8 Feng Shui Tips Every Happy Home Should Know

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Here’s how to usher luck and prosperity into your home this year.

Create a well-spaced kitchen 
The kitchen governs the health of the occupants in the home. Avoid the fire-water clash in the kitchen by keeping the sink and stove about 3 feet away from each other to prevent any negative health issues. Another measure to neutralise the clash would be to place coloured plants in the kitchen.

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Image credit: Richfield Integrated

Where you position your child’s bed in relation to the doorway affects education and health
If you have children in the home, it would be best to pay particular attention to the positions of their study desk and bed. These affect their ability to learn as well as their health. Ensure that your child is able to see the doorway from where he is lying on the bed, but not directly in line with the doorway as the energy flow into the room might be too strong for the child.

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Image credit: PaperBoy Wallpaper

Fresh fruits on the table symbolises wealth
You’d think that what you place on your dining table would have little effect on the energy of the space, but table displays are very important in improving positive energy. Place fresh fruits on the dining table, as they symbolise abundant wealth for the family. Fruits also have their own significance; for example, pears are for energy, peaches for health and apples for friendships. Fresh or silk flowers are also lovely additions to the table.

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Image credit: MiaFleur

Place the dining table away from the wall
We understand how space can be a constraint in the house, but placing the dining table against the wall can lead to hostile energy among your children. To avoid the promotion of favouritism, purchase a smaller dining table if you are faced with space constraints.

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Image credit: House Doctor

Plants and flowers bring about a sense of calm around the house
Having plants or flowers around the house can be very calming, and it can connect you with the natural world. In addition to their feng shui properties, they can also improve your indoor air quality. Some common plants you might want to have around the house are the lucky bamboo plant, orchids and palms. However, avoid having plants in the bedroom – not only do they take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide at night, they also have strong growth energy that is unsuitable for the bedroom.

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Image credit: IKEA

Keep the home office airy and well lit for positive effects
The study or home office is an important aspect governing the wealth of homeowners. The working desk should be placed at specific auspicious sectors that will help enhance aspects of personal wealth and career. It is also important to keep the space airy and well lit with natural light by leaving the windows open when possible. This helps qi circulate within the space and bring about positive effects.

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The right colours can evoke desirable psychological effects 
When choosing colours for the different areas of the house, the most important consideration is the function of the room. If it is supposed to be a calm and stimulating environment, avoid aggressive colours like red. Colours seek to add psychological and emotional significance into our lives so understanding how the colours represent the space it is used in is important.

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Image credit: Ferm Living

Hanging art in the home is an easy way to bring about positive energy in the home
If you’re into art and have paintings and sculptures in the home, it is important that they evoke positive images and feelings. Where possible, install an art feature you love on the main feature wall of the living room. The use of art in the home can improve the energy of the space, but you might want to use different kinds of art in different spaces. A piece of art that is sensual can be used in the bedroom, but it might not be a good idea to place sensual art in the study. Choose art that is vibrant instead.

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Image courtesy of Daniel Yun

This was adapted from an article originally written by Hairin Rahman published in the January 2017 issue of SquareRooms. 

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