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7 Feng Shui Mistakes and Fixes

Peace, tranquillity and positive energy are three things we are all surely seeking in our homes. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of encouraging all this and more, to flow through our homes.

Think of it as a roadmap for positive vibes but it is a road network that can become easily congested, especially when obstacles are in the way.

Are you making these mistakes?

1.   Your bed, sofa, desk chair, tub chairs and armchairs are NOT facing the door

It is a sub-conscious feeling but to feel completely safe in a room, you need to ace the door. Having your back to it or being side on, you obscure your vision of who or what is entering the room.

And there is science to boost the Feng Shui principle too if you needed convincing. The part of the brain that is known to control survival instincts based on fear is activated when we sit with our back to entrances and exits for long periods of time.

So, if you feel agitated at your desk or can’t quite relax on your tub chairs move them so you can see the doorway. If you can’t move the furniture, pop a mirror in a position that means you can see the door in its reflection.

2.   You haven’t fully decluttered

It is s hard to really de-clutter. We all have that inborn fear that we will get rid of something that will prove essential.

Thus, what we tend to do is only partially de-clutter and that means the house is spotless but the loft is full of stuff or the garage is bursting at the seams.

In terms of Feng Shui, this accumulation of clutter, even if it is hidden from view, is an obstacle to the free flow of positive energy.

The solution is to de-clutter and to do so properly. By systematic working through your stuff and if you are going to keep things, they must be kept in an ordered environment where they are not an obstacle, but useful because you can access them.

3.   There’s something heavy hanging over your head, literally

The art of Feng Shui is about feeling safe, comforted and cosseted in our homes. And yet, because interior design has so many dictates – one of which is to hang artwork above the sofa etc. - we follow without really thinking about them. Thus, we sleep or sit with something heavy mounted on the wall behind us.

Again, you may not be consciously aware of it but the part of the brain that kicks in to keep us safe – we mentioned it in the first Feng Shui mistake – is constantly sweeping the room for signs of danger. And that heavy painting or cumbersome piece of artwork with the potential to fall that is behind you is one such danger.

Place artwork where you can admire and enjoy them, leaving the wall behind the bed, sofa, tub chairs and armchairs free from clutter.

4.   You have not prioritised your comfort

Your home is your castle, your domain, your place of safety. It needs to be functional and practical and yet, how many of us choose items for our homes that prioritise style over comfort?

We’ve all made that mistake and so, with future purchases choose items that give you maximum comfort.

Likewise, sort out wobbly furniture and items with sharp edges. Remove plants that are prickly too.

5.   Your home is devoid of personal objects

In recent years, the penchant for minimalist design has forced many of us into a place of anonymity.

In effect, we have de-cluttered so much, that we have watered down the soul of our homes. Removing family photographs, for example, to replace with sculptures and other beautiful things, but ones that don’t necessarily have personal stories and history attached to them.

Bring back Feng Shui with family photos that support your desire to create a happy, comfortable and loving home.

Feng Shui also suggests that by removing photos of people and places that hold bad memories for us can also help to iron out the lumpy, negative energy in a home.

6.   You’ve used too much of one colour

The interior design principle is simple – two complimenting colours and a third colour using sparingly as a contrast – and yet, what we can end up doing is stagnating energy by using too much of one colour in our effort to create a minimalist, open feel to our homes.

Balance your home by making sure you do have varying shades of colour. Don’t over-do it on shiny stuff either and too much neutrality actually leaves the home feeling stale and stuffy.

7.   You don’t fix broken things

It’s amazing how quickly we adapt when something isn’t working right. But it stagnates our energy and so this is the simplest fix of all: fix it or recycle it!