Ever wondered why you feel so uneasy when you step into a particular room? Perhaps it’s the clutter in front of the wardrobe. The broken lampshade. Or the juxtaposing-but-not-so-complementary artwork in the living room. Fixing it could be as simple as some minor design tweaks. Feng shui is a Chinese philosophy centred around energy flow and how objects are positioned and presented in a room. Here’s how you can create a harmonised living space with feng shui.

A warm welcome
Energy flows through doors – particularly the front door. So create an open and inviting path into your life. Prevent ‘blockages’ by keeping the entry clean and tidy – invest in a wall rack or elegant storage chest to keep essentials such as hats, shoes and bags. And don’t be afraid to add a touch of opportunistic red – a plant pot, a flowering shrub or the door itself.

And inside, place the most important item of your room – the bed, the desk, the stove – in the ‘command position’ (facing the door). That way you’ll never have your back to it.

Cultivating sleep
If this is the beginning of your feng shui journey, let’s start in the bedroom because who doesn’t want a better night’s sleep? Removing clutter is the obvious first step, but shoving it in your wardrobe or under the bed won’t do – this is about energy, not just aesthetics. Next, ensure air flow around the bed with space on both sides – and, of course, it needs to face the door. A solid headboard offers stability and harmony, and it goes without saying the bed must be made each morning.

General upkeep
Sure, it’s hard to stay on top of home maintenance, but here are a few things you mustn’t let slip: tidy up general mess, especially around doorways (a cull may be on the cards); dust must go – look at your skirting boards and dresser accessories (this may also benefit your health); see the world clearly with clean windows; and fix or replace that broken lamp (or any other item that’s a little worse for wear).

Strike balance
Once you’ve decluttered, you’ll need to add balance. Feng shui’s five elements are water, wood, metal, earth and fire, and each should be represented in every room. They don’t need to be big – think frames, cabinets, light shades, rugs, and if you don’t want to re-clutter so soon, your colour palette can also symbolise the elements.

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