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A Feng Shui Guide for Every Room in Your House

As we approach the Year of the Dog, it's time to clear your space and balance out your energies at home

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Photography: Ocs Alvarez

Whether you’re into eastern philosophy, centuries-old Chinese practices, or simply a sigurista as far as good vibes, good fortune, and good luck go; Feng Shui is a practical and fun tradition to latch on to.

While we often focus on the fortune-telling potential that a Feng Shui-approved space can bring, the practice finds its roots in the simple and functional arrangement and organization of physical spaces and environments. We’ve pulled some easy-to-follow Feng Shui tips for every area in your home so you can start small in your bedroom, or cover all your bases from bathroom, living room, kitchen, and beyond.


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Living Room: Focus on the Fab Five

Both Feng Shui and traditional Chinese medicine hinge on the belief in five elements: earth, metal, fire, wood, and water. Bringing a well-balanced combination of these key elements can make for a grounding central space for both your family and your guests. Think scented candles for fire, an aquarium for water, some hanging plants for earth, a repurposed pallet-turned-coffee-table for wood, and a modern lighting fixture for metal.


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Kitchen: Come Clean

Clutter can represent an accumulation of unnecessary energy in one’s space. It’s easy to for a mess to pile up in a kitchen—think pantries stocked with expired canned goods, drawers full of tools that no longer work, and condiment racks with spices with names you can’t even pronounce. Weed out what you don’t need and let some fresh air and brand spanking new vibes into this utilitarian space so it functions better in the coming year.


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Dining Room: Go Green

The color of good-for-you veggies and of fertile, lush earth, greens can also represent abundance and prosperity in all respects. Whether you’re doing this in the hopes of getting some greenbacks in this year, or just because you want to eat healthier, dousing your dining area in a healthy dose of green in the form of indoor plants will do you much good.

Bathroom: Work with Wood

Wood, in Chinese philosophy, represents our health—you’ll want a semblance of this natural element in the space where you’re confronted by your body (and bodily functions!) day in and day out. Think of dressing up your bath with a wood-framed mirror, a traditional medicine cabinet, or even some wooden louvers on your windows.


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Bedroom: Hook Yourself on Happiness

Following the Feng Shui concept of bagua, where eight directions in a room symbolize certain areas of life, creativity flourishes in the right corner of your room when looking through a central entryway. Directly related to one’s happiness, creativity allows you to welcome joy into your life. Carve out a small space in this area for trinkets, travel souvenirs and art that makes you happy, just because.

Garden: Couple Up

Twosomes equal a thriving love life. Don’t let your precious plant babies grow old alone and make sure they come in twos. This allows for better visual symmetry as well.

To see more photos of this house, read "Modern Asian Design for a Two-Storey Marikina Home"

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