1. Add plants wherever you want to grow
If growth is something you’re craving in your life, think about greening your home by adding indoor trees or plants — avoid the cactus, though, as dangerous spikes are considered bad juju when grown inside. Try placing them in places where you spend (or would like to spend) productive, positive time. Let’s say your goal is to cook healthier food more often: Put a plant in your kitchen. Or, if you’ like to be more productive at work, plants on your desk or home office can bring positive, creative energy to your work environment. The “chi,” or life-force of the plant, will energize the space.
2. Add some motion to a space that is stuck
moving things around the room can help liven the atmosphere
moving things around the room can help liven the atmosphere. Feng shui has a magical number to help guide you through this process of getting unstuck: 27. Twenty-seven is a multiple of nine (a lucky number in traditional schools of feng shui), and when the single digits two and seven are added together, the result is nine as well. Just by moving 27 things around the room — whether it’s a paper clip or a desk — you can bring energy to a room that was previously lacking it.
“I’ve totally reorganized the furniture in ‘stuck energy’ rooms to get them [to exude] excitement, while sometimes I only need to reorganize the junk drawer. Feel your way through this process, moving things around until you feel that you feel refreshed and re-inspired,” Claudat suggests.
3. Highlight your personality, make your own art
Just because feng shui is an ancient tradition does not mean there’s no room for personalization. As Claudat points out, Tao, the ancient principle underlying feng shui, means “connection.”
“The strongest way I’ve found to forge a connection between a person and the place they live is to display art that has that sense of connection. When people make their own art, you can imagine how that energy of connection is just off the charts.”
So, hang beautiful pieces of artwork on your walls — and parents are encouraged to display children’s art, too. But there are still some guidelines you should follow when decorating your home with art:
- Welcoming, uplifting art should be hung in gathering spaces like a living room.
- Try to keep “solitary” art out of the bedroom. Pictures of one person reinforce the idea of being alone, which is not great when you’re seeking a relationship or you are currently in one that you’re building with a partner.
To take the idea of connection even further, the more that you can personally connect to your space, the more your home will help you empower your life. Displaying your collections, your trophies, your favorite art, photos or even patterns and colors you love will help forge a strong bond between you and your environment.
4. Add gravity to your space
In order to make a room look and feel magnificent, you must think about adding gravity and balance to the space. We often hear people describe personal clarity and balance as feeling “their own center of gravity.” Think about your home as a living, breathing entity that wants to feel the same. A dining room with a naked table and some art on the walls feels very different from a dining room table with a big centerpiece on it, for example. The centerpiece creates visual focus that organizes the room in a new way, helping it to appear more settled.
Similarly, a glass coffee table can feel flimsy until you style it with some books and flowers to create more of a weighty presence toward the center of your space, organizing your living room.
5. Create a meditative space
We all need a bit of sanctuary in our lives, and in the art feng shui, this doesn’t necessarily mean creating a religious space, but rather a safe haven in your home where you can slow down, restore clarity and release stress. Claudat often designs meditative spaces for busy offices and small studio apartments. “Whether it is a small fish bowl that you can admire and get lost in, a chair and window focused on a view that is spectacular and spacious, a gorgeous bathtub “bubble bath” set-up in your bathroom filled with essential oils and natural suds or a literal meditation space with pillows on the ground, these are vital spaces to recharge our own energetic batteries. We forget this, but we are electrical beings.”
There’s a lot to the practice of feng shui, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be “woo-woo or far-out-magic type stuff,” Claudat explains. “There is a lot of biology, psychology, sociology, color theory and a spectrum of studies across many disciplines that support many of these ancient principles.” The more your space can mirror your most open, energetic self, the more magnificent your home will appear, and the more you will gain from the synergy. “By keeping you energized, optimistic, confident, relaxed, focused and inspired, your home can literally help you to make your dreams come true.”
And remember, chi enters through your front door, so make sure yours is well-lit, easily accessible and clean.
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