The New Year is a chance for fresh beginnings and what better way to cleanse the past and build a positive future at home, than using the art of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui is the Chinese practise of positioning objects and furniture around the home to improve the flow of energy, in order to bring a positive surrounding to those who live there. It is said, by following certain guidelines at home, Feng Shui will bring a more balanced, happier and successful life.
So we thought it would be fun to share some of the basics to help you achieve a more balanced and prosperous life by ‘Feng Shui’ing’ your apartment…
Feng Shui consists of nine sections that should be covered within the home or a single room, these are: knowledge, career, travel, family, health, children, wealth, reputation and relationships. Each section must be represented by placing objects such as pictures, books or using certain colours in the right location.
The four elements of the world (fire, water, earth and air) must also be symbolised in the home through the use of colours to gain balanced energy. This doesn’t mean each room must be decorated with each element in mind, instead use accents of the colours within a room or around the apartment.
Fire can be identified by using reds, oranges, purples and strong yellows whilst earth can be indicated with warm beiges and light yellows. Air or metal should be visible through a colour palette of greys and whites whereas water can be signified with blues and hints of blacks.
To gain complete Feng Shui a room must be designed with Feng Shui in mind, however, don’t let this put you off as making small differences in each room can still channel positive energy and make a real difference.
Also look at your furniture as little differences, like ensuring your bed is positioned away from mirrors and encouraging learning in the home with the use of books, can make significant changes. Aim to surround yourself with an abundance of light, fresh air and greenery.
It’s not only objects that can be changed, small habits like avoiding bright lights for at least an hour before bed will improve sleep or making sure the toilet seat is down, as this is believed to stop money from draining out of your pockets.
Here at OPW we’re a big believer in positive energy within the home. Come and check out our two bedroom apartments starting from £150,000, and now available with Help to Buy, it’s sure to give you a positive start to 2014.