Find Your Inner Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the theory that certain colors, and even the placement of furniture, provide you with positive energy, while other hues and room layouts may actually drain you and leave you feeling exhausted. It is an ancient Chinese theory that can still be incorporated in your modern life. Greatist noted it is a system of creating a harmony between the environment around you and your sense of well-being.

Understanding Feng Shui

According to, the five elements of feng shui include:

  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water
  • Wood

Your personal birth element determines which colors are most compatible with your inner energy. A feng shui chart helps determine which element represents you. In addition to knowing which colors are beneficial with your birth element and incorporating them into your home design, the placement of furniture is also theoretically capable of impacting your inner energy and well-being. For example, where your bed is located in relation to the door can affect your sense of security and your quality of sleep.

Applying Feng Shui Philosophy to Your Home

Whether you want to attain a better night’s sleep or you are interested in improving productivity in your home office, incorporating elements of feng shui may be an interesting way to try to make your inner energy work toward your advantage. If you are interested in creating a restful getaway in your bedroom, HGTV recommended focusing on placement. Keep your bed far from the door, but still ensure you can view the door while lounging under the covers. “This gives you a sense of safety and protection while you rest,” Jayme Barrett, a feng shui consultant, told HGTV. In any room where you are trying to incorporate the feng shui philosophy, you should ensure that you get rid of any clutter present in the space. Clutter can be physical items clustered together that should be organized, or it can be items with memories associated with them. “That includes the bedside tables you bought with your ex, and even the heirloom furniture that generations of your family have hated,” says Terah Kathryn Collins, the founder of the Western School of Feng Shui, according to HGTV. Like in the bedroom, the placement of your desk and act of decluttering a space are important aspects of feng shui to incorporate in your home office. Consider renting a storage unit at a SecurCare Self Storage facility to keep clutter out of your home while you try out the feng shui philosophy.