Feng Shui Home Decorating Ideas for the Year of the Sheep

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Chinese New Year of the Wood Sheep will officially start tomorrow, February 19, 2015 and will end on February 8, 2016. As we greet the new chapter of our lives with the Chinese Zodiac cycle, we gathered the best home arrangements tips to follow to be in tuned with the elements for the Year of the Sheep.

2015 is the Year of the Wood Sheep
The sheep are known for its calm nature. According to Feng Shui experts, this year will reflect the qualities of the sheep so we might need to be aggressive when necessary. Source: susanlevitt.com

Feng Shui is a practice of locating the good energies around your home based on various elements and to better be in tuned to the home environment and reap the benefits of it. Aside from activating and maximizing the positive energies or Qi, Feng Shui helps you to avoid or cure negative or bad energy to avoid stress, tensions, and setbacks.

In order to understand how to apply Feng Shui in your home arrangement, one must familiarize himself or herself with the various elements and their positions inside the home. This system can be illustrated by the bagua.

Bagua represents different directions which are vital in determining the Feng Shui of your home.
The bagua is an essential tool in Feng Shui where the eight important directions are displayed with their corresponding representations of various aspects of our lives. Source: about.com

 

According to Feng Shui expert Rodika Tchi, the problematic areas of a house for this year are the Center, South, South East and West. While the positive areas of the home for the year of the Wood Sheep are the East, Southwest, North, and Northeast.

In order to calm down the negative areas of your home this year, you must place certain elements in each sector in order to control or intensify their respective energies. Examples of these elements are represented by colors, charms, and home equipment. Below are different representations of the five Feng Shui elements namely: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth.

Metal
Represented by colors gray and black, pots and pans, white pillows, metal frames and chimes made of metal.

Metal elements inside your bedroom
Be creative in using various metal elements and colors inside your home. Source: decor8blog.com

Water
Represented by colors blue and black. Shapes of curves and waves also represent this element. Water fountains and aquariums are also home decors which represent the element.

Aquarium represents the water element in Feng Shui
Placing an aquarium or water fountain is a great way to subdue a negative sector inside your home. Source: muranonet.com

Wood
Usually represented by colors brown and green. Plants, green pillows, and wood are good materials to represent this element.

Plants and furniture made of wood can attract the elements of Wood for Feng Shui purposes
Embellish plants and furniture made of wood in areas where the element of wood must be strengthened. Source: designsponge.com

Fire
The vibrant colors of red, pink, orange, yellow and purple represent this element. You may also place home embellishments such as candles to symbolize fire in the area.

Placing candles and colors which represents flames is a good representation of fire.
Add candles and vibrant colors that represent the element of fire inside your dwelling. Source: bobidoo.deviantart.com

Earth
Beige, sandy and taupe are just a few of the colors that represent the element of earth. Pottery ornaments and crystals, as well as photos of landscape, can be placed in your home.

Living room full of earth colors
This living room has been adorned with earth color materials. Source: architecturaldigest.com

Tchi provided the necessary details on how to subdue the negative areas for the Year of the Sheep.

At the center of your home, place the metal elements while at the Southeast sector of your home, exhaust the earth element by putting metal, water, and wood elements.

Another negative sector of the home is the South where the metal element must be controlled by placing water elements. On the other hand, the West is another challenged area wherein the earth element must be minimized by showering it with metal and water elements. Do not activate the West sector by doing renovations in the area. As much as possible, avoid putting sound in this area such as a telephone.

On the other hand, Feng Shui experts also provided tips on how to enhance more luck in the positive areas of your home. For example, the North is the wealth area for this year so you can nourish it with items which represent wealth and abundance.  Add elements which represent water.

The Northwest sector of the home represents romance and education this year. Place wood and water elements in this area to enhance your love life and excel in your scholarly endeavors. While the Southwest sector is known as your future wealth star, fire elements must be added to energize this area of the home.

Now that you have learned the various tricks to attain the best flow of positive and negative energies inside your abode, start planning the new arrangement of your home. At the end of the day, keep in mind that aside from subscribing to the art of Feng Shui, the most important attitude to keep in mind is a positive outlook in life in order to achieve success and a balanced well-being this year.

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