Simple decorative changes to improve your home’s Feng Shui…

There are few homes with perfect feng shui.  Fortunately, rather than hanging a windchime or adding flutes to a beam, you can make simple decorative changes that will look and feel more natural.  These decorative elements can help remedy difficulties such as poison arrows that come from a front door and back door alignment or odd windows and slanted walls.

Here are nine important feng shui decorating fixes that you can use in your home that will look good and help your home’s feng shui.

  • Partiere Curtains

Once a staple of the Victorian era, partiere curtains are curtains that can be drawn to close off a room or to create or delineate one area of the house from another.  They’ve recently returned to decorating circles and are helpful for adding privacy in a house that feels too open.

In feng shui, these are especially helpful when your front door and back door are in line with one another.  Or, maybe you have a window that you can see out of when you open your front door.  By hanging a partiere curtain, you can stop the view and stop the rush of energy going out of your house and that can result in money going out of the house constantly, and feeling drained and tired.

This is a better way to stop energy from rushing through the house than hanging a crystal ball from the ceiling which can look odd, whereas the partiere curtain looks stylish.

  • Decorative Screens

This is another way to stop rushing energy from the front door that lines up with a back door or window.  Screens can be added to help create a corner in an open-concept house.  They can also be used to block a view, such as a view of the dining room from the front door.  This can lead to an excess of bills and a low accumulation of assets.

Screens are a wonderful fix for a number of situations.  Decorative screens can also be placed behind a bed that is up against a window.  This helps to create a false wall and gives support to the occupants of the bedroom.

  • Mirrors

A beautiful mirror is always an asset in a home.  But mirrors can solve two common feng shui problems.

The first is a wayward column.  If you have a column in an open area of your home or office, it can become an obstacle or a sore thumb.  Adding mirrors to all four sides can make the column disappear visually.

Mirrors are also helpful for a missing corner.  If you have an L-shaped home, you can add a mirror to a wall where that corner would have been and, thus, create the illusion of space that extends from the mirror.

Mirrors also double beautiful views and are an excellent feng shui device for enhancing the best energy, or sheng chi, that comes from beautiful views or scenes in your home.

  • Vines

While vines on houses are not considered to be good feng shui, if you have a round pole that’s awkwardly placed in your home or business, wrapping a vine around the pole makes it disappear into nature.  Vines can be used both indoors and outdoors, such as on those odd poles that show up in basements.

  • Canopy Beds

Canopies whether attached to the bed or on the wall or ceiling offer wonderful feng shui.  They are protective of the couple in the bed and they are excellent focal points for the bedroom.

But they’re also great fixes for beams on the ceiling, slanted ceilings, or coffered or tray ceilings.  These ceilings can create poison arrows that aim at your body while sleeping.

Slanted ceilings add pressure to those who sleep under them, so creating a flat ceiling with a canopy curtain can help to relieve that pressure.  The idea is to create a flat overhead surface to create a protective cover or to stop poison arrows from ceiling features.

  • Artwork with a View

Some homes have a wall that you see as soon as you enter.  This can starve the house of energy by pushing energy back out the door.

Over time, this can create a house that is starved for energy (ie. health, money, opportunity).

By adding art that offers a view of the distance and appears to view inwards, you can help to draw chi into the house by adding a view that goes further than the wall.  This helps to bring energy to the house because energy flows where the eye goes.

  • Lighting

Lighting is one of the best forms of feng shui.  It helps to lift and brighten and that’s always good feng shui because that’s yang energy.  Lighting can help brighten dark corners, lift energy, and your gaze upward the way a chandelier makes you look up.

A beautiful chandelier with crystals is an excellent remedy for a stairway that is too close to the front door to slow energy (and money) from running out the door too quickly.

Crystal lighting is also excellent for calming energy in a kitchen when the stove and sink are opposite one another, which can cause arguments and disharmony in the household.

  • Curtains

Curtains are a wonderful way to fix many feng shui flaws.  One common feng shui problem is when the command position in a bedroom is covered by a window where the bed should go.

Because beds should be placed in the command position, but never against the window, it can mean that the bed will be placed in a less than optimal position for feeling in command and supported during sleep, a vital feng shui tenet.  Adding a wall of curtains behind the bed can make the window disappear and provide a solid-looking backdrop for the bed.

In some homes, the bedroom may have two windows in a corner on only one side of the bed.  This feels out of balance visually and that can impact a couple or whoever sleeps in the bedroom from feeling comfortable in bed, resting properly, and just not feeling in harmony with life.  Adding another curtain on the side of the wall without a window can create a “faux” window that will help balance the visual look and feel of the bedroom.

  • Round Shapes

One of the less common shapes in a home is round.  Many homes are full of furnishings that are square or rectangular.  Over time, this can create a stuck or stagnant feeling in your home.  You may feel like the room feels too heavy.

By adding round shapes such as a round occasional table or a barrel-shaped chair, you can create more movement and add a lighter feeling that will lift the feeling of heaviness and help propel change in your home and life.

CREDITS:  Partiere curtains —  |  Other photos from Katie Weber

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KATIE WEBER speaks feng shui in plain English.  Her fengshui website—Red Lotus Letter—is designed to help you make the most of your life by making changes in your environment.  You can call her Katie, Kathryn or Feng Shui Lady—it all works for her—and her goal is to help you live & work with intention and in harmony with energy…  the feng shui way.



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