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Feng Shui Tips For Every Room In Your House

Usher in prosperity and good luck this Chinese New Year with these room-by-room guidelines

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Issa Villar & Dagny Madamba

Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art and science of living in harmony with nature, dates back to 618-907 AD, yet it remains applicable to this day. For the uninitiated, Feng Shui may seem like a complicated, unexplainable subject, and with all those curious-looking paraphernalia, formulas, and charts, it’s easy to be intimidated.

Start with baby steps. Here, Feng Shui master Marites Allen shares some general do-it-yourself tips that work whether you’re an enthusiast or a beginner, and regardless of your auspicious directions.

Entryway: keep it clean.

“The main door is the mouth where the bulk of the energy is coming from. If it’s sloppy and dirty, naturally it will not attract good energy,” says Marites. “It should have a bright-hall-effect so it’s important to have patio, porch, or big lawn with no obstructions,” she adds. It’s important to keep it clean and free from barriers like posts and trees. “The bigger, the better” is also a rule to remember when it comes to the front door. Having it painted red can be lucky, too, depending on the direction of the affliction star, which changes every year.

Also, have a back door or secondary door. “Main door is where you welcome guests; secondary door is for utility, where you bring in groceries and bring out garbage, and the like. Ihiwalay mo naman. They should not be accorded with the same manner.” This secondary door should never be vis-à-vis with the main door. In a typical square lot, it’s common to have the two doors facing each other. “It should not be positioned in a way na nakikita agad ang back door when you come in. Put something in the middle.” Consider placing tall shelves or dividers.

Living room: change the style.

Tired of the same look year after year? Then Chinese New Year is the perfect time to renovate and do major and mini makeovers to your living area—or any area of the house for that matter. “It is always encouraged to do changes during this time when new energy shifts in.” Start first by scrubbing the area clean of the grime of yesteryears. Then usher in a fab settee, reupholster an old but beloved club chair, change the furniture arrangement and curtains—whatever you can afford at the moment. It doesn’t have to be grand. “Surprise your family, surprise yourself. Bring in something new to the eyes.”

Dining room: add a mirror.

Mounting or propping a big mirror against a wall in the dining area actually has greater benefits than just visually enlarging an area in a tight home or condo unit spaces. “When you eat with a mirror on the side, you’re practically doubling the food served on the table.” Just allot one panel of a wall (any side) for mirror. As for the shape of the dining table, round is the most preferable. However, oblong and square are all right as well, just make sure to avoid pointy edges. It’s also advisable to choose chairs that have solid backing so that in everything you do, you’ll have solid support.

Kitchen: location is key.

As the heart of the home where meals are prepared, the kitchen should not be positioned right under a toilet. “Can you imagine cooking under a toilet na flush ng flush? This is the kind of thing we have to avoid. We sometimes don’t feel or notice it, but there’s got to be a reason why your kids are always sick or something. It may have something to do with the way your house is arranged.” Second tip to remember: the stove should not be right behind a door, a position which she calls “Backstabbing position. You won’t know who’s coming in.” Another taboo is placing the stove right across a faucet. “Fire and Water should not face each other. They can be side by side, but at least two feet away from each other.”

Master bedroom: go steady.

Wondering why you never seem to run out of woes? It may have something to do with your bedroom. “Never sleep under a beam because you’re inviting other peoples’ problems.” Be sure to have a steady headboard as well; not only does it add aesthetic appeal, but also more importantly, provides solid support.

PHOTOS Dairy Darilag (main), Michael Angelo Chua, Vincent Coscolluela, and Jilson Tiu

Read the original article ("Feng Shui Express") in the January 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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