New year, new home: How to give your home a Feng Shui makeover
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New year, new home: How to give your home a Feng Shui makeover

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy about how your living environment can influence your feelings and happiness. It opens up powerful energy channels in your home, to get it stronger, more harmonious and powerful. This will create harmony in your home and you will feel more balanced. Is there a better time to do this at the start of a new year? New year, new home! Here’s how to give your house a Feng Shui makeover:

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Feng Shui makeover

Literally translated, “Feng” means wind, and “Shui” means water. In the Chinese culture, these elements are linked to physical and mental health. They stand for health, harmony and happiness. A bad Feng Shui (a dark, gloomy space) means that there are problems in love life, poor health and bad luck. But with a good Feng Shui (a well-furnished and light room), this is not the case. We’ll share a few tips for a Feng Shui makeover at home.

The kitchen

According to Feng Shui, every room in the house has a specific function. There are areas for working, areas for resting and areas for relaxation. According to the philosophy, the kitchen is the center of the living environment, and should above all be practical, light and clean. So start cleaning your kitchen, put some fruit in a bowl on the table and place herb plants in the windowsill. Preferably place electrical equipment in the cupboard, as they have a negative effect on energy flows. Is the sink placed next to the gas stove? Then place a plant or wooden cutting board in between, which prevents a collision between the elements of water and fire.

 

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Plants

Plants are great for good Feng Shui, and ensure happiness, balance and positive feelings. Just pay attention to where you place them. According to Chinese philosophy, it’s best to place them in the corner, because that makes the corner less sharp and doesn’t create stagnant energy. A hanging plant has the same effect. Placing a plant in an eastern corner will ensure family happiness and health.

 

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The bedroom

According to Feng Shui, the bedroom is a place of sensual energy and tranquility. A tidy, restful space is very important for this. That means no electronics, so no TV, laptop or smartphones. They disrupt energy flows and ensure less rest and sensual energy. So what ís allowed in the bedroom? Colors that radiate heat, dimmable lighting, and candles.

 

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