There are many ways to balance energy in your home, according to feng shui experts.
If you feel something is “off” with your house, but you just don’t know what it is, the good news is that you can improve the situation by playing with colours or adding house plants.
Studies showed that contact with nature was good for our brains. If you plan to place plants indoor, choose air-purifying ones like bamboo palms, pothos, peace lilies, spider plant, dracaena, ficus, boston fern and snake plant/mother-in-law’s tongue.
Bigger plants should be kept in areas that have less furniture or where there is a lot of empty space, while the smaller ones should be placed on the dining table and the kitchen countertop.
Lighting affects your mood, so make sure you get bright lights that energise you.
Dim lights may cause mood swings, laziness or simply sending a signal to your body that it is time to hit the hay.
In an article published by Daily Mail Online, it said feng shui was dubbed “acupuncture for the home” because experts claimed it benefited your health through opening up energy flow.
In that same article, there is an eight question checklist by Anita Rosenberg (who writes for Miranda’s website, Spread The Light) for you to analyse your home.
1. Do you tend to pick single items rather than pairs?
2. Is your television exposed and not inside a closed cabinet?
3. Is your entryway bland and lacklustre?
4. Do you have family photos on your mantel?
5. Sitting at your desk, is your back towards the door?
6. Is your artwork drab and uninspiring?
7. Do you have mirrors in your bedroom?
8. Do you prefer silk plants and flowers to real ones?
According to Anita, if you answered “yes” to any of the above, you need to improve your feng shui as soon as possible and here is how to do it.
1. Decorate everything in pairs — whether they are pictures, lamps or ornaments, doubling up will enhance your love life.
2. Always cover electronics when they’re not in use as the harmful energy emitted isn’t good for energy.
3. Always leave a “welcome” mat outside your front door to greet guests with good energy.
4. Balance a fireplace with a water element in the form of a mirror hangs above it. You can also add crystals or candles, but never place family portraits above the fireplace.
5. If you work from home, always ensure you have a commanding view of the room from your desk and never sit with your back to the door.
6. Add art to every room to lift your spirits. Food imagery is great in the kitchen, place pictures with people in them in your dining room, romantic work in the bedroom and playful pieces in the children’s bedrooms and playrooms.
7. Add flowers to every room in your house as they bring prosperity. However, never use silk or dried flowers.
8. According to the laws of feng shui, adding a hallway of family portraits to the entrance hallway is the perfect way to reflect the support they provide.