Five Ways to Decorate for the Holidays with Feng Shui
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There’s a common misconception that feng shui is decorating. In reality, feng shui goes much deeper than placing and arranging objects in your home.
That said, there are definitely ways that you can decorate with feng shui concepts in mind. Here are five of our favorite feng shui-friendly ways to decorate for the holidays.
Red is a very auspicious color in feng shui. It’s connected to the fire element, which makes it a great color to use during the colder seasons. It’s also used for protection and to remove negative energy, which means it’s an especially great choice for the entrance to your home. Try hanging a wreath with red berries or foliage on your front door to invite positive life energy.
Good lighting always makes a big difference, and is especially impactful during times of the year where we have more darkness. Like red, lighting is also connected to the fire element, which can help us to feel warm and cozy during the colder months. We’re all familiar with string lights on a Christmas tree, but why not use them to dress up some of your houseplants, or illuminate a dark corner of your home?
Candles are an even more direct way to bring the fire element into your decor. Look for candles in beautiful, festive containers, or find some candle holders that you love. Pillars arranged on a fire-safe plate or tray can also be a beautiful addition to your home for the holidays.
Oranges are often used for space clearing in feng shui because they have very bright, yang energy. Keep a bowl of fresh oranges or clementines on your kitchen counter to uplift the energy in your home. (Yes, you can eat them - every time someone in your family peels one, you’ll get a boost of their vibrant scent and energy!)
You probably know by now that we love plants. Having green plants in your home adds wood energy, which represents flexibility, growth, and new beginnings. If a Christmas tree is part of your decorating plan, you’re already incorporating the wood element. When it comes to real vs. artificial, you may want to keep in mind that real plants are always more impactful from a feng shui perspective.
You can also decorate with the wood element by using fresh garlands or wreaths - this is a great DIY project if you’re able to harvest or purchase fresh greens! Or, add a potted plant like poinsettia or amaryllis, which can add both wood element and the color red.