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Decorating with Feng Shui

The Feng Shui bagua is the tool that is used to map your home, and once you know what each area of your home represents, you can start decorating with Feng Shui by adding furniture, accessories, and colors to activate the special energy of each of these areas. The nine areas of the bagua are: Wealth, Future, Love, Creativity, Helpful People, Career, Knowledge, Family, Well-Being, and each is represented by specific colors, shapes, and objects. Here are a few of my favorite recommendations for the types of things you can place in each bagua area to activate its attributes when decorating with Feng Shui. You don’t need to use all of these items in a bagua area; instead, you can choose the items that for you match the qualities of the area.

Power/Wealth/Abundance
• Valuable possessions and collections, such as coins
• Expensive art and antiques
• Pictures of desired objects, like homes, jewelry, or cars
• Plants and flowers or images of plants and growing things
• Triangular objects
• Red, purple, dark blue objects

Fame/Future/Reputation
• Diplomas, awards, prizes
• Pictures that represent what you want to achieve in the future
• Images of a sunrise
• Things made from leather, wool, feathers
• Triangular objects
• Red objects

Love/Relationships/Marriage
• Photos of you and your spouse/partner
• Pairs of objects, like hearts, doves, cranes
• Pictures of romantic images and places
• Objects that represent love and marriage for you
• Triangular objects
• Red, pink, white objects

Creativity/Children/Legacy
• Artwork and pictures that show children
• Whimsical images or images you associate with childhood
• Creative projects, craft supplies, hobbies
• Things that you associate with creativity
• Round objects
• White, pastel, or metallic objects

Compassion/Travel/Helpful People
• Images or items that represent mentors and heroes
• Successful business projects
• Religious or spiritual objects
• Pictures of places you want to visit
• Round or oval objects
• Gray, white, or metallic objects

Self/Career/Work
• Water features, fountains and fish tanks
• Artwork depicting rivers, lakes, waterfalls, or oceans
• Crystal or glass objects and mirrors
• Items that represent career success to you
• Flowing and freeform objects
• Black and dark blue objects

Knowledge/Wisdom/Harmony
• Books, DVDs, CDs, Tapes
• School materials and things being studied
• Artwork depicting mountains or images of wise people
• Images that represent peace and harmony for you
• Flowing and freeform objects
• Deep blue and black objects

Family/Health/Community
• Photos and artwork of family groups, relatives, friends
• Heirlooms and valuable antiques
• Flowers and pictures of flowers and gardens
• Items you associate with family and good health
• Rectangular objects
• Green and wood objects

Well-Being/Balance
• Artwork that depicts mountains
• Ceramic and clay objects
• Objects that make you feel grounded, stable, and secure
• Pictures of mountains
• Square objects
• Brown, yellow, and terracotta objects

When decorating with Feng Shui, some people are tempted to overdo it and put all of these items in each of the bagua areas of their home. I recommend you resist the urge to over-adjust. One or two items that represent the attributes of each bagua area for you will do the job.

Click here to download a color bagua to map out your own home Choose either a horizontal or vertical bagua, depending on which one matches the general shape of your home, then orient the bagua by standing at the main entrance of a room looking into it.

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