You need a bagua map to decorate your house according to feng shui -- a grid and colored chart that incorporates nine areas, representing life circumstances that associate to specific areas in the home. The bottom of the grid aligns with the wall of the house that has the formal entrance built into it. Each of the nine areas on the bagua map has a feng shui element assigned to it, such as wood, earth, fire, metal and water. Along with the colors and life situations associated with each element, this map helps you arrange your furniture, decor and accents, and incorporate any needed feng shui tools to bring balance and harmony to the lives of those who live in the home.
As an ancient Chinese practice that dates backs centuries, feng shui's main purpose is to create an environment that brings a harmonic energy flow into your space. You accomplish this with an artful placement of furniture, art and decor aligned according to the bagua map to ensure a balanced flow of both female and male energies, or yin and yang, jointly combined as chi -- the life force energy -- in the space. In feng shui, too much negative or positive energy, or blocks to energy flow, can affect all areas of your life.
On the bottom row of the bagua map aligned with the wall in the home that holds the formal entrance, there are three grids, from left to right: wisdom and harmony, career and work, and compassion and travel. The next row back from left to right affects family, health and community; well-being and balance; and children and creativity. The last three grids read power, wealth and abundance; fame and reputation; and finally love, marriage and relationships. In each of these grid spaces, you’ll also find colors and an element associated with that space. You can also use the map to find each of these areas in a specific room, when you align the bottom with the wall that contains the entrance to the room.
By looking at the map once you align it, you can determine the areas of your home you can enhance to unblock stale energy or stimulate the chi. For example, in the power, wealth and abundance area of your home, the far left upper corner on the map corresponds to the far left corner wall when your back is to the street when facing the front door. Add decor accents, colors or appropriate feng shui tools in red or purple to increase that energy in that space and realign the furniture for the best flow. Front doors that open directly onto a staircase in the career area of the home interrupt the flow of chi. The house’s front door is known as the mouth of chi and you don't want to send it crashing into the energy that’s coming down the stairs. To fix these types of conflicts, you have a variety of feng shui tools to balance the energies.
For that troubled staircase opposite the front door, add a wind chime or a crystal hanging from the ceiling to redirect the flow of chi into your home. Mirrors serve the same function, but require artful placement to ensure the movement of energy through the home is beneficial. For instance, don’t place a mirror at the foot of the bed, but use it in a dead space of a hallway to move the energy. Other feng shui tools include water features, live plants, art, peaceful music, and other sounds and adjustable lighting. Place a pair of feng shui Fu dogs by your front entrance for luck and protection; put Chinese coins, a dragon and a red ribbon in the wealth portion of your home to increase prosperity.