What do Victoria Beckham, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brook Shields, Donald Trump, and Oprah Winfrey all have in common? Aside from mega-success and long-lasting fame, they all use principles of Feng Shui in their homes.
Feng Shui is a 3,000-year-old practice which was first used by the Imperial Family of China to invite good energy (Qi) and ensure its proper circulation in their palaces. Feng Shui encapsulates the choice and arrangement of furniture, the use of colours, the lighting, and the accessories in your homes. Incorporating Feng Shui principles is said to bring greater harmony in all aspects of life as well as with the environment and the world, leading to better relationships, prosperity, and good luck.
Unlike Victoria Beckham, you don’t need a $1,200-an-hour interior designer to add some Feng Shui magic in your homes! The folks at Khas Stores have selected which complement Feng Shui, and have given recommendations on how you can set them up in your home to maximise good energy. Even if you are not a Feng Shui practitioner, these design tips are sure to bring a sense of peace and tranquillity in your homes, and closeness with nature.
Fragrant flowers & Potpourri
Good fragrance invites good energy in your home. Place fresh flowers in a range of vases all over your home. If you are using glass vases, insert pebbles for a nature-inspired look. Get creative! Jars and porcelain vases can also be used for potpourri. Potpourri is also a more permanent option for maintaining fragrance in your home.
Vibrant Paintings and Calligraphy
The right colours can do wonders according to Feng Shui, especially yellows, reds, and golds. It’s also the Year of the Horse, and horses are considered bright, intelligent, friendly, and energetic. Their replica or image will bring good energy in your home.
Implementing these simple techniques will ensure the flow of good energy, harmony and happiness in your home.
Royal Porcelain Jars & Vases
Porcelain represents the element Earth, and brings prosperity. There is a wide range of porcelain jars and vases available in the market to choose from which, according to Feng Shui, will definitely invite prosperity into your home.
Bamboo Baskets and Brown Planters
Bamboo is very popular in Feng Shui, and brown is also a nurturing colour. There is a range of baskets incorporating jute, bamboo, and cane elements available at Khas stores, which go very well with Feng Shui principles.
Metal Lanterns & Candles
Illuminate dark corners and areas with less natural light with beautiful candles. Your foyer is an excellent place to arrange candles. Candles can also be placed inside chrome lanterns. Red, purple, or white candles of different sizes would look magical.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2014.