Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Six ways to feng-shui your home for the year of the rooster

Six ways to feng-shui your home for the year of the rooster

THIS year, Chinese new year — the year of the rooster — begins tomorrow (Saturday) and runs until February 15, 2018. As each animal sign in the Chinese zodiac has a 12-year cycle, the next year of the rooster won’t be until 2029.

Anyone born a rooster is said to be honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident, and 2017 brings its own characteristics with it as it’s a “fire rooster year” — people who are considered trustworthy with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac year is associated with one of five elements — gold (metal), wood, water, fire, or earth — which means that a fire rooster, for example, comes once every 60-year cycle.

To celebrate, here are six tips on how to add a touch of feng shui to your home.

Feng shui is all about creating strong, positive energy that attracts the best possible things into your life. So if you’re thinking of selling your house here’s how to assure the feng shui energy is clear and fresh and will help you make that move...

1. First and foremost, declutter

The rule of decluttering is one of the most basic principles of feng shui and it will immediately open up the flow of chi energy. Don’t just organise your cupboards and drawers, though, ensure you fix or replace any broken appliances and light bulbs. Where you place your furniture is also very important — you need to ensure there is a clear, unblocked path from one room to the next, and remember to focus on your bedroom as it is a vital function to the health of chi energy in your home.

2. Give your front door more attention

Henley’s estate agencies all understand the importance of creating kerb appeal to attract as many viewings as possible and, interestingly, your front door is just as important in the art of feng shui.

Ensure your door opens widely and has attractive, clean hardware and paint, with a working doorbell or knocker and no unused nails sticking out of the frame. To allow positive energy to flow into your home you also need to ensure the front door is unobstructed, and there is nothing blocking the energy, such as broken pots, dead plants or bins.

And if you want to take it one step further, rather than a straight path leading up to your front door, a meandering path resembling water flow is favourable.

3. The power of water features

Water represents wealth in feng shui, so you should place a fountain or water feature in your home’s wealth corners, which are the south-east, south-west and north. Alternatively, many people recommend having a water fountain by your front door.

Interestingly, you should never have a fountain under a stairway as this can cause misfortune to your children, and you should always make sure the water flows towards the centre of your home so that the wealth has an opportunity to pour into your life.

4. Precious energy can be found in your garden

According to feng shui, a garden in full bloom can bring good health and lots of financial luck, especially if you focus on the east and south-east corners of your garden. You should, however, trim your plants and trees regularly to make sure you don’t block out the energy of sunlight. Bamboos, oranges, and plum blossoms are often used during Chinese New Year decorating.

5. Buy a bamboo plant

If you don’t have a garden then you might consider simply buying a little indoor bamboo plant as it combines all five elements of feng shui — fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The wood is represented by the bamboo itself, the rocks surrounding the plant represent earth, the water used to feed your bamboo is the water element, the glass pot symbolises the metal, and many plants come with a red ribbon tied around it, which is the fire.

6. Decorate with the 2017 lucky colours

Finally, to truly embrace the rooster energy this year you might consider decorating your home with the lucky colours: gold, brown, and yellow.

Every conceivable shade of yellow is one of this year’s spring/summer 2017 trends, and where the catwalk goes, home interiors follow. Look out for yellow cushions and throws in shades to suit every taste (and skin tone).

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