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Don't send creative energy out the window. It may seem like a lovely idea to put your desk facing a window with a view — but before you settle in, consider the feng shui concept of "commanding position." By placing your desk in a commanding position — that is, a place where you can see most of the room (including the doorway), you are likely to feel more secure and in charge of your space. Also, remember the primary purpose of your room — is it to relax or daydream? If so, placing your desk directly in front of a window may be ideal; but if your goal is to work efficiently, another layout may work better for you.
Still want to take advantage of the view? Try positioning your desk with the window to one side, so you can look out the window when you need a break.
Balance your bedroom for a better relationship. Apply the same principle of "commanding position" to your bedroom by placing it so that you have a good view of the door from your bed. Placing the bed directly across from the door is considered unlucky, though, so try to keep it off-center.
If you are in a relationship, it is also important to have bedside tables and lamps of equal sizes, as this suggests equality in the relationship.
Aim to include the five elements in each room. While it is not necessary to literally incorporate the five elements (water, wood, fire, earth and metal), try to bring something that represents the elements into your space. For instance, glass or a mirror can stand in for water, a candle or lamp for fire, and ceramics for earth. A room with all five elements present will feel more comfortable and well balanced.
Learn about the bagua and find the symbolism of each room. If you want to delve a bit deeper into feng shui, you will need to familiarize yourself with the bagua. The bagua map is an octagon, with each of the eight sides corresponding to a different area of life: reputation, relationships, children, helpful people, career/path in life, self-knowledge, new beginnings/family and prosperity. The center represents health.
By positioning the bagua map over a floor plan of your home or a specific room, you can determine where the areas of the bagua are in your own space.
Give the front of your house a feng shui makeover. The way energy flows from the street into your home is very important in feng shui. The goal is to protect your home from the busy energy of the street, while at the same time graciously welcoming visitors.
If you have too much busy street energy in front of the house, try planting trees or shrubs near the sidewalk, adding a porch or covering over your front steps, or placing heavy statues or large potted plants near the front walk. Pathways should be gently curving to the front door, rather than in a long straight line.
If you want to welcome more visitors, use lighting to draw the eye in, wider steps to your front door and large, clear house numbers.