Decorating your new Elysian West apartment home is an exciting process. You’ve probably heard of Feng Shui, but here is a beginner’s guide. Feng Shui (pronounced “fung-shway”) is all about balancing the energies in your living spaces. It began over 4,000 years ago in China as a way to establish the best locations for villages, homes and even burial sites. The word “Feng” translates to “wind” and the word “Shui” translates to “water.” Humans need both air and water to live and by balancing these two elements in accordance with basic Feng Shui principles, a home and the people in it become calmer, healthier and happier.
The ultimate goal of modern Feng Shui is to ensure the smooth and gentle flow of energy throughout your home. Fill your home at Elysian West with the positive energies of Feng Shui by following a few basic tips.
1. Declutter because it blocks the flow of energy.
2. Keep entryways clean and clear to allow good energy to flow into the home.
3. Store brooms and mops upside down in a closed space to block negative energy they may pick up from the cleaning process.
4. Decorate with round paper paperweights to promote strength and growth, the round shape represents earth’s stability.
5. Add plants to your décor to increase good energy. Bamboo, jade and lilies in particular exude good energy.
6. Use decorative screens to slow and redirect energy or to contain energy in a particular space.
7. Store televisions, stereos and other electronics in closed cabinets to avoid the negative energy produced by electromagnetic fields.
While these very basic steps will get you started on promoting positive energy in your home, there is much more involved in finding your personal Feng Shui. Learn more about how to incorporate the three power principles of Feng Shui – Chi (energy), the five elements (fire, earth, water, wood & metal) and The Bagua (mapping the nine basic areas of life) – into your home at websites like Real Simple and Houzz.