As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, it's the perfect time to infuse your home with the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui.
The principles of Feng Shui can help you create a harmonious and balanced living space that embraces the energy around us, so seasonal transitions are the perfect time to edit our homes to welcome new energy in, and let go of negativity from Summer.
There are many different ways on how to use Feng Shui in your home, and our experts have shared how best to optimize it for fall.
Experts share the best practices to Feng Shui your home
Feng Shui can be incorporated into your home through a number of different methods, including specific Feng Shui furniture placement, but there are some important specifics to get right when the weather turns colder.
1. Embrace earthy tones
According to interior designer Elizabeth Grace, one way to Feng Shui your home for fall is by incorporating earthy colors as part of the decor.
Adding warm colors like deep browns, rich oranges, and warm yellows creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere that resonates with the season. These colors connect your home with the grounding energy of the earth and evoke a sense of comfort while also increasing your prosperity, she says.
'To truly embrace the season, this can be achieved by adding traditional fall decor such as foliage, pumpkins, or other seasonal decorations to your home,' Elizabeth adds, but is easily achievable by changing up your home decor for a less in-your-face look, too.
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Elizabeth Grace is an interior designer and furniture expert. She received her degree in Interior Design from the University of Notre Dame. Elizabeth landed her first job as an intern with a leading firm in New York City, learning from some of the city’s top designers. She currently works as an interior designer for both residential and commercial clients.
2. Rearrange your furniture
Feng Shui expert Victor Cheung knows the importance of creating good feng shui in your home when approaching life changes, such as that of a changing season. ‘It brings about a sense of balance and tranquility that resonates with the changing energies,’ he says.
'During the fall you should place furniture in a way that encourages conversation and interaction while also allowing for easy movement throughout the space,' he suggests. This is especially important as the weather cools down and we move our hosting indoors.
An easy way to do this is to place the furniture in a circular or semi-circular layout to foster a harmonious flow of energy, ensuring that there is still space to walk between and around each piece to keep energy moving freely.
Victor is the author and owner of Feng Shui Nexus and has been a classical Feng Shui practitioner for over 10 years.
3. Enhance natural light
Where there is light, there is good energy, Feng Shui experts believe. When it comes to fall, maximizing natural light is a necessity, especially as the days shorten and the skies become greyer in parts, reminds Chiana Dickson, digital writer for Homes & Gardens.
'Open curtains and blinds throughout the day to let in sunlight, which symbolizes clarity and positive energy. By strategically placing mirrors, like this one from Anthropologie, to reflect and amplify the warm glow of fall sunsets, too,' she suggests, 'just be sure to stick to the Feng Shui mirror rules to avoid bouncing positive energy back out of the door.'
'If you make these deliberate adjustments, you will transform your living space into a haven that embraces the fall and nurtures positive energy.'
Chiana has been at Homes & Gardens for a year, having started her journey in interior journalism as part of the graduate program. She spends most of her time producing content for the Solved section of the website, helping readers get the most out of their homes through clever decluttering, cleaning, and tidying tips – many of which she tests and reviews herself in her home in Lancaster to ensure they will consistently deliver for her readers.
4. Balance Yin and Yang energies
In the tumultuous transition between summer and fall, it can help to balance the Yin and Yang energies in your space to help maintain order, suggests Parveen Garg, manager at Ola Clean. Yin energy is associated with calmness and relaxation, helping you transition smoothly into the cooler months, while Yang energy represents activity and stimulation, symbolizing the joy yet to come with the upcoming holidays.
'It helps to create a balance between these energies by incorporating both calming and energizing elements in your home,’ Parveen says. 'Incorporate both soothing, tranquil elements such as warm tones and decor channeling the water element, with dynamic, vibrant accents to strike the right balance and embrace the changing energies of the season.'
5. Declutter and cleanse the space
Decluttering before fall is important to keep a tidy home in the changing seasons, but cleaning our clutter can also help to improve your home's Chi, says Millie Hurst, Solved section editor for Homes & Gardens.
'Feng Shui is all about creating a space that is clean, organized, and inviting. So, the first step to Feng Shui-ing your home for fall is to clean and declutter. It is important to remove any unnecessary items and clean the area thoroughly.
'Decluttering not only improves the flow of energy but also prepares your space for the transformative energy of fall.'
Millie Hurst is Section Editor at Homes & Gardens, overseeing the Solved section, which provides readers with practical advice for their homes. Millie has written about and tried out countless cleaning and DIY hacks in the six years since she became a journalist, and has worked in both London and New York.
What is the Feng Shui element for fall?
Fall is usually represented by the Feng Shui element of metal. Metal compliments then Yin energies in a space, helping boost energy to improve relationships, and draw attention to self-reflection and gratefulness as we transition into a portion of the year dominated by family holidays. To incorporate this element, consider using warm-toned metals in decor, or colors such as white, grey, and metallic tones like silver and brass.
Is Fall Yin or Yang?
Fall is considered to be Yin, the opposite of summer which is thought ot be Yang. As a result the transition between the two seasons is thought to be a great time to reassess your homes energy and layout, using feng shui and other spiritual practises such as cleansing to help purify your home of old energy and welcome the new season in with open arms.
Incorporating Feng Shui for fall does not need a major redesign; rather, it is about making intentional decisions that promote positive energy flow by embracing the natural elements of the season.
You can also use essential oils with warm and grounding scents, such as cinnamon, clove, and cedarwood, to help achieve this, as your home fragrance can affect feng shui as much as your layout. Diffusing these aromas can enhance the overall atmosphere and promote a sense of comfort and balance.
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Seraphina is a contributing editor at Homes & Gardens, writing Solved features on organizing and storage. She loves to decorate and also grow her own produce from her home in London. Her previous experience includes working at Women's Health and Fabulous Magazine.
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