Feng shui tends to get a bad reputation as being ‘hokey’ or unnecessary. There are a lot of people who don’t see the value or benefits that can be achieved through this ancient practice. To help you understand how feng shui can improve your life, let’s look into what it is and how it functions.


If you aren’t sure what Feng Shui involves, Anjie Cho, a writer for thespruce.com explains it well. She writes, “The philosophy of feng shui is a practice of arranging the pieces in living spaces in order to create balance with the natural world. The goal is to harness energy forces and establish harmony between an individual and their environment.” Essentially, every item we surround ourselves with has an impact on our lives. We can optimize the flow of energy in our spaces when we organize our furniture, décor, colors, and layout of each one. Feng shui enthusiasts and experts agree that when you take the time to harmonize your life, there are major benefits.

Five Elements

The feng shui philosophy divides every object into one of five categories. An item can be earth, water, fire, wood, or metal. Each of these elements attract different energies that need to be balanced in order to establish harmony within your home. For example, wood channels creativity and growth. Things like plants, trees or other green objects fall under this category. Fire represents passion, energy and boldness. Candles or anything that is red falls under this category. Earth channels stability and strength. Anything brown or tan, rocks, and old books can represent this element. Water relates to inspiration and emotion. Find things like water features, or anything blue to showcase this element. Finally, metal is a uniting force. It represents focus and order. Anything white, silver, grey or metal will fulfill this requirement.


Perfecting the feng shui in your home is said to have a slew of benefits. If you’re considering working on the balance and energy in your home, you may be wondering where to start. Experts say that your bedroom is the best place to begin. Before you do anything, ask yourself this question. Are you taking care to have pairs of items in your space? For example, do you have two nightstands? It’s important that your bedroom is an inviting space for your partner. They must feel like they are welcome and included in the design and functionality of the space. You can accomplish this by using a neutral color palette, purchasing a headboard, and decluttering among other things. What are the benefits? Peaceful sleep, relaxation, balance, better relationships, and improved well-being are a few. There are also people who believe good feng shui can increase luck and success as well.

To help harmonize your home through this ancient practice, Anjie Cho wrote a helpful guide for beginners. You can find it here. Give feng shui a try and take note of the impact it has on your life.