Tips to a Better Home with Feng Shui

Xin nian kuai le! (Happy New Year!)
The time is quite right to celebrate the Chinese New Year with Feng Shui tips! Since we all have beliefs and practices in preparation for New Year, let us intertwine Feng Sui with welcoming the Year of the Fire Rooster this 2017.
Admit it, Feng Shui is a belief we try to deny that it is necessary to consider on our spaces. But if we look at it on a definite perspective as a designer (set aside the elements, orientations and lucks), Feng Shui’s concepts are actually the epitome in planning and circulation of spaces. As space planning is particular with the circulation and flow of users, Feng Shui is all about the flow of energy in a space. It stimulates wellbeing by creating a balanced energy in your home and to improve all facets in life—careers, relationships, health and fortune.
To further rationalize practical designing with Feng Shui, here are some tips that are helpful for your home:

  1. Make a welcoming entry.

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Photo courtesy of Space Shift Studio, Arquitecto Pedro Livni
Basically, Feng Shui’s key advice is to declutter; and this is very important for the front door since this is where the energy will flow through. Minimalize putting some unnecessary furniture that might be blocking the flow of chi to your main door (like tables, chairs, etc.)
Another tip: If you’re thinking of where to put that water feature at your house, put it near the entry! Water element balances the flow of Fire—this provides a sense of stability and continuous flow of opportunities for your home.

2. A lively living room

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Tips to a Better Home with Feng Shui | Design Made Happy

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Living rooms should have seating arrangements that encourages conversations—having coffee tables, books. But avoid having all these things produce congested flow within the area that the living room will block the main door; it should have walkable and breathable space. Just keep in mind the flow of energy throughout your house.
Protective tips from Feng Shui: Sofas are recommended to have a wall or console behind it (not to lean at) and provide breathable space in between. And as for coffee tables, it is advisably to be of round shape; to elude pointy edges directed to people.

3. Plants bring life to your kitchen

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Photos courtesy of Nook Architects
Kitchen is a part of the feng shui trinity—alongside with the bedroom and bathroom. We understand that kitchen may be the busiest area of your home. But it is essential to keep all areas (especially the trinity) of our home clean to keep the flow of chi throughout the house. A clean kitchen attracts money!
The most critical area in the kitchen where we don’t notice dirt is at the top of the kitchen cabinets (one that has gap between the cabinet and ceiling soffit) where dusts buoy up the negative energy. The easy solution to oppose this is to provide indoor plants on top of the cabinets (don’t overdo it). These plants convert the negative chi into positive energy.
Bid goodbye to money plant: they get gangly when growing and tend to sag when decorated with charms. It is suggested to rather use a jade plant that has lush round leaves since it has sturdier stems and grows upward.

4. Keep all drains at the bathroom closed!

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Photos courtesy of Nico Van Der Meulen Architects
Water in feng shui is associated to wealth; and bathroom is the place where water goes out of the house. Despite that water will eventually replenish, it is still recommended to have all drains and toilet seat covered, tub plugholes plugged and the bathroom door closed at times when not in use.

Repair dripping faucets: although water released is considered flow of fortune, it is not the same thing when you have a broken faucet! Leaking water means that money is slipping thru your hands. Make sure faucets are shut tight so that fortune is kept tight on your hands.

5. Bedroom is a sacred place for feng shui, too!

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Photos courtesy of INT2 Architecture

Bedroom is probably the most important area of where chi should have a good flow since it is the place where you will spend most of your time to recharge (unconsciously). Your bed is the most important furniture in the room— that is why it should be in a ‘commanding position’ in feng shui. The bed should not front the bedroom door. Instead, it should be diagonally across the bedroom door with the headboard of the bed.
Feng shui tip for relationships: Place plants in your bedroom to improve romance in your life!

The year of the fire rooster or fire phoenix is named to be the time for transformation. It’s time to go over your space planning to have that good chi flowing on your home!

Ji Nian Daji! (Wish you luck in the year of the rooster!)

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