Feng shui basics [Infographic]

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If you are in search of a simple home project that requires no trips to Home Depot, feng shui is perfect for you. People believe feng shui can strengthen your finances and relationships by simply changing your furniture placement. Whether you are looking to feng shui your entire living space or just one room, check out these simple tips to get started. 

So what is feng shui?

Feng shui has been practiced in China for thousands of years. The literal translation of feng shui is “wind water,” two flowing elements. According to the practice, the arrangement of your home affects the flow of energy, or chi. This flow can be altered by the choice of furniture placement, color palettes and decor. 

There are two main types of feng shui: one based on the surrounding landscape (hills, rivers, mountain ranges) and the other based on cardinal directions (that’s north, south, east and west). We won’t go into detail about these two, rather give you quick tips to start the feng shui process and increase positive energy flow throughout your home. By increasing the energy flow, feng shui is thought to be able to increase wealth, knowledge and balance in one’s life. To begin your feng shui journey, check out the infographic below. 


More feng shui tips

Rearranging and redecorating your entire home is no small task. If you are not ready to make that commitment here are four tips to get you started. 

  1. Rid your space of clutter. Make sure to have proper storage for everything and regularly clean out closets. 
  2. Clean your mirrors regularly. This allows them to reflect with clarity. 
  3. Keep your toilet seat shut. The bathroom has a lot of water elements, which are said to lead to draining away of wealth. 
  4. Create clear paths around furniture. This may increase the overall flow of energy by eliminating blockages.

Creating perfect feng shui in your home can take time and resources, but by making a few tweaks to decor and upkeep you might be able to increase energy flow. By making deliberate changes, aligned with your overall goals, you can improve the functionality of your home.

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Taylor CovingtonContent Researcher

An in-house qualitative researcher for The Zebra, Taylor collects, organizes, and analyzes data to shine a light on trends in the insurance industry and beyond. Taylor's data studies have been cited by Yahoo Finance, The Atlantic, MSN, PolicyAdvice, Fox Business, The Simple Dollar, Hippo Insurance, and Bloomberg.

In her hometown of Austin, Texas, she can be found reading at Half Price Books or eating the world's greatest pizza at Via 313.