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A wonderful fresh start. Prosperity. Optimal health, longevity and happiness. These are just a few of the promises you’ll discover as the Chinese New Year begins. One way to mark this very special occasion is to refresh your home by following the practices of feng shui. To help you kick start your journey to a happier and healthier home, here is a curated list of ideas inspired by our two luxury hotels, The JW Marriott and the Douglas, An Autograph Collection Hotel.

Lighten Your Entry

In feng shui, the front door is the “mouth of qi.” It’s how energy enters your home and your life—and the first place to begin your journey. You’ve explored the JW Marriott’s thoughtfully designed entrance, with its bold lighting, airy rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows. We invite you to take inspiration from us, and begin by decluttering and removing any debris. Next, sweep inside and out, wipe the door and shake out your mat. It’s that easy.

Bring Shine To Your Windows

In feng shui, clean windows are said to wake us up, allowing us to see the world around with clarity and precision. For adults, windows represent the eyes of your home. For children, they symbolize their voice. With clean, clear windows, you’ll also let in more light, which brings colour to your space and the objects therein.

Attend To Your Door

In feng shui, doors denote your voice and communication. More, they are the gateways for opportunity and prosperity to enter your life. First, remove any clutter around your door so it can open to at least 90 degrees. Second, be sure your hardware functions effortlessly, the hinges do not squeak, and the door closes with ease. Following these simple steps will allow you to receive all of the prospects life has to offer.

Commanding position

One of the most important principles in feng shui is the commanding position. This directs how you position yourself in your own life and applies to every room of your home. Your bed represents you. Your desk represents your career. Be sure to give your spaces the respect they deserve.

Create Breathing Room

Feng shui is less about organization and more about creating space—and you can do this in many ways. Choose a drawer, a desk, even a corner of the refrigerator, and let go of what’s not needed. When you let something go, you create space and invite new opportunity. And don’t fret if that space becomes cluttered again. Just as life, our spaces ebb and flow.

Give A Blessing

With physical space comes an energetic space—and both can be cleared. This is sometimes called space blessing, and there are a few techniques to keep in mind. Try smudging with palo santo or diffusing with a sweet orange essential oil. You can also visualize the beautiful, bright sunlight filling your entire home. It’s that easy.

Bring In Life With Plants

You’ve been enchanted by the large living wall at the Douglas, An Autograph Collection Hotel. It’s grand and inspiring at first sight. In feng shui, plants express life energy and connect us to nature. They bring vibrancy, freshness and health into our homes. Find ones you can truly care for, and that suit your space—not too big, not too small—and be sure they receive an appropriate amount of light.

We invite you to join us at Parq Vancouver to feel inspired and discover the many ways you can integrate feng shui into your own home décor.