Apartment living most often has a designated place of interest which is the balcony. The balcony is not just the area which channelises the energy into the home but also adds to the elegance of the living space or room if the view outside is good. From the Feng Shui perspective, a good balcony is one which overlook a river or a park, but most overlook a busy road as it draws in the active energy from outside.
However, in many homes outdoor space on balconies is the most often neglected, and is the place of accumulation of junk, mops and things that you wish to hide or throw away.
Based on the climate and architectural restrictions, a balcony can be everything from a beautiful view to an extra room in a home. Balconies with high walls and lots of protective overhang can serve as a complete “outdoor room” and can be utilised as a additional cozy corner.
While designing balconies, it is essential to take into account that there are no sharp shapes, corners and edges to avoid bad Feng Shui or “poison arrows.” However, if the balcony does have sharp corners structurally, then placing tall healthy plants in these corners can help to mitigate the ill-effect of sharp corners or edges.
The direction balconies face is also important, the colours of the window-box, plants, flowers or blubs may be chosen to correspond to the balconies compass direction.
Keeping the balconies clean and inviting, ensures that the energy rolling into the home through the balcony is not stale and negative. Hence, make sure that the balconies are not overcrowded and pay attention to the proportions. Keep them free of rags, unwanted empty bottles and waste.
Homes which do not have a large balcony space or dream of having a garden space can convert the available open space into a healthy and energy generating space. One can use the balcony as a garden by placing plants on a patio, balcony and terrace or at the doorway to attract positive Chi. After all, a healthy display of green plants to greet you in the morning will spur you on for the day ahead and welcome you home in the evening.
Some of the general guidelines to enhance the Feng Shui of the home through balcony are:
• Maintain the balcony design and decor in proportion, if you have a small outdoor space, get cute little seats and cushions so that it doesn’t look too cramped.
• Avoid spiky cactus plants or pointed leaf plants in the balcony as they prevent good energy from flowing into the home.
• In Feng Shui, plants signify wood element, promote well-being and help stimulate natural growth on a balcony area, hence choose the right greenery and plant to adore the balcony space.
• Fumigate the balcony space to keep it free of mosquitoes and burn aroma candles and incense sticks to purify the air.
• Placing fragrant flowering plants or filling the plant vases with aromatic herbs will enhance the Chi of the space.