8 Simple Ways To Good Feng Shui In Your Home

Our home is where we want to feel at home. Practicing the art and science of Feng Shui is one way we can make this happen, possibly bringing around peace, wealth and overall positivity to our lives.

Feng Shui, pronounced foong shway, translates to wind (fēng, 风) and water (shuǐ, 水). It is a Chinese means of creating harmony and balance within our personal and professional spaces through design, centring around the flow of energy (Chi or qi, 氣) and the yin and yang. The practice is closely aligned with the Five Elements of Chinese culture: wood, earth, fire, metal and water.

Feng Shui is about balance.

Feng Shui is about balance.

My parents always lived by the traditional Chinese mentality, and they’ve always been keen on aligning the places we lived in Australia and South East Asia with the elements of Feng Shui. For them, rooms and furniture have to be laid out a certain way. Although I learnt why my parents are meticulous about Feng Shui, it’s not something I’m sold on today. At least not completely.

Feng Shui has been around since the 9 BC or maybe even earlier, and China is known to have developed the Feng Shui compass which is also known as 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. Taoist philosophers including Lao Tzu in the Zhou period (600 BC) and Confucius during the Han dynasty (206 BC) related their principles to the concept of Feng Shui. The Great Wall of China was designed based off the principles of Feng Shui with the curved wall signifying constantly moving qi.

Today Feng Shui is practised all over the world by Chinese communities and really anyone who believes in it. Good Feng Shui often means feeling a sense of peace within our spaces: control over our home, control over our lives. Whether we’re moving into yet another rental place or renovating the house we’ve lived in for over a decade, it’s a time where we may think more about incorporating Feng Shui at home.

Quite a few of us are familiar with feng shui.

Quite a few of us are familiar with feng shui.

Tips for good Feng Shui at home

1. Location and view

Location may affect the energy flowing towards and through the place where we live. A house located on the inside of a curved road or with the front door facing an oncoming T-junction is usually considered to have bad Feng Shui: metaphorically speaking the ‘strong and fast’ energy of incoming vehicles goes right towards your place, reminiscent of collision course and deemed a ‘poison-arrow’ (shā qì, 煞氣). The same can be said of a house located right beside a dumpster, a busy station or road. Some believe those living around such locations bring suffer more loss and stress or might constantly find themselves at a cross roads facing ‘blocked energy’.

It’s no surprise many Chinese are keen on choosing places with a good view: facing a swimming pool or the sea (water symbolises wealth) or higher apartment floors to avoid traffic noises or nosy passerbys. Choosing a place with auspicious numbers (such as 2, 6, 8, and doing away with number 4 floors in some Asian countries) is also common. In Australia, real estate agents note Chinese property buyers in Melbourne don’t mind paying more for these kinds of properties. Less noise and commotions outside, the more one can relax in peace at home.

Certain directions bring around certain energies.

Certain directions bring around certain energies.

2. Door placement

A house where the front door is directly aligned with the back door is generally not desirable. This conjures up the image that energy coming in from the front flows out directly. The front door leading to a relatively open space as opposed to an enclosed a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom is more ideal With such a floor plan, all the more energy anchored in the centre of the house can flow to all corners of the home instead of qi dominating a certain room.

An open door is also symbolic of invitation, welcoming guests as much as welcoming camaraderie and energy. During the Lunar New Year, many Chinese tidy their front door entrance and leave the door open for good luck to usher in prosperity. Personally, I keep my front door locked at all times because I rather not have any stranger any enter my house. Not taking any chances with any unlocked doors at home, and I prefer opening the window instead around the New Year and summer seasons.

3. Bedroom

The bedroom is probably our most personal room at home. It could be the room we call our very own or share with someone who means the world to us. Placing the bed in a ‘command position’ facing the door is preferred, but not directly under a window as qi may fly out (rushing air and outside noise filtering through can disrupt sleep). Same goes for sleeping on a bed directly facing a mirror as this is believed to be symbolic of infidelity and one might get more nightmares about themselves.

Also, one side of the bed against a wall is said to disrupt the flow of qi around the room. For good Feng Shui and added sleep support, the top of the bed should have a headboard leaning against a wall (but not against a wall with the toilet on the other side).

In Chinese culture, good sleep support goes with the analogy of sleeping against a solid mountain – resting against something that has got your back. Personally, sleeping directly under a window is not something I like; as someone who likes to wake up at midday on days to myself, even with the blinds down light filters in. As for headboards, never been a fan of them and I prefer stacking pillows over each other as a means of supporting my back, head and neck while sleeping.

Running water equates to energy flowing through and through.

Running water equates to energy flowing through and through.

4. Water fountain

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

Whenever I visit my Chinese relatives in Malaysia, a common sight inside their house or outside in their garden is a water feature. They might have water fountains or fish ponds with goldfish or koi fish. These fish are reminiscent of gold and together with running water, water features are symbolic of incoming flowing wealth through and through.

5. Plants

Apart from water features, plants are also a frequent find in homes with good Feng Shui, representing abundance and continuous growth. Indoor plants such as bamboo plants, money plants (also known as Epipremnum aureum or the Devil’s Ivy) and fake cherry blossom stalks are popular in many Chinese homes. Some say indoor plants help purify the air but there aren’t concrete studies on this. Spiky plants such as cacti are generally considered bad Feng Shui as they are deemed to bring about nervous bouts of energy – but on the flipside cacti can be seen as resonating protective energy.

The only greenery I have in my apartment is a small potted plant gifted by my parents. It sits in the corner of the living room, and sometimes I forget to water it. A lot of the time I forget it’s even there.

A touch of growth with the presence of greenery.

A touch of growth with the presence of greenery.

6. Colour choices

Colour in Feng Shui strongly correlates with the Five Elements in Chinese culture as well. Red and yellow are reminiscent of fire/relationships, black represents metal/luck, brown is all about earth/knowledge, green symbolises wood/health/wealth and blue illusrates water/career.

It’s common in Chinese culture to colour code the home by type of room and geographic direction: for instance, paint the living room which is facing East to activate the wood element. To counter inauspicious waste water (yang) and negative qi in the bathroom, lighter cream and white (yin) colours are favourable. Earthly dark brown and dark muted red tones are also popular colour schemes in many Asian homes as these shades offer a sense of groundness – a stark contrast to white and black minimalistic modern looks very much popular in the West these days.

I’m not keen on colouring up my home that much. White and cream coloured walls, carpet and tiles is the way I like it as the darker the ambience and furniture, the more I feel like I’m ‘caved in’ so to speak. That said, I do like a splash of light blue here and there (blue couch, blue stuffed monkey that is not Mr Wobbles on the shelf) – blue is my favourite colour and I feel calm looking at blue.

7. Clear clutter

Clutter at home can add up negative qi. Closets bursting to the seams, knick-knacks scattered on the floor and overflowing trash bins equates to untidiness (which is a matter of perspective…). Clutter is arguably stuck energy, blocked energy from fear and pessimism as a result of being a rather careless or absent-minded with our possessions. While I’m not much of a minimalist, I do like my living quarters organised and tidy, putting things away in their ‘proper place’ and if I need anything, I can get it right away.

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

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

8. Space and light

Light represents the fire element and is symbolic of stimulating warmth and growth. Minimal clutter along with light shining in through windows, the more inviting and comfortable our home may be. After all, the eye is drawn to light and ambient lighting stimulates conversation during the day.

While I like natural light and enjoy warm walks under the sun, having the blinds up and letting sunlight in is not something I’m a fan of at home. In fact, having the blinds up at home makes me feel awfully exposed to the world. When I was house hunting a while back, it surprised me how many modern apartments and houses have floor to ceiling windows, places which I quickly passed up.

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Feng Shui may be practised every now and then. Many Chinese reassess Feng Shui at home around the Lunar New Year, and it is practised to mark new beginnings, milestones, change and self-improvement. Practising Feng Shui is a choice to make a change, and when we make a change chances are our life might change.

Notably, Feng Shui parallels the concept of mindfulness. To put it simply, mindfulness is about being aware of one’s surroundings and being in the present. This is what Feng Shui is essentially about: taking note of our surroundings and making connections about these surroundings based on practicality, taste and long-held beliefs.

Each of us interpret Feng Shui on our own terms.

Each of us interpret Feng Shui on our own terms.

There are different approaches to Feng Shui. Some might see Feng Shui from the traditional a Chinese cultural perspective and others from a Western mindset – philosophy vs science, soft science vs hard science, superstition vs proven methodology. Neuroscience and architectural research by sociologist Dr John Zeisel argues man-made environments affect us and we in turn have an effect on our surroundings with our actions – this is a basis of Feng Shui. Moreover, it’s interesting to note the differences in the design of different gardens: many European gardens tend to lean towards artificial beauty and showcase man dominating over nature, while classical Chinese gardens tend to reflect symmetry and imitate nature.

Does Feng Shui work? Is it an art and science that all just boils down to common sense? Or is it something we’re inclined to believe because it worked for others throughout history? 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, and found two accommodation properties with poorest Feng Shui ratings had the weakest feelings of success (whatever success means since we all define it differently…).

Taking care of our homes, means taking care of ourselves.

Taking care of our homes, means taking care of ourselves.

At the end of the day, we want to be comfortable at home, comfortable in our most personal space where we can just be ourselves. I’ve always been a believer in making our space our own based on what we like and makes us tick. There’s nothing like making something ours and feeling connected to it, and feeling like we can just be ourselves.

Taking care of our homes, we take care of ourselves.

Do you practice Feng Shui?

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100 thoughts on “8 Simple Ways To Good Feng Shui In Your Home

  1. Love this post! I learnt so much my friend! I always remember from Feng Shui that a bed should face the door. That has always stuck in my mind. I love the idea of incorporating the elements to create good energy. Lots of light, plants and water! That sounds like an ideal place to live. Also yay to the Mr Wobbles reference! We miss you, hope you’re well xx

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    • Thank you so much my friend! The bed facing the door is something to keep in mind, facing but not directly in line with the door XD Nothing like a home where you feel connected to everything around you. Miss you too my friend! Hope to see you very soon ❤

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  2. I heard about the door alignment (and that back and front should not be directly aligned – and also heard that if the stairs are right there by the front door – that is not good – and our home has neither of these)
    I like how you noted that you lock your door – and whew – good wisdom.
    We keep our door locked and I actually used to harp on my boys to make sure dead bolts were always secured –
    but sometimes during the day (not when the AC is on) the front door is open and the storm door (all glass) is all that is there and you know what – I do light up when I see that open door. Like if I have pulled up from being gone – and now I see it is related to this Feng Shui theory and an open door is “welcoming guests as much as welcoming camaraderie and energy.”
    PS love the bird anding picture – it’s like the one in the water is in sync with him (likely why you chose it for this post)

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    • That is right about the stairs. If the stairs are right beside the door, it can be seen as obstructing energy flowing through the house, or energy rushing upwards.

      Ooooh. Your doors have dead bolts too and very wise of you to harp to your boys to make good use of them. I used to live in houses where there was one dead bold at the top and one at the bottom of doors for added measure…and then there was a padlocked grilled gate (something like a storm door) outside the door for even more added security.

      It is good that your storm door is glass and let’s light in to light up your place. Like a window to the world, and a window for the world to come in.

      The bird picture…the first photo you mean…that was a lucky shot XD

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      • oh i did not know the stairs near the door had an energy connection (but of course!) – I just recall reading it said your money will roll right out the front door (but not sure where I read that – lol)
        and lucky shot indeed – and nicely place int his post

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  3. My Chinese-American in-laws marveled over how well our house conformed to Feng Shui principles — water feature, the right numbers, not facing the T-junction, front and back door not aligned, bamboo plant indoors, bed in the right place in the bedroom, etc.

    I planned none of it. So was it luck, or does the human mind naturally seek a certain order for defensive purposes? For example, it only makes evolutionary sense sense to place your bed where you can view an attack coming from doors or windows, right? It your house faces a T-intersection and someone forgets to hit the brakes, they’ll plow through your front door. Having water on your property means you can survive a drought or a siege.

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    • Wow. That house you got in the school zone does sound like the perfect Feng Shui house lol. Maybe it’s a reason why your in-laws want to visit…

      I think you are right about the unconscious mind on the first two. Makes logical sense. As for having water on your property, too much of it, poor drainage or poor ventilation can cause water to accumulate within the concrete and that causes mould.

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  4. What a wonderful post Mabel! I like the way you have explained each belief and then added your own perspective. I am familiar with a few tips that you have mentioned but never paid any attention to them though indoor plants have always provided solace to me and I tried to water them regularly 🙂
    Feng Shui seems to have made a major come back with the modern designers. Though colors add some charm and the direction of doors and windows contribute to positive energy that enters but a home is made peaceful by the persons who live in it…how they interact, the kind of respect they have for each other and the efforts they make to convert their house into a comfortable home.

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    • It is lovely to hear you find a connection with indoor plants, and you have the patience and heart to take care of them. No surprise if they stand tall and strong for you 🙂 I like how you say the different elements of Feng Shui and our tastes come together and respect each other…each element adding their own purpose, everything together in harmony. Thank you so much for your kind words and support, Balroop. Always lovely chatting 🙂

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  5. This is an excellent, well-balanced article on feng shui.

    Without my having tried, my house follows feng shui principles in most ways. My location, view, and door placement are all pretty good, and my bed is in the command position. I would like to have a water feature, but since I don’t, I often walk past the creeks in my neighborhood or walk to the end of the street to look at the bay. I have quite a few indoor plants, but I think it’s time to renew some that are old and not too healthy. I’ve chosen colors that make me feel happy and relaxed–pastel green, blue, white, and yellow with splashes of brighter color here and there. I open my blinds every morning so I can have light streaming in. I’m quite neat, but I can see that the clutter I do allow to accumulate can add up to negative qi.

    Thanks for all the good, reasonable advice.

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    • Thanks, Nicki. Maybe your house was designed according to Feng Shui principles.. Or maybe you just liked your house’s kind of floorplan all along. Earlier in the comments Autumn also mentioned her house just so happened to be aligned with Feng Shui principles too. That is interesting to hear indoor plants can become old and not too healthy. But I guess everything goes through wear and tear, and so do indoor plants after some time. Pastel colours give the illusion of calm, and it sounds like they work for you very well at home along with the sunshine streaming in every morning – the sunshine warming the house 🙂

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  6. This is an interesting article, Mabel. I’ve heard of Feng Shui, of course, but didn’t know much about it. I knew 8 was a lucky number for a house as I used to live in a number 8. Now I live in number 4, so I’m a bit worried about what that might mean. 🙂 Some aspects of my home match with the Feng Shui principles as you describe them and some don’t. I do agree with your concluding statements, though, about organising our house to suit us. I think that’s very sensible advice.

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    • Ah, it sounds like you have a hunch that number 4 might not be as good as number 8. Maybe, maybe not depending on what you believe in and really your outlook on life. As a kid for some unknown reason I liked the number 4 a lot lol, and my parents would tell me off for that 🙂 Our house is ours to make, and we can make it however we want it to be. It sounds like you know what makes you tick and decorate your house to how it suits you 🙂

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  7. I don’t remember how or when I got interested in Feng Shui. I think I was in a bookstore and found Lillian Too’s book and fell in love with it. So for years I practiced it and since we moved often I got to move things around and practice it often.
    But like any obsession, it can wear thin, and eventually I stopped going crazy over what was where. I also didn’t experience any remarkable change in my life. But since I was a fan for years, I now cannot enter a business, hotel or house without thinking whether or not something is good or bad Feng Shui!
    So these days, I’m like, “it can’t hurt” and if I’m able to control where things are, then why not. But I wouldn’t say I’m a practitioner as the only thing I’ve consciously done to my current dwelling is hang some watercolors on the North wall of the apt.
    P.S. great photos as usual Mabel!

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  8. Great post Mabel and very informative. I do believe in Feng Shui but not to the extreme though I’ve read quite a few books on the subject. I do try and keep the clutter to a minimum though it’s amazing how it builds up. A lot of it comes down to just good energy and keeping things clear, fresh and moving throughout the house.

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  9. Great post, Mabel. This may be a good reason to stop renting a one bedroom flat which seems to be the opposite of good Feng Shui. The one thing going for me, and the most important thing for my peace of mind is that I can wake up and see a body of water every morning. Sure, it’s an artificial lake full of coliform bacteria and cyanobacteria, but it’s a body of water. Being 650 metres above sea level and 300 km inland, this is the best I can do.

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  10. I saw this in my reader this morning and was quite looking forward to reading it. I practice Feng Shui somewhat I guess you could say. I love my indoor plants for better air quality. I definitely keep my belongings in a mindful way, an excess of things makes me anxious. I don’t pay as much attention to things like room color. Thanks for a very interesting read.

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    • Thanks, Amy. I like how you say you keep your belongings in a mindful way. Sounds like what you own has its purpose or means something to you. So interesting to hear you don’t pay much attention to room colour as colour is known to influence our moods…maybe that doesn’t affect you 🙂

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        • When you mentioned you process colour in an odd way, it reminds me of the fact that some of us are colour blind. To some, colour might be not stimulating whereas to others maybe like yourself, it can be a bit much. Good to know where you stand with colour 🙂

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  11. Interesting post, Mabel. I can’t say I practice Feng Shui consciously but there are certainly many elements of it that fit into my way of living. I need to be near water – we’ve got a pond with its own little waterfall. (We had koi when we first moved here but between otters, kingfishers and herons, they really didn’t last and we decided not to get any more). I need to have plants within view (and trees. I adore trees, though I wish our garden’s ones had been planted a little differently as in the summer I can’t see as much of the view beyond them.) Like you I do forget to water plants in the house but, thankfully, hubby doesn’t (usually!) We’ve a lovely garden and now live in a rural place where there are forests, hills and a river nearby. This wasn’t always the case: where we used to live really did make us ill, I think.

    I’m aware of the good feeling one gets when there’s space and no clutter but the reason I’m as messy as I am is because I have memory problems and need everything in view to be able to remember it exists! You can imagine how much clutter that results in… in fact, while I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder, that seems to be one of the definitions of such a type of person: the need to see what needs remembering. That said, I do badly need to get rid of a lot of it and tidy up. The amount of stuff I’ve got drives me completely nuts. Most of the time I’m on the pc and don’t see it (apart from the amount of it on my desk) because it’s mostly behind me. I wonder, sometimes, if that’s why I spend so much time on the computer… there’s a nice bright wide screen in front of me and I don’t have to remember what’s behind me!

    I’m curious about a couple of things. When you were a child did your parents consciously teach you the principles of Feng Shui or was it something you knew instinctively? And – in buildings with more than four floors… whatever happens to the fourth floor? Is it there but not used, is it bricked in, does the staircase circumvent it, or what?

    Oh, and like you, blue makes me feel peaceful. 🙂

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    • While you don’t practice Feng Shui, it sounds like you’ve given quite a bit of thought in what makes you comfortable at home. Sorry to hear the koi didn’t last and it doesn’t sound like the right location for them to swim peacefully. But I am sure you can enjoy the birds around. Plants in a garden can be lovely so long as you keep the weeds at bay, and good to hear your hubby pitches in with the watering. Perhaps there was something in the air or water where you previously lived and that made you feel ill :/

      ‘the need to see what needs remembering’ That is such a thoughtful way to put it, and I think that is why some of us keep quite a few things over time – because they are memories and hold sentimental value. While you might a have a lot of things even if you put them behind the PC, maybe they are of some value to you. When you have the time to reach behind the PC, maybe you will put out something and it will make you smile 🙂

      My parents never outright taught me Feng Shui, but it was a principle they reiterated from the way they chose and organised the places we lived in. Like my dad would insist this had to go here and that, saying if it’s here this means good…so I guess it was something I picked up instinctively. In some Asian cities, there is no fourth floor and the floors go 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and so on. I heard some buildings leave the fourth floor pretty dormant but not sure how true that is.

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      • Oh, I see – it’s the number that’s missing, not the floor. 🙂 There’s a similar thing about the number 13 in a lot of (probably English-speaking, but might be elsewhere) countries. So people would number things 12 and a half to avoid it!

        Oh yeah, definitely something in the air where we lived before – polluted air, traffic fumes, too much noise, and more.

        The remembering thing with me is not just nostalgia (I still have stuff from childhood and teens, and some of my parents’ things, though not a huge amount of it) but day to day stuff, like notes I’ve written myself. If I stack them or put them in a box or drawer, it’s like they don’t exist and so if I need to do things, I need to have them accessible (often overlapping in an unpleasantly higgledy-piggledy way. I need to change that!) 🙂

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        • Yes, it’s the number 4 that’s missing, not the floor. I’ve heard 13 can either be a lucky or not so lucky number among Westerners…depends what tickles your fancy I suppose.

          Those notes you’ve written sound comforting for you, giving you a sense of direction – essentially fragments of your mind and imagination. I also write notes to myself, like to-do lists or random things I’ve seen on the internet and want to revisit. I love the phrase higgledy-piggledy. Been a while since I’ve heard it 🙂

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    • Vaastu Shastra. Now that is something I need to check out some time. It is always an eye-opening experience when it comes to designing our personal spaces so they are in harmony with the energies around us and within us.

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  12. I have never known enough about feng shui to practice it, but I am happy to find that I seem to have followed every one of these pieces of advice except for the color ones! Maybe it’s a subconscious thing because I care very much about my living space. Very fun (and informative) read, Mabel!

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    • You are the second person to mention you don’t delve too deeply into colour schemes. Maybe you connect with objects more than colours. It seems Feng Shui is becoming more so a universal thing we practice whether we know it or not.

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  13. Interesting to note your views on Feng Shui. In India we have something similar known as Vaastu, which is all about facilitating free flow of energy through proper aligning of buildings and the designs going into their construction. The underlying concept is that we as a part of nature stay in tune with it as far as possible.

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    • Vaastu is something I’m not too familiar with and it’s something I’ll have to check out. Thank you for sharing it, Raj. Part of nature, staying in tune with nature. I like that. Hope you get to find an affinity in nature wherever you go 😊

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  14. Mabel, this is a fabulous and fascinating post about Feng Shui! I’ve always been interested in the concept and loved learning about the history of it and also how to adopt some of this in real life. Some elements are common sense I feel and I already use these in the home, others have given me food for thought. It’s interesting to read the research about the successful hotels v. The failing ones and their adoption of Feng Shui. A terrific article and I enjoyed reading your personal asides.

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    • Thanks, Annika. I also agree some Feng Shui elements are common sense, like your location and where you place your bed. The history behind the concept is interesting indeed – it’s a bit of a grey area yet so many of us can agree on the whole concept of it 🙂

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  15. very good post, Mabel. very interesting too. i do not practice feng shui but i keep our house free of clutter. we have a lot of windows so there’s lots of sun light flowing in. that makes our indoor plants happy and healthy. 🙂

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  16. Mabel to be honest I never understood, or took the time to understand what Feng Shui was. I appreciate how you have written the article in bit size chunks that are easy to read and absorb. I though about our own home as I read your words. In most cases we seem to have by accident or some intuition, have our home set up according to the guidelines of Feng Shui. When we downsized and began travelling more we did get rid of indoor plants however. I don’t have much of a green thumb. I appreciate your reassurance or acceptance that not all of the items may suit an individual and keeping one’s own style and comfort is important.

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    • Maybe the principles are ingrained in most of us or are really just universal principles. It sounds like you are a very organised person at home (no surprise since you are such an organised traveler). Sometimes we can certainly do without indoor plants as it may be more convenient that way. We’re all comfortable in our own ways and how we live 🙂

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  17. Yes, I do believe in this philosophy (or science?). Sometimes there’s something bothering us about our surroundings, but we can’t put our finger on what it is. studying some feng shui can really help pin point the issues. Clutter is a biggie. The first time I practiced Feng Shui was in the 90’s. I found that when I removed clutter, I felt so much better. Is this common sense? I guess it is to a point but the elements and colors can really help us understand the atmosphere we’re creating. So, I vote a big YES to feng shui. Thanks for this educational post, Mabel!

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    • Didn’t know you practiced Feng Shui, Lisa. It can bring about a sense of rejuvenation when we organise our home to our liking, and if we get rid of clutter and things that don’t serve purpose to us anymore. Maybe it is common sense, or maybe some of us just prefer less clutter and more space. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa 🙂

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  18. Feng Shui was all the rage in the US a few years back but seems to have lost its luster of late Mabel. I think much of it is common sense and do believe in some of its basic principles. Light, openness, and bringing the outside in (assuming you are fortunate enough to have a home in a lovely environment) all makes total sense to me!

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    • A lot about Feng Shui is commonsense, and parallels embodiments of nature: light, space, plants, water and more. The more in tune we are with ourselves, the more we can make our home our home.

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  19. Like your Feng Shui, many Indians believe and follow Vastu Shastra while purchasing/renting a house. If someone is having a run of ill luck they often blame it on Vastu. According to Vastu, a house is considered to be a living soul! But I believe each has their own philosophies (not that I know anything about it) and are not interchangeable. However for that reason, Feng shui is quite popular in India especially those bamboo plants and wind chimes ( I do love their sound). To practice any of these needs a lot of work and that itself is a big deterrent for my lazy nature 😀
    Btw I loved your photos, super cool captures! So are my burger and fries ready?

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    • And here you come indeed, a barrel of laughs 🤡😀 Vastu sounds interesting and it’s something I’ll have to look up some time. A house a living soul – that sound similar to the Feng Shui analogy where the centre of the home is considered the heart of your life. Wind chimes! Haven’t heard them in a long while, and haven’t seen many of them in Australia (seems to be more common in Asia). I’m not sure if the wind chimes are too noisy for you on a windy night when you are trying to sleep…

      I am so ready for burger and fries. Already got the burger and fries right here 🍔🍟🍔🍟😀

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  20. Wonderful post, Mabel, the art of Fengshui has always interested me since I first learned about it. I think the concept is almost universal, as people in the States and Europe love the idea of balance and a more healthy lifestyle ~ just what you show throughout your post here, these are things Fengshui can bring. It seems the theory of Fengshui blends in well with some of the philosophies of the East as well, which is another reason I enjoy it. Looking around at my place right now…I think I need to reassess my Fengshui, as it looks a little chaotic right now 🙂

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    • Feng Shui is indeed for most parts universal and something many of us practice without knowing it. Balance is hard to achieve…at some moments in our lives we feel better than others, some moments need more reassessing and organising.

      Hard to think of you as a chaotic person, Randy. But reading your posts, I feel you are more chaotic when it comes to your creative side and down time 🙂

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  21. I picked up a book about Feng Shui on a bookstall quite some time ago, Mabel. It was quite detailed and I think I lost the plot so it’s interesting to read your interpretation. One thing that stuck with me is that cut flowers are bad Feng Shui so for some time I stopped buying fresh flowers. But I do love them so the ‘bad’ habit crept back. 🙂 🙂 Doing a grand job of decluttering as the Algarve move is imminent. One of the things to go is the Feng Shui book. 🙂

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  22. Loved this post Mabel, thanks for the rules. I actually am familiar with most of them, I read a book on Feng Shui years back. Is it true the #4 isn’t appreciated in an address because it signifies death? Also, being someone who tries to do my best with feng shui and have bought an renovated a few homes, I remember that it’s not a good omen to buy a house with a stairway in front of the front door? 🙂 ❤

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    • You are right. Number 4 sounds like death in Chinese, and so it has always been associated with death and bad luck – and in Chinese culture death is a taboo subject. If there is a stairway right in front of the door, some take it that all energy coming in rushes upwards…or as Y Prior/Yvette suggested, luck rolls out the front door. You’ve got an eye for fashion and a good lip, and I’m not surprised to hear you’ve taken it upon yourself to renovate a few homes the way you want them to be 🙂 ❤

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  23. Hallo liebe Mabel kann jetzt wieder schreiben ist ja schon lange her wo ich mich gemeldet habe es sind so schön Fotos in deinem Blog toll gemacht hab einen sonnigen schöne Dienstag Klaus in Freundschaft

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  24. An interesting post on believing in an ancient practice in modern times. I don’t know if I believe in something without seeing a reason behind it. When we shifted into a new apartment (2 months ago) I knew I wanted the sunlight inside the rooms. With an east-west facing apartment, it ensures theres natural light at any point of the day. 🙂 What I didn’t factor in was the grey spells we have here in autumn and winter. I guess you win some and lose some. lol

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    • ‘I don’t know if I believe in something without seeing a reason behind it.’ This is such a profound statement, Cheryl. If there’s a logic behind something, then more likely there are less surprises. Sorry to hear about the grey spells in the cooler months…maybe you could have warmer toned lighting in your apartment to make it seem more warm and homely 🙂

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  25. Wow Mabel, you really have given us ton’s of information to consider when decorating our homes.. My daughter at one time was well into Feng-shui.. and I truly believe in the power of creating an ambient space through the use of decor and colour..
    I am happy to see that by reading through some of your tips here, I have naturally done some of it… The colour of my living-room the chimney breast has an earth colour of dark mushroom.. while the other colours are oat-meal..
    My bedroom I am also pleased to say concur with your findings.. And thankfully my front and back door are not in a straight line..

    I also have a little frog who sits with a coin in his mouth facing away from the front door.. Which I am assured by my daughter who bought me him, infers that we will never run short of wealth … Not that we are by any means rich.. But wealth to me comes not in the form of monetary gain, but in the wealth of gifts we have in each other as a family..

    Our garden also has a small pond, ( plants you know of ) 🙂 and a small little fountain pump that keep the fish supplied with some oxygen..

    So loved all of the beautiful images too Mabel that you have supplied within your beautiful post..
    May the energy of Love and Abundance in ALL things surround you at all times Mabel..

    Love and Peace your way ❤ 💙🙏💙

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