Feng shui is a Chinese term used to practice the connection between human life and the flow of the surrounding environment. The words ‘feng’ and ‘shui’ mean ‘wind’ and ‘water’ which are two of the strongest natural elements that humans connect with almost on a daily basis. This philosophy is also the practice of arranging elements and belongings in living spaces in order to create a balanced space that connects with nature and the natural world. This is important in order to create a positive energy and a harmony between a person and the environment in which they reside. To create positive, vibrant energy in your home, there are certain ways to place your houseplants.
To begin the process of positioning your plants in a way to create this energy, you should place your plants in the main areas of your home where they will receive enough natural sunlight and create a welcoming feeling. Some popular rooms to place your plants include your dining area, main entry, and living rooms. Even though there are many benefits of having plants in your bedroom as talked about in our blog Sleep Easy with the Help of Plants, the bedroom based off of the feng shui beliefs is considered the worst room to have larger plants in. In order to create positive energy in your home and environment, feng shui uses a bagua map. Bagua, which means ‘eight areas’ in Chinese, is the map of the different energies that connect to different aspects of life. Each area referred to as ‘gua’ has many layers of meanings including colors, elements, shapes, and more. This is just one of the many Asian ideologies that were inspired by nature in order to balance the way humans live to create a harmonized natural world. The eight areas of this map are around a center and depicts a compass that indicates both life areas and other symbolic meanings. The bagua map can be used like an energy grid and laid over a floor plan in order to figure out what each area of your home is. Bagua is a conceptual map that can be laid over not just an entire floor plan, but also a single room, a table or counter, your neighborhood, your garden, and so much more. The energy grids will shrink and expand to cover whatever area you are working with, but it will always remain an equally proportioned 3-by-3 grid. The ‘family and physical health’ area is on the east side of your home and loves the wood elements, which houses plants, and the water element, which houses elements like fountains.
Now that you know about bagua maps, you can use this to help you figure out where your houseplants should go. Take the bagua energy grid and place it over the plan of your home and define the bagua within your home and the rooms. To begin, you will first focus on putting your houseplants in the areas that are ‘covered’ by the Wood feng shui element, this means that these areas ‘like’ the Wood feng shui element. Placing décor items or houseplants into the specific feng shui element that it represents will help strengthen the good energy in your whole home. For example, because plants are in the Wood element they are placed in the areas of the house where the Wood element is and this will help create positive energy throughout the whole house.
The next step is to figure out which rooms or areas in your home ‘like’ the Wood element so you know where to put your houseplants. It is also important to define the areas in your home that do not desire a strong Wood element. In the areas that do not desire Wood elements, avoid placing large plants or big groupings of houseplants, otherwise the energy in your home will be imbalanced. The areas of a home that do like the Wood element are East, Southeast, and South, and the areas that do not like a strong Wood element are North, Northwest, West, Southwest, Northeast, and the Center. This does not mean you can’t put any plants in these areas, but it is recommended to place smaller or fewer plants here. For example, a taller houseplant like a palm can be placed in an East area of the home instead of a Northeast area. South areas are typically governed by the Fire element, which also likes the Wood element, so these areas are interconnected. The North areas favors Water element which does not love Wood element, so plants here are not a great idea.
Other ways to encourage positive energy and connect with these elements are to use specific colors, décor and material in the rooms. For example, Wood element areas favor brown walls and wooden furniture along with plants. In addition to the plants, the pots they live in should be a material and/or color that represents the Wood element.
Here are some tips for houseplant pots:
In East and Southeast areas, use earthy, terra cotta pots that are beige, sandy, blue and blacks, or yellow colors. In the South areas, use wood pots with orange, purples, reds, greens, and brown colors. Southwest pots should be earthenware or terra cotta pots that are yellow, beige, sandy, orange, red, and purple colors. West and Northwest areas like metals or terracotta pots, whites, grays, silvers, yellows, and sandy or beige colors. North areas like metal pots that are a white, gray, gold, silver, blue or black color. And finally, Northeast areas like terra cotta or earthenware pots that like yellow, beige, sandy, orange, reds, and purples.
Some great feng shui houseplants for your home include:
-Money Trees, a popular feng shui houseplant that represents prosperity and wealth.
-Snake Plants which create vibrant energy in a space.
-Philodendron which creates a relaxing energy in your home.
-Rubber plants help remove toxins in your home and create a calming energy.
-Aloe has a vibrant and protective energy that also helps purify air.
-Pothos are air purifying plants that help to bring energy and liven up a space.
-Calatheas are another air purifying plant that create an aesthetic vibe to a room or space.
-Ficus are taller plants that help bring a positive energy to your home.
Clearly, houseplants help create positive energy in your home and are extremely beneficial. It is vital to remember that in order to create positive feng shui energy in your home, do not keep dying plants, and instead bring lush, vibrant, healthy plants into your home. Remember to make sure your plants are welcoming, cared for correctly, and get adequate sunlight!