The Basics of Feng Shui and How to Apply it to Your Life

The Basics of Feng Shui and How to Apply it to Your Life

Have you heard of Feng Shui but are confused as to what it is and how it would benefit you? We’ve detailed the basics of Feng Shui as well as how to apply it to your life below. It can be as simple as rearranging furniture in your home, to adding different colors to a room; Feng Shui changes the energy in your home which can be truly beneficial to everyone.

The Basics

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system for arranging your surroundings in order to create harmony and balance with the world around you. It is structured by using things you already have in your life and by what you would like to attain to bring positive things into your life. The ultimate goal of Feng Shui is to have what is called “chi” or energy flowing gently through the environment of your home or office instead of going straight through it or being blocked inside. Different colors, textures, and shapes represent the five elements of Feng Shui: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each element represents attributes that you would want to balance in your home or office. By balancing all five of these elements you will have positive Feng Shui. A detailed list of the elements in relation to the shape, colors, and attributes are listed below.

Fire: Objects or designs should be in a triangle shape, using the colors red, orange, and purple. It represents passion and emotion.

Earth: Objects or designs should be in a square shape, using the colors brown or yellow. It represents grounding and stability.

Metal: Objects or designs should be in a circle, using the colors white or metallic. It represents strength and independence

Water: Objects or design should be in a curvy shape, using the colors black or blue. It represents relaxation and inspiration.

Wood: Objects or design should be in a rectangle shape, using the colors green or teal. It represents growth and expansion.


There is also a chart called “The Bagua”, which is pictured above, that can tell you where to locate different objects and colors in a room that represent the five elements of Feng Shui.

Using Feng Shui in Your Home or Office


Making sure that you have good quality air in your home will also induce positive Feng Shui. Putting air purifying plants or using essential oils can improve the air quality. Reducing indoor pollution is the top priority in having good Feng Shui.

Eliminate the clutter in your home also works well with this system. Leaving clutter or stuffing it into a drawer or closet creates negative Feng Shui. Sorting through the cluttered piles will help creative positive Feng Shui.

Letting natural light in your environment is one of the best ways to have positive Feng Shui. At night, it is recommended to make your bedroom as dark as possible; during the day make sure it receives as much sunlight as possible. You should have lighting in your home other than just natural sunlight. For positive Feng Shui, it is recommended to use Himalayan salt lamps or candles to give your room a warm glow. Himalayan salt lamps have a wide variety of health benefits as well as purifying the air, for more information on this read our blog article posted here.

To create positive Feng Shui in your bedroom make sure your bed can be approachable from both sides, have a bedside table on both sides of your bed, and making sure your bed isn’t directly in line with the door. This set-up will allow for positive energy flow in your bedroom.

Feng Shui is an easy system for finding balance and harmony in your life. The system is simplified into easy to follow steps to create positive Feng Shui and eliminate negative Feng Shui. After rearranging things in your home or office to create a balance, the attributes of each element will become more balanced in your life. All in all, using the Feng Shui system is an uncomplicated way to have more balance in your environment and life.

To learn more about the basics of Feng Shui click here. For more information on how to arrange your living spaces to create positive Feng Shui click here.

(Images Courtesy of: Carol M. Olmstead, Julie Jordan Scott)


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