Feng Shui for a Harmonius Home Life

By: Michelle Fraser

If you haven't had your head in a bucket for the last three or four years, I'm sure you've heard the term Feng Shui. If you're like many of us, you've heard about in all kinds of instances but most often in terms of someone decorating their home. It's actually kind of funny that this has become such a run away success. Especially when most people who are talking about it really know as little about it as you do.

The term Feng Shui literally means wind and water. Not really decorating terms. At least they weren't until recently. Suddenly almost every home has some sort of water feature either inside, outside or both and wind chimes and pinwheels as well. In fact sales on those items have probably reached record proportions at some point in time over the last few years. Feng Shui is about arranging items in your environment in a specific manner in order to achieve a harmonious surrounding.

It sounds really complicated and yet when you think about, it makes perfect sense. Clutter causes chaos. A clean environment enhances peaceful thoughts. Colors affect mood, it makes sense to surround yourself in colors that will 'boost' (for lack of a better word) the mood or tone of the space they occupy. More importantly than anything, you want to be comfortable in your home. You want your home to represent you, to be an accurate representation of you, to be your oasis from the chaos of the world outside your home. Feng Shui can help you achieve the balance and harmony that is lacking in the world outside your home.

I have a Feng Shui tip or two for decorating your home if you have the time to listen. My first Feng Shui tip is that there are no hard and fast rules as far as colors go, or really any part of Feng Shui. It really comes down to eliminating the things within your home that engender negative reactions and replacing them with items that bring out peaceful, harmonious, and constructive thoughts and emotions. Second, the goal of Feng Shui is to bring harmony into an environment if your attempts at Feng Shui are not making you feel better, then perhaps you need to take smaller steps or you need to reconsider the step you've just taken. My third Feng Shui tip is this, don't be all or nothing about it and don't attempt to force it on others. Try adding a pillow or a painting that isn't quite as prominent as painting a wall. This will help keep the peace and harmony among your family. After all, the ultimate goal of Feng Shui is harmony with your environment.

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