Chris Patey for MyDomaine
Many are quick to dismiss feng shui as an unessential art, but this Chinese philosophical system can actually help harmonize your surroundings and improve personal well-being in the home. Loosely defined as a system of laws governing spatial arrangement and orientation, feng shui experts believe the practice affects everything from health and well-being to wealth and romance. Certified feng shui consultant Marianne Gordon has a few ground rules when it comes to cultivating a positive energy, many of which have to do with what not to keep in your home. Below, read up on the three objects Gordon tosses or rearranges immediately when diagnosing someone's space:
Broken objects: "Respect your home! If an object really matters to you, it should be fixed immediately. Looking at a damaged item daily will give you the sensation of feeling broken or beyond repair."
Anything sharp: "A non-exhaustive list includes animal horns, exposed knives, spiky chandeliers, protruding objects, platform beds with sharp edges. … In feng shui, the corners in your home should be hidden."
Heavy art above sitting spaces: "Hanging large, burdensome paintings and photos over your bed, couch, or chair is a no-no. Feng shui is all about feeling safe and secure in your space, and it's hard to feel safe with something heavy hanging directly over your head."