8 Simple Ways To Feng Shui Your Home

If you want to feel connected to where you live, you might want to cultivate good feng shui at home.

Practicing the art of feng shui can help attract positive energy and create a more balanced atmosphere at home. When you feel good vibes at home, chances are you’ll feel better about your life.

Practicing Feng Shui is about finding balance | Lens-Artists Challenge #12 - Path.

Practicing Feng Shui is about finding balance | Lens-Artists Challenge #12 – Path.

When you feel better about your home and life, chances are your everyday life will attract wealth, peace and prosperity.

Feng shui might seem overwhelming at first. But look closer and you’ll see feng shui is about creating a happier and healthier environment. Its principles are founded upon symbolic interior design rules and basic home organisation arrangement.

Pronounced foong shway, feng shui translates to wind (fēng, 风) and water (shuǐ, 水). Having been around since 9BC, it is aligned with the Five Elements of Chinese culture: wood, earth, fire, metal and water. A central theme of feng shui is chi (qi, 氣), encouraging positive flow of energy to create harmony and balance within spaces through design.

China is known to have developed the feng shui compass, the Luo Pan (luó pán, 羅盤). Legend has it around 25 BC the Luo Pan was presented to the Yellow Emperor Huang Di to assist in a heroic battle against evil wizards. Philosophers Lao Tzu and Confucius based their philosophies on feng shui. The Great Wall of China was designed with feng shui in mind and its curved wall symbolises favourable moving chi.

My Chinese-Malaysian parents have always lived by the traditional Chinese mentality and championed feng shui. For them, rooms and furniture have to be laid out a certain way.

Over the years, I’ve learnt there are meaningful reasons behind this behaviour. Notably, feng shui is more than just decluttering Marie-Kondo-style, more than minimalism and conscious mindfulness of our surroundings.

Maybe you’re wanting to redecorate your place or are looking at buying a house. Here are some easy ways to incorporate feng shui to feel more contented at home.

Quite a few of us are familiar with Feng Shui.

Quite a few of us are familiar with Feng Shui.

1. Choose the right location

Cultivate good feng shui by choosing a favourable area to live in. Where your home is located can affect the energy flowing through it.

For instance, a house located on the inside of a curved road or with the front door facing an oncoming T-junction is considered bad feng shui. Incoming vehicles directed towards your place is reminiscent of a collision course and symbolises ‘poison-arrow’ energy (shā qì, 煞).

Avoid living beside a dumpster or busy road. Some believe these locations cause you stress or you’ll constantly be at a cross roads with ‘blocked energy’.

Many Chinese property buyers in Melbourne prefer places with a good view on higher floors: facing a swimming pool or the sea, facing water symbolises wealth. Many also avoid living on the fourth floor as the number four is considered unlucky.

Certain directions bring around certain energies.

Certain directions bring around certain energies.

2. Keep a spacious front entrance

Keep your entrance area spacious to attract positive energy. If the front door is directly aligned with the back door, place a shelf or potted plant halfway to break up the straight line. This prevents chi coming in the front door from flowing directly out the back door, instead circulating chi through your home.

It’s desirable to have the front door open up to an open space as opposed right into a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. This directs energy flow to all corners of the home instead of chi dominating a certain room.

During the Lunar New Year, many Chinese tidy their entrance and leave the front door open to usher in prosperity. An open door signifies invitation, welcoming guests and camaraderie. Personally, I keep my front door locked at all times because I don’t want to get robbed. Instead I open the window during festive and summer seasons.

3. Have a supportive bed

Place your bed in the ‘command position’ so as to have a good view of your room, enhancing your inner chi, control and life vision. The door should be within your line of sight when you’re in bed.

Avoid having the foot of the bed directly facing the door as chi can run too powerfully towards the middle of the bed and cause diseases. Try not to have mirrors facing your bed as they reflect light and energy around the room, causing restlessness and perhaps attracting infidelity.

Also avoid placing the bed directly under a window as pollutants and outside noise can disrupt your sleep. Instead, make sure your bed has a solid headboard and leaning against a wall that isn’t adjacent to the toilet.

In Chinese culture, good feng shui and sleep support metaphorically equates to sleeping against a solid mountain that has got your back.

Running water equates to energy flowing through and through.

Running water equates to energy flowing through and through.

4. Invest in water

As one of the Five Elements, water is symbolic of abundance, wealth and nourishment. Drinkable water is a vital commodity in China where water is scarce in some areas.

Consider getting a water feature in your home. You could set up an outdoor pond with koi fishes and a waterfall in your front yard.

Alternatively you could get an indoor decorative water fountain for your desk or hallway – with water flowing inwards and not facing the door. Having running water around not only adds incoming wealth but also prosperity.

5. Get some plants

Plants are symbolic of abundance and continuous growth. They radiate harmonious energy simply by being living things.

Liven up your home with indoor plants such as bamboo plants or money plants. Also known as epipremnum aureum or Devil’s Ivy, they are easy to care for and represent luck. For a pop of colour, perhaps bring home some cherry blossom stalks which are believed to bring good health.

Think twice about getting spiky plants like cacti. These plants are generally considered bad feng shui, bringing about nervous energy. On the flipside cacti can be seen as resonating protective energy.

A touch of growth with the presence of greenery.

A touch of growth with the presence of greenery.

6. Choose a balanced colour scheme

In feng shui, colour correlates with the Five Elements in Chinese culture. Notably:

  • Red (fire) corresponds to energy and simulation.
  • Yellow (fire) is linked to power and patience.
  • Black (metal) represents career.
  • Grey (metal) signifies helpful people.
  • Brown (wood) is about stability.
  • Green (wood) symbolises health and wealth.
  • Blue (water) illustrates career and wisdom.

It’s common in Chinese homes to colour code each room according to geographic direction. For instance, painting the East-facing wall and having wood furniture in the living room activates the wood element.

To counter inauspicious chi, try painting your walls a lighter colour such as a light cream or grey shade. These shades are favourable for the bedroom and bathroom, encouraging you to rejuvenate and counter negative chi from waste water.

You might also want to choose colours from each element group when decorating your living room. This helps create a sense of balanced well-being and improved mood. For instance you could have a light grey couch with peach-coloured pillows – attracting kindness and luck while making your room colour-coordinated.

7. Clear clutter

Clutter at home adds up to negative chi. This can lead to stuck energy or blocked energy from fear and pessimism of being careless with your possessions.

Declutter your home and clear out unwanted items to feel refreshed again. Downsize your closet that is bursting at the seams. Pick up knick-knacks scattered on the floor. Empty overflowing trash bins. Sweep your floors. Wash your bedsheets.

While I’m not a minimalist, I like my place organised and tidy. Putting things away and seeing a clean, well-arranged space makes me feel more comfortable at home.

With space and light comes a sense of openness and possibilities.

With space and light comes a sense of openness and possibilities.

8. Let in light

Pull up your blinds and curtains. Let natural lighting and sunshine stream through your windows. Add mirrors around your home to reflect light and make rooms appear bigger.

Light is associated with the fire element and is symbolic of stimulating warmth and energy. The brighter our home, the more inviting it will seem. After all, our eyes are drawn to light and ambient lighting stimulates conversation.

Part of me likes the blinds down and not exposing my home to the world. Another part of me also likes pulling back the blinds on warm summer evenings, letting that sunset come through the windows.

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There are different approaches to feng shui. Some might believe in Chinese philosophy and turn to feng shui consultants to get the most out of their homes. Others might view feng shui from a more Western-inclined mindset, focusing on arranging spaces based on architectural aesthetics.

Neuroscience and architectural research by sociologist Dr John Zeisel suggests man-made environments affects your mind and that in turn effects how you respond to your surroundings. It’s interesting to note the common differences in the design of gardens: many Western gardens lean towards square layouts and showcase artificial man-made beauty, while classical Chinese gardens tend to be more softly curved in layout, imitating nature as much as possible.

Each of us interpret Feng Shui on our own terms.

Each of us interpret Feng Shui on our own terms.

Does feng shui actually work? Few studies have been done on the effectiveness of feng shui. A study in 2017 by Auckland University of Technology looked at the relationship between feng shui and hotel success. The study found two accommodation properties with poorest feng shui ratings had the weakest success ratings in terms of occupancy and profit.

At the end of the day, your home is your most personal space. Make your space your own based on what you like and what makes you tick. There’s nothing like making your home yours and feeling connected to it – a space where you can simply be yourself.

Do you practice feng shui?

219 thoughts on “8 Simple Ways To Feng Shui Your Home

  1. Well written post, Mabel!

    For me, I only practice Fengshui, if it makes common sense. For example, having plants around the house is good (until my cats kill them with their pee).

    I also don’t like the idea of sleeping with my feet facing the door (fengshui says it’s like sleeping to invite your soul out) but for me, I like to be aware of anyone coming through the door and if I sleep on my side facing the door, I can sense the intruder better.

    I won’t pay for a master to come and view my house for fengshui. But if you are interested in learning more about fengshui, go ahead and google how Macau casinos obsessively engaged fengshui masters.

    You may find this tidbit interesting: A fengshui master once advised Lee Kuan Yew that for Singapore to be prosperous, every household needs to have ba gua in them. Well, it is impossible to impose all religion and races to have ba gua in their household so he made all our $1 coin with an octagon outline. This way, everyone in Singapore will carry a ba gua or at least have a ba gua in their household or offices.

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    • That is logical reasoning why you practice Feng Shui, Kally. Thank you so much for sharing. Sorry to hear your cats killed your plants with their pee…but it’s hilarious!

      It is wise to sleep facing the door. When you are sleeping and resting the least you want to do is turn around and watch your back for anyone watching you. In general, I think we feel more comfortable with our surroundings when we know we are not being watched. Macau casinos are successful, and it would be interesting to study their layout and Feng Shui 🙂

      That is such an interesting tidbit about the $1 Singapore coin. Never knew that and never noticed! Such a clever way to filter Feng Shui all over Singapore, and it’s a city that is fast growing and developed in the world today. Amazing.

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  3. By no means do I claim to know everything about Chinese Culture, I don’t, but I have found that I like almost everything about the culture that I have learned. There is only one thing that I know of that I simply have not been able to enjoy though and that is Chinese or other Oriental Cultures, food. I liked this article so I am going to reblog it for you ma’am.

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    • Thanks, Old Poet. There’s always something to learn about other cultures. Chinese culture is very dense, and there is always much to learn about it. Perhaps one day you will get the chance to have some Chinese or other Asian cuisines. Good luck with that.

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  4. Loved this … I’ve always been interested in the subject yet have only dabbled with keeping tidy! I’d love to learn more about the flow of energy. I shall follow your posts!

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    • Very well said, Lucy. Decluttering your mind before you can declutter your surroundings. I like that. With a clear mind, you can start planning and organising the space around you, and your life ahead.

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  6. Very informative article, Mabel. Maybe I should incorporate some of them at home.

    I don’t particularly believe in practices that don’t really make much sense to me even if you explain it. But I appreciate them when they do make sense. For instance, about the clutter. It’s true that we really need to de-clutter as much as possible. Clutter clutters the mind and you can’t focus. That said, I really like the physical aspect of things sometimes. I love nice gardens, for instance. I love plants and water fountains around me. I love chimes. They all do calm the senses.

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    • If you don’t believe in something, you don’t. You probably believe in something else, lol. Physical aspects and aesthetics can certainly be pleasing. It sounds like a nice garden helps you relax and chill 😛 I’m not sure if I’ll ever have chimes at my place…wouldn’t want them to be chiming all night long when I’m trying to sleep lol.

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  7. I don’t believe in Feng Shui, I am not Chinese after all. However, I like its design aesthetics. It makes for a well laid out and light filled place mostly. How nice is it to move around the house with a certain order and balance.

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  8. Thanks for making Feng Shui approachable in this blog post, Mabel! I liked “plants” and “minimizing clutter.” I have read recently that having soil-based plants in one’s home bring beneficial microbes that we all used to have in our homes back when we were less industrialized. I’ve never been a very good indoor-plant person, but I’m thinking of adding some succulents and seeing how they go. I do have one low-light and environmentally tolerant plant, called the Iron Plant or Peace Lily, a large floor-based specimen that I put in the back left corner of the home, hopefully a place of abundance. And we’ve been working on decluttering for a while now, I’m liking the results. Makes you feel more peaceful not having tons of things in your view when you’re relaxing in your home. A sense of “space abundance,” right? 🙂

    I have read that mirrors can help the energy flow more freely in Feng Shui. Any comments on that? Thanks, Mabel?

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    • Like you, I am not an indoor-plant person and really not a house plant person at all. If you get the succulents, who knows, maybe you will enjoy them. You can always give them to another home if it doesn’t work out 🙂 Iron Plant or Peace Lily – I’ve seen quite a few of those in some houses I’ve visited, and they always stand out and give a pop of colour the the surroundings. Good luck on decluttering further. It can be quite a process…it’s an ongoing project I’ve got. And you know, sometimes you get rid of old stuff and get new things and everything sort of piles up again lol.

      On mirrors and Feng Shui: it’s good to use a mirror as a means to add light to one’s space, and hang whole mirrors – no mirros with sharp edges as ‘wholeness’ is important in Chinese cultures. I’ve heard it’s not wise to place mirrors in your bedroom as it can reflect energy as you sleep at night. That said, mirrored sliding closet doors these days are common and pretty much acceptable these days…I guess so long as the mirror isn’t directly facing or reflecting the bed, that’s okay.

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  9. An informative and fascinating look into Chinese culture here, Mabel. I’ve heard of feng shui, but thanks to your well-written article, I get a lovely view into your culture and recognize that we global citizens have so much in common in so many ways! Blessings. 🙂

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