Marie Kondo enthusiasts unite – here’s your guide to the ancient Chinese tradition of Feng Shui. The term Feng Shui - which quite literally means ‘wind and water’, is the practice of allowing good energy (otherwise known as chi) to flow throughout your home.

The art of Feng Shui suggests that we all have a deep connection to our homes, and that the energy and flow of our living spaces has a profound effect on our wellbeing and sense of happiness. So, with a few small tweaks and a little spring cleaning you can transform your home into a sanctuary of positivity. And who doesn’t want that?

While Feng Shui existed well before home-organisation guru Marie Kondo, her best-selling book, ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ echoes some of the basic principles of Feng Shui. First and foremost: decluttering is key. Inspired by the start of the Lunar New Year, now is the perfect time to declutter and achieve balance and harmony in your humble abode.

Here’s the 101 on Feng Shui-ing your home: 


Keep it tidy

Spring cleaning and decluttering your home has many positive benefits. While you’ll probably spend 80 per cent of your time getting distracted by all the great stuff you find, here are some easy tips to help you declutter your spaces:

  • Clear out any items that aren’t used regularly or don’t serve a purpose. If it hasn’t been touched in over a year, it’s a good sign that it’s time to say sayonara.
  • If an item evokes bad memories or feelings, let it go.
  • Use baskets, boxes or tubs to organise your items – set up a system that works for you and gives you easy access to everyday items.
  • Donate unwanted good to op shops – you’ll be decluttering and feeling good about sending your once beloved items to a new home.  
  • Clear your surfaces (desks, side tables etc.). Surfaces with minimal clutter encourage positive energy in the space.

Let there be light

Positive energy in the home is enhanced by the presence of natural light and fresh air. The great outdoors and a little vitamin D are vital ingredients for our health and well-being, and have a vast impact on the chi of your home. In a nutshell: good quality air and good quality light equals positive energy. Simple, right?
Generate air flow throughout the home by opening windows and doors, and open curtains and blinds to ensure you are letting in the maximum amount of natural light. Air purifying plants are also a great way to help produce some more O² in your home.


 
Make use of mirrors

Feng Shui and mirrors are a match made in chi heaven. While mirrors are popular Feng Shui items, if used incorrectly they can cause negative energy throughout the home.

  • Mirrors should be used where they can dissipate light and movement in a space, which allows positive energy to bounce around the room.
  • Mirrors in a dining room invites wealth and abundance as it appears to double the amount of food.
  • Mirrors are great in the entry of the home – but shouldn’t face the front door as it reflects good energy back outside.
  • Don’t places mirrors facing the bed – you can startle yourself, and it can reduce your personal energy resulting in sleeplessness.


Colour me happy

Colours in Feng Shui are an expression of one of the five elements: fire, water, wood, earth and metal. Choosing colours to put in your home has a significant influence on how you feel – from happy, to passionate, to calm or content.
When selecting your colour schemes, it’s important to focus on the feelings you want to ignite. Do you want a warmer space that uses red – a representation of the fire element and the colour of romance and luck? Or use a neutral palette that relates to the metal element that symbolises innocence and clarity? Choose colours that evoke happiness within you, and positive energy will follow.


Feng Shui tips when building a new home


Staircases

Of course, many of the design principles that form the thinking behind Feng Shui are evident in many of our beautiful home designs, such as the Vantage in Lyndhurst and Sovereign in Glen Waverley, VIC. If you take a walk through either of these stunning display homes, you will see that the moment you step inside the front door – the staircases aren’t visible.

Staircases should not be located in the centre of the home as that disrupts the flow of energy and, similarly, they should not be aligned with the front door. By doing so, any energy that comes into your home will head straight upstairs - and it is important that this energy is dispersed throughout the home freely.



Kitchen

As the heart of every residence – the kitchen plays an important Feng Shui role, and can influence the health of the people living in the home. Island benches should be kept clean and unencumbered, and the kitchen sink shouldn’t be positioned within the island bench, as water that is located centrally can drain energy from the home.

Feng Shui also says that the kitchen sink (which represents the element of Water) should not be located beside the stove (representing the element of Fire) as Fire and Water do not mix well.



Living Room

You want to use furniture to enhance the movement of energy in a room, and to invoke an energy that is rejuvenating and refreshing. Firstly, assess what the function of the living room is, and how it will be used – once you have singled out the primary purpose of the room, you will find it’s easier to choose furniture that is relevant to the space.

Couches should be placed ideally with a wall behind, or, if that’s not an option, you can use other furniture behind the couch to mirror the effect of a wall. When placing additional furniture, it should feel convenient and logical. If you need to go out of your way to walk around an item, chances are it is encouraging bad Feng Shui in the room.



 
For more interior design or style inspiration, visit one of our award-winning display homes, or check out our style gallery, where you can save and organise all your favourite Metricon home designs