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Basic Principles of Feng Shui to Balance Your Living Space This Year 

If your living space is beginning to feel a little stuffy, there’s no better time to re-organise things.

I’m not saying that you should completely re-haul your furniture and restyle your living space.  It’s actually much simpler than that. The easiest way to breathe new life into a living area is as simple as rearranging. In the process, you can also take the opportunity to throw out things that just aren’t cutting it anymore making for a super-productive double whammy that will leave you (and your living space) feeling much better for it.

Before you begin to shift the furniture around, why not consult some well-founded principles? Most notably those of feng shui. Literally translating to mean “wind and water”, “These elements are associated with good health and fortune,” QC Design School Shares. Better yet, following feng shui is said to “improve the flow of energy” in your home. 

To get an overview of a few important feng shui fundamentals, keep reading.

Feng Shui Basics to Improve Your Living Space

Put Your Bed Against a Wall

If your bed is currently situated beneath a window it’s time to rearrange. According to the tenants of Feng Shui, “Your head should never be underneath a window while sleeping,”  the design school reports. “The logic behind this is that both your mind and body need support, so beds should be placed against solid walls with no doors on either side.”

Give a Nod to All Five Elements

Earth, wood, fire, water, and air are the five elements, and just as they occur in nature, each should be represented in your home. Each element can be somehow incorporated either “physically or symbolically,” according to My Domaine. “For example, you could bring the fire element with warm tones, like reds and oranges, or you could have an actual fire with a fireplace or a burning candle.” 

Add a few Houseplants

“According to Chinese tradition, plants represent growth, prosperity, and good luck,” Greatist reports. This is good news for all the green thumbs out there, as plants definitely have a place in the feng shui home. If you’re looking for a plant to inspire, choose bamboo. Want a plant brings a calming vibe to the space? Choose one with rounded leaves. 

Keep Electronics Out of the Bedroom

We all know not to use our phones as we’re lying down for bed, but according to feng shui, electronics should be kept out of the bedroom entirely. According to Greatist, “Electronics, big and small, can emit currents capable of disrupting sleep.” When aiming to create a new, more serene environment, the last think you want is technological interference. If possible, leave your gadgets out of the bedroom while you sleep. That might mean getting a retro- alarm clock if you’re accustomed to waking up to the sound of your iPhone. 

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