It’s a big, crazy world out there. And by many accounts, it’s only getting crazier. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is a calming, peaceful retreat from the chaos.
Fortunately, there are quite a few rules and practices you can put into play that’ll infuse your home with all the good vibes and peaceful feelings, and it’s likely a lot easier than you might expect.
The age-old practice of Feng Shui has been used for thousands of years (about 6,000, to be exact) to bring more energy, balance, and harmony into the home. It’s thought to not only impact how you feel in your surroundings, but many people believe that integrating more Feng Shui elements can even enhance your mental and physical health, your relationships, and how much success comes your way.
At the very least, adopting the following Feng Shui tips is sure to make your home look and feel a little happier.
Get Rid of Clutter
Clutter is both the enemy of peace of mind and a Feng Shui home. Therefore, if you want to feel more relaxed and at ease in your surroundings, the very first thing you should do is reduce its clutter.
Now, this doesn’t need to be an overwhelming endeavor. If you simply clear one surface or small area per day, you’ll have a clean, clutter-free home in no time.
Add Plenty of Plants
Plants not only make your home look more warm and sophisticated, but they also purify your air by absorbing pollutants and infusing it with more oxygen.
But don’t think you need to have a green thumb to have a house full of greenery. Plants like succulents and air plants will bring all the benefits without the maintenance.
Fix Whatever is Broken
Many Feng Shui experts believe that the broken items in your home bring bad energy to your space, so start giving love to those items that could use some repairs.
Paying a little extra mind to things like sticking drawers, clogged drains, cabinetry scuffs, or even holes in your clothes can work wonders to give your home a more exhale-worthy feeling.
Break the Lines
People who subscribe to Feng Shui believe that super straight lines in your home create what’s called a “poison arrow” that can make your space feel uncomfortable.
So, if you’re currently working with a few photos in a straight line, consider rearranging them into a gallery wall like this one from The Design Chaser for a softer touch. Or, perhaps all of the lines in your living room are facing one direction, in which case laying an area rug on a diagonal could break things up a bit.
Bring in Elements From Nature
The outdoors have a way of making us feel more grounded, balanced and at peace, which is why elements from nature are a major tenet of Feng Shui.
Things like wood finishes, stone accents, water fountains and, of course, plant life, will not only make your home look more warm and inviting, but it’ll feel more peaceful too.
More Mirrors Means More Energy
Mirrors are thought to reflect the energy around them, so they’re perfect for increasing stimulation and positivity in those areas where you need it most.
That said, be sure that the mirrors you add are reflecting beautiful or joy-inducing items. A mirror that reflects a trash can isn’t going to bring you the happy-making vibes you’re after.
Spruce Up Your Entry
The front door of your home is the portal of entry to your most sacred space, so Feng Shui experts believe it should be a strong reflection of your personal style and sensibility.
Adding things to your entryway like a minimal console with a plant or two, a large mirror, or a colorful area rug will ensure that everyone who comes through your door is greeted with peaceful feelings, as you can see here from Homey Oh My.
Hide Your Wires
Devices like computers, tablets, televisions, and smartphones are nearly unavoidable at this point, but that doesn’t mean their cords need to add chaos to your home.
Constantly seeing these cords snaking around and tying themselves in knots is a constant reminder of the chaos of the outside. Do yourself a favor and tame, hide, or eliminate those cords wherever you can like this interior from Read Write.
Create Visual Balance Through Symmetry
According to Feng Shui, both our eyes and our energy are attracted to balance and symmetry in the home, so be sure to incorporate it where possible like this bedroom from Good Housekeeping.
Great places to start are by adding two nightstands to the bed as opposed to one, making sure your wall hangings feel centered, and clearing out any corners or crevices that are packed with more miscellaneous stuff than the rest of the space.
Add a Touch of Crystal Goodness
In Feng Shui, crystals are thought to bring better energy and higher vibrations into your home. And they also happen to look incredibly stunning doing it – just look at these from Crystals Gems.
You can incorporate rose quartz to attract love and romance, black tourmaline for more protection, or citrine to bring more wealth and abundance. The possibilities are truly endless and ever sparkly.