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Follow Tatler’s step-by-step 2022 feng shui guide to maximising good energy, negating misfortunes and achieving harmony inside the home

As we enter the Year of the Tiger, we asked feng shui masters across Asia for tips on how to create family harmony in the new year. Meet our experts below, and read on for everything from the luckiest colours in 2022 to where to place decorations in the home. 

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1. Understand the basics

While feng shui doesn’t offer one-size-fits-all solutions, there are some general principles that are easy to follow. Here’s what the masters we spoke to have to say about how feng shui philosophies come into play in living spaces—and the auspicious shades to look out for in the Year of the Tiger.

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“Feng shui is a philosophy behind living spaces. ‘Wind’ (feng) refers to the flow of chi and energy, whereas ‘water’ (shui) can be interpreted as the importance of maintaining fluidity in day-to-day life. In essence, feng shui is all about people: [inside a home] you have to consider every occupant’s personal space and respect shared spaces.” — Joyce Liao

“[Items added to your home for purposes of feng shui] should blend in nicely with your interior decor and not stick out like a sore thumb. [They should create] harmony, because that is what feng shui is essentially about. If a decorative item does not sit well with you or in your home, then it may not be the right item for you. — Jennifer Too

“The lucky colours for 2022 include grey, yellow, orange, beige and khaki. Generally, colours of the earth element will bring stabilisation and help individuals improve their overall wellbeing.” — Hillary Phang

2. Marie Kondo it

Most of our experts emphasise the importance of decluttering—a simple step in creating a home with good feng shui.

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“Reducing clutter plays a very important part in improving the chi of your home, especially for those with large families.” — Clarice Chan

“To achieve family harmony, especially for those in multigenerational households, look to the entrance of a home. This is where all the chi enters. The area also corresponds to how the residents control their emotions. I would suggest clearing out the shoes, umbrellas and clutter in this area. These items carry dirt, and if they’re placed in the entryway for extended periods, they can bring negative energy to the home and cause the occupants to become emotionally restless. That’s something that can build with time—and you end up taking it out on your family members. — Joyce Liao

“Try and move your things away from the centre of the room. Get rid of furniture and decorations you don’t need. You should try to create a feeling of ‘space.’” — Lillian Too

3. Know your auspicious directions

In feng shui, a variety of methods are used to denote what energies are inside a space. The Flying Stars method, in particular, is a system that offers insight on the energies inside a home based on a complex set of calculations. A space is divided into a grid of nine squares, and a feng shui master will then work out what type of energy lands in each grid. The grids are each associated with a different compass point.

South

“If your main door opens to the south, get ready to usher in love, bliss and happiness.” — Hillary Phang

“The south [corner of your home] is where you want to be when you want to make a baby. Use plants, wood, fresh flowers, candles and warm lighting to enhance [the energy].” — Adelina Pang

“[The colour] red will be ideal in the south as it will bring success and good reputation.” — Clarice Chan

“For those who are in a relationship and hope to get married, place red fai chun [Chinese calligraphy decorations] or nine pink crystals in the south.” — Key Tsang

Southeast

“This is important for those with kids, because this is where the ‘wisdom star’ lands. If you want your children to improve academically, place bamboo in water in this space.” — Adelina Pang

“Place four ink brushes on a Chinese-style ink brush tower in the southeast to enhance work life or school life.” — Key Tsang

North

“This is a good area to be while working from home. Place water features here—a little fish tank or any water fountain. You can also use bells, music boxes or wind chimes. Open windows here to let the [good] energy come into the house.” — Adelina Pang

“Place a pair of pink crystal mandarin ducks or four peacock feathers in the north corner. This is beneficial for relationships with others, as well as for those hoping to get married.” — Louisa Cheung 

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East

“Keep any doors or windows and curtains in this area closed, to help you avoid gossip and negative people.” — Louisa Cheung

Southwest

“This area brings tension and setbacks. Place six copper coins in a glass container filled with saltwater and without a lid, or use metal ornaments in the space.” — Adelina Pang

“Place a black gourd-shaped accessory here—it absorbs negative energy and blocks misfortune. If this is where you sleep, put it by your bed.” — Louisa Cheung

General

“In feng shui, the position of the stove is vital for family harmony. The stove is the appliance that generates a flow of abundance—the fire energy brings the chi that draws in prosperity. If your sink and stove are placed opposite each other, a water-fire conflict will exist at home, affecting family harmony.” — Hillary Phang

4. Final thoughts

Some food for thought from our experts on fortunes in the year ahead.

“You can have good feng shui with almost any colour. If you like pink, have a pink apartment. If you like green, have a green apartment. Seriously.” — Lillian Too

“Feng shui advocates for ‘less is more’. In terms of making changes in accordance with feng shui philosophies, removing items that may affect the chi is more important than adding to them.” — Joyce Liao

“I think the big problem with the Covid era is that there is not much happening in our lives … so conversations can become quite repetitive, which is where the harmony starts to get majorly disrupted. With the great dip in events, people can start creating drama, just to have something to talk about. If you need to create drama, make it happy drama. Look on the bright side of things and plan for nice things to do in the future.” — Jennifer Too

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