You may have heard the term “feng shui” before, knowing that it has something to do with the way a space is planned. The Chinese art form may seem complicated if you are not familiar with its principles, but thanks to the experienced feng shui practitioners on TikTok, the practice of feng shui is increasingly available to those eager to learn how to incorporate it into their homes.
You may have noticed a distinct wave of good energy coming to the TikTok FYP lately. But no, your FYP is probably not optimized by feng shui. originator Cliff Tanan architect and feng shui consultant, makes his way to many users’ feeds for his explainer videos on feng shui Principles and responses to follower furniture planning problems. And even if you’re completely new to the ancient Chinese art form (which is basically the art of improving energy in your environments), scrolling through tan videos can make you well versed. feng shui.
“When I worked as an architect, I always subconsciously incorporated feng shui elements,” he said. “When I design someone’s bedroom for a new home, I will never make a bed in a way that doesn’t conform to feng shui principles. But I will never tell my clients, ‘Hey, I’m using feng shui. I’ll just do that.'”
It wasn’t until the advent of TikTok that Tan realized this unconscious connection between his work and feng shui. His expertise in architecture shines through his hands-on approach, as he often uses miniature room models to represent his feng shui teachings. After wanting to create TikTok content and assuming that architecture explanations might be too boring for viewers, he decided to explain feng shui. Currently 2.2 million followers and one the book Later, Tan was a full-time feng shui consultant and had already met more than 1,000 clients.
Whether you are a die-hard Tan follower or you are just starting out Having learned more about feng shui, Tan has provided some of his most important tips for improving feng shui in your home.
What is feng shui?
In its simplest terms, Tan describes feng shui as “the Chinese art of creating the best environment for yourself or creating the best environment for yourself.” Tan says that the practice arose from the method of finding the best place to build a house – Or even lay someone’s grave – And the need to find a “best way to plant yourself.”
However, in the modern age, Tan says that feng shui is just about optimizing your space to compliment your lifestyle. For example, if you work from home, making sure your office space encourages growth (and best away from where you sleep) is a great way to improve it. Or, if you want a space that supports your marriage, you can make sure your space simulates a love partnership with pairs of motifs.
“When your environment works for you, you tend to perform better,” Tan explains. “All the energy supports you and you will be the best person you can be.”
How to use feng shui in the bedroom layout
The bedroom is one of the most direct spaces to deal with when it comes to feng shui, as Tan explains that its purpose is pretty much the same for everyone: sleep. Tan says a lot of people ask him about the perfect bed position.
Many feng shui experts recommend placing your bed in the “leading position,” which basically means having your bed in a place where you can see the door but not directly in line with it.
Tan explains that the main thing to consider when arranging a bedroom, however, is where the energy sources are located—basically, your door and window. Tan describes that your door is where potential intruders can enter. Hence, you won’t want to sleep right next door. Likewise, since light comes in through a window, you want to prioritize that space for something like a desk so you can see what you’re working on.
Tan explains that these values should not be adhered to at the level of superstition. “Often, when you read about feng shui, they will say things like, ‘If you put your bed the wrong way, you will get this disease and this disease,’ he says. ‘It is not that simple. Basically, if you put things the wrong way, it will slowly affect you [negatively] over time.”
How to use feng shui in small rooms
If you have a small bedroom, especially one with dimensions that do not allow you to apply the principles of feng shui, then do not worry. Basically Tan suggests doing the best you can with the space you have. He offers specific solutions to his followers on his TikTok account, including methods Bedroom improvementAnd the Rectangular roomsAnd the Multi-tenant rooms.
“If your head is too close to the window, you can put some blinds on,” he says, “If your office is right next to the main entrance, you can decide to tilt your screen so the whole house can’t see your screen and you feel less vulnerable. Minor changes.”
How to use feng shui in living room layout
When it comes to your living room, this is where things can get a little more complicated. Unlike your bedroom, Tan explains, a living room can have a variety of different uses. You should think about the lifestyle you wish to improve in your living room before implementing any feng shui techniques.
Do you like hosting guests? Then you should make sure that the space is for a lot of people to sit and face each other. Over Locked Likes to watch TV in your spare time? Then prioritize your room layout around your entertainment.
Then think about where you will be during these activities. “You want to know where you hang out the most, whether that’s on the couch, on the table, or even on the floor, and where you hang out the most should be in the room’s control position,” Tan says. You also want to make sure wherever you are that you are able to see what’s going on and those around you so you don’t feel weak in any way.
Typically, the driving position in your living room is away from bad energy, according to Tan, which includes main entrances or any hazards like the bottom of a large, heavy chandelier. You also want to be closer to the good energy in your room such as near sunlight, a breeze, a television set, or where your guests will gather.
How to use feng shui in kitchen layout
When it comes to kitchens, Tan says that many feng shui books will focus on the fire element in the kitchen. One widely followed practice is that because there is a fire in the kitchen, you may not want to put a bedroom close to it.
However, Tan says that doesn’t always have to dictate how you handle your kitchen — especially if you don’t use a lot of fire in the kitchen. It is again important to think about how you use your kitchen and the way you cook before arranging your furniture.
But overall, Tan says it’s best to support the person who’s cooking. “You want the stove, sink, and refrigerator to be close to you in a nice triangle, so you don’t have to run from corner to corner,” he says.
Tips to improve feng shui
Once you have coordinated your rooms in the best possible way, there are a few extra items that you can bring along to get bonus points. Some of the basic elements to consider when improving feng shui in your home are lighting, art, and plants.
When it comes to lighting, Tan says one of the main things to focus on is making sure the lighting looks natural and doesn’t cast harsh or sharp shadows. “Try to mimic the natural world with the light we use. If the environment is dark, you use low-level lighting to simulate a candle or reflections from puddles of water,” because if you had big bright lights above an indoor space, that would be a little unnatural [in an otherwise lowlight environment]. “
While art is not a requirement for better feng shui, Tan explains that it can be helpful in channeling the energy you hope to create in a particular room. Artistic choices can be impressive since you look at them all the time and their images can begin to work their way into your subconscious.
“What you hang on the wall is very important in feng shui because you see it all the time. It reinforces a certain idea in you.” So keep in mind that art has a deeper resonance and can have an effect on you. Consider how a piece of art really makes you feel before you settle for a classic “Live, Laugh, Love” or “Home Sweet Home” banner.
In your bedroom, you might have a picture of you and your partner establishing a loving environment or paint a serene landscape to keep you calm. In your kitchen, you may have pictures of food to simulate abundance. However, Tan says that technical choices ultimately stem from preference, and of course interpretation. “Beautiful seascapes may be very calming for one person, but may cause anxiety for another person with sea phobia, for example.”
Finally, plants can be a wonderful symbol of growth and life in your home. However, Tan says he should be aware of where you establish this symbolism. Growth can be a great energy to install in your home office, but encouraging the idea of growth in your bedroom may not be good for rest. However, if you describe yourself as a “plant parent,” Tan says there can always be exceptions. “If you treat your plant like a buddy, and you want to sleep with your plant, that’s fine,” Tan laughs, “alright.”
Now that you know some tips to help you make the most of your living space, sit back, relax and let good energy come your way. And of course, if you need any extra help, just pass by Tan’s TikTok.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
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