18 Ways to Improve the Energy in Your Home
By Joan Law
Feng Shui Joan’s Way
Originally published by Redfin
If there’s one thing that we can’t seem to have enough of in a home, it’s space. And there are many ways to channel positive energy into small spaces.
Remember, if you’re working with a smaller space, it’s important to keep the energy flowing freely throughout your home. We all want rooms filled with soothing colors and simple, streamlined furnishings, but did you know that there are little mistakes that could be preventing positive energy from circulating throughout your space? While you can’t alter the square footage of your home, you can certainly improve the natural flow of energy with a few simple changes
We reached out to experts from Vancouver, BC, to Little Rock, AR, to share their best advice to bring positive energy into your space – both physically and mentally. From the front door to the bedroom, here’s what they had to say to help you instantly improve the energy in your small space.
1) Refresh your front door
The front door is where we entice auspicious energy into our homes, and in Feng Shui, this is the front door of a house. Energy goes where the eye does, so it’s worth the endeavor to make the entrance as inviting as possible. Three easy upgrades you can make to your front entrance include:
- Replacing any burned-out lights with brighter wattage.
- Wiping down the door and its hardware.
- Buying a new doormat or shaking out the one you currently use.
- You can also incorporate healthy plants or bright flowers along the front path or porch to elevate beauty and suggest good health. -Simple Shui
2) Encourage the flow of positive energy with a vibrantly colored front door
Homes are reflections of their occupants. If any part of the home is neglected or has negative energy, it’s reflected in the lives of the occupants. In Feng Shui, one of the first places to analyze in your home is the front door. A strong and vibrant-colored front door welcomes positive energy throughout your home. When chi can flow easily into your home, this brings the energy of abundance and ease. -Darcy Blaine
3) Add a small wreath to your doorknob to enhance the energy in your home
If you’re looking to enhance the energy in your home, you can manifest high vibrations by creating a small wreath for your doorknob. Use a muslin bag, and put into it a tablespoon of salt, black tourmaline to protect from negative visitors, three new copper pennies for good spirits and vibrations in and around your home, and then add rose quartz for loving vibrations. Tie this in a knot, and string it on the doorknob. -SaQred Space Solutions
4) Place red electrical tape underneath your front doormat
One of my favorite tips for generating wealth within the home is to place red electrical tape underneath your front doormat. Make sure the arrow on top faces inwards, and lay coins with the heads up facing outwards. This will allow abundance into your home. Another way I like to clear stagnant energy from a room is by clapping around its perimeter walls while visualizing light entering every corner. This clears away any negativity that may be lingering inside each nook or cranny of your dwelling space without leaving behind bad vibes. -The Sweetest Little Life
5) Keep your entryway clear of clutter
The main entrance of a home is not just a means of entering the house; it’s also considered a ‘gateway that leads to victory and abundance in life.’ The entrance functions as an entry point for the Qi, or energy, to flow. Having a clean and inviting entrance that lets in a lot of light from the outside is an assured path to success. -Tanya’s Feng Shui
6) Display art in your entryway that features open spaces and warm colors
Even a small entryway can become welcoming and spacious if you add a picture of nature with warm colors that also features open spaces, such as an ocean, lake, or meadow. The effect will be even stronger if you place a mirror to reflect the nature in the picture or real nature in the window. Be sure to place the mirror on a sidewall and not across the entry door. -Natalia Kaylin
7) Invite positive energy into your space by enhancing the air quality
Part of cleaning, clearing, and decluttering small areas is air quality. We often forget to address and enhance the quality of our air, which is important for good energy in a space. Some easy to use remedies are high-quality essential oils in a diffuser (such as lemon), or air-purifying plants, like a snake plant which does well in small areas and is easy to care for. -Gina Nicole
8) Keep spaces separate
Small spaces can feel chaotic when asked to multi-task, so carve out a workspace with an area rug or even painter’s tape on the table. If piles feel overwhelming, flip them upside down to work from the bottom up. -The Intuitive Interior
9) Add objects that carry strong, meaningful vibes after clearing the space
Before you really can establish “good energy” in a space, especially a new home, it’s vital to clear and cleanse the previous owner’s energy and vibrations. You can do this by using smoke cleansing with various herbs or a Smokeless Smudge if you are fire alarm cautious. Once you’ve cleared the energy of a room, it’s time to add objects like crystals, family heirlooms, and energy-packed images that carry a strong, meaningful vibe. Even if you dedicate a small table or portion of a shelf with these types of objects, you’ll feel a difference. This will hold space for good energy to remain and linger. Clear quartz is like the Swiss Army Knife of stones. It can do anything and everything you’d like it to and is an excellent crystal for energetic minimalists living in cozy situations. -Sage & Salt
10) Keep living areas light and airy
In Feng Shui, light is Yang energy, the energy of life, and nothing is more important for good Feng Shui than fresh air and natural sunlight. So open up those windows and curtains to let the light flow into the heart of your home. -The Feng Shui Lab
11) Cultivate positive energy in your home by engaging your senses
Decorate your space with bright, uplifting colors. Diffuse essential oils to gently enhance the scent of your home while boosting your health and wellbeing. Have comfy pillows and blankets nearby in your favorite places to relax. Play peaceful music and add live plants to help bring life and harmony into your home. -Fate into Destiny Wellness Center
12) Cleanse small spaces with an energy clearing ritual
Energy has a way of becoming stagnant in small areas. New Moon and Full Moon phase is a great time to do an energy clearing ritual to renew the energy with sage, palo santo, or incense. Start from outside the house, and go clockwise throughout the entire house. Pay special attention to smaller spaces like closets and unused parts of the home and finish at the right side of the front door. -Momentum Feng Shui
13) Display a natural crystal in high traffic areas of your home (such as the entryway or living room) to radiate positive energy and clear stagnant energy
Studies show that crystals like clear quartz or amethyst have a stable molecular structure, which is one reason that they are thought to bring positive, calming energy. Even if you’re skeptical about the metaphysical properties, they add a natural flair to your home and can serve as great visual reminders to pause and find presence in your daily life. -Intertwined by Bella
14) Designate areas for hand towels
If you’ve ever had to use a wet bath towel hanging over the shower curtain rod at someone else’s house, it can be a little uncomfortable. Adding a designated hand towel to your bathrooms can take the guesswork out of which towel to use. It also makes your guests feel more comfortable, and your bathroom looks and feels more inviting. I suggest a small countertop towel stand or matching wall mounts to create a positive flow of energy at every experience in your home. -Fir Flower Feng Shui Consulting
Light is very important for making a small space feel larger and for the Feng Shui of a room. Natural light in the morning helps to awaken your body naturally, and a darkened room at night signals your body that it’s time to settle down and reset. Strategically placing a mirror to enhance any natural light that peaks through and choose full-spectrum light bulbs that mimic natural light.
16) Keep the decorations in your bedroom to a minimum to maximize the stillness of your mind
Busy patterns and strong colors can subconsciously lead to stress and impede peaceful bedrest, especially in a small bedroom. Choose plain textures and soothing colors of the Earth element of Feng Shui to increase the Yin factor. -SO Feng Shui Design
17) Position mirrors away from the bed
Without proper sleep, your health and ability for optimum performance go down. Be sure you’re not facing a mirror when you are sleeping and that your device is set on airplane mode. Following this tip will allow you to have a proper sleep so that you wake up refreshed and be at the top of your game. -Life’s Simple Pleasures
18) Support headboards with a wall instead of a window
Sleeping is considered a yin energy (passive and quiet) activity. Thus, the bed headboard should ideally be supported by a wall and not onto a window. The outer window is often accompanied by movement from personnel or traffic which is considered yang energy activity. In order to have good sleep quality, we should avoid mixing activities of these two energies together. Avoid locating your bed under an overhead beam. The edge of the beam would cause the energy to exert an uncomfortable downward pressure on the sleeper during the night. Thus, prolonged exposure might affect the sleep quality. -MHS Classical Feng Shui