Arranging your home according to the rules of feng shui can be as simple as a few intentional décor add-ons.
Incorporating feng shui into a space can help improve the flow of energy through the home, attracting positive forces to increase happiness, improve finances, better relationships, and more. The goal of feng shui at home is to harmonize your energy with your home’s energy, aligning your surroundings with who you are and who you want to be. Ideally, applying the rules of feng shui correctly can even help you achieve some of your goals and dreams.
You should think of it as making your home reflect your vision board, says Patricia Lohan, a feng shui expert and author of The Happy Home. Some perceptions of feng shui present it as requiring rearranging furniture, repainting walls, and completely reshaping a space. The good news, especially for feng shui novices, is that it doesn’t necessarily have to mean all that.
You can apply the themes of feng shui to your home without making major changes, if you want to test it out before committing fully or are unable to change very much at all. (We’re looking at you, small-space dwellers and renters.)
Real Simple caught up with Lohan at a celebration of the Chinese New Year, where she shared easy tweaks that can bring feng shui into your home without a major overhaul. If you’ve been intrigued by feng shui for a while but haven’t quite gotten onboard, now’s your chance to give it a trial run—the energy in your home might thank you.