Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art that was developed over 3,000 years ago to explain how to balance the energy of a space and create harmony between you and your environment.

For ardent believers, having good Feng Shui will assure good health and fortune for the people occupying the space. For everyone else, it’s a great justification to throw out other people’s junk, and design your house exactly as you like to make you feel good.

Where to start?

Positive energy - Chi

Feng Shui is based on the Taoist belief that there are many different forms of energy, and that it is possible to encourage positive energy (or Chi) in a space by following set principles. Be aware of how the rooms in your house make you feel – relaxed? Happy? Or perhaps tense? The energy in the room can influence your well-being, so it is important to recognise those feelings and make change if necessary.

Say no to clutter and obstacles Get back to basics and remove all the clutter from your house. Holding onto unnecessary items will leave you and your home feeling crowded, and can interrupt the natural flow of a room. Is it tricky to navigate your way around the home to avoid tables, chairs or other objects? Think about what pieces of furniture you love and are necessary, and consider getting rid of the rest. You should have a clear and easy pathway throughout your home without the risk of tripping over anything and blocking positive energy.

Encourage air and light

Air and light are two elements that are essential for good feng shui, with light and wind representing good energy. Make the most of any natural light your home has, paint dull walls in light and bright colours and use mirrors cleverly to reflect daylight around your rooms. To increase air flow, open your windows and internal doors as often as you can, and consider introducing air-purifying plants or an air-purifier to your home.

Think green

Having living plants inside the home will increase positive energy as well as boost your connection with nature (and they look great!). However, if you are away from home a lot or don’t have much of a green thumb, then plants may not be for you. Dead or dying plants in the home represent a very negative energy and should be removed as quickly as possible.

Where’s your bed at?

Have you been having bad dreams? It could be the negative energy resulting from the placement of your bed. According to Feng Shui principles, a bed that sits directly in line with the doorway, with your feet pointing towards the door, is called the Death Position. Don’t be alarmed. Either move the bed or this could be a rule you happily choose to ignore.

The Hall-Passes

Yep, there are actually get-out-of-jail free cards when it comes to Feng Shui. If your room or home cannot physically be changed to suit the ideal energy, you can use a ‘cure’ to help fend off the negative energy. Mirrors, running water, plants or pets are the most common cures.

Happy Feng Shui-ing!