Feng Shui Your Home

Feng Shui Your Home
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    There is a long thought process that usually accompanies the decision to remodel your house.

    Sometimes it comes down to practicality or just personal style.

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But there are many that believe that the colors and items you choose to surround yourself with affect not only what your home looks like but what your home makes you and anyone who enters your home feel. That is, your physical space and the items that fill it up will ultimately impact your life inside and outside your home. This idea, is one of the base principles of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui, which literally translates to “wind-water” in English, is the ancient Chinese philosophical system that is based on the idea that your immediate surroundings, i.e. the objects and colors you choose to surround your living or work space with, have a direct impact on your life. It’s roots date back over 3,500 years, where it was originally used to decide the placement and direction of tombs and other spiritually significant objects and buildings. The practice of Feng Shui was created so humans could work with the invisible forces that bind together humans, the Universe and Earth; these forces are known as qi, or energy. All of the principles and guidelines expressed by Feng Shui are meant to increase the positive qi that flows into your home and into your life.

However, more recently Feng Shui has been used to help people decorate and design their home and work spaces in a way that is supposed to increase the amount of positive energy that flows into their personal and professional lives. For example, the colors and items you include in your living room are supposed to have a direct effect on the health of your close family members. Beyond homeowners, feng shui has been used by ecologists, architects and geographers all over the world in their practice to analyze ancient societies and understand more about their buildings and it’s placements.

There are few different “schools” of Feng Shui, each with it’s own rules and guidelines. The “Form School” is the oldest school of Feng Shui, with mentions as far back as the Han dynasty. The “form” in Form School refers to the shape of the environment, i.e. the mountains, rivers or buildings. In this school, the shape of the land and flow of the wind and water are used to find the ideal energy.

More recently, people have been using more modern forms of Feng Shui. The one outlined in the infographic below is a Western version that doesn’t rely on compass directions. Instead, a 9-square grid below gives you a template you can apply to your own home; just align the lower part of the grid with the front of your house.

If you want to learn more about feng shui, check out the infographic below, brought to us by Soothing Company to see if Feng Shui can work for you.

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