With all the time on our hands, locked down in our homes, it’s the perfect time to take a good look around and see what needs a little love and life!
A great way to bring fresh energy to your home is through the art of Feng Shui design.
Never heard of it before? How about a little refresher?
Feng Shui is the “practice of looking at our living spaces and working environment and striking a balance with the natural world.” The core of Feng Shui is rooted in the philosophy of Tao — the practice of Taoism — “which translates to mean ‘the way,’” generally in reference to nature. Put all the pieces together and you’ll learn that “all the basic principles of Feng shui reflect nature,” connecting human life with the flow of our environment.
There are a few essential principles to truly make a space Feng Shui.
First, is the commanding position, referring to the “spot in a room that is the furthest from the door and not in direct line with it,” but rather a diagonal to and within “clear line of sight of” the door. Second, is the bagua, a “feng shui energy map superimposed on the floor plan of your home” made up of “eight areas [that relate] to a different life circumstance.” And, third, are the five elements — “earth, metal, water, wood, and fire” and refer to “interrelated phases in life that work together to create a complete system.”
If you achieve a properly Feng Shui’d home, you’re essentially improving upon the chi of your household. What in the world is chi? Chi refers to “‘vital fluids and the energy itself that flows through our bodies.” It essentially makes up energy and comprises “a balance of Yin and Yang, positive and negative, electromagnetic energy.”
Without breaking the bank, you can achieve Feng Shui in your home! Here are a few ways to make a budget-friendly Feng Shui space.
Adding a bit of naturally made music to your outdoor-sourced chi is a great way to cheaply, simply, and quickly add Feng Shui to the interior of your home. This Nalulu Rustic Bamboo Wind Chime is made from eco-friendly, sustainably grown and harvested bamboo that is not only biodegradable, but also offers that natural, understated, beautiful look without sacrificing the environment. Plus, this chime is topped with coconut, symbolizing a fresh start! Along with offering a bit of Feng Shui, chimes can help relieve stress. One wind chime costs $24.99.
Lisa B. Jacques says “These wind chimes are just lovely. I bought them for a friend who will only have wooden chimes because she prefers the sound they makeover all others. These chimes have a very nice sound. My friend loves them!”
First step to Feng Shui? Bring nature into your home. What’s the best way to make this happen? Indoor plants! Plus, you don’t have to be a green thumb in order to keep plants alive. The Golden Pothos Vine is one of the most popular indoor plants for beginners as it’s super easy to care for! Be aware that it’s an aggressive plant, which means you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck with its lengthy, beautiful, emerald vines, and requires minimal care. This American Plant Exchange Golden Pothos Vine will sprout beautiful heart-shaped leaves and helps to purify the air. If you live in a warm climate, this plant can also be moved outdoors in shaded areas. Great for busy, non-plant people looking to add some color and aesthetic appeal to their home. One plant in a 6-inch pot costs $34.16.
Zarilla says “I usually pay $14.99 for the quart size pathos online and at local places like the hardware store. NONE are in as beautiful condition as these. I bought five because it was such a fantastic deal. Each plant arrived in tall narrow boxes just big enough to contain the plants, and there were NO styrofoam peanuts. The reason for the tall shipping containers was because of the long vines. All five plants arrived with at least two feet or longer vines. Each plant was ready to be transferred to a hanging planter with full, rich soil, not mulch. The leaves had not been treated with a conditioner or waxing products. They were naturally full, shiny, and lush. I will be buying more from this seller.”
Next up to bringing nature indoors is strengthening the Feng Shui of your front door. This is a powerful place in the house and curating its design is essential! There are lots of ways to make your front door more powerful and approachable including painting, adding a seating area, arranging plants, cleaning windows, or adding light. With that said, you can also go super simple, cheap, and sustainable with this National Tree Company Boxwood Leaves and Green Berry Wreath! This 22-inch wreath is made with boxwood leave stems and green berries adding a bit of bling in the way of color and nature to your front door! A single wreath costs $34.87.
Joel Steinhauser says “Beautiful wreath! I didn’t want to commit to a flower color (I get tired of color schemes after a year or so and want to change them) so some greenery was perfect. It drapes beautifully and has a full shape. Some tips are browned to give it a realistic look. Very affordable compared to other wreaths I looked at that were double or triple the price. It was a great find and I’m very happy with my purchase!”
One of the key designs that will incorporate Feng Shui into your home is a bit of organization. This isn’t necessarily about “de-cluttering,” — even though that could be part of the process if you want it to — but it’s more about making space in your home. This Giantex 4-Drawer Bamboo Storage Shelf-Dresser is created from eco-friendly bamboo, which also gives it that natural look that is also great for Feng Shui design. The drawer set has 4 spacious oxford fabric, polyester drawers that are super lightweight, yet sturdy. All hardware is included making these shelves easy to assemble! One organizer pack costs $52.99.
beanpod says “I really like these shelves. Very stylish and high quality. Perfect for our winter accessories near our front door.”
If the vines are a bit too aggressive for your indoor style, why not give a Spider plant a go? Spider plants provide a wonderful pop of light green to a colorless room! Along with being easy to care for, — “spider plants are not picky about water, light, or temperature” — they are great to propagate meaning you can take snipping and grow an entirely new plant. This Shop Succulents Chlorophytum Bonnie Spider Plant will be selected for you based upon season, size, health, and readiness ensuring the best quality plant arrives at your front doorstep. Make sure to provide a bit of sun, a bit of warmth, a bit of water, and no need for fertilization! One plant in a 4-inch pot costs $26.91.
Michelle says “This was my first experience buying a plant over the internet. I was so worried for no reason! I got the exact plant I’ve always wanted and it came very healthy. My local USPS held it for an extra 2 days after it was supposed to be delivered, but it survived and looks wonderful in my kitchen. Once it grows bigger and starts making babies I’m going to put it in a hanging pot. I LOVE spider plants! It looks a little smooshed in the picture, but weeks later it has outgrown that.”
If real plants are just a bit too much responsibility — nobody would blame you either! — then try hanging some art on the wall that represents those beautiful green plants! Even if you already have a mini jungle in the house, go ahead and add some more to your walls. This Green Forest Wall Art Painting is a great way to bring nature inside without the hassle of actually bringing natural living things inside. It’s great for anyone who isn’t home often, yet still wants to harness the power of positive chi! This painting is $62.90.
Amazon Customer says “loved the paint texture of the print!!! My niece used a picture similar to this one to announce her pregnancy. When I saw this print, i got it for a baby shower gift to hang in the baby girls room!!”
Lighten up your front door and porch with these TBMARS Solar Outdoor Lights. Brightening your home — especially your entryway — is an excellent way to boost the chi of your home through Feng Shui design. These solar-powered lights won’t suck up any additional energy, yet still provide strong lighting. The bulbs are LED, meaning they’re long-lasting and money-saving. With a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, these lights can stay on for a full 12 hours. Plus, they’re activated by a motion sensor. Super easy to install, you’ll love the natural, warm lighting they provide! A pack of two costs $32.98.
Jimmy K says “The solar lights are easy to mount and very functional. The low ambient light provides the exact light level to make the entire carport visible. The lights become bright when my dog and I get close again providing the exact light level to do what we need. Great device.”
There’s no better way to Feng Shui your home then getting up close and personal and cleaning! This goes for cleaning your windows and allowing the sun to shine through, as well as all those hidden corners where dirt likes to linger. The cleansing process can also be super cleansing for your soul, allowing you to see your home in a whole new way! This Home Prep Natural Cleaning Products Starter Kit is the perfect way to begin your Feng Shui experience. The kit includes glass cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, granite and hardwood floor cleaner, and multi-purpose polish. All products are made with eco-friendly, non-toxic, therapeutic grade essential oils that also happen to be antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antibiotic making them safe for both kids and pets. The entire kit costs $35.00.
Mona says “Cleans Great. Clean Fresh Smell.”
Bringing the natural world indoors is one of the most important aspects of proper Feng Shui design. There are many ways to make this happen — most notably with plantlife — yet if plants just aren’t your thing, why not try an indoor water display? This DANNER MANUFACTURING Aura Meditation Fountain has three tiers with LED lighting and includes the water pump, fountain base, and decorative stones. Plus, you can place this fountain in a variety of places as it has six feet of cord. Not only will you enjoy the soft and relaxing sound of water whenever you want, but your house will be that much closer to a Feng Shui success! This foundation with all the accouterments costs $31.99.
Ms. Nita says “When it arrived, I immediately set it up….when the water began to flow and the little light shines…It immediately brought ZEN to me….I love this item and it was not expensive to own. Thank you for posting on Amazon!”
Yes, another plant makes the list! Seeing that bringing the natural world indoors is the core of proper Feng Shui, here’s yet another plant that’s also super easy to care for. Snake plants enjoy “plenty of life, but they can handle less if necessary,” plus they’re not “particular about watering — as long as it is not too much.” This Costa Farms Snake Plant will product “stiff, upright, sword-like leaves banded or edged in gray, silver, or gold” and is great for low-light areas such as offices, bedrooms, or bathrooms. Costa Farms promises this snake plant to arrive at approximately 12 inches tall and ships in a 100 percent recyclable number 5 material. Costa Farms uses premium soil, slow-release fertilizer, and promises premium plants. One plant in a white natural decor planter costs $27.99.
Avt says “I am so impressed with my plant. I was very skeptical ordering a live plant from amazon, but no local greenhouses carried snake plants so after reading the reviews, I decided to go for it. I’m so glad I did. Better than expected. I needed a low maintenance plant for our bright master bathroom and I love it so far.
I would definitely order again from this seller. It’s healthy and full. So pleased!”
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