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How to Feng Shui Your Home

Feng Shui principles can promote a sense of balance and harmony. Learn more about the practice and how to Feng Shui your home with practical, achievable tips.

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If you’re looking to create a more peaceful environment, adopting some core principles and practices of Feng Shui could transform your home. Read on to learn more about what Feng Shui is, what we can learn from it and how to Feng Shui your home in a few simple steps.

First things first, what is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that involves altering the arrangement and design of spaces to promote balance and harmony. It’s centred on the belief that the energy, or qi, that flows through a space can have a powerful impact on the people who inhabit it.

We carried out a survey of over 2000 people in 2023 to determine what makes a Happy Home and offer you practical ways to achieve a sense of happiness in your own space. One of our key findings suggested that having a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere can boost your day to day enjoyment. This is an important element of Feng Shui. With this in mind, we’ll lead you through how to Feng Shui your home and make it a more positive space.

Step 1 for how to Feng Shui your home: make a good entrance

The main entrance to your home is considered the mouth of qi. It’s important to choose a front door that’s sturdy, well-maintained, and welcoming. Avoid doors that are located directly across from a wall or that face a dead end, as these can block the flow of qi. If you’re looking for new front door inspiration that combines a sense of harmony and modern style, opt for bold colours that are eye-catching and energising.

How to Feng Shui entryways in real homes with wide doorways and garden views © Matt Gamble

Step 2 for how to Feng Shui your home: get your bedroom right

Your bed is the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom so, along with it being your most comfortable piece of furniture, the practice of Feng Shui outlines that it’s equally important to position it in a way that promotes good rest and positive energy. According to Feng Shui principles, you should avoid placing your bed directly under a window, as this can allow the qi to escape. It is also important to have your head facing the right direction while you sleep. To perfectly transform your sleep experience, take time to select bedding that comforts and relaxes you. We love light linen sheets spritzed with soothing scents like lavender and ylang ylang to help you drift off.

Practice Feng Shui in your sleeping space to promote a sense of calm

Step 3 for how to Feng Shui your home: opt for natural materials

Feng Shui emphasises the benefits of using natural materials as they are believed to bring a sense of calm and balance to a space. Using these materials in your home can help create a serene echo of the natural world. Lucy Henderson, Head of Design at My Bespoke Room, says:  ‘Incorporate this trend by using natural materials with interesting textures like marble, wood, stone and rattan. Opt for furniture with organic shapes as well such as a round coffee table or curved arms on your sofa.’

Incorporate natural elements into the home

Step 4 for how to Feng Shui your home: introduce some greenery

Introducing some greenery into your home is an extension of decorating with natural materials. This can be achieved in a number of ways – from installing skylights or bifold doors to reveal your garden or surrounding trees, to filling a shelf with indoor plants or even picking up an occasional bouquet of flowers for the dining table.

Some beautiful injections of greenery at a completed Resi project in Merton create good Feng Shui © Matt Gamble

Step 5 for how to Feng Shui your home: incorporate water elements

Water is a powerful symbol of wealth and abundance in Feng Shui, so incorporating water elements, such as fountains or aquariums, is said to invite prosperity and abundance into your home. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, this could also provide an opportunity to create satisfying water features, such as a ponds. However, it’s also said that too much water can bring chaos along with it.

Step 6 for how to Feng Shui your home: clear clutter and create space

Clutter is believed to block the flow of qi in a space, so it’s important to keep your home clutter-free. There’s no need to adopt a totally minimalist approach but we’d suggest making an effort to declutter regularly and get rid of items you no longer need or use. For any items that you need less regularly but aren’t quite ready to let go of, we recommend using smart storage solutions such as headboards with storage and hanging organisers.

It goes without saying that the easiest method of reducing your clutter is to create more space in your home to disperse your belongings. This also has the dual impact of reducing traffic in your home. But it’s not achievable overnight. If you’re considering creating more space in your home, there are a huge number of extension avenues to choose from. Each home extension type will be dependent on a number of factors including location, proximity to neighbours, just how much space you’re looking to make and what your budget is. It can be tricky to know where to begin but we’re here to help with insider guidance on design, planning and financing extension projects.

To offer you some inspiration for how to create more space in your own home, explore these examples from the Resi portfolio:

 Learn how to Feng Shui your home from Kate and Michael who carved out more space in their family home in Walthamstow with a rear extension and a beautiful reading nook fashioned from an oriel window © Matt Gamble

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FAQs

What are the rules of Feng Shui house?

Feng Shui in the home touches on the idea that we can influence the energy of the space around us by rearranging the layout or the items we have within it. Some of the ways it’s believed that your Feng Shui can improve are decluttering, creating more room and adding more plants to your space.

What are the key points of Feng Shui?

Some of the key points of Feng Shui are decluttering, creating more space, adding more greenery to your home and introducing items made from natural materials.

What is a Feng Shui bedroom?

A Feng Shui bedroom will be a space that’s uncluttered and prioritises free movement without physical barriers. One of the most important factors is where to place your bed. In Feng Shui, the bed is particularly important. It’s believed that it shouldn’t be placed under a window where good energy may be able to escape and that soothing textures should be selected for ultimate relaxation.

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