On April 11, 2014, Manalapan health Examiner Stacey Chillemi interviewed Lisa Janusz. Lisa is a Certified Feng Shui Professional. She offers tips and techniques Feng Shui to help people create beautiful Feng Shui designs in their homes that increases energy level, clears the mind, and improves overall health.
Feng Shui, the ancient art of placement for balance and harmony, is considered both an art and a science. Not only does Feng Shui help with creating beautiful design and flow in spaces, but also people often see major life shifts through its practice!
Even though it’s an ancient Chinese practice, Feng Shui is still relevant today. In fact, many of its basic tenets can and should be applied to our modern living spaces. For example, many professional Feng Shui consultants have backgrounds in interior design because the two align so beautifully. Whether you are your own decorator or use a professional, Feng Shui can help guide you toward beautiful and impactful choices.
Here are 6 ways to incorporate Feng Shui into your home décor:
- Decorate your bedroom first. Even though many people think this should be the last place to concentrate since it isn’t visible, many decorators (Hello, Nate Berkus!) will strongly encourage you to start with your bedroom. From a Feng Shui perspective, it’s the major player in your house. You spend a lot of time there relaxing and rejuvenating, so make sure the décor is restful and romantic.
- Don’t ignore hallways. There’s a different feel walking down an empty hallway and in Feng Shui that can lead to either stale energy or energy that speeds by. Adding some décor in this area helps balance the energy, whether it needs to speed up OR slow down. This makes for a much more pleasant journey.
- Focus on your front door. Curb appeal is such a hot topic that there is an entire show dedicated to it! They get Feng Shui support 110%. Consultants love front doors that stand out! According to Feng Shui, your front door is your calling card and helps welcome opportunities into your life. Don’t forget about it!
- Remove clutter. Too many things are overwhelming because it’s simply too much energy. Clutter can be too much furniture, too many clothes, too many knick knacks…focus on the fact that it’s just too MUCH. The most dramatic makeovers are often those that remove half of what’s originally in the room. Then only carefully chosen items make it back in. The result is a place with room for your eyes to rest and really enjoy.
- Choose function over form. Every professional designer will start with how the room is used. Hopefully they guide you to select pieces that not only go with your space but also function well. Unused spaces can reflect parts of your life that are also feeling under appreciated, so this is clearly in alignment with Feng Shui principles.
- Finally, LOVE your home. Isn’t that the main reason most people start the decorating process? You want a space that looks great and reflects your personality and style. That type of good energy affects people on a conscious and subconscious level.
Lisa Janusz is a Feng Shui expert in the Minneapolis area. She is a Certified Feng Shui Professional, registrar and faculty at the Wind & Water School of Feng Shui, which offers beginning and advanced Feng Shui classes.