Redecorating your home or choosing decorations for a new home is an exciting time for many. Choosing a home decorating theme carries more than just personal taste for many decorators. Many homeowners believe in the power of symbols, colors and placement. This style is often referred to as Feng Shui, which has become very popular. Feng Shui has originals in the Chinese culture and is thought to bring luck and prosperity to the home through the use of good energy, also known as chi. The Chinese people aren’t the only ones who follow the guidelines of symbolism, many homeowners looking to maximize their fortune and luck accent rooms with items that are thought to be lucky beginning right at their front door with an upside down horseshoe hung above the door, symbolizing luck.
Lucky colors depend on the culture from which you are borrowing them. Typically lucky colors are colors that make you feel good.
Being surrounded by red, which is the Feng Shui color for joy and good fortune may make some anxious. While red symbolizes all things good in the Chinese culture, avoid using red in a kitchen or dining room because red may cause you to overeat.
Adding black accents to the décor in the home is thought to be the vehicle to draw wealth into a home.
Decorating a home with pale blues and muted tones of blue brings a soothing calm and peacefulness. Avoid creating a monochromatic color scheme with shades of blue because your home will feel cold and uninviting.
Choosing purple for walls, carpet or furniture promotes well being. In other cultures, purple is a color of wealth and has regal origins.
Using white brings peace and purity to the home. In Chinese culture it is the color of mourning. Decorating a home with too much white makes the home feel sterile and uncomfortable.
Decorate sparing with yellow to bring a cheerful, friendly and warm feeling into the home. Overdoing the yellow can be over stimulating for many and may make guests and homeowners feel anxious.
Add orange to the décor if you are creative. Orange it said to get the creative juices flowing. Orange also increases the appetite and often causes overeating.
Green a lucky color in some cultures and an unlucky one in others. Green is said to give a house the feeling of a home and bring forth earthly pleasure.
Pink is thought to be associated with the heart and matters of the heart according to Hindu beliefs. Many homes have a pink entry to the house to promote love and harmony in the home.
Many cultures have lucky symbols. Some symbols cross cultures while others remain associated to the particular culture.
Four Leaf Clover is a lucky symbol for those of Irish or Celtic backgrounds. It is believed that each leaf of the clover has a specific meaning. The first clover leaf represents faith in God, the second leaf hope and the third leaf represents love. The fourth and ever elusive leaf represents luck.
Upside Down Horseshoe gathers luck and holds it, some believe the horseshoe should point down and pour luck onto those who pass under it.
Lucky Feng Shui decorations include water fountains, mirrors, fish tanks and any type of decorative glass. The pieces are thought to capture negative energy and reflect positive energy.
Adding a fish theme, particularly a Goldfish to the home pulls wealth into the home.
Elephants with their trunks up in the air are also lucky decorative pieces as well as dragons, tigers, horses and tortoises.
Lucky animal symbols can be incorporated into the house décor through pictures, woven carpets, figurines, patterned drapery and patterned upholstery.
Growing a Bamboo plant in the home is long believed to attract money and luck.
Hanging a Native American dream catcher above the beds in the house is said to capture bad dreams and bad fortune thereby bringing luck into the home.
Find knick knacks and accent pieces made of Jade to double up on the luck they bring.
Add a lady bug theme to the interior design to increase overall luck.
Turtles, because of their long life expectancy are thought to bring long luck.
Pigs are very lucky for those in Germany – the pig signifies prosperity.
Rainbows are a long standing symbol of luck because of the pot of gold thought to be at the end or more likely because the phenomenon is not an every day occurrence.
Lucky Numbers Around the House
The number “7” is typically thought of as the luckiest number in many cultures due to stories and lore that deal with the number “7”. You don’t have to use the numeric “7” to bring luck into your house. Consider decorating with seven sided objects or seven of a particular item. Typically, those who are part of the Western culture find the number seven lucky.
Those who live in the East find the number “8” to be their lucky number. It is thought that thenumber eight represents luck because the number eight is perfectly symmetrical. Decorate with eight sided objects or eight of a particular item.
Lucky Furniture Placement
Keep the room as open and free flowing as possible to keep the good energy moving about the house.
Placing an obstacle in the room that cuts off the free flowing good energy will make the energy in the home negative.
Place your bed as far from the door as possible. Do not line up your bed with the door if you are looking for a Feng Shui bedroom.
Regardless of culture or religion a common theme is to remove the clutter from your life and living space, which promotes mental peace and a sense of calm.
Avoid overcrowding rooms with furniture. Cramped and crowded spaces make those who live in them feel anxious.
Do not block the natural flow of light and air into the house with heavy drapes that remain closed or furniture that blocks the beams of light or air flow. Blocking the elements blocks the luck they bring with them.