7 steps to help you check the feng shui of your home.
In a way, it is quite easy to know if your house has good feng shui. Answering just one simple question – Do you feel happy in your home? – will already give a good indication of its energy, as well as how well you and your home are “matched”.
Apart from a house being a good feng shui house, there are also specific house features that are good for some people and not so good for others, all based on their personal energy. For some, their houses are a match made in the feng shui heaven, and for some, the harmony is not there.
However, before going into this more advanced level of designing a good feng shui house for your personal energy, let’s first look at some basic tips to know if your house has good feng shui. Here are 7 tips to help you understand the feng shui of your house.
Step 1: A strong and healthy front door
In feng shui, houses are absorbing most of the needed energy nourishment via the front door, so the stronger your front door, the more good feng shui energy it can absorb. And the more good feng shui energy your door can absorb, the better energy is there to support you!Having a strong feng shui front door It is a bit like having a clear, strong voice and speaking up for yourself/letting yourself and your needs be known. Houses need to have a clear voice, too.
What makes a strong feng shui front door? A door that is proportionate to the size of the house, that opens easily and freely, enjoys beautiful paint in the right feng shui color and has good door hardware. A door that is well-lit, has a good pathway leading to it, as well as opens up into an inviting main entry. In other words, a door that invites both respect and admiration, a door that looks good and feels good.
Step 2: A main entry with inviting, self contained energy
The main entry is very important in feng shui as this is the space that has to have the ability to draw in and further invite/direct the incoming energy into your home. It has to have a quality of energy that is welcoming, as well as self-contained, so that the energy can settle in. There should be no doors or windows directly facing the front door. When you have any door facing the front door – be it a bathroom door or a back door – the energy easily escapes without being able to nourish the house. The same scenario can be created by a big window facing the front door as this will promote a leakage of incoming energy.
Step 3: A happy, active and nourishing energy kitchen
The kitchen is considered the heart of the home in many cultures for obvious reasons. In feng shui, the kitchen is also connected to the health and wealth energy, so it is very important to take good care of your kitchen.From best feng shui colors for your specific kitchen to creating and maintaining fresh and nourishing energy, any and all details matter in creating a good feng shui kitchen. There can be no good feng shui home if the energy in the kitchen is unhappy, stagnant or cold.
Step 4: The bedroom as the most loved room in the house
You must have heard me many times saying that the bedroom is the most important room in the house. That is, in a good feng shui house, of course! Instead of focusing most of our attention on grand living rooms and expensive dining to impress others, it would do the house (and us) so much good to create a good feng shui home by keeping our attention on the bedroom. Understand all the guidelines and basics that make a good feng shui bedroom, and then continue to bring lots of love energy into your bedroom.
Step 5: Clearly defined rhythms of activity and stillness
In order to create and keep good feng shui energy in your home, it is important to have natural rhythms expressed visually in your decor. It is the energy of inhaling and exhaling, the energy of night and day, summer and winter, yin and yang. What that means on a practical level is that your house has areas that are busy and bursting with bright colors, images and textures, and then it also has areas of visual rest, stillness or repose. A house that is all stillness or all activity (as expressed in its decorating choice) is not a good feng shui house.
Step 6: An abundance of alive and fresh energy
Good feng shui is all about good energy, and good energy is alive and moving. This means that for a house to have good feng shui energy, it has to have a constant flow of fresh energy, plenty of natural light, alive items such as plants or flowers, vibrant art, good sounds. Good feng shui also means you know how to take care of the energy in your home as needed – be it with smudging or any other space clearing techniques.
Step 7: Well taken care of utilitarian places
In a good feng shui house all the areas that are usually not paid much attention to are still loved and well taken care of. From the bathroom to the laundry room, from your closets to the basement and the garage — all these spaces need care as they are still part of your house. You cannot really hide anything or neglect it in your house – it is like neglecting a specific part of your body. For good feng shui, the house as a whole needs order and proper care, as well as a basic loving treatment. Know that there is there no hiding of any spaces in a good feng shui house! Every part of your home is connected to every other part (again, just like in the physical body).
Is there more to a good feng shui house? Yes, of course, there is always more! These 7 steps, however, should serve as a good foundation to help understand the basics of a good feng shui house. Later on, you can proceed to a deeper exploration on how to create a good feng shui house for your specific feng shui birth element. Till then, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask them in our Life Changing Feng Shui community or subscribe to our weekly feng shui newsletter.