Is your home feeling cramped or confined, or perhaps it feels the opposite, feeling expansive, but cold and stale? It could be caused by the energy flow through your rooms. The way air and energy flow in your home will give very definite emotions to the people living in it.
So what is it about Feng Shui and energy flow in your home? Do you have any? Do you want to? Do you need it anyway? What does it do? And how can you achieve it easily?
Is there such a thing as energy in a house?
Yes, there is, but you probably already sensed that. Energy can make a home feel open and airy, but a lack of energy in your home can be even more obvious to the occupants. You can feel trapped in your home, and also in your life; you could feel like relationships, career or personal development are not moving like they should be. Your health or prosperity might be poor.
Humans as living things need to be able to grow, and in order to grow, we need energy. If you are feeling stagnant, this could very likely be the cause. If you work or create at home then healing the energy of your space is even more vital to get the juices flowing again.
In Feng Shui terms energy is called Chi. It is another name for the life energy or force surrounding something and includes the forces in your home. You can feel Chi through all of your senses, and if something is wrong with it, your sense of harmony, positive order, peace and clarity can be greatly affected. If you feel like you are going nowhere, or worse going backwards, or just stuck in a rut, then your lack of energy could be a huge factor in this.
But how do we create this in interior design?
There are a number of things you can do to improve the energy flow in your house, and as with all interior design ideas, these can be small, or massive. Size and scale don’t matter, but making a distinct change to the way you feel in a room is key. You could use change in energy to open a space up to allow more movement and improvement. Also, if your home feels cold or hard you can take interior decorating steps to add welcoming warmth and heart.
Decluttering is one big way to alter the flow of your home. Everything in your home should be there for a purpose, either a practical, emotional or aesthetic one. If you scrutinise each item in your home, you might be surprised just how many things don’t really need to be there.
Often, we are guilty of adding items without clearing the space for them in the first place. People with children are notorious for doing this. Don’t build up piles or stacks of things on incidental tables, benches, and shelves. Give things a home, or get them out of your home.
Get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be there. For even better positive energy donate items or sell them on sites like Gumtree, don’t just add to the rubbish pile.
Another great process for your house and everything in it is to clear the air. Let fresh air in wherever possible; it’s wonderful for all your carpets and soft furnishings as well. If the air is less than stellar, add an air purifier, oil infuser or salt lamp.
While you’re clearing the air consider getting rid of any pieces of furniture or décor that harbour bad memories. Your ex-boyfriend gave you that leather chair? Are you having trouble starting any kind of new relationship? Maybe it needs to go.
Colour is key (or Chi!)
Another element that I’ve talked about before is the use of colour to create energy. As we know, blue can be calming, but inserting pops of green adds growth, red may increase your prosperity, and yellows and oranges add light and warmth. And don’t follow any rules about this; if a colour feels right and makes you happy then it’s probably the right energy for your house.
While you are adding colour in your home, get excited about art as well. Hang vibrant pieces or lay out exotic rugs for smaller changes, or paint or wallpaper feature walls for a more permanent change. Artistic pieces that you create yourself can have even more effect on your home’s energy than just buying something premade. You could also add flowers and plants, quirky posters, children’s artworks, or even removable decals to breathe new life into boring old walls.
There is no end to how changing the energy in your home could change your life
I could talk about this all day. But the main things to take away with you is that energy is life, and you need it in your home. How you achieve that is a personal journey that you might actually find quite fun. Just do what feels right for you and your family; this is really the best interior design rule to follow.