With Chinese New Year approaching we’ve been thinking about Feng Shui, the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. When introducing Feng Shui to your home it is recommended that you start in the hallway as it is essential to have a smooth, strong and clear energy flow to your front door. It is also responsible for making a first impression and setting the tone for the rest of the home.
Feng Shui is all about allowing energy to flow through a space, which obviously can’t be achieved if the space is cluttered. The hallway is often overlooked when it comes to this, as so often we just use it to pass in and out, throwing down shoes, coats and keys in a hurry.
Where possible you should avoid leaving items of clothing or footwear hanging around. A StairStore is great for this as it keeps everything neat, tidy and out of sight. If you are using coat hooks or a hat stand, the best way to avoid stagnant energy is to remove anything from the hallway that hasn’t been used in a month, and then rotate when you do come to use it again.
When it comes to Feng Shui, lighting is one of the most important factors to consider, alongside airflow. Good lighting can ground and calm the energy of a hallway by providing a strong focal point. You can go classic with a chandelier or choose a more contemporary style with some pendant lighting.
Of course natural light is the optimum way to boost the quality of your home energy, but you can still achieve the same effect with artificial lighting in your hallway. The most important thing to remember is to avoid fluorescent lighting.
There are various ways to create a good Feng Shui design in your hallway. Some choose to hang traditional Feng Shui bells and coins around the front door and entryway, but you can still achieve positive energy without these.
It is recommended that you choose pastel colours for the hallway, making sure to stay away from anything too dark or too bright. Placing a plant or an eye catching piece of artwork in the hallway helps to focus and control visitor’s attention and distract them from any bad Feng Shui elements upon entry.
If you want to talk with one of our consultants about decluttering your hallway, then simply request a design visit here. Have some Feng Shui tips of your own to share with us? Send in your photos or leave a comment on our Facebook page.