An ancient Chinese art, feng shui refers to the arrangement of buildings, objects and space in an environment to bring positive energy (also known as 'qi') into a home. From the direction the property faces to fancy crystals as decorations, feng shui comes in many forms. If you believe in the art of feng shui, you will want to make sure that you take note of the following aspects when buying a new home.
1. The Main Door
It is important that the main door is placed in the ideal position and facing the correct direction as it is where the 'qi' comes in. Therefore, there should not be any structures in the line of sight of the main door to allow 'qi' to enter freely. Make sure that it is free from draping plants as well. This is said to lessen the likelihood of mental health related issues. The main door should not face staircases. If the main door is facing a staircase, it is believed that the energy will continuously flow out of your house and travel downwards. This suggests financial loss as it’s easier for wealth to “roll” down the stairs. If this cannot be avoided, it can be remedied by putting plants at the stair’s base.
A sign of good feng shui is where the front door of a house is not facing that of its neighbour’s. If they are facing each other, an exchange of energy will occur between both houses, leading to disagreements and conflicts. Given that residential units are built in a compact manner as of late, it might be difficult to avoid this. To mitigate the negative effects, you could hang a bagua mirror on your door. This mirror is said to deflect bad or harmful energy. You could also place two Tiger’s Tail Plants (also known as Snake Plant) to repel the clashing energies. It is known to help deflect negative energies with its pointed leaves.
Bathrooms are tied to the water element as it is the area where most water flows. In feng shui, water is tied to wealth. It is best to keep the bathroom door and toilet seat cover closed after use to trap wealth and prevent it from being flushed away.
3. Master Bedroom
In feng shui practices for master bedrooms, it is vital to have nightstands or bedside tables on both sides of the bed. This helps to create balance and encourage a harmonious relationship. The headboard of the bed should be positioned against a solid wall as this invites a stable flow of energy into the room, allowing for a good night’s sleep. At the same time, there should not be any mirrors facing the bed as this can deplete your ‘qi’ while you rest. Place the mirror inside a wardrobe instead.
4. Back Door
Back doors are pretty essential in feng shui practices. They allow energy to circulate, and homes without one are at a risk of having energy stagnate in the home. If you aren’t able to get a back door, a window that can be opened will make a big difference in the circulation of energy. If your back door is in a direct line with the front door, you should hang a crystal from the ceiling somewhere between the two doors. This helps prevent the energy coming in through the front door from shooting straight out the back door, keeping it in the home instead. In feng shui, crystals are known to disperse energy.
5. Get Rid Of Clutter
In feng shui, clutter can obstruct the flow of energy in your home. Feelings of fatigue, demotivation and claustrophobia are said to be due to the lack of energy flowing through your home. By clearing away clutter, it frees up space for energy to travel smoothly.
6. Spacious Area Outside The House
Take a look at the property’s exterior first before checking inside. An unblocked view and an open space is ideal as it allows ‘qi’ to flow smoothly and avoid conflict. This flow of energy will be obstructed by a hill or a tall building facing your home. Symbolizing the red phoenix, a guardian of feng shui, unblocked views promote inspiration and openness to fresh ideas and opportunities.
The general idea of not getting a home close to an expressway or a major road is due to noise and dust caused by traffic. However, there is a feng shui related reason as well. Traffic flow is likened to river flow in feng shui, and roads are believed to be a path for energy to travel to your home. Therefore, a winding river that flows slowly is said to be more auspicious than a straight one that flows quickly. This is why houses located on quieter roads tend to possess more positive energy than those located on busier roads.
Following these feng shui practices could increase positive vibes in your home. Of course, buying the right home remains at the top of the priority list, and that is why you might see feng shui masters joining buyers and agents in property viewing. Try out these practices and see how it enhances your quality of life! A happy home, a happy family.