Running through our busy lives we often wish there were a way to achieve more calm or just a little more time to accomplish things. It is possible to carve out tranquility and even increase energy right in our own homes. As Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards, our dwellings shape us.”
Feng Shui, the ancient Eastern practice of correct furniture placement and creating a ‘Zen’ or tranquil atmosphere, suggests that our entire being is actually influenced by the space around us. Feng, meaning ‘wind’ and Shui meaning ‘water’ combine to create color and design elements in your home that can bring both relaxation and serenity or heighten energy and productivity.
Just as nature includes the components of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood – the human body contains these elements as well. A well-balanced Feng-Shui home keeps in mind the Five Elements when designing to ensure all are represented so proper energy can flow in the space.
One of the easiest ways to bring in Feng Shui is through color. Warm colors can energize, lighten and animate your state of mind. Cooler color choices can soothe, relax or rejuvenate you.
Paint a room the ‘wrong’ color choice and achieve a whole different reflection than what you were trying to achieve. Picked blue because you thought it energized your front stoop? Well, in actuality it is creating a soothing, serene welcome to your and your guests. A great outcome, but not exactly what you were going for…
According to the principles behind Feng Shui, color can even impact something as simple as your doorway. A red doorway inspires passion as you enter the home, a blue one offers a place for serenity, infuse yellow for a center of happiness and joy.
Confused as to what color brings what Chi? This is where a valuable Feng Shui tool comes in – The Bagua Map. This little blueprint of color holds the key to creating the correct Chi and color correlation in your space.
Whatever room you choose to begin your Feng Shui journey, remember that your space has the power to define your state of mind and increase the energy for your well-being. Choose color wisely and your home will pay you back with more restful nights, more energized days and more abundant relationships.
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