Does your home need a makeover for 2018? You should take heed of this stellar advice from a Feng Shui expert

living room with green walls and a grey sofa, wood coffee table and copper sidetable

Image: Andrew Boyd

Whether you want to attract positive energy, breathe new life into a living space or just fancy a refresh to your humble abode, the principles of Feng Shui have you covered. 

Feng Shui expert and Nectar Life Hacks Host, Priya Sher,  explains, "Its principles maintain that we live in harmony with our environment. Its aim is to achieve balance in your living & working space and maximise your potential for success in all areas of your life. Literally translated feng shui means ‘wind water’. Wind scatters energy and water holds energy."

Here she rounds up the easiest and most effective ways to Feng Shui your home.

A welcoming front door

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Priya says: "The front door should be in perfect condition as it represents wealth. To draw the energy to your front door place a beautiful plant and light either side of the door."

Fresh flowers in the hallway

black and white hallway with fresh flowers, wellington boots, benches, cushions and print blinds

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Priya says: "The hall represents opportunities, therefore, ensure it's kept clutter free so that the energy can circulate; place coats and shoes inside a closed cupboard so they don't stagnate the energy. To activate the beneficial chi in the hall place a beautiful mirror and fresh flowers. Fresh flowers instantly uplift the energy of a space."

A well-designed kitchen

a blue kitchen with stainless steel accents and charcoal units

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Priya says: "The kitchen is a vital space as its energy represents nourishment and relationship harmony for the occupants. Ensure that you don't place the sink and cooker opposite each other as that can lead to arguments between couples, as it creates a water and fire crash. The colours in the kitchen are also an important consideration - avoid too much black and red as that also causes a fire and water crash.

"The position of the cooker is important for the nourishment of the occupants- ensure it is not positioned under a window or directly opposite the kitchen or front door."

Read our top tips for designing the perfect kitchen

Arrange furniture carefully

living room with green walls and a grey sofa, wood coffee table and copper sidetable

Image: Andrew Boyd

Priya says: "Ensure that furniture for the living room is in proportion to the space. Do not block any doors with furniture and position the main sofa against a wall to provide the occupants with support.

To activate wealth energy place a lamp in the corner of the room (diagonally opposite the room door)."

Feed your soul in the dining room

a dining room featuring a round mirror, modern and mid century furniture and teal green walls

Image: Colin Poole

Priya says: "The dining room or table is an important consideration in Feng Shui as it provides a space where you can concentrate mindfully on what you are eating. In Feng Shui we consider the dining space to relate with the spleen which relates to the element Earth, which in traditional Chinese medicine is concerned with digestion. To optimise the energy in this space place a mirror on the wall to reflect the dining table and place fresh flowers on the table."

Improve your sleep 

neutral home furnishings in the bedroom roomset at ideal home show 2017

Image: Andrew Boyd

Priya says: "To encourage a restful sleep the bedrooms must be a light neutral colour and the beds must have a headboard and be positioned with the headboard against a solid wall. Ideally, the bed must not be in line with the bedroom door. Place bedside tables either side of the bed to provide support. Place curvy lamps and lightly fragranced candles on the bedside table to introduce some romantic energy."

Keep your bathroom clean and tidy

a bathroom makeover featured in  good homes featuring a vintage bath, plants, antique furniture and metro tiles

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Priya says: "The bathroom must always be kept clean with the door closed and toilet lid down. This is the area where wealth may get drained (depending on calculations) so introduce some plants in here, as plants soak in water which slows the flow of wealth draining away."

Brush up on your gardening

dining room opening up to a back garden with orange decor in the summer

Image: Russell Sadur

Priya says: "The front garden represents your future so ensure it is always kept beautiful. Plant beautiful flowers and plants and always keep it tidy."

"The back garden represents both health and wealth for the occupants so ensure it is always kept in good condition. The boundaries/fences/wall must always be well maintained to provide support to the occupants."

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