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Feng Shui Principles to Consider in Every Room of Your Home

October 11, 2023

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Master the art of renovating your home with Feng Shui elements

Based on ancient Chinese philosophy, art, or science, depending on how you look at it, Feng Shui is all about creating balance between the energies. When the elements are in harmony, it is believed that good health, vitality, fortune, wealth, love, and a general sense of well-being can be attained. These are some of the many good reasons to Feng Shui your home!

Feng Shui guide for your home
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Whether you have just collected the keys to your new home or you’re looking to make improvements to your current living space, you can bring in positive chi (energy) in various parts of your home by following these fundamental Feng Shui design principles.

1. Doorway:

The entryway is vital in Feng Shui. Renovating this area the right way can bring in abundant good fortune while dispelling negative energies!

  • Keep the front porch clean and organised

In Feng Shui, the front door is particularly important because it's the main way energy enters your home. Consider the chi to be a first-time visitor to your home; you want to make sure it's well-lit, well-marked, and the address is visible.

971, Taman Rakyat, Kedah by Space Up Design
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So it should go without saying that the main entrance must be kept neat and tidy, with no strewn footwear, dust, or clutter. Dust the furniture, mirrors, and decorative objects in this area on a regular basis. You can also consider adding storage space in the form of shoe cabinets to keep the hallway uncluttered and allow positive energy to flow freely around the house.

Canary Garden, Selangor by Desir Design
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  • Don't align your front and back doors

A home with a direct line of sight between the front door and the back door is bad for Feng Shui because it causes the good chi to rush in and out too quickly. But if your unit does come with doors that are aligned, decorate the space with a welcoming mat, a patterned area rug, a beautiful artwork, or even a slim entry table to allow the chi to pause or slow down. This will help disperse the chi as it enters your home and prevent it from rushing out so quickly.

If you can make structural changes to your property, ensure that the main entrance is not directly opposed to a back door. This will ensure that the chi flows in and stays inside your home.

  • Fix broken doors

If you have a door that is difficult to open and close (due to rusty door hinges, for example), it’s important that you have it repaired as soon as possible. In Feng Shui, a broken door can make bringing in new opportunities more difficult. So make sure that your doors are in excellent condition!

Just White, TTDI by Framework Studio (M) Sdn Bhd
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2. Living Room

Our living rooms are often the central gathering space where we entertain, relax and recharge. When the energy in this space is balanced and harmonious, it is believed to have a profound impact on our well-being and relationships.

  • Let there be ample light - and space

A bright and airy living room is #goals according to Feng Shui. This is because it promotes positive energy which attracts good fortune and fosters good moods.

Allow as much natural light as possible to enter and cleanse the energy in your living room. To allow sunlight to stream and flow through the room, choose light drapes or sheer curtains and clear the area near windows from obstructions (e.g, furniture that may block light and airflow).

Serene Chic, Shah Alam, Selangor by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation
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Also, it’s important to ensure there’s sufficient lighting in the living room when the sun goes down. Darkened corners and zones can attract negative vibes. Thus, it is best to layer lighting for even illumination by installing floor lamps or scones in addition to ambient lights.

  • Don't block walkways with furniture

In terms of furniture arrangement, follow the natural layout of your living area and avoid obstructing walkways, which impede the flow of chi, hindering its positive influence. This can be accomplished by creating a clutter-free environment. Keep in mind that not every corner of your living room needs to be filled. By removing unnecessary items that do not serve a purpose, you can create a space for fresh, revitalising energy to circulate freely.

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  • Decorate your living room with plants

Plants play an important role in creating good Feng Shui in any living room because they add 'life force' to the space. They can also help to purify the air and give the room a dose of colour. You can consider plants such as the jade plant, money plant, rubber tree, or fiddle-leaf fig tree. They are all round-leafed plants (pointy leaves considered to be uninviting to chi) that are relatively low-maintenance and can bring plenty of positive energy to your living space.

Taman Gunung Perak, Kedah by Space Up Design
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3. Kitchen:

The kitchen is where food is prepared, which is essential for the health and well-being of the household. A well-designed kitchen with good Feng Shui is said to enhance the quality of the food prepared and consumed, ultimately promoting better health.

  • Make sure your appliances are all working

The most important rule for positive Feng Shui energy in the kitchen is to ensure that all appliances, lighting, and furniture are in working condition. Broken items translate to broken energy and are thought to bring bad luck. Repair what can be fixed and toss out the items that are beyond repair.

  • Keep your kitchen clean and uncluttered

Next, make sure your kitchen is clean and uncluttered. Cleanliness is a transformative tool to enhance the positive chi in your home and something widely taught within Feng Shui principles. Start by cleaning up your refrigerator and pantry. Items that have passed their expiration dates should be discarded. Clean up any dust or grime that may have accumulated in these areas.

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Pay close attention to the area around your stove as well. In Feng Shui practice, the stove represents your career, wealth, and resources. Taking a few moments each day to mindfully wipe down your stove will prevent stagnant energy from collecting in this area of your home and life. Thus, do make sure that your stovetop and backsplash are pristine and that the general area is well-maintained on a daily basis.

  • Create a commanding position for your stove

Another important thing to consider when it comes to your stove is the commanding position. When you’re in command, you are able to see the door while you’re cooking at your stove without being in line with the door. This gives you control over your life and career, as well as the ability to see any individuals, energies, or possibilities that may come your way.

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Often, it’s not possible to change the position of your stove. If this is the case, you can add a mirror in a location that allows you to see the door behind you while cooking.

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4. Bathroom:

Bathrooms tend to be one of the more challenging to design when it comes to creating good Feng Shui. This is due to the fact that the bathroom, which is generally associated with flushing, can negatively affect various aspects of personal luck at home! For instance, if your bathroom is facing the bed or office desk you are literally “flushing” away your romance or wealth luck! So what can you do to dispel the negative vibes associated with the bathroom?

  • Keep it well-ventilated

First off, make sure your bathroom is squeaky clean and well-ventilated. Again, in terms of hygiene, this basic Feng Shui principle makes plenty of sense.

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  • Don't design a ‘cold-looking’ bathroom

Second, don’t overlook the comfort level in your bathroom, because the more welcoming it is, the more positive chi can stay in the home rather than being flushed away. To increase the comfort factor, set the space with even lighting, display plants or flowers, add attractive accessories (e.g. a gold-framed mirror, marble accessories), and use quality fixtures (e.g. brass shower heads or faucets).

Setia Eco Glades, Selangor by Mieux Design
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You can also consider painting/tiling the bathroom walls with soothing colours such as white or light blue. White can help to brighten up and make small bathrooms feel spacious, while light blue can lend a calming feel to a room.

  • Balance things out with different elements

Lastly, as Feng Shui is about balancing the energies so it is important that your bathroom feature elements of earth, fire, metal and wood, to ‘harmonise’ with water, the primary energy in Feng Shui. Consider utilising marble or stones for floors (earth), brass or chrome fixtures (metal), red, yellow or orange bath rugs (fire), and plants (wood) to represent these elements.

IDamansara, Kuala Lumpur by Josh Thompson Interiors
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IDamansara, Kuala Lumpur by Josh Thompson Interiors
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5. Bedroom:

Incorporating Feng Shui in the bedroom is considered important as it aims to create a harmonious and balanced environment that promotes restful sleep, intimacy, and overall well-being.

  • Make your bedroom cosy and inviting with warm neutral hues

Start by painting the bedroom in soothing colours such as dove grey, cream, light peach, or neutral green. These colours promote relaxation and won’t overstimulate the chi when you’re sleeping. You can add small doses of colour through throw pillows, artwork, or plants to enliven the space.

Serene, Selangor by Doubble Interior Associates
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  • Use soft lighting

Next, ensure that the lighting in the bedroom is gentle and inviting. Bright, harsh lighting can be overstimulating and cause restlessness. So consider incorporating soft lighting via table lamps, scones, incandescent ceiling lights, and accent lights (e.g. by the vanity). It can help to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation, particularly at night.

Canary Garden, Selangor by Desir Design
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  • Place mirrors facing away from the bed

While mirrors are certainly a bedroom essential, from a Feng Shui perspective, they are believed to reflect and amplify energy, causing restlessness in the body, and are not conducive to a good night's sleep. As a solution, place them in a way that you can't see your reflection when lying in bed.

Nidoz Residences, Kuala Lumpur by Newman Idesign & Renovation Sdn. Bhd.
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Instead, the mirror should face light elements or even windows to double the amount of natural light each morning and increase luck.

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