Every household needs at least one room set up in a peaceful style. Learn how to use the art of feng shui in your own home decor to promote a sense of calm.
The outside world can be demanding and hectic, but your home should be your sanctuary. If walking in your door doesn’t cause you to relax your shoulders and leave the stress behind immediately — you need a change. It might be time for some home decor revamping.
Your family life and routine may prevent you from having an entirely calm and peaceful home. But there needs to be at least one space you can go to when you want to relax and unwind.
It doesn’t require a lot of room to create a small getaway haven if you do it right. Interior decorators use the art of feng shui when they want to infuse serenity into a room.
Feng shui is a design principle that focuses on balance, harmony, and the flow of objects’ energy. It’s often used by architects and builders to consider how spatial arrangements will restrict or allow that energy.
You can benefit from their professional tricks with these five tips for a peaceful space.
1. Minimize Clutter
The premise of feng shui is that the objects around you have energy. They’re alive, in a way, and that energy speaks to you.
When you have a lot of clutter, you have a lot of distractions sapping your peace. With all the problems in your daily life and the world today, your home should be your sanctuary. Extra clutter jumps into your mind like the rest of your worries and adds to your stress.
To focus on reenergizing yourself in your home, away from more toxic environments, you need to decrease clutter. Storage baskets, drawers, and other hidey-hole are perfect for keeping your stuff without it being insight.
As you go through the decluttering process, try to cut anything that doesn’t serve a purpose. Even if you can’t see it, the energy is still there.
2. Create Light Wherever Possible
In keeping with the energy idea of feng shui, there needs to be a lot of light and airflow in a space. This allows the energy to ebb and flows rather than pile up in a closed area.
With a decluttered space, it’s easier for the energy to move throughout the room. If you have windows on opposite sides of the area, that’s even better. Open them as much as you can to really get the currents flowing and let in the fresh air.
If you don’t have windows, mirrors or furniture with glass panes will work. Keep them clean and put a lamp in front of them. This reflects the light to a larger area.
Add some lamps in the dark corners as well. Chase out all the negative energy with moving air and bright light.
3. Use Plants as Part of Your Decor
Plants are, quite literally, alive, and their energy is peaceful and healing. The life-force of a plant, called the “chi,” promotes productivity and boosts happiness.
Most people believe that the ultimate goal in life is growth. Because of this aim, the idea of a plant that is growing alongside you is a subconscious boost to your psyche. The flower, tree, or shrub then extends to be a natural part of your life when you’re in that room.
Keep your greenery in spaces where you spend a lot of time and want to be productive, like the kitchen and office.
If you want a plant in your bedroom for the air purifying benefits, that’s a good idea. Place it away from your bed or get a calming variety to avoid the rejuvenating energy when you’re trying to sleep.
4. Bring in Strategic Colors
In the style of feng shui, colors have energy as well. This is why you traditionally see certain hues used in doctors’ offices and hospitals. Matte white and eggshell and light blues or greens are thought to have a relaxing effect on people.
You can use any color you’d like in your home. Once you get to know the energy associated with each shade, you’ll be able to match it to the room.
Choose your hues strategically for the feeling you’re trying to encourage, like:
- Orange for happiness and confidence
- Blue for health and knowledge growth
- Yellow for clarity and wisdom
- Green for balance and peace
- Purple for creativity and inspiration
- Red for confidence and passion
Remember that feng shui is about balance, too. Use your energy colors in harmony with complementary neutrals in the rest of the room.
5. Add Balance with Opposites
Feng shui operates on a yin and yang principle of balance. Everything must complement each counterpart. For example, a tapered candle on one end of a mantle has to have a matching candle on the other.
Opposites are also common in balance and harmony. You’ll often see yin and yang depicted in black and white. Yin is the female side, representing the moon and darkness. Yang is the male balance, showing the heavens and light.
You don’t have to use the typical black and white colors, but you do need to choose a masculine and feminine combination.
Try one of these feng shui balances with your color scheme:
- Black and gold
- Red and gray
- Olive and eggshell
- Navy and white
Keep the balance going in your artwork and furniture. Shapes and accessories should balance, also.
Feng shui principles, whether you believe in the philosophy behind them or not, have a way of bringing peace and tranquility into a room. Because of this, the style is popular in homes all over the world.
With these five interior decor tips, you, too, can enjoy the benefits of serenity and balance in every room of your house.
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the conventional housing industry and works with Alexan on 20th Street Station on a daily basis to help them with their marketing efforts.