Feng Shui Steps to Decorating Your Home

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Feng shui can be used in decorating your house with the goal of creating a loving, supportive, fun and happy home. Decorating tips used in feng shui are slightly different than the traditional decorating, but once you start using feng shui, a harmoniously decorated home is yours to enjoy!

Feng shui decorating is a way to decorate your home to create a vibrant feeling of joy and harmony. Feng shui decorating does not necessarily mean creating a Zen-type home; what feng shui decorating means is that you create an environment that has the best energy to support the specific activity, or activities, intended for that space.

home office needs an active, vibrant energy of success, while a bedroom will need soft, sensual energy. You can achieve the desired energies by following basic feng shui principles in your decorating efforts.

Your first step in decorating your home with feng shui starts before the actual decorating process. The necessary feng shui requirement is to clear the old energy residues and create a strong and clear energy foundation. What does that mean on a practical level?

It means you have to clear your clutter. Decorating a cluttered home makes no sense, from the feng shui point of view. Kind of like applying expensive make-up to an unwashed face. Why would you do that? Only after you have cleared the old energy can you move on to a successful feng shui decorating process. But wait, there's one more step before you immerse yourself in playing with colors, textures and an endless variety of feng shui cures!

Let's explore the best feng shui decorating steps.

Good Quality Air and Light

These two elements are essential for good Chi, or good feng shui energy, in your home, thus essential for good feng shui decorating. So, if you have done all the preliminary work—your house is clutter-free (or almost clutter-free), you have good quality air and good quality light, you are now ready to start decorating with feng shui!

Define the Energy Map of Your Home

The bagua or energy map of your home will serve as a blueprint, or a clear map as to what colors are used in specific rooms, what images are best in your home, how to position the furniture for best energy flow, etc. Knowing the bagua is crucial to successful feng shui decorating, so be sure not to ignore this step.

A feng shui bagua diagram
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Use Color for Good Feng Shui

Color is a very powerful way to shift the energy in your home and bring the desired results much quicker. As such, knowing how to use color skillfully is very important for good feng shui decorating. Is blue good feng shui for your living room? Is red OK in the main entry? Find out.

Define the Feng Shui Products You Need

You might have many of them already, or you might need a beautiful fountain and some great feng shui art, plus maybe a Buddha image in your home office to go with your decor scheme.

While good feng shui decorating does not mean a Zen-looking space (or a Chinese-looking establishment), it does mean you decorate with clear intent and use specific items as feng shui cures.

Use Modern Decor as Feng Shui Cures

So, you bought your fountain, and you bought your crystals, now where and how do you position them for best feng shui in your home? Of course, the first step is to consult the bagua of your home (which you have done in step # 2 above). The next step in good feng shui decorating is to place your cures according to your best, or lucky, directions.

Crystal and rock set up for feng shui
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Final Summary

When decorating your home with feng shui, it is important to focus on the big picture (your whole house or apartment), as well as "zoom in" to each specific area of your home to create best feng shui energy in all your rooms.