Feng shui

Illustration by Ed Appleby
Illustration by Ed Appleby

Secrets to harmonize your home

By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor

Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or unhappy? Well, put down the valium and start thinking about a more natural path of aligning your energies with the universe around you. Hailing from the spiritual epicentre of ancient China, feng shui seeks to harmonize you with your living or working space. It’s simply a matter of redecoration and you could find your house radiating a calm and peaceful aura that will help erase those frazzled nerves.

The secret behind feng shui is the idea that what you surround yourself with affects your spiritual being and mood, therefore, if there’s chaos in your home—dust, dirty laundry, things out of place—that external chaos will be reflected back on your internal being, making you anxious or unhappy. But it’s not enough to keep your home in tip-top shape. In order to get the full experience you need to forget all you know about home décor, and start aligning your furniture in a way that will allow the energy of your house to flow in the right way.

To do this you can start with a few simple rules.

Any workspace must be either facing or in sight of a door. This creates a position of power that will help you be more productive. So whether you are cutting coupons or prepping dinner, keep a door in sight to ensure speed and success. Let’s face it though, you probably won’t be able to see a door if you’re at the stove or reprimanding your children—that’s why you need mirrors! As long as a door is visible, you won’t lose your position of power, so the reflective surface of a mirror is perfect for ensuring a door is never outside your line of sight. Installing mirrored accent walls will not only make your home look modern and chic, but it will also be great for your feng shui.

Too much modernism will off set your energy, so be sure that no room in your house is without at least a touch of warmth. Whites and metallics give off a cold energy that could dampen your mood, so accent them with warm hues like yellow, orange, red, and brown. Alternatively, using only earth-tones in your décor palette will ensure that your home is inviting, because nothing is better than nature.

To harmonize your marriage, make sure everything in the bedroom is symmetrical—anything less reflects that there is an emotional void or disconnect between you and your husband. If you have architectural issues that prevent your bedroom from being perfectly symmetrical, such as windows, closets, or other features; try to duplicate them with mirrors or wardrobes. Doing so will create a spiritual equality between you and that special man in your life.