Also known as Chinese geomancy, feng shui is the metaphysical art of home energy augmentation. If you want your life and home filled with peace, positivity, love, and wealth, using feng shui principles and design techniques may help you on your way.
What Is Good Feng Shui?
Good feng shui is when your decor complements the natural energy of a space, and the five elements—fire, earth, water, wood, and metal—work in harmony to create optimal flow. When styling a room using feng shui, consider several aspects, including color, furniture positioning, art, plant selection, and symbolism. Every room has an ideal feng shui setup dictated by its location, shape, and desired energy.
Even if you don’t believe in the energetic benefits, feng shui as a design aesthetic is attractive and makes a room feel brighter and more open.
How Feng Shui Can Brighten and Open Your Space
Feng shui translates to “wind-water,” and the natural vibe the phrase evokes is stylistically evident. Spaces that have good feng shui feel brighter and bigger.
So, how can you achieve the ideal setup in your rooms? We have five tips for creating good feng shui in your space.
1. Attract Prosperity and Love
Wall art is central to feng shui design, and if you want to attract prosperous energy, depictions of certain animals and landscapes work best.
- Koi fish: Koi fish are special in that they swim against the current. As a result, they have powerful energetic souls that serve as success magnets.
- Water/ocean: Water has long symbolized abundance, and designer wall art featuring ocean and beach landscapes is a good feng shui option.
- Nature: Pictures of green landscapes and general nature shots are also great. The Chinese recognize 24 seasons, and bringing that energy into a space invites harmony and economic balance.
- Butterflies: People searching for that special someone may want to consider wall art featuring butterflies. The delicate insects symbolize freedom and attract suitors into your space.
- Romance symbols: Art depicting hearts and other romantic symbols can also summon love into your life.
2. Invite Good Luck
Luck is a vital vein in the feng shui body. To attract it, you have several options.
- Bamboo and flowers: Bamboo attracts good luck. To invite its energy, you can either get a bamboo plant or use bamboo art. Floral wallpaper also beckons good luck. And if your budget allows, invest in some orchids!
- Wealth vase: Instead of flowers, wealth vases have items that invite prosperity and luck. Traditional ones get made in Buddhist temples, but these days, you can find wealth vases in many home decor stores. In reality, though, you can use any decorative vessel as a wealth vase, so long as you set an intention for its purpose. However, you'll want to keep it out of sight for maximum effect.
- Banish the broken: Broken things feast on good luck, leaving none for you! If you want positive energy to surge through a room, rid it of wrecked items.
3. Capture Good Chi
Under feng shui principles, good energy can sometimes move too quickly through a space. For example, if two doors face each other on opposite sides of a room—or a door and a window—energy can swoop in one and run out the other.
To slow it down, choose complex rugs, furniture, and sculptures to redirect and slow down the good chi, allowing it to settle into your space.
4. Cut Down on Clutter
While you don’t want positive energy to move too quickly through a room, you also don’t want it to get lost in a jumble of unused stuff. So, find your inner Marie Kondo and start decluttering! If something doesn’t fill you with joy, get rid of it. If you think someone else may enjoy it, donate to a local thrift store or give it away.
5. Maximize Natural Light
As we’ve discussed, feng shui is about amplifying the Earth’s elements—and natural light is a significant factor. The more there is, the better. If, however, your space doesn’t have a lot, there are ways to augment it.
For example, using a light-colored, neutral wallpaper on the opposite wall to a window works wonders. Unlike darker wallpaper, it will reflect light instead of absorbing it, making the room feel brighter. Mirrors and mirror wall art are another option. And don’t be afraid to put multiple mirrors on a single wall—you can make it look like a work of art by placing them artistically!
Some people swear by feng shui and believe in its energetic powers—and many have the proverbial receipts to prove it! Other folks simply like the design aesthetic. Whichever the case, we’ve found that homes with good feng shui are a pleasure to be in and bring lots of joy. Reach out to us today to find out how our wallpaper and wall art can help when you're redesigning a space.