Certain homes or Philadelphia Condos seem to exude a feeling of tranquility and wellbeing, and the root of this overall sense of harmony has a lot more to it than the pretty slipcovers or antique armoire.
Western designers, interior decorators and architects are increasingly turning to an ancient Chinese study of natural elements called Feng Shui to create serene and comfortable environments. Spaces which have been arranged according to the basic tenets of Feng Shui are believed to be very auspicious, bestowing upon their inhabitants health, wealth and good fortune.
Feng Shui strives for balance between yin and yang, and between the natural elements of fire, water, earth, metal and water. There are practical steps which can help to achieve a balanced, calm living space which will allow the mind and body to find its own inner balance and peace.
Get rid of clutter – an unrestricted path from the front door and throughout the house is first and foremost in creating positive energy. Dispose of clothes, knickknacks, and possessions which are no longer meaningful or essential.
To create a Feng Shui ambiance in the bedroom, dedicate the bedroom solely for relaxation, sleep and love – that means keeping electronics to a minimum and no treadmill or office desk. Situate the bed (preferably one that is slightly elevated) against a solid wall away from the door to promote relaxation, and adding symmetric bedside tables add a sense of balance. To achieve Feng Shui in the home on a budget, a rent to own store is an option to consider if replacing or adding furniture in any room.
Arrangement and placement of furniture is key to energy flow. If your living room furniture is oversized, blocking passageways, tattered and torn, or mismatched, then it’s time to rearrange, move out, fix up, and beautify! Start by walking into the room in question, and look around, what’s the first thing you see when you walk in? Can each chair/couch be accessed easily? You want your furniture to be accessible, make it so no shins will be knocked on that coffee table, that the room it inviting and organized, and that every piece of furniture is compatible with Feng Shui principles.
Lots of fresh air, natural light, natural materials and accents such as bamboo, chimes are also recommended. Adding a strategically placed mirror in the bedroom and elsewhere in the house can multiply the calming effect of a meaningful ornament or a beautiful window view. But there are basic rules for mirror placement; the mirror is to never be broken, never to be placed adjacent from one another, and never placed in front of a window or door.
Color is an important component of Feng Shui, think about balancing the color wheel – not too hot and fiery and not too cool. As a rule of thumb, try red as an accent color in the bedroom, but definitely not on a full wall, yellow for a family room and kitchen, blues and blacks for work spaces and greens in the bathrooms.