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Change Without Worry
11 July 2013,
When it comes to redecorating, there really is no need to sweat the small stuff such as décor and paint colour, find out more with Joey Yap.
For most of us, embarking on a home makeover is not as easy as changing the wallpaper of the desktop. It’s more like going for a dental visit – you won’t think about it unless you really need to. And let’s be frank, when it comes to redecoration, there’s no such thing as emergency wallpaper reconstruction.
But, truth is – you can’t really blame them for procrastinating. Most of them are actually paranoid of moving or bringing in new objects because of the fear of perturbing the entire Feng Shui placement of their home. At the back of their mind, they have this incessant thought that screams, “Everything is going so great now, don’t ever change anything!”
First of all, if you’re thinking of embarking on a small makeover in your home, the only essential thing you need to change would be your thinking. Material used, furniture, and colours in your house only play a rather secondary role, that is to reflect your taste and personality as the homeowner and decorator. Putting all your emphasis in these objects, and labelling them as Feng Shui items are nothing but a common example of how certain concepts in Feng Shui are being famously misinterpreted.
So, once and for all, here’s a little Feng Shui 101 to help you iron out, and address most of your endless home DIY-related worries.
To kick things off, let’s begin with your furniture concern. If you’ve been thinking of adding in new furniture to your living space, please go ahead. Do not let the existing placement and number of furniture be a deterrent to your creative explore. In this context, open shelves are actually a very good choice for enlivening and creating more dimension in your living area. Despite the fact that they are famously blamed for oozing out “Cutting Qi” to the occupants; open shelves are actually very much harmless. This same misconception applies to vertical blinds and the edge of plaster ceilings. Remember, in Feng Shui, we need to always look at the bigger picture and not the individual smaller parts of it.
Of course, a makeover is not complete without the repainting of the room. Choose a suitable colour palette that goes with the design and the purpose of the space. However, and by all means, please go for bolder colours if they complement the overall theme or design of your house. Don’t be afraid of using taboo colours like black or white (ie. white symbolises death, while black signifies funeral, etc) because colour only carries, at best, 10% improvement to the Feng Shui. My advice: think bigger and in longer term; don’t go for colours that you dislike for the sake of that petty 10%.
After furniture-adding and repainting, it’s time to jazz up your home with some decorative objects. To some people, historical items like the vase from Qing Dynasty or the robe of deceased Emperors can be displayed as a strong focal point of their living space. If you have nothing but positive feelings about them, don’t worry unnecessarily about it. You don’t have to rush to the temple to satisfy the obligatory need of “cleansing” these items.
If you look at it with some common sense, a vase will always be, just a vase. It will not breed any good or bad luck, nor will it make you a millionaire overnight. So, don’t put unnecessarily restrictions on yourself. At the end of the day, it’s your home, so do ensure it speaks and reflects your true personality, style and preferences.
JOEY YAP’S PROFILE
Joey Yap is the leading Feng Shui, BaZi and Face Reading consultant in Asia. He is an international speaker, bestselling author of over 75 books and master trainer in Chinese Metaphysics. He is also the Chief Consultant of Joey Yap Consulting Group and founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics. For more information go to: