8 Expert Tips for Creating a Feng Shui House

Want to incorporate feng shui into your home? Read below for some easy tips on how to feng shui your living space.

May 28, 2024
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It can feel a bit daunting when trying to figure out where to start your feng shui house journey. Whether you’re redecorating your place from scratch, or you just want to add some feng shui touches throughout your home, there are several tried and true tips for everyone to create a feng shui space in your house.

The most important aspect to keep in mind when adding feng shui to your home is the basic feng shui principles. The bagua map, the commanding position, the five elements, and yin and yang energies should be the driving forces behind any feng shui house in order to maintain balance in your life and living space.

For anyone starting out or even for feng shui masters, here are eight tips on how to create a feng shui space in your home.

Enter the space correctly

The front door is where you enter your home, but according to feng shui teachings, it’s also the way that qi, or energy, enters your home as well. The door is often referred to as the “mouth of qi”, so it’s an important focus in feng shui. In order to let the positive energy flow into your house and life, make sure your entrance is free from clutter and debris.

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Having good lighting in your entryway is crucial to welcoming qi. Maybe that means changing the lightbulb or removing anything blocking the light from flowing throughout the space. Think of how you would want to make it easy for a first time guest to find your home by clearing and lighting the doorway, so that’s the same how it should be with qi.

Place things with intent - the commanding position

The commanding position is the space in a room where you can see the door without being directly in line with it. Take care to ensure that your bed, desk, and stove are placed in the commanding position because they represent you, your career and personal life, and wealth, respectively. Having these items in the commanding position means that you are in a position of power in these areas and are ready to receive the energy flow.

Besides the commanding position, feng shui has other teachings for proper furniture placement. For example, you must never have your bed below a window because it’s believed that energy leaves a space through windows. Sofas should be placed facing the direction of the maximum amount of sunlight to gather the highest amounts of energy from the sun. The dining room table should not be in the middle of the room or under a beam either.

Mind your mirrors

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In feng shui, mirrors can invite energy into a space as well as reflect or amplify it, that’s why your mirror placement matters. You should never place mirrors across from doors; instead, they should be placed perpendicular to entryways. Mirrors should also never be placed in a kitchen, facing your desk, or above beds, sofas, and chairs. If you have anything negative, such as a stack of bills, be sure to never place it in front of a mirror because that negative energy will be magnified. Some good feng shui places to hang a mirror include in the dining room, across beautiful views, in the hallway, or in the living room.

Be mindful of the energy flow

The goal of feng shui is to create an energy flow throughout your home environment. In order to let qi flow smoothly, you must make sure to leave an open and unobstructed path from the front door and around your home. Don’t forget to check the outside of your home as well to ensure that no trees or plants are blocking the entrance path through the front door.

Doors are portals for energy to flow and also for opportunity to enter your life, so it’s vital that they are not blocked and can open to at least a 90° angle. If there is clutter behind a door that’s blocking it from fully opening, it means that the energy cannot flow to its full potential and that you can only receive a portion of life’s opportunities.

Clear the clutter to create space

Feng shui is all about creating more space in your home and life through decluttering. According to feng shui teachings, you can create more openness in your life by throwing away and letting go of things or items that you no longer need or can be holding you back. When you get rid of unnecessary things, you create a new space for a fresh opportunity. Life is full of impermanence, so be open to the cycle of collecting items and then letting go when the time comes.

Add plants and art

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The bagua map and the five elements of feng shui give guidance for the type of decorations to incorporate into your space. A great way to liven up your home, as well as integrate these teachings, is to add plants and art pieces. Plants bring an instant connection to nature and energy into a room, and art provides endless possibilities for channeling qi and adhering to the bagua map colors and elements through the use of different tones and materials. Plants and art are not only aesthetic, but they’re also an opportunity to channel energies in feng shui.

Let the sunlight in

Sunlight brings about feelings of positivity and rejuvenation, so it’s no secret that allowing natural light to come in through your windows works to bring more energy within the space. To make your home more feng shui, be sure to clean your windows to help the sun’s energy enter with ease and also metaphorically assist you in seeing the world around you more clearly. Feng shui also teaches to place mirrors where they may help to diffuse the natural sunlight, which allows for more positive energy to circulate through the space.

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Remember gratitude

Your feng shui house is always there for you, so be sure to thank your home back. Feng shui is a shamanic tradition, which means that according to feng shui teachings, everything is alive and contains the same life force and energy, qi, running through its being. This teaching is why feng shui emphasizes having such close ties with nature and the world around you.

Your home is your shelter, your safe haven, your sanctuary. It houses you and provides you with a place to sleep, eat, rest, rejoice, and care for yourself. Under feng shui, we are all one in the same, so be sure to express your gratitude to your living space as you would another human being. If you take care of and thank your feng shui house, it will in return be good to you.

Feng shui things to avoid

One of the biggest mistakes you can make with feng shui is not being intentional or thoughtful about your furniture and decoration placements. Of course, there are recommended ways of how to accurately channel energy and also incorrect ways. You can always follow tips of how to feng shui your house, but the best way to feng shui your own space and home is to pay attention and put thought into your design. If you truly understand the teachings of feng shui and decorate how you feel is the best for your energy flow, then you’re sure to have a feng shui home in no time.

At Ukio, we firmly believe that anyone can learn the ways of feng shui and create their own feng shui space. Our designers keep feng shui in mind when creating all of our artfully designed and serviced apartments in Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, and Berlin in order to channel the best energies for your stay.