Bedroom feng shui basics

As most of us spend a third of our lives in the bedroom, it’s worth getting it right. Why not start with these feng shui basics?

Ideally, your bed should be positioned diagonally from the door, against a solid wall. Placing beds directly under windows is not generally recommended, but if it’s unavoidable, be sure to draw the curtains or blind at night. Facing ensuite doors should also be avoided, as the watery energy may adversely affect your health.

Try not to position your bed directly under a beam; when running across your body they can affect your health (for example, across the stomach may bring digestive problems), while lengthways can cause rifts in relationships.

Feng shui looks at the total environment, so electromagnetic fields should be assessed (if possible, with a Gauss meter). Spending time in high fields can disturb sleep and play havoc with your health, so move chargers and modems, and check that you’re not sleeping near a meter box.

Feng shui for romance

Colour can affect us in powerful ways, especially on a primal level. Transform your bedroom from bland to boudoir with a good splash of red, and while you’re at it, ditch the white sheets. Shades of red, ranging from deep pink to burgundy, represent passion and arousal, while white symbolises purity and innocence. Enough said.

Smells can awaken our deeper senses in an instant, so pop an oil burner near your bed, make up a massage oil or try a few drops to the bath. Ylang ylang’s exotic qualities work as an aphrodisiac for many people, while oils like Cedarwood, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Pine, Rose and Sandalwood can also increase desire.

Activate your love sector, located in the south west part of your bedroom, with crystals, candles, romantic images or flowers (fresh or silk). When possible, place objects in pairs and display images that conjure feelings of romance. Save photos of your little darlings for the living room and make your bedroom an ‘adults only’ space.

Email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au or call 0411 631940 if you’re interested in a consultation. Sweet dreams!

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8 feng shui tips for 2015

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As they say, it’s out with the old, and in with the new! New Year is the perfect time to make fresh starts and lift the vibe, so get the ball rolling with some DIY feng shui. Have a happy 2015!

1 Attract more luck

An inviting entrance will draw good fortune into your home, so lavish it with love to create a bright, uplifting space.

Give your doormat a wash or if you’ve had a really rotten year, buy a new one.

Good lighting can really enhance a home’s feng shui, especially if your entrance is hard to find; for an extra sparkle, add solar lights to the garden or trees – and not just for the festive season but year round.

TIP: Fruiting trees, like cumquats and mandarins, can attract more luck and fertility into your home.

MOON GUIDE: Flowers and leafy veggies planted under fertile moon signs tend to thrive. Best days in January: 1, 23, 24

2 Clear the clutter

Clutter can act as a type of barrier, trapping you in the past and making it difficult for new people and opportunities to enter your life. If you don’t love, need or use an item, pass it on!

3 Clean your kitchen

In feng shui a clean, attractive kitchen is a sign of health and prosperity. To encourage a steady income, use all of your hotplates, and if your back faces the door when cooking, add a mirror or reflective splashback.

4 Move your mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors can draw light or pleasant views into a room, but reflecting dark or ugly areas will emphasize problems. Mirrors in bedrooms can ‘double’ arguments, so cover them up at night if you want to calm the vibe. Avoid reflecting your front door, or you’ll scare people away.

5 Cleanse your space

Energy in homes can become stagnant, so fling open your windows then burn some sage to banish bad vibes. To boost your energy levels, burn citrusy oils like lemongrass or bergamot.

6 Reassess your art

Think carefully about what you’ve inviting into your home. Depictions of sadness or violence will conjure up negative feelings, while images of beautiful places or loved ones will promote a sense of peace and wellbeing. Sunrises, flowers and rural scenes are especially fortuitous.

7 Rev up romance

Support your bedroom’s relationship sector, located in the south west, with crystals, candles, pink items, romantic images or silk flowers. Display items like rabbits, birds or elephants in pairs.

8 Fix leaking taps

According to feng shui, water and wealth go hand in hand. Start by fixing leaky taps, as they represent money going down the drain, then tackle any mold or stagnant water around your home.

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Best feng shui house plants

air purifying house-plants

As feng shui is about creating a supportive, feel-good environment, indoor plants are often recommended. They help to harmonise homes and offices, and often work best in the east and south east sectors (although this can change, depending on your home’s unique energies). They also improve the air quality. NASA tested various plants for use on space stations. Here are some that rated well:

1. Bamboo palms: Unrelated to true bamboos, these plants are excellent at improving air quality. They remove formaldehyde and act as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: Another excellent choice, especially for darker corners, this hardy plant is commonly called the mother-in-law’s tongue because of its sharpness.

3. Areca Palm (Golden Cane): Not only do these palms look great, NASA found that they are one of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: A great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde.

5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the ‘clean-all’. They’re perfect for bathrooms or laundry as they’re known for removing airborne mould spores.

6. Gerbera Daisy (for sunny spots): Not only do these flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by giving off more oxygen overnight.

Other plants that tested well were: Aloe Vera (brilliant for sunburn!), English Ivy, Heartleaf philodendron, Elephant ear philodendron, Weeping figs, Rubber plants.

FENG SHUI TIPS:

  • Plants with heart or oval shaped leaves create a calming vibe, making them an ideal choice for entrances, landings and living areas. As round-leaved plants are said to attract wealth, try placing Jade plants or ‘money trees’ near your front door.
  • Scented plants and herbs such as rosemary will lift the vibe in any home, and as a bonus, rosemary is said to enhance the memory.
  • Fruiting plants like cumquats and oranges are also said to attract good fortune, along with scented, flowering plants like jasmine and gardenias.
  • Bamboo is another popular choice, as it represents strength, longevity and protection; ‘lucky bamboo’ plants make ideal gifts, especially for older people.
  • Pointy-leaved plants such as palms and cactuses will add a masculine energy to your home. This can be useful for livening up quiet corners, but when placed in a prominent position, spiky plants can create a prickly, argumentative energy.
  • Plants are not generally recommended for bedrooms, with the exception being orchids, which represent sensuality and fertility; alternatively, place one in your living area to invite more luck and harmony into your home.

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Feng shui compass sectors

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Want to try some DIY feng shui? I’ve draw up a simple feng shui compass sector chart (known as a Sheng cycle), to get you started.

Feng shui works on many levels – from simple to super-complex – but the principles are generally the same. Certain sectors rule particular areas of life (you may need a compass to work them out) … if family relationships have been rocky of late, try sprucing up your EASTERN sector, starting with a thorough clean and declutter, then boost the energy with plants or flowers. Lucky bamboo is also suitable here, along with timber, the colour green and happy family snapshots.

If you’d like to book a space clearing or professional feng shui consultation email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au for a free quote.

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Feng shui colour therapy

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Colours often have an instant and very obvious impact, but they can also affect us in more subtle ways.

Red is well known as an appetite enhancer (Red Rooster and McDonalds might be onto something!), making it an ideal colour for restaurants and fast food outlets, but if you want to turn people off their food, use purple, mauve or black.

Yellow stimulates the intellect, making it an excellent choice for busy call centres or workplaces where people need to stay alert. Yellow can also work well in schools and study areas, as it aids concentration.

Shades of orange and yellow can lift the spirits and cheer up patients in hospitals, while bright orange is said to lessen emotional shock – making this an excellent hue for emergency rooms and intensive care units.

Pinks and peaches can lessen fears and calm people down, making them ideal colours for prisons, hospital waiting rooms and counseling centres; interestingly, hot pink is said to help people kick addictions.

Blue can help to calm the mind and reduce stress, but day in, day out, some people can find blue quite a depressing colour. Always add warm accents to balance blue rooms, but avoid it all together if you suffer from depression. Grey can also be a bit of a downer, so be sure to add a few colourful touches (yellow is ideal) and use it in moderation.

Turquoise and aqua, on the other hand, are creative, invigorating colours, making them ideal for media industries and design-related professions. These lively colours also aid communication, making them a good choice for boardrooms and conference centres.

Dark blue is the colour of authority, stability and respect, which might be why it works so well for police officers, while violet is associated with high ideals and service to others.

Green is the colour of balance, harmony and growth, making it ideal for health industries, natural therapy centres, mediation rooms and legal offices. It can also help patients to heal, making it an excellent colour for rehabilitation centres.

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What is space clearing?

‘Space clearing’ can be likened to spring cleaning your home on an unseen, energetic level. As negative vibes – from previous occupants, arguments or illnesses – are cleared, you should feel a fresh sense of energy and enthusiasm. After a clearing, objects may seem to sparkle or colours will appear to be brighter. Best of all, this energetic lift should reflect onto you and your family.

When are space clearings beneficial?
After moving into a new home
When you feel ‘stuck’ or need a lift
If the atmosphere doesn’t feel right
When the feel of past occupants is strong
After a death or run of illness
If nightmares are getting you down

What’s involved?
Space Clearing involves some preparation both at your end and mine, with the actual clearing taking roughly 2 hours. Before any space clearing, a thorough clearout is recommended. Hanging onto clutter  can not only trap you in the past, it can block fresh opportunities from entering your life. Various rituals and procedures are involved, including a protective four corner blessing.
Jenny conducts seminars, space clearings and feng shui consultations in the Sydney and Gold Coast areas.

Photo: Thanks to Nikki Yazxhi

For bookings email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au or phone 0411 631 940.

Woman’s Day Space Clearing story – 2012

Feng shui for homesellers

Feng shui consultants believe that an inviting entrance not only attracts good fortune, it also attracts people – and potential buyers.

TIPS FOR SELLING

1. Clean and declutter your home, both inside and out, and check that paths, gates and fences are all in good order. On an unconscious level, dirt, weeds and peeling paint can conjure up feelings of poverty.
2. First impressions count, so do your own drive-by. Is your house number obvious? What subconscious symbols might people pick up on?
3. Smell can repel or attract, so fill your home with pleasant aromas. Coffee, scented flowers, lavender and vanilla will all help to lift the vibe. Go easy on the incense, though, or buyers may think you’re hiding something.
4. Place pots of yellow flowers near your front door or pop some fresh flowers into a vase. Not only is yellow a happy, uplifting colour, it’s said to encourage sales.

Feng shui & styling tips for home sellers
By combining her skills in feng shui, colour and design, Jenny can offer cost-effective suggestions to improve your home’s appeal and attract buyers.  Priced from $200 (for on-site assessments) to $350-$550 for full written reports.
Jenny also offers a special ‘Home Seller’s Package’, that includes styling and feng shui advice for selling; astrological timing; feng shui appraisals on potential properties; a space clearing and traditional feng shui report on your new home or office; colour advice.

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