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Feng shui and conscious living

The principles of feng shui conscious living - Purodeco

The at{mine} community is a treasure trove of creative talent, and we love to discover the various skills and trades of our members. Today we’re taking a deep dive into the philosophy of Feng Shui with our member Live Johansen. The founder of Norway based Purodeco and Purodeco Feng Shui, Live is an interior architect and a certified feng shui consultant. For several years she has taken a great interest in the Eastern Philosophy plus has a black belt in Taekwondo!  

As an interior architect Live wanted to make a difference, and give the interior design a deeper meaning. The more she read about green interior design and how to create healthy spaces, the more she saw that everything seemed to align with the classic feng shui principles. 

Grab a cup of tea to discover how arranging our homes can positively affect the energy flow in our lives. Check out how Live uses feng shui in her own home, and get some basic tips to create good feng shui in your bedroom (the most important room in the home!).

The Principles of Feng Shui and conscious living

Feng shui is all about caring for the energy of life within and around us, based on the laws of nature. People now realise more than ever how the world is sentient and interconnected and the way we treat our space directly affects us.

People today are caring not only about what and how they consume; they are questioning their impact on environment and society: consumerism is gradually giving way to mindful lifestyle. Now, it’s not about owning or digesting more, it’s about consuming no more than we really need, making the most of resources and giving back to nature. We become more conscious of our needs, the needs of each other and our responsibility to the earth. This relates to the basic principles of feng shui; we are connected to the earth, to each other, and to the places we live and work. 

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I always have fresh flowers and plants in my home; this is one of the most powerful ways to improve our home and life. Beautiful plants and flowers lift the energy of our home, bringing beautiful healthy growing chi.

The expression feng shui is growing increasingly familiar to people in the west, but do we really understand the meaning? Feng shui, directly translated to, “wind and water,” are used to describe the essential energy that surrounds us at all time. Feng shui is often described as the Chinese art of placement, and goes back thousands of years. It is based on the natural underlying principles of universal cycles of change and the elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The key is to balance these natural elements with human settlement patterns and building design.

The essence of the life-giving elements wind and water is “chi”, or life force. Feng shui is the art of designing environments in harmony with the flow of chi through our living space. The flow supports and enhances our personal chi or life force.

The principles of feng shui and conscious living - Purodeco

The dining area is balanced by using the metal element. The room has too much earth element (defined by location) and by applying metal colours as white and silver some of the earth is drained. When we improve the flow of chi in a specific room like this the occupants will benefit and the room will support them.

How we arrange our decor and furnishings affects the energy flow in our living environment and our personal energy flow. Our personal energy flow affects how we think and act, which in next turn affects how well we perform and succeed in your personal and professional life. Feng Shui affects us every moment of the day — whether we’re aware of it or not! By getting the Feng Shui in our homes correct, we are able to create a supportive environment that can help us to succeed and flourish in our homes and work spaces.

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“The basic idea of Feng Shui is to collect good energies for our health and happiness”

If you’re in the market for a new house, a feng shui consultant can help look at the land forms and structures surrounding a house and how this may or may not encourage positive energy to flow into the home and stay there. Making structural and landscaping changes can further enable a building to channel as much of the natural energies as possible. Classical feng shui is always based on compass directions, using Lo Pan, a Chinese Compass, and a consultant can help evaluate the property’s physical form and its position in relation to its surroundings.

The benefits of the good room usage, furniture placement, and colours of decor can be very significant, but comes third in line after landscape considerations, building structure and orientation. Feng shui is not determined by any interior style, therefore we can use feng shui in any home. Feng shui decorating doesn’t necessarily mean creating a Zen-type of home; it means that you create an environment that has the best energy to support the occupants. We usually make small changes and simple measures with the decor. As a rule, we don’t need to buy anything new, rather get rid of superfluous stuff and clear out the clutter!

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When someone asks me, how can I applying feng shui in my home without using a consultant, renovating or buying new home? I always advise to start with the bedroom. This is the most important room in our home and should support, inspire, uplift us and bring peace. We spend a third of our life in our bedroom. It’s the space we wake up in and it’s the last space we see before retiring to sleep.

Bedroom - The principles of feng shui - Purodeco

A headboard creates a sense of security. The bedroom has a balance of the five elements, applied using muted colours.

Here are some basic feng shui tips to create good feng shui in your bedroom:

  • For support and a good sense of security, use a headboard behind the bed, whether the bed is against the wall or not.
  • Avoid shelves or cabinets above the bed; this will make you unconsciously feel that something might fall down on you.
  • The nightstand is recommended be to round, creating a calmer energy flow around the bed.
  • Let go of drying rack for laundry, TV, computer or exercise equipment in your bedroom. Let your bedroom only be a bedroom.
  • Avoid mirrors in the bedroom. The mirror can contribute to excessive activation of energy.
  • Are you a couple who wants to take care of a good relationship? Or are you single who wants to find love? Make sure your bedroom is decorated for two! Two bedside tables, two lamps etc.
  • The best colours in bedrooms are all muted pastels, but generally I recommend skin and earth tones. You can choose from an array of more muted tones of yellow, beige, light grey and terracotta, creamy peach and skin tones. Bright colors such as bright reds, purples, pinks or oranges or dark colours such as black, brown, greys, navy blue or dark green are not recommended. These colours will not serve the purpose of sleep.
Bedroom - The principles of feng shui Purodeco

A round bedside table creates a calmer energy flow around the bed. The pair of loving birds focus on love and relationship of the couple living here.

The bedroom in the image has the balance of five elements, so the occupants feel comfortable and supported. Water and earth were the main elements needed in this bedroom. This effect was applied by using colours.

Bedroom The principles of feng shui - Purodeco

The bedroom is focused on love and relationship for the couple living here; Pairs of lamps and bedside tables, décor elements as wedding photos and pair of loving birds.

Follow Live and her beautiful home here and don’t forget to visit her website for more detailed information about Feng Shui and design inspiration. 

1 Comment

  1. Thx for the article! These lamps are hanging a bit low. Is this also related to feng shui in some way?

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