Harmonize your Home with Nature

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A home can be just a place you spend your free time before and after work, yes, but it has the potential to become so much more. In a hectic world filled with stressand the never-ending pursuit of material wealth, not enough attention is given to the spiritual, the happiness, and the positivity that lies within.

Your home has the potential to become a sheltered oasis imbued with these riches, permeated by peace, serenity, and a meaningful connection with Mother Nature that will enrich your life in every possible way. To achieve this, we will be looking at the essential concepts of Feng Shui, and how you can combine a healthy yoga lifestyle with this ancient philosophy in order to create a home worth living in.

The entrance and foyer design

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The entryway and foyer leading into the rest of the house will be responsible for setting the tone of the entire interior and greeting visitors as well as family members with positive Feng Shuifrom the moment they step on the front porch. This is why it’s important to design and decorate this part of your home first.

Keeping the design of the entrance intricately connected with nature is not a difficult task. Remember that natural elements will play a vital role here, so make sure that the front door not only boasts a beautiful wooden finish, but that its surroundings are also complemented with natural decor such as grand potted plants, walkway stones, etc.

Once you’re inside, you want to be greeted by a breath of positivity and a surge of zeal, so consider decorating the foyer with peaceful elements such as a bench to sit down on and take a breath, and an ornate commode to leave your belongings in.

Introducing natural light and quality airflow

Natural light and clean air play vital roles in bringing to life a healthy, vibrant home interior that radiates positivity, happiness, and mental clarity. Reminiscent of a tranquil forest setting, a home’s interior that enjoys a healthy airflow can take you far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and into the welcoming arms of nature.

You can achieve this serene feeling in your home by introducing quality ventilation, but also by positioning cleansing plants throughout the interior. Likewise, allowing natural light to permeate the setting throughout the day will go a long way in banishing fatigue, and supporting health and positivity.

Your yoga room and its connection to nature

Every healthy home should have a dedicated place for yoga practice, whether inside, on the back porch, or in a completely detached outdoor space in the backyard such as a gazebo or a simple pergola. Regardless of where you prefer to put your yoga mat, it is important that you enter the space seamlessly without breaking the connection with nature and the healthful energy that resides here.

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This means that there shouldn’t be a solid door between you and the yoga room, but rather you want to consider introducing sliding doors with glass bodiesaround the house to support the flow of energy and to let natural light travel further inside. A wooden sliding door, for instance, presents a perfect combination of functionality and natural design.

Know where each color has the biggest impact

Feng Shui nurtures a deep connection with natural elements, and every element found in nature boasts a distinct color setthat will define the essence of a room. With that in mind, it’s important to know where to accentuate with the right hues in order to preserve this relationship and benefit from its power.

  • Fire element – passion and strong energy. This element is portrayed by red, orange, purple, pink, and strong yellow hues, which work best in the southern area of a home. Fire elements can also work great in northwest and southwest parts of the interior.
  • Metal element – neatness and clarity. The metal element is represented by gray and white hues, and these work best in the west and northwest areas.
  • Earth element – stability, health, and nourishment. Represented by earthy colors, the earth element works best in northeast and southwest areas, as well as the center of a home.
  • Water element – abundance and freshness. The water element, portrayed by blue and black colors, should be present in the north predominantly, but also complement the east and southeast areas.
  • Wood element – health, growth, lifelong vitality. Signifying growth and prosperity, the brown and green hues, depicting the wood element, should find their way into the east and southeast areas of your home.

Let Feng Shui decor accentuate a harmonious setting

Last but not least, with vibrant natural elements positioned throughout the interior, it’s time to complement the look and feel of the place by tastefully including Feng Shui decor into the picture. Decor elements such as a tiny statue of Buddha or a wall mantra gracing the focal wall in the yoga room can help you create a truly serene interior that emanates peace, positivity, and prosperity. Plus, its deep connection with Mother Nature will only strengthen your own bond with the earth and all its creatures.

 

A home can only be called as such if it serves a purpose – a purpose that reaches far beyond having a place to sleep and cook. A healthy home design should effortlessly portray an image of peace and serenity, a permeating feeling of bliss that will enrich your life and make you a happier earthling.

Bio:Cooper Klein is a cool dad and an interior designer. He’s currently working from home as a blogger for SmoothDecoratorand several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.