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What is Feng Shui?

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Feng shui is an ancient Chinese traditional practice that seeks to harmonize individuals with their environment. Taoist beliefs cite that Qi—the energy of the universe—flows through landscapes, water and structures. Traditional feng shui was used to orient buildings and spiritual structures such as tombs, while the modern-day practice is reflected in private interior design consultations. 

Feng Shui Basics

For thousands of years, Feng Shui has attracted those looking to bring harmony and balance into their homes. 

Historical Origins

Feng shui can be traced back thousands of years to cultures like the Yanshao and Hongshan as early as 4000 BC. Because feng shui was practiced long before technological advancements like the magnetic compass were made, early people relied on the stars and solar events to build homes or communal centers. Feng shui is a multi-dimensional practice that incorporates elements of astronomy, astrology, architecture, geography and more. 

Fundamental Concepts

Central to feng shui are several fundamental concepts: yin and yang, Qi and the five elements of the earth. Feng shui aims to create balance and harmony between the energy of a space and the people within it. Achieving this balance is believed to enhance various aspects of life, including health, relationships and prosperity. 

Components of Feng Shui 

Feng shui is a multi-faceted practice and incorporates multiple tools and techniques to maximize energy flow. 

The Bagua Map

feng shui bagua map

The feng shui bagua map is an octagonal chart that divides your living space into eight or nine sections, with each area representing different aspects of life. These include:

By lining up the bagua with your home’s layout, you can identify areas within your home that you can enhance—making an impact in its corresponding sector. 

Feng Shui Natural Elements

The five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—are essential components of feng shui. Each element is associated with specific qualities and colors, meaning their arrangement influences the flow of energy in your space. For instance, red is often associated with passion and energy, while water symbolizes prosperity and abundance. While you don’t need to represent every element in every area, striking a balance between the five makes for a more harmonious environment. 

living room with wooden table and chairs

Color and Feng Shui

Colors have their own wavelength and energies, evoking different emotions and feelings based on the hue. Blues and greens invite tranquility and serenity, while orange is associated with warmth and optimism. Be intentional about what colors you decide to use in your space and consider exploring how each color could influence your mood. 

Furniture Layout 

Despite the multi-faceted practices of feng shui, an optimized furniture layout is what most people remember. Feng shui principles emphasize arranging your furniture ‌to maximize energy flow in your space. Simple adjustments, like moving your bed away from a window or changing your desk placement, can make a substantial difference in a room’s overall feel. One simple trick to remember is to leave space around your windows to better enjoy the natural world outside. 

white clean living room

Clutter and Organization

Clutter disrupts the flow of energy in your home, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and stagnated. By regularly eliminating clutter and keeping things organized, each room has a sense of calm and order. Laundry rooms, entryways and your closet are all places that may need extra attention. 

Ways to Practice Feng Shui in Your Tampa Home

yellow and gray living room

Before you do an overhaul of your Tampa home’s interior, there are a few small changes you can make to see if feng shui practices are for you. 

Feng Shui Exterior Home Tips for Tampa Homeowners

stucco homes with trees

If you’re ready to integrate feng shui into your home, why not cover your exterior as well? Feng shui can be used outside the home to further cultivate positive energy in your life. Here are some ideas to consider:

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