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How To Design Your Home With Feng Shui

The Art and Science of House Design


Peaceful Japanese Room

Peace comes when you listen to your instincts

Photo © Indeed / Getty Images Interior view, living room, the Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois

Living room of Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div, LC-DIG-highsm-04518

Yin Yu Tang, a Chinese House

Yin Yu Tang, a Chinese House at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.

Photo © Jackie Craven

The ancient principles of Feng Shui involve many complicated rules. However, you can incorporate positive "ch'i" (energy) in your home by following these simple guidelines.

Difficulty: N/A

Time Required: From one day to a lifetime...

Here's How:

  1. Select a square or rectangular lot which is level. Water views are especially desirable.
  2. Place your front door so that it is easily accessible from the road. However, the pathway to your door should not form a straight line.
  3. Build only one front door. Never build double doors or two front entryways.
  4. Avoid rock gardens or obstructions near the entryway. Keep hedges trimmed back.
  5. Consult a ba-gua chart to select the most harmonious placement of rooms.
  6. Strive for high, well-lit ceilings.
  7. Pay special attention to the placement of doors, windows and stairways. Avoid long corridors and awkward or cramped floor plans.
  8. Consider the relationship between light, color and mood. Avoid strong overhead lighting and dark, monotone color schemes.
  9. Always seek clean lines and open spaces. Try to keep your new home free of clutter and debris.


  1. Listen closely to your instincts. What room arrangements make you feel most comfortable?
  2. If your architect does not embrace feng shui ideas, consider hiring a feng shui consultant to assist during the design process.
  3. Fill your new home with love and light. Honor it with a celebration.
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