Monday February 4, 2013
Re-energise your living space with the right colour and elements
THERE is no better time to spruce up your home or even move into a new one than in the year of the Water Snake, it seems.
Feng shui master Kenny Hoo says 2013 is the “year of correction” – ideal for renovating and refurnishing to gather better luck and stronger energy for the year ahead.
Sharing his expertise at an event last month at furniture store Ikea, the founder and chief researcher of Good Feng Shui Geomantic Research said that the year’s “lucky” colour is purple, and that families should start equipping their homes with nuances of the royal hue.
“Purple reflects intuition and spirituality, which calms the mind. It also triggers creativity and idea development – clever application of the colour in auspicious sectors would encourage a brighter and more promising future,” Hoo explains in a press release.
To enhance your “love luck” and the chances of conceiving, purple elements can be added in the south sector of the home, the most auspicious sector of 2013. Think purple vases, paintings, curtains, bedsheets, lamp shades or even a plush sofa.
Adding purple décor to the living room is also a must to amplify positive energy and greater fortune, leading to better health, wealth, harmony and prosperity. This is especially recommended for spaces situated in the north-east, east and south sectors.
But avoid making any adjustments to the south-west, south-east and central sectors for a period of one year from today onwards, as these are areas that will attract negative energy this year. “You may, however, soothe the negative energy by applying white or blue elements in these sectors – but do avoid decorating and painting these areas in red or yellow,” Hoo advises.
“There is a general feng shui belief that ‘water’ in the south-west sector brings immense wealth luck. However, this year, avoid installing water features, such as aquariums or water fountains in this sector. This is to avoid triggering unintended negative qi located here,” he explains.
If you’re planning on refurbishing the bedroom, steer clear of painting the walls red, pink, brown or yellow. These shades represent the elements of fire and earth, which may attract ailments. And while a wedding portrait is a powerful source of romance energy in feng shui, it should not be hung in front of the bed.
Be cautious too of where you place the mirrors in your bedroom, Hoo warns: “Mirrors should not face any windows as it may attract negative energy from the outside. Television screens act like mirrors too, and therefore should not face the bed directly.”
The kitchen should not be paid any less attention compared with the rest of the house, especially since the stove represents the fire element, which directly relates to the health, wealth and harmony among family members living within the household.
“Good feng shui always refers to the stove as the ‘heart’ of the house. Therefore, avoid installing the stove in the north-west sector of the house. Make sure that it doesn’t face the door, mirror, sink or a washing machine. On top of that, the stove should not be installed right below sewerage pipes,” Hoo says.
Happy with the way things are at home? Well, a little spring cleaning wouldn’t hurt – aside from having more space, you will essentially be getting rid of all the clutter that has been accumulating all that negative qi.
“Only then will new things be allowed to come into your life,” Hoo proposes. – Lee Mei Li
> As part of Ikea Malaysia’s Chinese New Year campaign from now until April, there are various rebates and purchase-with-purchase offers at its store in Mutiara Damansara, Selangor. For more information, visit ikea.com.my or call customer service at 03-7726 7777.