The New Year always brings thoughts of new beginnings, out with the old and in with the new and where better to start than with your home.
The ancient art of Feng Shui offers an ideology for interior spatial planning and orientation with the aim of directing the flow of energy, or chi, in your home to aid health, happiness and success.
Focussing on a couple of areas in the house, you can start to play with the simple principles of Feng Shui. The easiest to start with is the kitchen. Whilst it seems logical and common sense to say, keep it clean and tidy, how many of us have a junk drawer and a dripping tap?! By putting like with like, clearing drawers from clutter, keeping surfaces clean, ensuring nothing is broken or faulty, the energy is then able flow and not be disrupted within the room.
Feng Shui refers to the five elements (water, fire, earth, metal and wood) and the kitchen already contains four out of the five. By adding in something wooden, such as a fruit bowl or chopping board the room can be easily balanced. An added benefit within the kitchen is the natural inclusion of fire. This is a Wealth element and by placing a mirror behind the stove, or stainless steel tiles, you can reflect the wealth back into the room and the house beyond.
Throughout the home it is important to keep the positive energy flowing. Houseplants are great for this and you can really change the mood and feel of the space. A Peace Lily is particularly good, easy to keep, attractive to look at and not too large or unwieldy. If your fingers are greener than mine try English Ivy in the bedroom or an African Violet in the area associated with Wealth. Bamboo is thought to be lucky and is a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms
Whether your home is Scandi neutral or opulent and bright try and stay clutter free to influence the chi in your home. The front door is viewed as the mouth of the home and keeping this area clean and clear is important to allow the positive chi to flow into your home, there’s no point in blocking that good energy from entering!
If you fancy a new year decorating project, a great place to start with is your front door. It is thought that a green front door will bring growth – and brown: stability. If relaxation and harmony is more your thing, go for blue or if wealth and prosperity is your New Year resolution, try red.
Claire Wills has a passion for interior design which dominates every aspect of her life. Taking inspiration from the world around her and her travels across the globe Claire brings a fresh eye to interior design. Coupling effective spatial planning with a visually distinctive aesthetic her schemes are unique yet familiar with the clients needs at heart