While many of us desire to have a home that feels calm and relaxing, it is also important to have a home that is equally energizing and inspiring. Afterall, without this energy, we might never get anything done.
In Feng Shui, this activating energy is known as yang qi. It is the counterpart to yin qi, and bringing it into your home provides your space with more balance and better harmony and flow. As a Feng Shui Consultant, I often suggest to my clients that they should add this energy in ways that work for them, their home, and their design style.
There are many ways to incorporate more yang qi into your home. Continue reading to learn all the ways you can work this energy into your space!
Shiny and Hard Materials
Hard and shiny surfaces speed up the flow of energy. Glazed tile, polished marble, and reflected surfaces are all yang materials. Add a tiled floor to your kitchen to increase the energy of that space or incorporate more reflective and smooth materials into your furniture. Another way to bring more yang elements into your home is to simply reduce the amount of yin qi you have in your space.
Warm Colors and Vivid Tones
Warm colors like yellows, oranges, and reds connect to yang energy. These colors are known to stimulate the body and the mind. Since they are very overpowering, it is best to add them in small amounts, like an accent wall, throw pillow (or two), or even a statement furniture piece. If warm colors aren't your vibe, bright and vivid hues also connect to this qi. Think high saturation or value in your color, like a kelly green or an aqua blue.
Angled Shapes and Rigid Forms
Straight lines and harsh edges direct fast moving qi. Triangles, stars, arrows, zigzags are all yang shapes. You can use them in fabric prints and material layouts. A herringbone tile lay is a good way to bring more yang to your space or even a snazzy moroccan rug with various angles and zigzags woven into the fabric. You can bring this into your furniture forms as well. For example, a long rectangular dining table contains more yang energy than a round one, which would have more yin in it.
Large, Expansive Spaces
Large spaces disperse qi, creating dynamic areas for socializing and individuality. A taller ceiling brings the energy up vertically, giving growth and expression, while lower, more spread out spaces direct the energy horizontally, providing areas of conversation and socialization. Large windows stimulate the movement of qi throughout a space. All of these are features in your home that you can utilize for added yang energy.
As you can see, there are many ways to bring more of this energizing energy into your home. Find the way that works best for you. To learn more about Feng Shui, you can check out my other blog posts or schedule your own Feng Shui Consultation to work with a professional in incorporating these energies into your home for harmony and balance.
Your Holistic Home Helper,