Space Clearing is a technique that will cleanse your living or working environment of the negative energy that naturally accumulates over time. If you hire a true Feng Shui consultant, this is one of the first procedures that a competent practitioner will either perform or recommend. This is because the real practice of Feng Shui is about creating a healthy flow of life energy or “chi” within the space where we spend most our time. You may find that this step alone can make the biggest improvement in the quality of your life, and make all other Feng Shui cures more effective.
If your physical spaces are bogged down with clutter and stagnant negative energy, there are probably areas of your life where things just aren’t flowing. This can include anything from your income to the quality of your love live. To make improvements, you must clear stagnant and/or negative energy and make room for fresh, positive energy to enter. By combining Space Clearing with the elimination of unnecessary clutter and a commitment to keeping your space as clean and functional as possible, you will begin to make real and lasting changes.
To begin doing this on your own, start by getting rid of old, broken and unused items. Don’t keep things that make you unhappy, remind you of bad times or that you simply just don’t need. Clean all areas thoroughly and open doors and windows frequently to keep the air fresh. Open up rooms you seldom use and let fresh air and light circulate.
If frequent arguments or other negative activities occurred in a certain space, consider rearranging the furniture as well. Your goal is to change the space enough that it no longer reminds you of the past.
You probably have a general idea of the difference between, say, classic and country designs, but a really pulled-together look depends on how you handle the details. Here are some tips on how to make your favorite style unique.
Classic Bathroom: Formal, with architectural detail. Include stone and fine woods. Fixtures are always decorative. Balance is the key for a classic look. When in doubt, buy a pair. Furniture can be elegant but not necessarily fancy, with tight backs and small, rolled arms. Keep wood furnishings dark and remember longevity of furniture matters more than following the trends.
Modern Bathroom: Sleek and clutter-free, with liberal use of cool materials like glass and chrome. Modern style means clean lines and simple, geometric shapes. Modern, mid-century furniture is the way to go. Choose sleek materials such as stainless steel, glass and plastic. Keep wood pieces detail-free. Color schemes are simple with textures in the starring role. A an exciting color choice is red, which increases the heart rate, appetite, passion and energy.
Country Bathroom: Casual and cozy, with such features as a wood floor, bead board paneling or pedestal sink. Accent pieces are painted or distressed. Country style furnishings are casual and comfortable pieces have high, cushioned backs and large, rolled arms. Woods are light and grainy, painted or distressed. Fabrics are plaid, floral or striped. Personal touches bring a country home to life. Use glass jars for storage and shop for vintage accessories.
Eclectic Bathroom: Uses colors and materials that let the imagination run free. Mix different styles and periods. Design by instinct: If you love it, it will work. Shop at flea markets and specialty stores for eclecticism. Accessories like wall sconces, glassware and linens make a big difference in a room’s design. Whether you choose solids, stripes or prints, make sure to employ a unifying color. Try cutting soft pastel colors with furniture that is very dark.
Using feng shui principles in your home can be easy when you start with the basics. Here are some helpful ideas to use in your home decor:
Clear Out Clutter: get rid of everything you do not love. Clutter clearing saves money, time and energy and helps “lighten your load.” Do not skip this important step!
Have Good Quality Air and Lighting: These are essential elements for health and well-being. Open windows often to clear the air, allow as much natural light as possible into your home and consider using full-spectrum lighting.
Define the Ba-Gua: This is the feng shui energy map of your home. By using this compass you will find which areas of your home are connected to specific areas of your life. For example, when standing at your front door, the back left corner of your home is connected to the flow of wealth & money in your life.
Study the Five Elements: Help balance the feng shui elements in your home in order to attract positive energy to your goals. For example, if you need to increase your prosperity, introduce wood and water decorative elements to the back, left corner of your home.
Keep Your Home in Good Repair: Happy, healthy, prosperous homes are clean, organized and in good working order. This will make your life easier and more harmonious as well as attract good energy.