Feng Shui is a Chinese-originated way of thinking that is all about making sure that certain items, made of certain elements, are located in the ‘correct’ position around a room or a house. It is said that by following Feng Shui, you are granted far more luck and prosperity in life.
Whites are great to include in your home because not only do they make it feel more airy and spacious, but they also keep it looking simple and clean! Just remember, this works both ways and white is much more likely to show any dirtiness around your home.
The ideal colors to use, in order to make your home feel more zen, are light blues and greens. These natural, soft colours create a perfect balance and are very aesthetically pleasing to look at.
Sometimes a little can go a long way, and when designing your home, this can often be true. There’s no need to use extravagant colors and furniture when you can achieve a much better look with much less.
When trying to make your home more zen, natural lighting is your best friend. Often, artificial lighting can really alienate you in your home and make it feel more like a hospital waiting room than a place to put your feet up and relax.
Declutter! Similarly to the entry about simplicity, decluttering is very important. It is, however, not just about making sure you have as little stuff as possible, but making sure that what you do have is tidy and anything not being used is put away in storage.
Use Asian-inspired decorations and ornaments. There are many great ways to take inspiration from Asian culture when it comes to interior design. Screens are my personal favorite, as they often can show beautiful artwork, whilst serving a practical effect to block off space or create cozy little areas.
Use plants, not flowers! Flowers are great but they have become a thoroughly overused staple of homes everywhere. Instead, try succulents instead and plants such as bamboo and cacti. These, often associated with Asian culture, help create a really zen feeling in the rooms throughout your home.
Make sure that you choose lots of natural resources when looking for furniture and decorations for your home. This includes mainly wood and stone, the more of these the better, to create a really zen atmosphere.
Water features are not just to be used outside, including one of these in your home can instantly make it feel more zen and relaxing. They can be used anywhere throughout your home, yet seem to be used to best effect in either the entrance or a bathroom.
Use symmetry to your advantage. Symmetry is often not very important when designing a room, yet if you wish to achieve a truly zen room, it is vital. Symmetry is aesthetically pleasing to us, everywhere it can be applied, and therefore it is worth trying out in a room or two!
Try out candles and lanterns. Again, much better than artificial lighting, lanterns and candles can be very helpful for when natural light is fading away. The good thing about candles is that they use fire, one of the vital elements of Feng Shui.
Minerals are a great way to decorate any of your rooms, their vibrant colors and great variety mean that they are truly unique to you and how you choose to use them. Try minerals which are blue-green in hue, as these will match the soft colors that you have already tried to incorporate into your room.
It is all well and good having a home that looks fantastic, but you haven’t really achieved anything if it smells awful. This is where incense, or scented candles, come in. There is a massive range of different scents that you can choose from, perfect for finding the right one for your home.
Keep furniture low, increasing space. Low furniture helps to create far more space in a room, a key method of making your home feel more zen. Out of proportion and large items can often take up too much room and look simply quite out-of-place in your home
Try out different carpets and rugs. Carpets and rugs are a great way to add something extra to your floor without necessarily changing everything. They help to create a contrast with the other colors in your room and can often make a home feel so much homelier.
Keep ornaments to a minimum! Similar to the points about decluttering and simplicity, it is vital to keep ornaments to a minimum in your home. There’s nothing worse than having hundreds of items just lying about your house so I’d definitely recommend keeping these to an absolute minimum.
Minimise your gadgets and technology. We live in a time where technology plays a big part in our lives, and there is no escaping that. However, it doesn’t hurt to cut down on the amount of tech that you have around the house: helping to create a perfect balance between work and relaxation.
Put up some artwork! Art can really add something to a room. Whether it is your favourite painting, or something that a friend painted for you, artwork is key for personalising your home and making it perfect for you.
Cut down on mirrors. Mirrors are often seen as a no-go in zen homes, they take up a lot of unnecessary space and therefore it is recommended to keep them to a minimum. Research the Feng Shui guides for placing mirrors to make sure that they aren’t hindering the zen in your home.
The most important way to make your home more zen is by making sure it’s perfect for you. It’s no good following countless guides on Feng Shui and interior design if you don’t feel comfortable in your own home!