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What is Feng Shui and how to incorporate it's principles

According to Merriam-Webster Feng Shui is "a Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it, also: orientation, placement, or arrangement according to the precepts of feng shui".

The Benefits of Feng Shui

We all know that our energy levels can be directly affected by things around us, including your own home. Feng Shui is a series of guidelines centered around the idea of creating harmony and balance. When we apply these guidelines to our homes these feelings of harmony and balance transfer onto us, giving the feeling of calmness and being grounded. This can exponentially improve your overall mood and outlook!

The Principles of Feng Shui

The first thing you must understand to be able to implement Feng Shui is the five elements. "The Chinese words "Feng" and "Shui" translate to mean “wind” and “water," respectively. This concept is derived from an ancient poem that talks about human life being connected and flowing with the environment around it." Being connected to nature is very important to achieve balance in your space. The five elements are; wood, earth, fire, water, and metal. Each has its own qualities, colours, and areas of relation. Knowing what each element is related to will help you to enhance those qualities in your home.

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Water represents our ever-flowing connection to others and the world around us. We are always changing, evolving, and moving, just like water. Colours related to water are dark blue and black. Shapes to show this element are wavy and curvy to help imitate the flow of water. To add this element to your home you can add a water fountain, decor that follows the shape of the flow of water, or art that displays water.


Earth is related to nourishment of the mind, body and soul. This can be self care, setting boundaries or working out. Earth is all about taking care of yourself and those around you. Colours used can be earthy brown tones, oranges and yellows. Shapes to show this element are square and rectangular. To implement this element in your home add brown tone furniture pieces like a square desk or a rug orange rectangular rug!


Just like a tree, wood is related to growth, vitality and healing. Focusing on becoming our strongest selves. Colours that can be used are: greens and blues . Stick to tall column like shapes, think of imitating a tree. To add this element into your home you can use house plants and wood furniture/decor pieces.


When we think of fire what comes to mind besides the obvious? Passion and the sparks of inspiration. Fire is an exciting element that pushes us forward to achieve our goals. Colours to use will be reds and oranges. Using triangular shapes will help incorporate this element. You can use red triangular art/decor or add in statement lighting!


Like metalworking, this element is related to precision and beauty. Whites, greys and metal like colours will help push this element. Stick to shapes that are circular and emulate the metal element. Metal can be added into your home in many ways. You could add a wrought iron shelf or metal decor pieces such as a tray.

The Commanding Position

This is a fundimental element to implimenting Feng Shui. The element is about putting pieces of furniture that have significance in your life in a commanding position in the room. This could be your bed, your desk, your couch or even your stove. Each of these pieces represent soemthing to you. Your bed represents you as a whole and your desk represents your career path in life. To achieve commanding position you must place your significant piece of furniture where when using it you can see the door but you're not in the direct line of sight. The idea behind this is that you are able to see anything coming through the door but they can't directly see you. This gives a sense of ease and security, even if it's subconscious.


Remember to keep your space decluttered and open, Feng Shui is all about balancing energy and creating harmony. Follow these principles and trust your gut, after all this is your space and you're the one that has to feel comfortable and at peace there. As always thank you for reading and I hope you find this post helpful. If you enjoyed reading share to your socials! Comment down below your suggestions for future post and don't forget to become a site member to get notified every time I post! If you want to see more content from me click the buttons down below.



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