Feng Shui Tips for Beginners

How to apply feng shui principles into your home

feng shui tips for beginners
Even though feng shui principles are complex, it is easy to define a feng shui beginners plan for your house. Create a list of priorities the house needs in order to look and feel better; this will be the foundation for good feng shui in your home. Pando Hall/Getty Images

Feng shui is a pseudoscience that was developed in China dating back to 4000 B.C. It is believed that how you arrange your home can affect how energy (chi) flows through your home and your life.

Historically, the principles of feng shui were widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Feng shui means "wind water," two of earth's flowing elements.

Feng shui—or good energy flow—can be easily applied in any space, by arranging furniture appropriately, like the placement of your bed, your doors, the colors you use, mirrors, and water features.

Incorporating Feng Shui in Your Home

You do not need to have a deep understanding of feng shui principles in order to start applying feng shui in your home. Just say you believe in universal energy flowing through everything, and then you can find a number of good guides on how to embrace feng shui in your home remodel or redecorating.

It is helpful to identify which areas of your home need help the most. For example, you might feel very good about your kitchen and your living room, thus tend to spend quite a bit of time there, but your bedroom, bathrooms and your closets are neglected. Do not completely ignore the areas that feel like too much work, such as the attached garage, the laundry room or the closets. In feng shui, the house is viewed as a whole being in which one part is intricately connected to the other. Understand that one neglected area may sooner or later spread negative energy throughout your whole house.

Define a feng shui plan for your house or a list of priorities to bring the current state of your home closer to the state of your desired home. Know that with a strong intent and with enough perseverance, a harmonious home with great energy can be yours to enjoy.

Feng Shui Hot Spots

Front door color, door placement, and staircase placement in the home can affect how energy flows through your home. The front door, as the main portal for energy to enter the home, is very important. For example, if you have a staircase immediately at the front door, how does energy travel through the rest of the house? There are some fixes like placement of plants, mirrors, and furniture that can diffuse the energy throughout the house.

Check your flow of chi. You can check your flow of chi by closing your eyes and imagine chi as a deluge of water that comes in the front door. Are there any spots of the house that will never get wet because things are blocking the way? Does energy get blocked before reaching your bedroom? Do you have good energy (sheng chi) or bad energy (si and sha chi) in your home?

Clutter disrupts the flow of chi through your home sometimes leaving pockets of bad energy. Clean up clutter to keep the flow of energy uninterrupted to all the parts of your home.

Tips for Some Rooms of Your Home

Anyone can implement a few of these tips to improve the feng shui flow and feel the power of connection between life and space.

  • Bathroom: The easiest tip to implement is in the bathroom. Always keep the bathroom door closed and keep the toilet seat lid down. The idea is that water goes out of the home here. In ancient Chinese tradition, water is related to wealth. You do not want your money being flushed or drained away.
  • Home office: Where you place your chair is important. A feng shui commanding position means you do not have your back to the door. Your desk should be positioned further from the door and not in line with it.
  • Baby's room: Keep your baby's bed away from the door, and minimize the number of electrical appliances that are close to the crib. Electronics near the baby means there is a field of electromagnetic energy surrounding the child. High EMF levels may even contribute to some diseases and autoimmune disorders.

Feng Shui Cures

Feng shui cures—sometimes called adjustments, enhancements, or remedies—can be a good way to remediate the flow of energy in your home. 

  • Crystals: Crystals are often used to modulate energy, fill in missing spots, and bring sunlight and chi into the home.
  • Fountains and water: A good, high-quality fountain can create awesome energy in any space. That, or an aquarium, would be good additions to any home.
  • Mirrors: Mirrors are the workhorses of feng shui cures since they can activate, circulate, expand, and deflect energy.
  • Auspicious symbols: You can get a Buddha, lucky bamboo, Fu dogs, dragon statue, or many other talismans that represent good energy. The use of color and art in your home can strongly affect your home's feng shui, too.