Feng shui: what it is and how to use it at home

Feng shui: what it is and how to use it at home


The feng shui is an ancient knowledge of Chinese origin, which seeks to harmonize the spaces where we live energy of the reason it present. Organizing environments according to feng shui theories can, in addition to keeping energies renewed, help bring prosperity, calm, and success to the lives of those who inhabit them.

Meaning and origin of feng shui

Of Chinese origin, the term feng shui is composed of the characters, which mean, respectively, wind ( yang ) and water ( yin ).

It is an analytical thought that emerged in China over 4,000 years ago when Chinese masters realized that the vital energy, Ch’i, varies according to the environment, as each terrain, building or natural area has its own vibration. They also found that these vibrations present in each environment could be both beneficial to the body and mind as well as harmful.

With this, they began to study the best ways to arrange furniture, objects and colors in each space, in relation to interpretation based on nature. According to feng shui ideals, when the balance is sought by the forces of nature, prosperity and health are achieved.

It is important to emphasize that the masters who developed the feng shui technique considered it an instrument to be used in conjunction with other practices, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, meditation, acupuncture and Tai Chi Chuan, and not as something isolated and self-sufficient to get the balance of body and mind.


The feng shui comes to enhance the positive energies and minimize the negative. It can be said that there are three clear objectives:

  1. Save and preserve the good influences of the environment, so that they remain and are distributed throughout the environment.
  2. Reduce the negative effects of influences that may arise at the location.
  3. Achieve harmony and well-being for everyone who inhabits or uses the environment.

Basic theories

The feng shui is constituted by basic theories, always focusing on nature and life energy.

The five natural elements (fire, water, wood, metal, and earth) must be present in the environments to achieve harmony and good energy balance. These elements can be in furniture and decoration, for example.

Furthermore, feng shui is also based on the same principles as yin and yang, after all, they also aim at balance. Yin and Yang seek this harmony between opposite and complementary aspects. Yin is passive energy, and Yang is active energy. Yin is in what brings calm, in calm colors, in relaxing images; already Yang expressed vibrant colors, tall plants, and bright lights, for example.


Baguá is an important instrument for the application of feng shui in environments. In this term, also of Chinese origin, ba means “number 8” and guá means “sides”, that is, this geometric figure consists of 8 sides. According to Chinese tradition, the number 8 is associated with the concept of spatial equilibrium.

Each area of ​​the baguá is related to an area of ​​life, a color, an element, a shape, and certain objects. Therefore, to potentiate the energies of each area, the corresponding components are used, carrying out the activation process.

To apply the baguá spatially, the geometric figure is placed on the floor plan of the house or of a specific environment. There are two ways to orient the baguá on the plan: according to the compass rose, aligning the working area of ​​the figure positioned to the north, or placing it at the entrance to the house or in each room.

feng shui at home

You can apply the ancient art in any space, whether living or working, throughout the house as a set and in each environment specifically. Here we will give you tips on how to harmonize each of the environments.

The entrance to the place must be clean and well-lit. Including plants in this space is a great option for prosperity.

In the corridors, it is important that the energies circulate and do not get stuck, hindering the passage. To promote this movement, it is recommended to place pictures on the walls and paint this environment with light colors, as they convey calm and tranquility along the way.

Feng shui in the bedroom

feng shui room


In the bedroom, the bed is the main element, the reason for the main activity of the environment, sleeping. Therefore, it should be against a wall, rather than under the window, which conveys insecurity, which is not the same wall as the bathroom door, which drains the good energy.

Particular attention and care must be taken so that the room is comfortable and cozy. Including pillows, bedspreads and frames are great options. Work instruments must not remain in the room.


In the bathroom, it is advisable to keep the toilet lids down and the door closed, to prevent the good energy of the place from going away. Avoiding leaks and taking care of the maintenance of this environment is essential. Including plants is also great for keeping energy in balance.

Feng shui in the room

feng shui living room

Living room.

In the living room, sofas and armchairs should be against the walls and facing the entrance door, in order to create a welcoming space, in addition to allowing energy to circulate.


In the kitchen, the stove is the main object and represents prosperity in the house. Therefore, it must be neat, clean and in good working order.

feng shui kitchen


Plants are allies of good energies, as they purify the air and renew energies. According to Chinese tradition, keeping close to nature is essential. Therefore, in addition to patios and winter gardens, including plants in the environments is essential.