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How’s your chi?

Energy work is a passion of mine; minimalism is an intention of mine.  Traveling down the path of both led me to the intersection called Feng Shui.  And what perfect timing, as we complete our final house plans with the architect.  Our Zen Barn, as I fondly refer to it, is beginning to come alive in spirit and form.   

The basic principle of Feng Shui is to balance the energy of the home.   It is a process of intention, focusing on the function, beauty, and energy of the home.  Yin yang are the complementary forces and water, wood, fire, earth, metal are the five elements of Feng Shui.  The interplay of the two polarities creates the chi, or life force energy within the home.  The interdependence and synergy of the elements give balance and harmony to the home.  Applying the principles of Feng Shui creates a peaceful environment, where love and creativity and health thrive.

This is an outline of the basic theory of Feng Shui.  I created this cliff note version for my own purposes in our home design process.  One of my greatest considerations for our big, little move is to have intention and purpose with our new home.  I am considering the use and function of each room and everything that we will take with us from one home to the next.  It is my intention to only have that which is considered useful or beautiful. 

Starting at the front entrance, I am working my way through the home.   I want to use the space and energy to create the balance and harmony of a peaceful family retreat.  It is always important to take into consideration the residents of the home, their natural tendencies and aspects they may be working on strengthening.      


Yin – female, earth, passive, shade, absorbing, even numbers, valleys and streams, orange

Yang – male, heaven, light, penetrating, odd numbers, mountains, azure

The 5 elements:  Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal

[Water-Michelle; Wood – Emily & Anna; Fire – Henry; Metal – Steve]

Element Chakra Yin-Yang Rooms
Water 2 (Relationships & Sexuality) Yin Bedroom
Wood 5 (Voice & Authenticity) Yin Dining Room, Bedroom
Fire 3,7 (Personal Power, Divine Connection) Yang Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room, Office, Bedroom
Earth 1,4 (Purpose, Love) Neutral Kitchen, Living Room, Office, Bedroom
Metal 6 (Intuition) Yang Living Room, Office


Water – Release, Rejuvenation, Relationships

  • 2nd chakra – Relationships and sexuality
  • Black, gray, blue
  • Ponds, fountains, aquariums, fish
  • Curvy and circular lines 

Wood – Personal Growth

  • 5th chakra – “Voice”        
  • Greens, purple, dark sienna, not tan or beige
  • Vertical pillars

Fire – Enthusiasm, Transformation

  • 3rd chakra – gut and personal power
  • 7th chakra – Divine connection
  • Yellow, orange, red
  • Triangles, sunbursts, floral arrangements

Earth – Support, Security, Safety

  • 1stchakra – purpose      
  • 4thchakra – love & compassion
  • Earth tones
  • Sandstone, granite, brick, clay, woven baskets, pottery
  • Horizontal lines

Metal – strength

  • 6th chakra – intuition      
  • Gray, white, silver
  • Bronze and steel
  • Circles and arcs

Individual rooms of the home reflect specific energy:

Personal Sanctuary – yin, water and wood

Recreational gathering – yang, metal and fire


Curvy, circular – yin

Straight, boxy – yang

Living Room – opportunity and potential, career and relationships, security

  • Metal & Earth   
  • Simple, traditional, and functional
  • Square or oval, wood coffee table
  • Neutral, earthy tones (3-5 colors; 1 bold)
  • Bookshelves and family photos

Dining Room – family & health

  • 3-5 elements in perfect harmony            
  • Table is focus of Dining Room
  • Free of distractions; clutter-free
  • Round, oval, elliptical tables are more intimate than square or rectangle ones
  • Warm pastels – cream, peach, yellow, or green neutrals
  • Framed art – landscapes and still frame

Kitchen – heart and soul of the home

  • Earth & fire        
  • Warm atmosphere – cooking and chatting
  • No clutter; store all appliances
  • Flowery, lively décor
  • Fresh flowers and produce
  • Still frame art

Office – to get the job done

  • Yang – fire, metal, and earth      
  • Remove clutter and non-working equipment
  • Increase effectiveness and eliminate time wasters
  • Organization is key – “spot” for everything
  • Open and simple

Bedroom – personal sanctuary and retreat

  • Relaxation, sleep, rejuvenation, love, romance, intimacy
  • Bed is for comfort and security
  • Don’t’ store things under the bed
  • Place head of bed against wall for sense of security and stability
  • Don’t block the windows, the sun’s energy from coming into room
  • Allow as much natural light as possible (yang).
  • Soft lights for transitioning to and from sleep
  • For greater intimacy, paint ceiling a soothing neutral like cream, hazelnut, or latte not white
  • 3-5 colors, gently opposing your personality to add balance

“A sacred building is a harmonic structure for the transformation of the soul.  It’s purpose is to remind us of our true essence and absolute connection to the universe” ~ Christian Kyriacou ‘The House Whisperer’

With intent and purpose, and a few simple interventions, you can change the energy and feel of your home. 

  • Clear the clutter (anything broken or not used, piles and stacks). 
  • Put laundry away; file or shred the paper piles; clear the countertops and furniture. 
  • Eliminate fake, non-living things (plastic, artificial).
  • Add some fresh flowers and produce.
  • Light a candle and fire.
  • Add an aquarium or fountain.
  • Open shades and curtains to allow the natural light in.
  • Use the 5 elements to increase harmony in your home.

Use simple Feng Shui principles to align your mind, body, spirit and create a peaceful home to renew and revive all who enter.  May you create a peaceful home for the health and wellness of your family.       

Peace & Harmony to you,


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