Before moving into your dream home, you may want to set the tone with your hopes for future happiness.
“Gather everyone who will live in the house, light some sage and walk through the new home while you say your intentions aloud for what you want to happen in the space and for yourselves,” says Laura Benko, founder of the Holistic Home School of Feng Shui and author of The Holistic Home: Feng Shui for Mind, Body, Spirit, Space. “Visualize your home filled with golden light, lots of laughter, good health, success and joy. Visualize whatever makes you happy — from a lively house filled with friends and family to a calming oasis that heals and restores.”
If your builder allows it, you can do “intention painting” before the final coat of paint goes on your walls, suggests Mina Fies, CEO of Synergy Design and Construction in Reston, Va.
“Use chalk or light-colored paint to write your goals for your home or for that room, such as ‘creativity’ or ‘family’ or ‘abundance,’” she suggests. “Take a photo as a memento if you want, but most important is that you and your family know the words are there.”
An intention ritual, which is part of feng shui, can connect your spirituality with your home. While many people associate the term “feng shui” with strict rules about everything from a home’s location to its layout, many of today’s feng shui experts take a more relaxed approach to incorporating its principles into home design.
“As practiced today, feng shui is a series of techniques used to optimize your living environment to achieve success,” says Alex Stark, a feng shui expert and consultant. “If your goals for your home are to have prosperity, harmony, a happy marriage and a good family life, there’s a constellation of factors that can influence those things such as the layout of your home, the décor and the energy, which is basically what your home feels like.”
Other elements of feng shui can be incorporated at different stages of your move into your new home.
Before Finalizing Your Home Choice