By S.BS. Surendran
Many prefer to re do their homes and bring in a feel of new look and energy. Most often the renovation process itself becomes quite stressful and many regret for having initiated the process as they feel stressed, relationships go sour and house looks pathetic with things thrown around and walls exposed. The going gets tough especially when one tries to renovate or repair while living in the same building.
Renovation and repainting of homes when properly done is an excellent ‘rejuvenation” process to the building and in Feng Shui it is said that the Chi energy of the house is re-born and stagnation gets cleared. At times the changes carried out transforms into a strong motivation and acts as a tool to take you towards your dreams and goals.
It’s no surprise that when Feng Shui is adapted, an unrelated action such as painting a door could bring in a fresh outlook and open the way to new beginnings. Just re aligning the furniture is healing, allowing you to shape your environment in meaningful ways as we have the power to fill the home with soul-pleasing details.
Designing a stress-free home may mean rethinking the placement of rooms and furnishings. Expansive open areas will evoke a sense of freedom, but cozy, comforting nooks are often preferred for relaxation and meditation.
When you plan a renovation or repair primarily do an introspection of your lifestyle and the most frequented sectors of your home where you spend maximum time think of places and homes you have visited which have made you feel nice and inspired and what was so special about that place.
Comfort and convenience are key factors when planning a home or even a room placement, storage, furniture arrangements and layout. Integrating the art of Vaastu and Feng Shui in the design specific to your property and the occupants is a more advanced approach than to follow the general rules.
To ensure a smooth and stress free renovation process, adapt a meticulous and planned methodology in implementing the changes and be very clear of what you wish to achieve. Ensure you don’t rush through the process but take it gradually and smoothly and enjoy the process and don’t put in the seed of negativity in the form of anger, stress, shouting and a feel of burden when executing the work or passing on the mandate to the workers.
You could think of:
• Taking up one room at a time instead of putting the entire house into a upheaval process
• De clutter your space and send out things which you don’t need prior to starting the renovation as you can then create space to add in new things or change the décor.
• Identify a sector of the house to make it a cozy and comfortable zone by creating a “comfort corner” filled with favorite, familiar objects and things you like.
• Take away photographs and mementos which have painful memories and store them away because what appears painful now could be treasured years later so preserve it for an easier transition later.
• Remove heavy drapes and curtains and change them if they are old or get them cleaned.
• Install full-spectrum light fixtures and ensure that you are able to accentuate the important areas and special corners using varied light effects.
S.BS. Surendran is an accredited master feng shui consultant, traditional vaastu practitioner and bio-energetician based in Bangalore, India. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org