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.
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- Select a square or rectangular lot which is level. Water views are especially desirable.
- 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.
- Build only one front door. Never build double doors or two front entryways.
- Avoid rock gardens or obstructions near the entryway. Keep hedges trimmed back.
- Consult a ba-gua chart to select the most harmonious placement of rooms.
- Strive for high, well-lit ceilings.
- Pay special attention to the placement of doors, windows and stairways. Avoid long corridors and awkward or cramped floor plans.
- Consider the relationship between light, color and mood. Avoid strong overhead lighting and dark, monotone color schemes.
- Always seek clean lines and open spaces. Try to keep your new home free of clutter and debris.
- Listen closely to your instincts. What room arrangements make you feel most comfortable?
- If your architect does not embrace feng shui ideas, consider hiring a feng shui consultant to assist during the design process.
- Fill your new home with love and light. Honor it with a celebration.