8 Feng Shui Fixes for the New Year
Hoping for a rush of fresh energy to start 2018? We asked Big Island feng shui expert Clear Englebert for some quick chi do’s and don’ts.
1. “All you’re trying to do is draw energy to your home. So, no mirrors—they push away,” he says.
2. Put a jade plant outside. “With those round leaves, they signify that energy will just flow in.”
3. Try red: “Put the jade in a red pot. Paint the door trim red—but not the whole door. If you live in a condo, hang one of those red tassels you get in Chinatown on the door handle.” Live local-style in a bungalow? “Because bungalows in Hawai‘i tend to be on the subtle and subdued side, yellow would be a better color.”
4. “The big deal is the bed. And it’s the No. 1 issue people ask me about. Put the bed where you can easily see the doorway. You open your eyes, you see the doorway.”
5. “The vertical corners of furniture, especially in a bedroom, need to be rounded. If you have a sharp right-angle next to your bed, it’s like an arrow.”
6. “Feng shui doesn’t usually recommend mirrors in the bedroom. And a mirror facing the bed is never good. Pull a curtain over it at night.”
7. “Because you’re sitting with your back to the room, the main thing is you need a mirror on your computer screen. Buy a convex mirror in an auto supply store, put it on the top corner of your screen like a Mickey Mouse ear.”
8. Also, “hang a red tassel outside your cube.”
Englebert is the author of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i, Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, Feng Shui for Love & Money and more; fungshway.com.