Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice focused on arranging your surroundings in harmony and balance with the natural world around you. The goal of feng shui is to align and enhance your environment according to the principles of tranquility and energy flow.
Three Key Principles of Feng Shui
- Chi: Chi is energy. This energy is found within everything, even inanimate objects. In a home, chi flows throughout the space and can enter and exit through doors and windows. The goal of feng shui is to keep the chi flowing throughout your living space and not allow it to get stuck or blocked.
- The Five Elements: The essential elements in feng shui are fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Each of these elements is characterized by distinct shapes, colors, and set of attributes. For example, something triangle-shaped or red is considered a fire element.
- The Bagua: The Bagua is an ancient chart used to classify where to place objects and colors that represent the five elements.
Feng Shui and the Center of Your Home
The center of the house is considered the heart of the home and known as the yin-yang point. Much like a human heart, this area is the place from which all the other guas (or feng shui areas) receive energy from. The yin-yang point is directly connected to the health of the home. It is recommended that this yin-yang point be open, light-filled, and have a sense of beauty to it.
Five Ways To Assure a Centrally Placed Bathroom Creates Good Feng Shui
A bathroom in the center of the house is usually considered bad feng shui. While it may not be worth changing the architectural layout of your home, there are some simple steps to increase the feng shui in a centrally located bathroom.
- Keep your bathroom clean and clutter free. A good organizational system will help maintain order in your bathroom. If you have too much clutter, use a feng shui system to clean the bathroom.
- Bring a sense of beauty to your home's center bathroom. This can include art, candles, flowers, or an essential oils diffuser.
- Take good care of the bathroom's air quality. Air purifying plants (if you have good light levels in your bathroom) or an aromatherapy diffuser will help improve air purity and odors.
- Be mindful of the type of light in your bathroom. If you have no window in your bathroom, create at least two (or more) levels of light by using a dimmer switch, lighting candles, or using faux candles. The goal is to avoid always having the same flat quality of light.
- Bring feng shui earth or fire elements to the bathroom with corresponding colors, decor items, shapes, or more. Earth and fire are good for the energy of the center of your home. The earth element is especially important in your centrally located bathroom as it will absorb the excess water element from the bathroom.
You can create beauty and good feng shui energy anywhere in your home, from your dark basement to the busy storage space; all it takes is strong determination coupled with a bit of hard work.