6 Feng Shui Tips Every Novice Should Know

published Jul 2, 2018
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Feng shui is all about creating harmony between your inner self and the world around you, but if we’re being totally honest, incorporating it into your home is hard stuff.

Similar to the latest trends in tech, fashion, or design, the definition of good feng shui is constantly evolving, which means your home should follow suit. Ugh.

“It can be intimidating—even for us consultants,” says Laura Cerrano, founder and CEO of consulting firm Feng Shui Manhattan. “Becoming a master takes years of experience—it’s a very humbling practice.”

If you want to fully integrate feng shui into your home, Cerrano recommends attending a class or enlisting a consultant. However, if you just want to add a little good juju into your space, here are some basic—we’re talking very basic—tips for getting your feng shui on:

1. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

Marie Kondo was onto something when she said to throw anything away that doesn’t bring you joy. Turns out, throwing out objects with bad energy (i.e. things from past relationships, broken friendships, or miserable jobs) is a surefire way to bring some good feng shui into your home.

“The clutter is attached to emotion,” Cerrano explains. “When people participate in decluttering, they’re moving the energy on their own and it’s also a process of empowerment.”

While Cerrano says it’s a good idea to keep gifts that were given to you by loving friends and family, she recommends not keeping every little memento.

“That’s when you start getting a clutter situation,” she adds.

2. Stay Rooted

From cooling down your space to reducing stress, there’s nothing a good plant can’t fix. So it should come as no surprise that certain plants can promote good feng shui.

“They relate to what we call the wood element and promote the concept of growth and expansion,” Cerrano explains. “Feng shui teaches us to integrate nature into our lifestyles and homes.”

Cerrano recommends buying plants that have a soft, rounded look to them such as a snake plant, peace lily, or Christmas cactus.

But that doesn’t mean you should turn your home into a makeshift jungle. In true feng shui fashion, less is more.

3. Get Breezy

Go ahead and get some fresh air—it’s feng shui-approved.

“Feng shui teaches us how to rewire our thoughts, behaviors, and habits,” Cerrano explains. “Open the windows and literally let the air and the breeze come into your home. Pull back the shades and the blinds as soon as you wake up in the morning.”

Studies show natural light can make people calmer, happier, and more productive.

4. Soften Up

There are so many factors that go into good feng shui, but turning your home into a warm, inviting oasis can be as easy as adding a rug.

“If you have hardwood floors, bring in an area rug to help soften that energy,” Cerrano explains. “It’s a very basic thing, but sends a message that we’re getting nurtured versus always standing on something cold.”

5. Let’s Take it to the Bedroom

In a perfect world, every room of your house would have good feng shui, but if you can only redo one space, make sure it’s the bedroom.

“We spend a good amount of time in the bedroom, so we want to make sure it’s an extension of a more sacred sanctuary where you go to rejuvenate or reconnect with yourself,” Cerrano explains.

She recommends paying attention to how the bedroom is presented, especially when it comes to the look and feel of your bed as well as the colors used in the room.

6. Celebrate Your Relationships

Feng shui is an incredibly personal practice, but what are you supposed to do when you live with your partner? Cerrano recommends hanging up pictures of you and your beau, ideally when you two first started dating.

“It’s a very easy way to value your relationship,” she explains.

But just because you’re not a shutterbug doesn’t mean your feng shui (or relationship) is doomed.

“I’ve been coming across a lot of clients who don’t [use pictures], but that’s not a bad thing,” Cerrano adds. “Just make sure there’s a verbal, visual, or physical appreciation of your partner.”