Would you jump on an opportunity to maximize your positivity for the new year? Feng shui provides us just that. Early in Chinese culture, when people were beginning to learn how to farm animals and grow crops, they worried about the safety and prosperity of their families. Cue feng shui: the art and science of placement for greater positive energy flow.
Feng shui has since developed into a worldwide practice, incorporated in–among others–homes, offices, gardens, and even architecture. While it may sound complex, the basics are actually quite intuitive. We’ve created a guide with three simple feng shways for you to welcome the new year with a harmonized home.
1. Create a Soothing Environment
Personalize your home décor, so that your space reflects your individual taste. Prefer a calming environment? Turn to a blue color palette. For an interior that ignites your passion, a fiery red wall could be just what you need! You can also influence the mood in your home with essential oils. Chamomile and lavender are relaxing, while peppermint increases alertness, and citrus energizes. Additionally, consider placing a water fountain in your home or on your covered terrace, as the tranquil sound of the water reduces stress, anxiety, and cleanses the air. Lennar homes make it effortless to find the perfect space for a fountain with spacious floorplans, patios, and foyers.
2. Clear the Clutter
Clutter is a feng shui no-no. For the positive energy to flow throughout your home smoothly, there can’t be any messy disruptions. Take advantage of the ample storage Lennar homes offer–including large closets and often times, garages–and use the extra room for all your extra items! This way, you can store things that you don’t regularly use without having to say goodbye. An important space to keep clear is the area surrounding the front door: this is the portal for positive energy and also the first thing guests see when they walk in. And while you’re at it, go ahead and deeply clean for an all-around rejuvenating cleanse.
3. Brighten Your Space
Simple everyday things–sunlight, plants, and flowers–are so beneficial for our health. That’s why feng shui urges us to have them in our homes. With open layouts like Lennar’s, plants are the perfect complements to the expansive spaces. But make sure to opt for larger ones, so your space looks less cluttered. It’s also important to keep your windows spotless and unblocked. This allows you to clearly see the outside world, while bright light flows through the home, creating a welcoming space. And the steady stream of vitamin D is sure to boost your serotonin levels for a more positive mood!
Though an intricate system of placement, art, and energy, feng shui can be simple when you start with the basics. And it’s not only useful for inspiring your everyday life, it’s also a great way to keep your home clean, organized, and stylish.