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Feng Shui for Beginners: Simple Tips for a Harmonious Living Space

by DecorMatters|Feb 22, 2023

Have you ever felt stressed or uncomfortable within your own home? You're not alone. Our living space has a significant impact on our physical and emotional well-being, which is where Feng Shui comes into play.

The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui is centered around creating a balanced and harmonious living environment that supports and enhances your personal life. In this blog post, we're going to show you how you can incorporate Feng Shui in your home today.

Japandi feng shui inspired dining room 

📸: @esmael.abdelhamed

You don't need to be a Feng Shui expert to get started. We'll cover the basics and provide you with simple yet transformational tips to revamp your home into a peaceful oasis that promotes relaxation, creativity, and positive energy flow. From de-cluttering to furniture layout, color psychology to incorporating plants, we've got everything you need.

The Five Elements of Feng Shui

The Five Elements in Feng Shui are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each element represents a different energy and has specific properties that can be used to enhance or alter the energy flow in your living space.

Reading nook inspired by feng shui 

📸: @carleyscamera

Wood is associated with growth, life, and resilience. To incorporate the Wood element in your home, you can add plants and trees, wooden furniture, flowers, or decor accents representing the leaves and sky.

Fire symbolizes passion, energy, and boldness. To bring the Fire element into your space, you can use candles, a fireplace, or decor in shades of red, orange, pink, or purple.

Earth is associated with stability, nourishment, and grounding. To incorporate the Earth element, add images of landscapes and use earthy colors, such as brown and beige, or add decor made of stone, clay, or brick.

Metal represents clarity, logic, and efficiency. To bring the Metal element into your home, you can use round or oval shapes and incorporate metallic decor accents, mirrors, or decor in shades of white, silver, or gray.

Water represents calmness, reflection, and wisdom. To incorporate the Water element in your space, you can use a water fountain, aquarium, or decor in shades of blue or black.

Feng shui bathroom inspiration 

📸: @leclairdecor 

It is important to not overdo each element in a room, as when surrounded by too much of one element, the effects can be negative. So, take some time to assess your space and see where you can add more of these elements to enhance energy flow and create a home that feels both balanced and beautiful.

Energy Flow Through Furniture and Decor

The placement of furniture and decorations is a crucial aspect of Feng Shui. The way you arrange your furniture can either enhance or disrupt the flow of energy.

Dining room inspired by feng shui

📸: @ekamato.design 

Every room in our home has a unique function, and the placement of furniture should reflect that. For instance, the living room is centered around socialization and conversation, so you can create an inviting atmosphere through chairs and sofas. In the bedroom, the bed should be positioned in a way that allows for clear energy flow from the door into the room, and a sense of security and privacy as we rest.

Feng shui tip using mirrors to create a brighter space 

📸: @styleby_isaolsen

Decorations can also improve energy flow. Mirrors are often used to enhance natural light, but too many can disrupt the flow of energy. Plants are a brilliant way to bring life and energy to a space, but be sure to place them in areas with good natural light and proper care.

Color Your Way to Harmony

Colors are not just about aesthetics - they also play a crucial role in creating a harmonious living space according to Feng Shui. Each color represents an element and has the power to evoke different emotions and energies.

Feng shui inspired coloful nook 

📸: @fengshui.home

For example, red is associated with the Fire element and can ignite passion, creativity, and energy. Green symbolizes the Wood element and can be used to promote growth, vitality, and balance. Blue is associated with the Water element and can bring spirituality and relaxation.

The emotions you want to evoke will vary depending on the function of the room. For example, in the bedroom, calming colors like blue or white will promote rest and serenity. In your home office, energizing colors like red or gold can stimulate creativity and productivity.

colorful home office inspired by feng shui 

📸: @kelseyleighdesignco

Remember, balance is key! Avoid overwhelming a room with too much of one color and instead, aim for a harmonious combination. Feng Shui color combinations include earth tones in the living room for grounding, yellow and orange in the kitchen for energy, and pale green and blue in the bedroom for relaxation.

Natural Light and Air Flow

Natural lighting and free-flowing air promote a sense of positivity, vitality, and well-being. It is what makes the room feel like an environment, and the home feels like a sanctuary.

So, how can you let the sunlight in and improve airflow? Start by removing any heavy curtains or furniture blocking the windows and let the natural light pour in. We also recommend adding indoor plants to help purify the air. If you want to go above and beyond, consider adding some skylights or roof windows to bring in an abundance of natural light and ventilation.

feng shui inspired bedroom

📸: @throughthegreydoor

Creating a more open and airy space can also be achieved through some simple design tricks. Use light-colored paint or wallpaper, and mirrors to reflect light and create the illusion of space. Additionally, lightweight furniture and fabrics will promote flow and make your space feel more free and open.

The Balance of Nature

For all you nature lovers, incorporating plants and natural elements into your home decor is not only trendy but also good for your soul, and a key component of Feng Shui.

To bring the outdoors inside, spice up your living space with greenery and natural materials. From succulents to stones and crystals, the possibilities are endless. You can even create an indoor plant jungle, outdoor garden, and cozy reading nook surrounded by greenery.

Bathroom inspired by feng shui 

📸: @seanandersondesign

Natural materials like bamboo and rattan will enhance the connection with the outdoors. Plus, you can add water features for a soothing ambiance, and diffuse organic essential oils for a relaxing aroma. By incorporating these elements into your home, you can create a living space that is sustainable and free-flowing.

Try Feng Shui in your Home Today

Congratulations! You’ve learned the basics of Feng Shui and are ready to transform your living space into a harmonious oasis of positive vibes and good energy.

Get creative with furniture layouts, choose colors that evoke emotion, bring in natural light and airflow, and connect your home with the outdoors. You'll notice the difference immediately - a more peaceful, relaxing, and rejuvenating living space that will have you feeling like a whole new person.

feng shui living room designed by our app users on decormatters app

📸: @juliavb

And if you're really serious about taking your Feng Shui game to the next level, try the DecorMatters iOS app! With its virtual interior design features, you can play around with all kinds of Feng Shui techniques and see the results in your real rooms. We’d love for you to join our community of 10M designers and make your home the sanctuary of your dreams!

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