It's the New Year, and what better time to change the energy in your home?! Whether you've just moved into a new place and want to make sure you set the energy right from the start or just want to refresh your existing space, there are tips and tools you can use to easily improve the feel - and also the look.
A fresh coat of paint
You can change the feeling of your entire house with new paint, with minimal cost, especially if you do it yourself. When in doubt, go with the color of the sun.
"Color plays a pivotal role in your home," said House Beautiful. "And, according to interior designer Ana Zuravliova, yellow neutralizes bad energy. "From an interior design viewpoint, this color will also make your space appear bigger and add a warm tone to a room."
Decluttering is tip No. 1 if you're thinking of putting your house on the market. But the simple act of decluttering your home has also shown to be a great way to declutter your mind.
"The items you surround yourself with might be the result of years of thoughtless accumulation, but your environment can have a big impact on your health," said My Domaine. "A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that clutter affects your ability to focus and overloads your visual cortex, while another suggests that people who live in a neat space are twice as likely to make healthier food choices."
Start off this new year by giving yourself some room to move and some mental clarity by getting rid of stuff you no longer use, need, or enjoy. Need to know how to organize what's left? These tips culled from professional organizers are a great start.
Apply a few Feng Shui tips
The art of Feng Shui is intended to help "bring happiness, good fortune and wellness into your life," said Huffington Post. And while you don't have to overhaul your everything and make potentially expensive and extensive changes to your home, there may be a few tips worth considering in "the ancient Chinese art of living in harmony with your environment."
Bridget Saraka, the Saskatoon-based owner of Feng Shui by Bridget, told them that the practice offers "life-changing benefits. "Feng shui is about creating a space that's not only pleasing to your eye, but also pleasing to all your senses, so that your home supports and enriches your life. When you apply feng shui principles to your home, you can attract a great new year."
Adding color to your home and decluttering are two principles of Feng Shui. Others include:
- Making your front door "visible to receive blessings" by ensuring you have easy to ready house numbers and a clear path to your home
- Bringing "plants and a water fountain into your home to improve your health and foster nurturing
- Positioning "furniture for safety" by making "sure that the largest piece of furniture in any room is in a position where you can see the door"
The idea of smudging, which is burning sage in your home (or office), may sound odd and "out there," but, smudging with sage is a practice that dates back thousands of years to indigenous Americans, and one that is used by all kinds of people to improve the energy in a room or structure.
"Mystics say the Native American practice of smudging, or purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs, can help clear negative energy from a space," said Spirituality Health." And the apparent benefits are steeped in science - when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood."