Your home is your castle, your refuge from the troubles of the world outside and your oasis of serenity. There are a number of ways to make your house more comfortable and pleasant to spend time in, from introducing different kinds of plants to dabbling with interior design. However, while this may take care of the aesthetical issues, there are some ways to improve your living space that may not seem as obvious. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese discipline that tries to tackle the issue of energy flow in your house and provide for a healthier living environment. While it may be difficult to cover all the advice that discipline provides in one article, what we can do is give you a short overview of some of the basic principles that you should know, covering the essential rooms in your house.
Being a room where your food is prepared, kitchen is of critical importance for the energy flow in your house. As such it is important to know how to organize your kitchen in accordance with Feng Shui principles. First of all it is important to distribute your refrigerator, sink and oven in a triangle, in order to prevent the conflicting elements of water and fire from coming into contact.
When it comes to ideal colors for your kitchen, you should focus on nuances of yellow, which is believed to be the color that promotes healthy digestion. White, brown and red are also thought to be a good choice for the kitchen, while you should avoid using black or blue, as they are water colors and could dim down the fire element that needs to be prominent in your kitchen. You should do your best to keep your kitchen free of clutter, and perhaps place some flowers on the table to brighten up the room.
Seeing that the bedroom is meant for relaxation, it should be free of different exercise devices, computers, and everything that is not relaxation oriented. The lighting should be soft, so use candles or a dimmer switch to achieve the low level of light.
You shouldn’t have anything larger than your bed in the room, and it should be balanced, so if you have a nightstand on one side of it, you should also place one on the other side.
When it comes to coloring, you should focus on the skin tones, which is to say everything from chocolate brown to pale white.
Bathroom is considered an energy drain, which is why it is especially important to have its Feng Shui in order. For one, always close the door to the bathroom as well as the toilet lid, as this will prevent the energy drain from the rest of your house. This is also to say that you should always have the window open, both for air quality and for balancing out the energy in the room.
Best colors for your bathroom include shades of blue, gray or white.
As the main room in your house, living room has to reflect your own tastes and style, but also has to provide unobstructed flow of the energy. This is to say that your furniture shouldn’t obstruct the flow – imagine the energy as a stream of water coming into your room and try to picture how the furniture would make it flow.
Yellow is a good choice for your living room, but you could also go with soothing green or energizing orange.
Apart from this general advice on regulating the energy flow in your house, there is another thing that you need to keep in mind, and that is the importance of lighting. While natural lighting is the best choice whenever available, sometimes you simply need to use artificial lighting. In such cases do not use fluorescent lights as they look very unnatural, but instead use typical warm light bulbs. Installing a dimmer switch in every room of your house is highly recommended, as it allows you to fine tune the lighting based on the time of the day and your current mood.
Diana Smith is a passionate home improvement blogger interested in topics related to small budget home improvement tips or how to decorate your room with a proper lighting and how to effectively use Feng Shui elements in your home. Diana loves to see her readers getting useful information from her articles.
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