The year of the Fire Rooster is fast approaching – and while we gear up our red packets and line up our oranges in a row, our homes are also in desperate need of TLC.
Our homes are where we spend most of our time after all – well, besides the office. It is thus important to have good chi (energy) flowing through. This is where feng shui comes to play.
Feng shui is like a chi bible, teaching us how to balance energies in any given space in order to assure good fortune for the people inhabiting it. And while we’re all for beautiful, comfortable living environments, feng shui takes the approach that your surroundings affect not just your material comfort but also your physical and mental health, your relationships, and your worldly success. Like they say, our homes are a mirror of what’s happening inside us.
We’ve curated tips from the good, knowledgeable people of Way Fengshui on how to decorate your home in the year of the Fire Rooster.
The cardinal rule of feng shui is no clutter – so that chi can flow freely throughout your space. This is why you should always spring clean your home before Chinese New Year arrives, for a good energy flow and to chase away bad fortune.
According to Grand Master Tan Khoon Yong and Master Goh Guan Leong of Way Fengshui Group, the auspicious colours for the year of the Fire Rooster are Green, Blue and Black. Coincidentally, Greenery is Pantone’s colour of the year, too. You now have no excuse to deck your home with green hues – contrasting it with blue and black.
Interior lighting plays an important role in home feng shui as lighting can subconsciously affect an individual’s mood and actions. Grand Master Tan Khoon Yong advises using warm, white lighting in the living room to boost chi flow.
For the kitchen and study, he advises using cool white lighting – to preserve yin-yang balance in the kitchen, as well as better efficiency and to help boost concentration while you work.
The bedroom, on the other hand, should be lit with warm-coloured lighting – as it is a place to rest and rejuvenate.
Having a fountain in your home can be very calming, but that’s not the only reason you should consider having one in your space. Fountains are also a popular feng shui cure as water is associated with wealth – therefore, a flowing fountain helps with the cash flow.
The best place to have an indoor fountain is facing the entrance of your home – signifying wealth flowing in. Having it in the bedroom will have an opposite effect, though – as it will represent worry and sorrow.