Today’s post is the second in our around the world design series, following on from the previous one which outlined 7 ways to add a touch of Scandinavian style to your home.
The ancient Chinese discipline of feng shui is said to date back almost 6,000 years, which makes the fact it is still followed in many western homes today truly remarkable. Feng shui is concerned with optimising homes and businesses to afford happiness, abundance and harmony – sounds great already, right!?
The good news is that you can feng shui your home and encourage positive energy to flow through it by making some simple design changes.
1. Give your front door some love
Your front door symbolises wealth and it’s how chi enters your home and your life. That’s why it should be in as perfect condition as possible – free from damage, nicely painted and ultimately welcoming. Consider placing two healthy standing plants either side of your front door to make it feel even more welcoming.
2. Get good quality air and light
Good quality air and light are both essential elements for promoting positive chi in your home. Keep your windows open as often as possible to let fresh air inside and also try to allow as much natural light as you can to enter your home.
One of the simplest and (perhaps surprisingly) most cost-effective ways to get more natural light into your home is with a rooflight. If you have a flat roof, a roof lantern offers a great choice because it is designed to channel light from all angles. Adding vents or opting for an opening version will also help to introduce good quality air to your home.
Alternatively, if your roof is pitched, a frameless rooflight will introduce far more natural light to your home compared to a traditional wooden framed design. Again, an opening version will also fill your room with fresh air.
3. Clear up your clutter
Feng shui is all about letting harmonious, positive energy circulate your home. Therefore, it’s important that your home is as clutter free as possible. Even simple steps like storing magazines in drawers and shoes in cupboards will improve your home’s energy flow, while adding some fresh flowers will add some extra positive vibes.
If you are considering buying an electric opening rooflight, opting to have a rocker switch fitted to your wall to control the opening and closing mechanism will help to keep your remote control clutter down.
4. Make sure your kitchen sink and cooker are not opposite each other
Are you kitchen sink and cooker opposite each other? If they are, you should really consider moving one of them (if you can). That’s because it’s a scenario that creates a water and fire crash, which can lead to arguments among couples.
Furthermore, try and ensure that your cooker is not positioned directly opposite your kitchen door.
5. Carefully position your bed
When you consider how much of our time we spend sleeping, it’s easy to understand why our beds are one of the most important pieces of furniture in our homes. As a result, beds should be placed in a commanding position. That means your bed should face your bedroom door, but not be directly in line with it. In an ideal feng shui world, your bed would be diagonally across from your door.
6. Keep your bathroom door closed
Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home when it comes to feng shui. It’s the primary place where water exits your home and since water is related to wealth, you don’t want too much being drained away.
Your bathroom must always be clean and left with the toilet seat down and the door closed at all times. Adding plants is thought to stem the flow of water out of your home because they soak it in.
If you don’t already have a window, adding an opening rooflight to your bathroom will help to keep the room bright and the air clean and fresh.
7. Get your gardening gloves on
Both your front and back gardens play a role in achieving good feng shui. While your front garden is said to represent your future, your back garden represents health and wealth. It’s important to keep both tidy and well maintained. Tend to your flowers and plants regularly and keep your gardens free from clutter. The bottom line is that if you don’t feel totally relaxed in your garden, it probably doesn’t have good feng shui.
Gently curving pathways allow energy to flow smoothly, while wind chimes create healing vibrations in the air.
Are you considering buying a rooflight or roof lantern for your home? If you are, call Roof Maker on 0116 214 5466. Our rooflight experts will help you to choose the right solution for your needs. Alternatively, visit our showroom or get a quote online.