Feng Shui is an ancient system of aesthetics developed in China over 3,000 years ago. While it’s a design concept, the primary concern of feng shui has more to do with the energy and placement of objects within the home rather than the objects themselves. The art seeks to balance the energy within a space thereby enhancing the health and good fortune of those individuals who reside there.

Feng is translated to wind while shui means water, and in Chinese culture these two elements comprise good fortune and health. Its premise is that everything is filled with energy and that there are certain things one can do to enhance that energy. Along with technical decorating concepts, many designers create spaces with some feng shui concepts in mind. Here are a few very simple ideas to get started using Feng Shui principles within your own home.

The air you breathe matters. Good air quality can enhance your health and well being. Keep lots of plants growing in your home to replenish the air on a regular basis. Consider air purifiers and ionizers if your home is in an urban area. Traffic, factories and high populations diminish air quality. Find ways to boost the air quality in your home.

Clutter creates distraction. Not only does a lot of “stuff” cause a tripping hazard in your home; it also keeps your brain stuck. Find a place for everything and keep it there. Organize your home and you organize your thoughts and your life.

Natural light is good for you. Breathing fresh air is health enhancing, as is taking in sunshine and natural light. Open the doors and windows any time you are able. Use those spaces with natural light on a regular basis to keep yourself light and happy.

Be mindful in your decorating choices. Only choose things you really love for your home. A well known phrase, “home is where the heart is” has so much meaning. Shouldn’t you be happiest in the place you live? Surround yourself with beautiful things. Maybe it’s time to move out of your Queen size bed and into a King sized one. Perhaps a wonderfully embellished chest of drawers would keep you more organized. A unique and fabulous mirror in your entryway might make you smile each time you enter your home. Even small items like fresh cut flowers or souvenirs from faraway places can make a huge difference in your well-being and mood. Whatever it is, enjoy it! Surround yourself with beauty!

The five elements are essential. In Chinese philosophy, each of the five elements correspond to an energy and each are important. According to Feng Shui, these five elements are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Many home furnishings correspond directly to these five elements. The simplest to note are wood and metal. Most furniture is made of one, or both of these two materials. Water is an easy element to bring into your home with fountains, fish tanks and aquariums.

Color is an expression of the five elements. This is perhaps a more complex principle than the others above, but when thinking of color, think in terms of the elements. More advanced feng shui concepts reveal proper use and placement. Use reds, yellows and oranges to bring in the fire element – think of the Sun. Plants are a great example of the earth element both in terms of their natural beauty, as well as their prominent brown and green pigments.

Incorporate a few, or all of these to enhance your home’s energy. Read more about Feng Shui if you are interested, and stop into one of the two Connell’s locations for great furniture, outstanding value and exceptional customer service.