The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Feng Shui
The simple swaps we're making to bring the good vibes in.
Published Jan 13, 2018 5:30 AM
Embrace the Five Elements
At its essence, feng shui encompasses five elements: metal, fire, earth, wood, and water. Establishing balance between said elements in a space is crucial to the success of the concept. Decoratively speaking, there are specific rooms, such as the living room, where doing so is easier than others, such as an entryway. Regardless of that, we’re all for starting out small, and embracing each one of these specific elements is a great way to begin.
through saturated reds, blush pink accents, and well…fire itself. For those of us not blessed with an actual fireplace, a candle will have to do. Bring in a new set of throw pillows, boasting the hues evocative of a blazing fire or opt for a new set of curtains in a delicate shade of blush. And yes, shower curtains count.
Fundamentally, there are a number of components pertaining to feng shui, which are essentially straightforward: balance and organization. Creating a space that encourages free-flowing movement is key and with that, comes the obvious absence of items that impede said movement. Avoiding harsh corners and edges is important, while embracing round shapes can make a significant difference in energy.
with the help of circular shapes. Outfit your entryway with a round mirror—as designer Joyce Lee did in her Manhattan home—or opt for a round coffee table, if you’re feeling a more significant change.
Metals are often characterized by grays or whites, hence why a whitewashed backdrop is of the essence. Feeling a change? Take a cue from one of 2018’s leading color trends and deck your space with a splash of timeless gray.
can be seamlessly integrated within one another. More organically inclined than the aforementioned two, these elements embody the subdued.
Above, a one-time medicinal cabinet is transformed into a mini plant display, incorporating earth, wood, and fire. Yep, it’s as easy as that.
Upgrade your existing design scheme with a natural slew of furnishings or accent pieces. Think along the lines of handmade ceramics, perhaps a sleek rattan pendant, or even a crystal.
At its core, it’s about creating a space where you feel at ease, open, and free. Tidy up regularly and fill your home with items that give you joy. You’ll see a difference in no time.
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