#Lifestyle: SPRING FENG SHUI DECOR TIPS || The practice of detailed springtime house cleaning has been traditional routine for a long time. In fact, some people believe that it originated from the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the springtime memorial feast of Passover. This tradition includes everything from basic dusting to washing the windows, but there is one thing we fail to cleanse year after year – the negative energy. A practice more ancient than spring cleaning. Here are some tips that will help you boost the positive energy in your home and chase away the bad thoughts.
For spring cleaning, it is enough to move stuff, wipe the dust from where they’ve been and put them back on their place. Feng Shui requires much more. Take a good look around your house, and ask yourself: Do I really need all these things? How often do I use them? If the answer to the first question is ‘no’ and to the second ‘once a year’, it is about time you got rid of them. This way, you will create open flow of energy in your home.
It is high time you light up the winter gloominess, and there is no better way to do that than by letting in a lot of natural light. Get rid of heavy drapes you kept on your windows throughout the winter and replace them with the sheer curtains, or leave the windows completely bare. Use mirrors to disperse the light around the house. Install skylights or full-spectrum bulbs. Pleasant daylight will increase good Feng Shui energy (Chi) in your home.
Purify the Air
Just as proper lighting, clear air is essential for Chi. Our homes are burdened with indoor pollution, coming from various sources, such as smoking, paint colors, and cleaning products, to name a few. Fight them with air-purifying plants which also symbolize the energy of new beginnings. Ventilate the house by opening the windows frequently. You can also try best air purifiers which are more than capable of cleaning the air, and especially useful if you’re suffering from springtime allergies, preventing you from opening the windows during the day.
Add a New Coat of Paint
Colors can largely impact our mood, and if you have already based your interior palette on color psychology, you know how it works. Now, you just have to adapt what you know to Feng Shui. Namely, the shade you choose will depend on your birth element (fire, water, earth, wood, and metal). If you are fire, you should stick to fire and wood shades, such as orange, pink and yellow and avoid the watery ones, like blue and gray.
Define the Bagua
Finally, you will need to ponder the theoretical side of Feng Shui in order to figure out how to implement it in practice. Bagua is a Feng Shui energy map of your home which helps you connect your home zones with specific areas of your life and decorate them appropriately. For example, traditionally, southeast side of a home is linked to the flow of money in your life. There, you should use moving water (images of flowing water, fountains, etc.) because it symbolizes abundance.
Since you are already working on removing the somber winter coat of your home, make sure you replace it with free energy flow and abundance of good Chi. After you master these simple changes, you can explore deeper levels of Feng Shui.