Feng Shui, literally meaning “wind and water”, is the ancient Chinese practice of positioning objects and buildings in harmony with nature to attract good luck. Some believe that good feng shui attracts prosperity and wards off bad luck. Feng shui is used in new home purchases and decorations as well as architectural and engineering projects. A prime example would be the two bronze lion statues in front of HSBC Main Building in Central. The statues were placed in front of the building after discussions with feng shui experts. Another example would be that some feng shui masters believe a west-facing apartment attracts bad luck, and it is best to choose a south-facing apartment. An apartment faces whichever direction its front door faces.
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To attain good feng shui, you should de-clutter your home regularly. Good feng shui is first and foremost clean, because it means fresh, clear energy. De-clutter your rooms, because stagnant energy in your home may reflect in an area of your life. Good feng shui is also free-flowing energy. Is there anything blocking your front door, such as bins or shoes? If so, you should place them elsewhere, so that there is smooth and strong energy flowing to and from your front door.
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Good bedroom feng shui is calm and nourishing. Your bed should be placed against the wall, as this signifies stability. Open your windows to keep the quality of air fresh, or invest in a few indoor plants that will help with air quality as well as bring life to the room. Choose your bedroom art carefully. Choose something that is cheerful and nourishing, not something sad dark. Also, pictures above the bed should not be too large, as it would emit a kind of looming, oppressed energy. Make sure that no sharp angles from furniture or walls are pointing at the bed as this energy is called Sha Chi (attacking energy)
Placing more than one chair in the bedroom and a mirror directly facing your bed is bad feng shui for couples as the extra chair and the mirror signifies inviting a third person into the relationship.
Your living room should be visible when you enter the home. If family members can enter their rooms directly without needing to pass by the living room, that signifies cold familial relationships and a life of no privacy. Like your bed, your sofa needs to be placed against the wall, this also signifies stability as well as the luck of having great friends who are willing to help you.
Your living room should be well-lit by natural sunlight as well as well - ventilated to keep fresh air flowing. Fresh air is a key component of feng shui as it signifies vitality and health.
It is best to place your stove and your ovens at a location that is compatible with the feng shui fire energy, which is ideally south and southwest. Having kitchen and bathroom doors facing each other is very bad feng shui because food is prepared in the kitchen while waste is disposed of in the bathroom. Having the two face each other can disrupt your appetite as well as cause a conflict between the water and fire element, as the bathroom represents the water element,
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If you're living in Hong Kong and are lucky enough to have a garden or any outdoor space, be sure to put up a fence. Any outdoor space without a fence would attract the evil spirit. The outdoor space should be a square rather than triangle as the triangle is considered ominous. Plant flowers outdoor as they can bring vitality and energy indoor.
What Items can be used for good feng shui
In Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, people usually buy flowers for good feng shui, as the old sayings state that “when flowers blossom, riches come.” Flowers generally bring wood energy. Different colored flowers also bring a different energy. For example, red flowers bring fire energy and yellow brings earth energy. Flowers can also be used to attract love.
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Some ornaments can also be used for good feng shui: a dragon statute to attract wealth, a turtle statue to symbolize longevity. A fish tank is also favorable to be put in the living room to attract wealth, but the fish tank is not to be placed in the kitchen or bedroom.
Good feng shui is mostly a good flow of energy which comes from good ventilation and decluttering. For a touch of vitality and liveliness, consider adding plants and flowers.