It often feels like the world is crazier than ever, which makes it all the more important to infuse your home with good vibes and peaceful energy so that you have a welcoming retreat from the chaos. And, lucky for you, it just so happens to be pretty easy to create interior harmony provided you follow a few simple principles.
Feng shui, an ancient Chinese practice designed to bring peace and harmony to the home, has long elevated interiors to more tranquil heights. And what a lot of people don’t realize is that you don’t need to be an expert in this practice and its history to take advantage of its myriad benefits. The primary tenets of feng shui are actually incredibly simple and inexpensive to integrate and they’ll instantly make your home feel more calm, inviting, and harmonious.
Clear the Clutter
Feng shui is founded on the idea that energy should be able to flow freely throughout your home. But if your home is overrun by clutter, it blocks that energy and instills it with a sense of chaos. That said, the perfect first step to a peaceful home is to clear out the clutter. But keep in mind that this doesn’t need to be some kind of massive, overwhelming overhaul. Instead, start small, one surface or corner at a time, and work from there. Before you know it, you’ll have a peaceful, clutter-free retreat like this space from My Scandinavian Home.
Get Under the Bed
As you’re clearing out your clutter, make sure that extends to the space beneath your bed, like this minimal bedroom from The Design Chaser. Subscribers to the wonders of feng shui believe that this central piece of bedroom furniture is an energetic anchor, so if you cram lots of stuff underneath it, it’ll keep the good vibes from flowing freely. If you’re at a loss for where to store things, consider investing in a standalone dresser or wardrobe, or a few inexpensive storage bins for the closet.
Remove Bedroom Electronics
Speaking of bedrooms, see how peaceful this dreamy space from Rue Magazine looks? A big part of that can be attributed to the fact that its electronics-free. For a lot of us, our phones are basically extensions of our bodies and Netflix is a daily activity. And while we love a good Netflix binge as much as the next person, the glare from your television or phone before bed does nothing for your peace of mind. That’s why feng shui believers make of point of removing electronics from the bedroom. Try it for a few nights and see how much better you sleep.
Bring the Outdoors Inside
Plants, running water, and organic materials like wood and stone are all believed to enhance your home’s good vibes according to feng shui. And not only do they bring peace and harmony, but they look great doing it, no matter your aesthetic or style sensibility. Plants, in particular, have a special knack for bringing life (literal and figurative) into the home. Whether you opt for a full-on jungalow or just a statement plant or two, like this space from Apartment 34, your home is sure to be happier for it.
Surround Yourself With Inspiration
If your home is full of photos of exes, reminders of failed projects, or simply pieces of decor that don’t inspire you, it’s time for a purge. All of these things can seriously deplete your and your home’s energy. Spend a few minutes taking inventory of your surroundings. If something in your space doesn’t make you feel joyful and inspired, get rid of it. And if that results in a home that feels a little too empty, then invest in some decor or artwork that reflects your sensibilities to fill the void, like this gorgeous gallery wall from Avenue Lifestyle.
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