here’s a room in your home where even simple changes like furniture arrangement and color can have a big impact on how the room feels. For a better functioning living space, pay attention to where your furniture sits and clutter.
- Start by space clearing the room using sage smudging or essential oils.
- Open all the windows for 9 minutes, a lucky number. Why not clean them while you’re at it?
- Keeping your living room clutter free allows chi energy to flow easily.
- Use storage containers or cabinets to corral or display small items.
- Be intentional about each item in your living room. Does it have a purpose?
- Don’t try to squeeze an oversize sofa into a small space. Think about scale.
- Place your couch back against the main living room wall to support you.
- Don’t block windows or doors with furniture
- If your room doesn’t flow and causes stress, try rearranging furniture. Or paint it a different color.
5. How to Feng Shui Dining Room
Our dining room represents nourishment and prosperity and is closely linked in importance to the kitchen. Although it’s often a room that only gets used on special occasions, take some time to think about how you can make some small tweaks to nourish this space and your prosperity!
- A round or oval dining table is best to encourage easy communication.
- If a square or rectangular table would work better, make sure it has rounded corners and is placed on an angle.
- 6 or 8 dining chairs are ideal, ideally no one will have their back to a door or window.
- Don’t place the table underneath an exposed ceiling beam.
- Place fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit on the table to signify richness of life.
- Use a mirror on the wall to reflect the tables abundance.
- Don’t use a clock in the dining room, because it symbolizes abundance timing out.
- Make sure there’s no clutter or bills on the table.
- Keep yang items like TVs, stereos and phones out of the dining room.
6. How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom
Bedrooms represent the heart of the home and are considered the most important room in the home for feng shui. Because we spend so much time sleeping and relaxing in our bedrooms we want to make sure our personal needs are being supported. Your bedroom is all about you. Make it a sanctuary.
- Having your headboard against a solid wall encourages a feeling of security.
- Ideally a solid wood or upholstered bed supports you the best.
- Add bedside tables on either side of the bed for support and balance.
- Incorporate some curvy shapes like lamps for example, to create romantic energy.
- Avoid placing your bed under any beams, heavy lights or fans on the ceiling.
- If you’re not able to place the bed away from a beam, use a soft canopy between your bed and the ceiling
- Also avoid strong primary colors such as red, purple, black if you’re after a relaxing vibe.
- Choose muted or neutral colors for bedroom walls and bedding.
- Avoid placing mirrors where they may keep the room’s energy active or yang
7. How to Feng Shui Your Bathroom
Believe it or not, bathrooms are also very important in balancing your home’s feng shui. Bathrooms represent wealth. Just think about all the ways water can go down a drain in a bathroom and those are all the ways money can disappear! Let’s make sure you’re not flushing your money away.
- Keep bathroom doors closed at all times even when not in use.
- Avoid draining your wealth by always keeping the toilet lid down. This is good practice anyway!
- Always close the toilet lid when flushing. This stops germs spraying about and good chi going down the drain.
- If possible close sink and tub drains with a stopper when not in use.
- Keeping windows open will help clear bad chi from getting stuck.
- Adding live plants that get watered will slow down any wealth drain.
- Keep your bathroom uncluttered and don’t let waste accumulate.
Using this feng shui guide to change your homes’ energetic vibe is the key to loving your home, loving your life!