Let’s say it together: Fung Shway
The idea is that our living space reflects our life. With the help of the ancient Chinese principles of feng shui (wind water), we can balance nature’s elements (fire, earth, metal, water, wood) to create positive energy: qi (or chi).
Looking to buy a home and want to make sure the property has good feng shui to maximize health, wealth and happiness?
Your property direction, the environment outside and inside your home are all important.
Classical feng shui positioning on a lot is where the house sits low in front and higher from the rear, when the backyard is slightly larger than the front yard.
The house should not be built on a ridge, on a cliffside, at a river outlet, next to a bridge or highway, or at an intersection. Avoid sloping land behind the house.
The most auspicious house direction in feng shui is south-facing, which is good for light, chi absorption and family harmony.
Select a house with a good view from the front door, and a clear path up to it. Look for a house that sits squarely on its lot so the front of the house is parallel to the road with a square or rectangular floor plan.
Avoid houses with the main door located on the side of the structure. A house with garage doors facing the side or rear of the house is preferable to garage doors facing the street.
Trees or pillars should not be directly in line with the front door that would block sunshine.
Plantings and lush, green lawns surrounding the property give a good indication of the neighborhood’s chi.
When it’s time to do your own plantings, consider the direction of your landscaping elements to maximize energy and create harmony and balance.
For example, north is associated with the element of water, representing your career or life path. Fountains are popular in feng shui because water is associated with wealth and a flowing fountain helps with cash flow. They also diffuse negative ions in the air.
Consider pairing greenery with lilacs or hydrangeas to achieve feng shui’s balance principle of yin and yang.
Nourishing energy is absorbed from the “mouth of chi,” or, as we call it, the front door. Its direction indicates what type of energy is present in your home.
Use a compass to find the direction of your front door. Then choose the right feng shui door color and material element for its direction to attract prosperity and luck.
You may want to consult a feng shui expert before painting (or repainting) your door, but in general: black for north, yellow for northeast and southwest, green for east and southeast, red for south, and metal colors for west and northwest facing doors.
Some feng shui practitioners solely advocate a red door regardless of the direction.
Feng shui is all about creating a balanced and harmonious flow of energy in your home, which can be affected by the position of rooms and your overall floor plan.
What do you see as soon as you come into the house? Do you face a wall? Is there a staircase facing the front door? A staircase leading out the front door will cause chi (and money and opportunities) to rush quickly from the home.
If your front entryway has a solid wall within six feet of the door, you may be blocking the chi from circulating or moving into the home.
The master bedroom and the kitchen should both be toward the back half of the house. Avoid having a kitchen or bathroom directly inside the front door.
Avoid a direct alignment of the front door with the back door. You don’t want all the good feng shui energy coming into your home escaping through the back door without circulating and nourishing your home.
Think of feng shui tools as building blocks to create a vibrant energy for the spaces you call home. These ancient Chinese spatial laws can help you connect with your home in a healthier, more enriching way.