Feng Shui Home Decorating for Beginners

Maximise the positive energy of your home using the best of Feng Shui principles

Have you ever entered a home and felt immediately invigorated, enthused, at home and relaxed, all at the same time? Just like you’d come home to your most special and sacred place …

Or, have you ever felt the absolute exact opposite, weighed down and constricted, and just couldn’t wait to get away?

What’s going on here is the energy dynamics of an environment.

When you enter a home – take note – what is the feeling you get? 

Feng Shui is the study and science of the flow of energy in our environments. It recognizes that the condition of our environment influences our state of mind and quality of life.

By making adjustments to building design, home decorating, placement of furniture, colors, décor, gardens and landscaping, Feng Shui helps to optimize our environment. By creating harmonious and healthy living places, you can achieve health and harmony within and all the abundance you desire.

Feng Shui is based in Ancient Tradition – it’s the Ancient Chinese Art of conscious siting, design and placement. In Ancient Chinese Philosophy – Feng Shui the 3rd life pillar, after Destiny (1st ) and Luck (2nd). The main emphasis is on Destiny, however, you can do things to enhance how much success you have by activating & using the 3rd one – Feng Shui.

Note: As Feng Shui is a huge subject in itself, and as my website is focused on Home Decorating, I will specifically focus on Feng Shui as it relates to practical Home Decorating ideas you can apply today.

For a more background and a detailed history/explanation of Feng Shui, you can visit –

In the simplest practical ‘today’ terms –

• Feng Shui is about the energy flow through your home, which is in a constant state of flux and movement …

• It’s about your relationship with your physical environment and your desire to improve that relationship …

• It works with the flow of energy in our homes, buildings and landscapes, just as acupuncture and kinesiology adjust the body’s flow of energy for health and wellbeing.

• It’s also about using a lot of common sense and your intuition in its diagnosis, remedies and application …

For more information, click on the following for a detailed breakdown:

1. Basic Principles for Harmonious Home Decorating – 
2. Color Decorating – 
3. Floor Layout and Furniture Arrangement – 
4. Decorating Rooms and Spaces – 
5. Home Accents and Accessories – 
6. Avoid clutter and neglect –

Home Office – Feng Shui Decorating Tips – 

Home and Garden – Feng Shui Decorating Tips – 

Feng Shui Home Decorating Tips: Basic Principles

To start with, here are some key concepts for you to keep in mind when following Feng Shui –

• In literal translation, Feng Shui means ‘wind’ and ‘water’, and seeks to influence the flow and quality of ‘Chi’ or ‘Qi’ (energy) in our environments. Chi is vital energy or life force that’s everywhere – good Feng Shui practice keeps the Chi flowing but contained and not too aggressive.

• It works with ‘Yin’ & ‘Yang’ energy (opposite ends of the spectrum) – o ‘Yang’ – active, bright, hot, full of life, summer. o ‘Yin’ – quiet, dark, cool, blocks energy, winter.

The aim is to keep ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ energy in balance and harmony for most positive outcomes – for example, you can balance either ‘yin’ or ‘yang’ with elements of each other to balance energy flow. In summer, you can introduce a water element into a ‘yang’ environment, and in winter, you can introduce a fire element to bring warmth and light to a ‘yin’ environment.

• Feng Shui also works with the elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and their influence on balancing your environment.

1. Basic Principles for harmonious home decorating –

• Incorporate design and decorating features that help to quiet the atmosphere of a room. For example, lots of floor to ceiling windows can result in a room feeling disturbed and unsettled. You can balance this by using heavier blinds or drapes on windows to achieve focus, and by using heavier furniture to stabilize and settle the room. This also has a calming effect on the people who use the space.

• Try to decorate with natural materials as they have a positive effect on your body.

• Balance hard straight lines and cutting edges with soft, flowing shapes and curves. This is particularly important in rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom where slippery surfaces, cutting blades, fire and water can be sources of conflict.

Correct missing corners – When corners are missing from the ideal balanced square shaped home – the area that corner represents will experience difficulties in corresponding areas of your life – wealth (south-east), relationships (south-west), health (west). You can remedy this by filling in corners by either:

o Using a wall mirror to create the illusion of extending the wall o Installing a bright light or lantern o Defining the corner area with verandah details and arches o Building an extension

Soften the effect of sharp protruding corners (these create and release harmful energy from their knife-like edges) – of either wall edges or square pillars/columns (round columns are much better). Place plantsto soften, dissolve or deflect the harmful energy.

Overhead beams have equally harmful energy and weigh down on a room and the people occupying the space – you can soften this by hanging a 5-rod wind-chime.

Living rooms should have at least one solid wall without windows, ideally facing the door into the room, allowing the ‘chi’ to flow into and around the room and not escape through windows directly opposite the door.

Fireplaces – their best location in your living room is on a south wall, but also good on east, south-east, south-west and north-east walls. Not good on a north-west wall (consider closing it up). The north-west corner of any room or house signifies heaven – not a good location for a fireplace or stove.

Front Door – When your main/front door opens onto a large hall or living room (not a cramped area), or looks out onto a wide open space, it allows beneficial ‘chi’ to accumulate.

Feng Shui Color Decorating

2. Color Decorating –

• Bring the colors and textures of nature into your home. Use colors according to their energetic qualities. For example –

• A pale translucent blue can give an almost ethereal feeling of lightness.

Green is balanced and calm.

• Deep warm purple is dignified and mystical.

• A subtle, tasteful, understated monotone effect can be achieved using tones of off-whites and creams, or pale variations of pastel colors (this is a particularly suitable and satisfying color scheme for a person who leads a busy life as it creates a space that is clear, pristine and peaceful).

• Avoid excessive use of one color, material or shape. Too many ‘wood’ qualities in a room can agitate the liver and gall bladder resulting in arguments, frustration and anger. ‘Wood’ colors such as green, blue and grey can be harmonized with ‘fire’ tones of red, orange and purple. A red rug could temper the ‘wood’ impact of a timber floor.

Bedrooms – decorate with dark ‘yin’ colors rather than light ‘yang’ colors to promote restful sleep.

Front door – Make a grand statement with color to the entry to your home according to the element of the direction it faces, and see good fortune increase:

o Blue for north, east or south-east

o Green for east, south-east or south

o Red for south, south-west or north-east

o White for west, north-west or north

Feng Shui Floor Layout and Furniture Arrangement

3. Floor Layout and Furniture Arrangement –

• In designing your floor layouts, remember to allow the ‘chi’ energy move and flow gently and slowly from one room to the next.

Furniture arrangement – arrange sofas and armchairs in a square face-to-face setting (avoid L-shape arrangement as its less fortunate). Add an ottoman or footstool to complete perfect Feng Shui.

Sofas and armchairs – select ones with generous and comfortable seat cushions, back support and arm-rests, with good quality rubber foam for extra comfort.

Living rooms Place stereo equipment on the west wall for good fortune.

• In a Bedroom – position your bed in the corner diagonally opposite the doorway. Don’t sleep with your head or feet directly pointing toward the doorway, or with your head under a window, overhead beam, or ceiling fan. The ‘chi’ will be too powerful and disrupt your sleep.

Feng Shui Decorating
Rooms and Spaces –

4. Decorating Rooms and Spaces –

Family room and Dining room – the focus of your home – paint walls a bright and happy color (‘yang’ colors) to promote yang energy. Hang a wall mirror to reflect the abundance of the food on the table and the happiness of the people.

• The Living room’s south-east corner is the wealth corner – energize this corner by placing a plant or aquarium. (Only in living room – definitely not in dining room, bedrooms or toilets).

Bedrooms – color decorate with ‘yin’ rather than ‘yang’ colors. Keep lighting soft and low to encourage sound sleep. Cover windows with heavy window furnishings. Never place mirrors in bedrooms. If you have a dressing table, conceal the mirror with a soft piece of lace or some light decorative fabric.

Hallways and Entry Foyers and your Front Door – Decorate with plants and a water feature for good luck – an aquarium is best, either on the left side of the door as you look out or directly facing it. Keep the area well lit and warm in winter. Especially near your home office. Hang a bright luxurious light above the front door to welcome in the ‘chi’.

Staircases – should not face the front door – allows negative energy to run directly into the home and out through the upper floor. Counter this by placing a bright light, screen, plant, or wind-chime between the door and staircase.

Keep the staircase and landing well lit to encourage a good flow of ‘chi’. You could hang a painting on the landing (with a cheerful subject). If the staircase is narrow, you can hang a mirror to give the illusion of widening it.

Make sure you have full treads. Horizontal treads allow the energy to dissipate. Avoid spiral staircases also as their shape spirals energy up and out and their horizontal treads exacerbate this.

Long, narrow, cramped areas can also be freed up with light colored paint and bright lighting.

Small rooms, hallways and entry foyers – To enlarge small spaces and tight corners, Mirrors can be used – clears stale energy and creates a feeling of space. Place the mirror on a wall that doesn’t face or reflect the door directly (otherwise this would dissipate the positive energy).

Feng Shui Home Accents and Accessories –

5. Home Accents and Accessories –

Paintings, posters or pictures – of a sunrise in the south area (new opportunities) of your home, it will open up new avenues for growth in your life.

Water scenes are good Feng Shui throughout your home – but not in bedrooms where it means loss.

Family pictures – place them in the Family room. Don’t display them facing the front door, staircase or toilet, nor in the basement, or directly under a toilet on the floor above.

Fresh flowers and plants – bring in ‘yang’ energy into your living areas. Even artificial flowers (silk preferably) are OK, but definitely not dried flowers (negative energy). Get rid of wilting flowers immediately and replace them with fresh flowers.

Fresh flowers and plants are a wonderful source of life force energy and healing color, and connect us with nature and a higher consciousness.

Note: But don’t place them in the toilet (no flowers, ornaments or paintings/posters either – they attract the opposite of what you want).

Lighting –ensure comfortable levels of light and shade. To encourage more success, add slightly more light to enhance your yang energy.

Wind-chimes –work best when placed in the north-west. A 6-rod wind-chime here attracts luck, mentors and influential people into your life.

Place a 2 or 9 rod (crystal or ceramic) wind-chime in the south-west corner of your living room to increase your popularity (don’t hang in bedroom), and a metal wind-chime with 6 rods in the north-west corner to increase your networking luck.

Crystals – place natural quartz crystals in the south-west corner of your home, your living room or bedroom.

Decorative Screens – are a beautiful decorative item and perfect room dividers – they also solve Feng Shui problems by helping dissipate negative energy. They must be placed in a straight line, and not in a zig-zag configuration.

Aquariums – with 9 goldfish – one gold and one black to activate great Feng Shui and luck. In the north corner of your living room will stimulate your career or business with positive new developments.

Display items in pairs – doves, frogs, turtles. Display lots of fresh fruit throughout your home, particularly oranges (they signify gold) at the entrance to your home.

Feng Shui symbols – Coins, 3-legged frog, dragon.

Feng Shui says – avoid clutter and neglect

6. Avoid clutter and neglect –

• Too many decorating themes are clutter as they create a busy environment that can be exhausting and de-energizing to live in. Overdone collections of ornaments can distract and overpower.

• Make sure that everything useful and relevant has a place and eliminate items that are causing obstruction or stagnation. There’s a distinct difference between clutter and conscious storage.

• You’ll feel a wonderful sense of relief and lightness when you start to reduce and throw things out. Suddenly, there will be space for new ideas and opportunities to show up. Creating order and empty space in your home will also create order and peace within you.

• Get rid of items from the past that no longer serve you or excite you.

• Never use chipped glasses or crockery – get rid of it – symbolically, it cuts the lip or affects your speech.

• Get rid of cracked or damaged mirrors.

• Repair doors that don’t close, fix dripping taps and replace light bulbs that have burned out.

Home Office
Feng Shui Decorating Tips

Home Office Feng Shui Decorating Tips

Position of your desk – best in the room’s corner furthest away from the doorway so that you’re looking diagonally onto the doorway – so that you face incoming energy, but you’re not directly facing the door head-on (incoming energy will be too forceful and powerful).

• Position your desk so that you sit with a solid wall behind you – for strength and support.

• Avoid sitting with windows behind you (you will lack support and it leaves you open to attack of negative energy). Do not sit with your back to the door.

• Hang a painting or print of a mountain scene on the wall behind you (for solid strong support backing you). Or position a solid cabinet there.

• Bookcases should be positioned against walls that aren’t directly behind your desk.

• Plants are one of the most effective Feng Shui energizers (‘wood’ element for growth). Place them in the east, south-east or south corners of your office for best effect. Artificial plants are as effective as live plants, but dried plants are a definite NO-NO.

• Your Desk – leave the area directly in front of you empty of files, books and so on. Create the equivalent of a ‘bright hall’ where good chi can accumulate. (Piles of files should be higher to your left than to your right)

• Computer equipment is best positioned to the west to strengthen your ability to cope under pressure. A lamp in the south for good reputation and luck. Flowers in the east to attract good income luck. Crystal paperweight in south-west to create good relationships

• Earth energy brings excellent Feng Shui to your business – activate the south-west (the strongest), center and north east corners of your room or premises. You can place crystal clusters or large ceramic or pottery urns. To activate your wood energy corners – the east and south-east – use mother of pearl items to increase your turnover.

• Lighting – avoid too bright lights overhead (to avoid health problems). Replace light bulbs immediately when they expire.

• If you have a north or west oriented office or a window facing that way – block out excessive sunlight with blinds or curtains, otherwise yang energy will lead to disagreement or short tempers.

• Entry Hallway or Foyer –

With good strong front door opening inwards.

Business card – avoid designs that are too abstract, sharp pointed or angular shapes.

Home and Garden – Feng Shui Decorating Tips

• Water features work best in the north – small fountains and ponds in your garden bring good luck with money. The south-east corner is also good.

• Water features at the front of the house should be located to the left of the main door (when looking out). Will ensure the stability of relationships in the home.

• A view of a natural waterfall is very positive. You can also capture this good luck with an artificially created waterfall in your garden – but keep its proportions balanced and don’t overdo it. Too much water in the garden can have a drowning effect for what you desire.

• Trees and plants – with their wood element (signifies growth and development) – particularly in the east, south-east and south.

If you’re creating a more natural looking pond, incorporate a meandering effect – this draws abundance and money to you.

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