Speaking of renovations, many people turn to the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui to help them gain harmony and balance when renovating their home. The main principles are to create positive energy flow and a simple and serene atmosphere.
Taoists believe that everything in this world creates energy; either positive or negative. In order to have a harmonious home, it is the creation and flow of positive energy that leads to a balanced and harmonious life.
One of the first fundamentals of Feng Shui is to rid your room of clutter. Clutter interrupts the flow of positive energy, so consider storage solutions with clean lines and subdued features.
Natural light represents energy and is an important part of Feng Shui. Ensure your space has as much natural light as possible. Dark corners can be brightened with a pale yellow paint to represent sunshine and mirrors will reflect light across the space.
Placing obstacles by the way of excess furniture in the home displaces the flow of energy and balance. Aim for a clear pathway through your home to encourage a natural flow.
Other Feng Shui points to consider:
The kitchen is the heart of the home – The design triangle principle is at play here, stating that the walk from the oven, to the fridge, to the sink should form a triangle for optimum harmony
In the bedroom – Have your bed facing away from the doorway so that your feet do not point towards the door
Doors – avoid direct alignment of the front and back doors of the house to stop positive energy being lost
Living plants in the home are a source of positive energy. Be sure to keep them healthy as a dying plant is seen to produce negative energy in the home.
Regardless of your belief in this ancient art form, the principles of Feng Shui can benefit any home to add light, aspects of nature and clean, simple lines in your home.