1. Make holiday meals memorable – Round or oval tables are the best shapes for feng shui-friendly dining. The absence of sharp corners and hard edges helps energy flow freely and gently through the room. If you do have a rectangular dining table, make sure your guests are not seated too close to the corners, which can cause a feeling of unease during the meal.
2. Delight your guest’s senses – Pine and cinnamon are wonderful choices when entertaining. To create a calm environment during the holiday rush use lavender or lemon for clarity.
3. The entrance, foyer or entrance hallway is called your “Ming Tang” in Chinese. Do not block your Ming Tang with packages, cartons or bags. Keep the pathway to your front door uncluttered. This is where fresh energy and opportunities enter your space and your life.
4. Beautify your side doors. If you regularly enter your home through a side door, give it a beauty treatment by planting lush plants or flowers nearby. Make your guests feel as if they are entering your “castle” no matter which door they enter.
5. Unplug appliances and lights! Even when your appliances, equipment and lights are turned off, if they are plugged into outlets you still are consuming electricity. These are called phantom loads. Plug you holiday lights into a surge protector so when you are not using them you can prevent phantom loads by flipping one switch. This saves energy and saves you money too!
About the Author
Debra Duneier is an accredited LEED® Green Associate, Certified Eco-Designer, Feng Shui Master Practitioner, Creator of EcoChi® and Author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience. For more about Green Tips and Debra Duneier visit www.ecochi.com and follow her on twitter @EcoChiTips.