Feng Shui is the Chinese philosophy of harmonizing the human existence with its surrounding environment. Creating a harmonious environment is one of the goals of interior decorating. In honor of the Chinese New Year we have decided to take this life practice and give you tips and tricks for creating tranquility in your home. You don’t need to use explicitly Chinese décor to have a good home energy, although traditional Chinese pieces may be some of your best finds. Follow these quick tips and Feng Shui your home!
Use Black to Anchor the Room
Black is full of energy and suggests sophistication and protection. Try incorporating a black mirror, table or chandelier to your entry way, kitchen or secondary space. Adding black in a heavy way to these spaces will create a focal point that ties in all other colors. You should feel a sense of added balance from the sharp lines this anchor creates.
Create Open Space
Today’s interior designers are all about open spaces; the current term for this is minimalistic and examples of this can be seen in almost every major home design publication.
Feng Shui embraces the idea of open space. To create openness in your home, first de-clutter anything that is unnecessary in that space and find the proper home for it.
The next step is to position any major furniture in the room in a place that makes it the focus. For example, try placing your bed in the center of the room so that you can access it from all angles.
This will more than likely give you the ability to see the door. Visibility of the door from your bed will create mental security and optimize rest within your bedroom.
Add Warm Colors
Pops of color are fashionable in home décor. Adding a touch of red or yellow to a room can make it feel warm. Feng Shui expert Rodika Tchi says that red is the color of warmth, passion and excitement, while yellow is the color of happiness and warmth but also symbolizes wealth.
Try adding a throw blanket, pillow or a decorative bowl in either color to warm up a neutral space. If you are feeling really daring try one of these colors as an accent wall or in a bold piece of furniture.
Add Geometric Circles
Geometric additions are all the rage in home décor today. Repeating circles are one way of adding in geometric design. Not only do geometric shapes add dimension to your home, but they are also engaging and relaxing to look at, adding balance and personality to your free space. Try these layering circles in the form of mirrors, hanging lights or a unique decorative find.