Nine Tips to Improve Your Home’s Feng Shui
Even the most primitive organisms on earth instinctively read their environment. If the energy is positive and providing them with the vitality they need, they move toward it. If the energy is not fulfilling their needs and they are weaker, then they intuitively move away from it. When we humans experience the same thing, Westerners often call that “bad vibes.”
Throughout Feng Shui’s 5,000-7,000 year history, the guiding principle remains the same: the pursuit of the most advantageous and harmonious place to live and work. Today we will share nine core elements that bring a home “good vibes.” Why nine? It’s considered a lucky number, as are three and 27.
1 – The Main Entrance – Outside
The house should have the front door facing the street, rather than leading to either side. The front door should be elevated a bit, with a few steps up to a porch. The porch should have ample exterior lighting. There’s more on this subject published on https://tfi.design/blog/your-main-entrance-thedoor-to-opportunity-2/ Be sure to read it if you missed it on 4/10/22.
2 – The Front Yard
The yard should have a colorful presence with lots of healthy plants. There should be a walkway to the front door, preferably meandering, rather than straight. Plants should not overhang the walkway, (and impede visitors and Ch’i/Qi -energy- from easily getting to your front door) so if they creep on or over the walkway, trim them up.
3 – The Main Entrance – Inside
The entry is the most important part of a structure. In feng shui, it’s called the Mouth of Ch’i. Just as one must take in oxygen and nourishment, the home or office must have a good entry to allow good Ch’i to enter. This area should be keep neat and uncluttered. Many Chinese families keep a shoe rack near the front door, and supply slippers for inside wear. The door, both inside and out, should be beautifully maintained. It should be
able to open completely, and swing easily. If it squeaks, fix it with WD-40. If the door knob doesn’t work well, replace it with one that does. If the hinges are rusty, replace them. If the home doesn’t have a foyer/entry area, then think about ways in which you can make an entry. (This can be done using furniture placement or actually building a partial or full wall, for example.)
4 – The Home’s Flow of Ch’i/Qi/Energy
Our blood vessels are channels that carry blood throughout our bodies. The function of blood vessels is to deliver blood to the organs and tissues in your body. Blood supplies them with the oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly. Similarly, Ch’i/Qi flows through our home’s various rooms, carrying energy to the parts of our lives (wealth, health, partnerships, career and more) that are needed to thrive. Therefore taking a look at your floor plan can give you a pretty good idea of how you might place your furniture so that you feed these areas with nourishment.
5 – The Home Office/Den/Study
It’s ideal to have your Office/Den/Study sit in the front left side of the home as you stand at the front door. Within the room, you should to be able to place your desk so that you are facing the door when sitting at it without being in direct line with the door.
6 – The Master Bedroom
The master bedroom should really be at the back of the home, ideally in the back right corner as you stand in the front doorway. You should to be able to place your bed so that as you lay in it, you can see the door without being in direct line with it. You should have a door at the entrance to the master bath from the bedroom, as well.
7 – The Kitchen
It’s ideal to have your kitchen placed on the back left side of the floor plan. You should be able to stand at the cooktop/stovetop to cook while facing the entrance to the kitchen, without being in direct line with the entrance. This means an island or peninsula is almost always the ideal location for the cooktop, although you then need to add an exhaust fan in the middle of the room for practical purposes. If you don’t have an island/ peninsula on which your cooktop sits, consider using a mirror on your backsplash.
8 – The Bathrooms
Let’s face it: bathrooms didn’t exist 5,000-7,000 years ago. So basically we want to minimize the negative impact of our waste products. Ideally, we don’t want to see the toilet when we walk into the bathroom. Placing it behind a linen closet, partial wall, or frosted glass divider is ideal if your bathroom doesn’t have a separate toilet room.
9 – Long Hallways
The Ch’i/Qi flows too quickly down a long hallway, so anytime you can put up art to slow the flow down, it’s a good plan. Good lighting is also important to the feng shui of a long hallway. Stairways also present a problem, because like water, the Ch’i/Qi flows too quickly on stairs leading down to a lower floor, and too slowly up stairs. Placing beautiful artwork at the top or bottom of the stairs can help mitigate the speed of the flow of energy.
Are there more factors? Oh yes, many, many more. Send a question with a floor plan and pictures, (as that really helps envision your layout.) Send it to Shelley@TFI.design and we’ll get back ASAP. We can also set up an appointment where we visit your home or office to get a first hand set of suggestions from an expert for your unique and specific circumstances.
Transformations for Interiors practices BTB (also called Modern, Black Sect or Black Hat) Feng Shui, so there’s an adjustment for your space in virtually all circumstances. We adjust the ch’i of a home or office to bring beneficial and balanced energies. You can then live and work most joyfully… and effectively! We help you create balance in your home or office, maximizing your comfort and happiness. Contact us (https://
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