I'm constantly trying to evoke a feeling of comfort, ease and peacefulness in my home and I am often led down an internet wormhole of advice. i recently came across this more westernized form of feng shui plotting known as a bagua map and was researching the psychology behind it. you may have heard of some well-known feng shui practices -- make sure your desk faces the door, don't position your bed so your feet face the door -- but I was curious about the color and element aspects as well.
I tend to be skeptical regarding the more superstitious side of feng shui, but I do think there is an aspect of psychology that comes with where you place objects in your home. Having your desk face the door so you won't be startled if someone enters the room or the sense of uneasiness that someone may be standing behind you at any moment does make a lot of sense to me. placing a fountain in the entry to your home, on the other hand, is probably a non-starter for many of us. take a look at the bagua map I created layered with an example home or apartment layout:
The first key is to make sure you have the door of your home on the bottom part of the map. Turn your home's layout as necessary in order to achieve this. Now you can see where it is recommended to have objects, elements of color and nature placed. In this example, it would be a good idea to place a yellow painting or chair in the living room and a book shelf in the bottom left corner to support knowledge. the love section falls in the bathroom, but you could add in a thriving plant or hang a scenic photo of your honeymoon location to keep the vibes strong. The fire element lands in the bedroom (wink, wink) so adding a few candles to a dresser there would help you thrive in that area.
Knowledge: Books, Meditation altar
Career: Brightly lit, Mirrors
People + Travel: Photos of vacations, Souvenirs
Health + Family: Family photos, Clean and orderly
Center: Yellow, Open
Creativity + Children: Crafts, Inspiration board
Wealth: Plant, Valuables
Fame: Awards, Lucky symbols
Love: Bunch of flowers, Set of chairs (always do things in pairs here)
The key to all of this is really just finding what feels good and using a different method to see and evaluate your space. Why not give a few things a try and see if your sense of balance and prosperity changes in those particular areas?
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