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Top 15 Feng Shui Decorating Tips

Feng shui has quickly evolved from a new age trend to a decorating phenomenon widely practiced by professional decorators and amateurs alike.

The practice of feng shui, pronounced .fung shway,. is part of an ancient Chinese philosophy that believes the way you position your furniture and decorate can impact all aspects of your life, from personal health to economic prosperity.

Many feng shui principles . like keeping rooms clutter free to facilitate the flow of energy . are easy to implement. Others . like choosing a level lot that is square or rectangular . must be considered early on in the design and home building process.

Here are some feng shui concepts to consider when decorating:

  • » Keep demons from entering your home by ensuring the path to your home is not a straight one.
  • » Avoid rock gardens or tall hedges near the front door. These are seen as places for evil demons to hide.
  • » Place your sink and fridge away from the stove, but not across from one another to keep clashing elements from causing fighting within the family. Placing something green between the two appliances, like a carpet, can also help reduce conflict.
  • » Position beds in a way that allows you to see people as they enter the room. Do not put a bed against a wall with doors or windows.
  • » Avoid long corridors and cramped floor plans. Choose a floor plan with clean lines and open spaces.
    Design your home office so your back does not face the door. Avoid placing your desk directly inline with the door where energy enters.
  • » Avoid excessive overhead light. Chose warm or full-spectrum lighting instead. Keep sharp-cornered objects to a minimum.
  • » Place healthy plants throughout the home. Plants with round leaves are preferable.
  • » Arrange couches and chairs in a way that allows people to see the door.
  • » Throw out anything you don.t use to keep energy flowing properly.
  • » Decorate the kitchen in a way that evokes a bright and sunny feeling. Feng shui recognizes the kitchen as one of the most important rooms in the home: the place where energies are nourished.
    Remove shelving over the bedroom door and on the wall beside the bed. Shelves placed this way can have an oppressive effect that can cause headaches, poor sleep and low energy.
  • » Be wary of knick-knack overload. An overabundance of .stuff. can create a visually overwhelming feeling.
  • » Store exercise equipment anywhere but your bedroom. Bringing the energy of hard work into your romantic space will make relationships seem more difficult.

Feng shui is a fascinating way to improve your life, your prosperity, and your health through good home design. Incorporate techniques on your own, or hire an expert- ready to get the energy flowing smoothly in no time.