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Doing Feng Shui when moving to a new house can be an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming, especially when it comes to setting up and choosing the right space. Whether you are moving into a new house or simply looking to do some Feng Shui, it is important to know the sequence of steps to follow to ensure a smooth transition and a harmonious living space.

When it comes to auditing a home in terms of Feng Shui, there are countless factors to consider, from the layout and functionality of the space to specific sectional energy flow characteristics. However, not all parts of the house are created equal, and some may hold greater importance than others. We will take a closer look at the different parts of the interior and exterior of the home and rank their significance based on various factors.

By examining each factor of the house in detail, we can gain a better understanding of how certain individuals would feel inside the home. If you are doing Feng Shui when moving to a new house yourself, this guide will give you an idea of what to do. I’d like to highlight at this point, that we use the exact same approach when performing our Feng Shui Audits for clients

You will likely notice that this post is not about the common written tips about house cleansing or cleaning clutter. These commonly referred-to tips are actually not part of classical Feng Shui or the influence of how energy behaves inside the home. This has rather to be seen as a complementary symbolic way, but it cannot substitute in any way the following classical steps.

Please take note that the list is arranged from least important to most important.

23) The Resemblance of Humans and the House

Isn’t it presumptuous to remark when a dog matches its owners’ appearance? We run across this scenario all too frequently. Moreover, the dog takes on the traits of the owner. Indeed, the entire structure can be viewed as a blown-up representation of ourselves when we look at a person’s or family’s home.

The energy of the house will always reflect any problems back to the people living there. To illustrate this thought further, let’s elaborate on this metaphor with an example. Since the door is referred to as the qi mouth, picture a door that looks neglected. The likelihood that the owner does not give oral hygiene much thought is very high.

We can perform many more cross references, but to sum up, it is essential to keep the house in good condition and address any issues as soon as they arise. Repair delays may lead to specific health problems that are connected to specific parts of the human body. You can see how intimately interwoven the home’s qi and the human body are.

Living in a clean, well-kept home is not enough; one must also take care of their physical health. Both need the utmost nurturing. Your home should be a reflection of who you are if you want to regularly enjoy a positive energy aura there.

22) Consideration about how the building is constructed

There are many ways to build a house, such as with solid pre-made concrete blocks, a timber frame, bricks, metal, or a mix of these. Stability, durability, and utility bill considerations are just a few of the variables we need to take into account. If a house doesn’t have enough insulation, it will cost more to heat or cool it.

These days, it’s very popular for individuals to purchase houses made out of shipping containers, where the metal is visible, or houses with exposed brick walls throughout the entire interior. These occurrences can actually have an impact on the Feng Shui flying star energy throughout the entire building.

Consideration of the ideal location for one’s lifestyle is also important. Many neighborhoods forbid the installation of fences or walls. If a need for privacy arises, consider subdivisions with higher fencing or bushes. Even if the latter has little to do with Feng Shui, it might impact how the residents feel in the house.

21) House with atrium

In terms of Feng Shui, an atrium is neither good nor bad. A sun room or solarium might be viewed as more of an indoor nature retreat. This area can be nicely decorated so that you can read a book or have a cup of tea or coffee while taking in a stunning outdoor or interior view.

20) Staircases

feng shui home center design flaws

It is preferable to stay away from any staircases that are located in the middle of the house or that are close to the front door. This presents a number of Feng Shui issues since it makes it difficult for the chi to move throughout the house uniformly. Also, the stairs shouldn’t be positioned exactly opposite the entryway in order to avoid this design flaw from the start.

19) Interior Doors and windows

You can think of windows and doors as virtual water. Also, having enough windows enables us to ventilate the room and bring much-needed sunlight into the key yang sections of the house. Furthermore, as we glance out the window, it helps us catch lovely scenes, but if the view is unpleasant or upsetting, it can also draw negative energy. While looking out over a natural forest is wonderful, looking out over crumbling abandoned factories is, shall we say, not that enticing of a view.

18) Roof types

Each style of roof can be categorized into one of three groups using the 5 Element Theory:

  • Fire: pointed roofs (church)
  • Earth: flat roofs (commonly found on commercial or apartment buildings)
  • Metal: Circular roofs (mosque)
  • Water: wavy roofs (retail or malls)
  • Wood: pillar roof (TV tower)
  • Pitched roofs (commonly found in residential houses)

The most preferable kind is typically one with an even, regular, and proportional shape. It actually doesn’t matter what the roof is made of in terms of its composition; what counts most is that it will be durable and waterproof over time.

Asian architecture’s oldest structures have roof edges that jut upward. Naturally, the emperors explained to the uneducated lower class that it was done to prevent ghosts from entering the structures. Yet it has a far deeper, more nuanced connotation than that.

A broader roof that extended further outside of the main structure was found to be impractical since the wood used to construct the ancient structures could not support the weight of the roof. The “FeiYan” roof type was used to prevent water deterioration of the wood walls and beams.

17) Foundation of the building

The foundation should be placed on a leveled area of land to provide stability. Quite often, to capture a breathtaking view, many home owners decide to build the house on the hillside. Pier and grade-beam foundations are often used to support the overhanging part of the building with beams that are plugged into the ground.

We all know how powerful nature can be at times; therefore, it is not surprising to see hillside homes carried away by severe flooding and mud slides. A hillside home’s significant moisture problems at the ground floor level buried in the hill’s soil are another drawback. When deciding to buy a property, it is best to evaluate the general environment to ensure excellent Feng Shui practices in terms of stability.

16) Garages – part of the house: Yes or No?

In one instant, a covered garage may be included in the flying star chart, but not in another. In the US, many attached garages on two-story homes can be thought of as part of the building. Use the same guidelines as for the main entrance door if your home’s garage serves as the primary entrance.

15) Climbing plants

Walls are a pathway for yin energy. In the event that climbing plants cover the outer building walls, the entire house becomes too yin and can attract ghosts in Feng Shui. While yang is our overall preferred choice for a living area, we must avoid this predicament.

14) Exterior wall color

south facing house in feng shui with a matching and supporting exterior wall color of grey blue

The home’s sitting direction sets the tone for what outdoor color greatly supports the building. To give the house an additional boost, it is best to have supportive exterior paint. For example, for a south-facing Kan home (sitting north), the preferred color choice would be grey or white.

13) Outdoors around the house

Note whether the surroundings are attractive and welcoming. Moreover, check to see if the best location for an outside water feature during a specific time period is conceivable, since this will improve the home’s luck even more.

12) Kitchen

As was previously stated, avoid placing the kitchen in the middle of the house since the excessive fire energy will do more harm than good. There are various rules that govern what one may and cannot do, but the kitchen in the Northwest is, in my opinion, a key area of concern.

As the NW is associated with metal and the father figure, it can put too much pressure on him. But it all depends on the particular situation. The majority of cook-tops installed in western cultures are induction models, which do not get hot to the touch. This only qualifies as a minor fire elemental object.

Yet, this becomes a whole different story in Asian or Latino kitchens, where cooking is done over open gas flames. Compared to the former, the latter is more worrisome.

11) Dining Room

The dining room is rarely used every day these days. It is mostly occupied for special occasions, like when the whole family gets together for Christmas or Thanksgiving. A more open floor layout in newer homes allows for eating closer to the kitchen. When enjoying a regular family meal together, a small side table or an island countertop is the preferred choice. Some people even completely disregard it and use the living room as a place to dine while watching TV.

It is entirely acceptable to have a less favorable energy setting in the dining room area if a family does not spend much time there or if it is not used for the kids to study. According to the classical guidelines, if you don’t spend at least an hour a day in a specific place, the energy won’t affect you.

The shape and composition of the dining table could be significant, depending on the presence of the flying star energy in the dining area. A circular or oval table, for instance, is not advised if certain star configurations are present since it could exacerbates the “conflict energy”.

Contrarily, a round metal table, however, would improve social gatherings in this area even more. The placement of the furniture should be appropriate for the size of the room—neither too large nor too small.

10) Bathrooms

feng shui bathroom

Bathrooms shouldn’t be situated in the center of the home or in front of the entrance area to the main door. The ideal location is on the exterior wall of the building, with windows facing outward so that moisture can escape. Only one design problem needs your attention, and that is when the toilet bowl is placed exactly adjacent to the bed. The best course of action in this situation is to always keep the toilet door closed.

I’ve heard from a Feng Shui Master that he believes installing a mirror to reflect any negative energy will be beneficial. I disagree with this idea, though. A mirror in Feng Shui reflects an image, but it is unable to but it has no capacity to redirect, retract, or collect chi-energy in any form, as Grand Master Heluo noted.

9) Living Room, Family Room

Given the significance of the room, the flying star energy in the area should be supportive for the family’s well-being. This space needs to be well balanced because family members spend a lot of time here playing with the kids, watching TV, playing games, or chatting about the most recent events in the world.

In order to establish a more yang environment, the room should be adequately lit and not be too dark. Every household utilizes the living room differently, so you should think about how practical the space is for your purpose before using it. Once you have a general notion, you can consider the best furniture placement arrangement. Moreover, there should be ample space to move around and minimal clutter in the area.

8) The center of the house

The qi core of the house is defined as a little spot of energy that most likely dwells in an open area. Take note that the literal center and the qi center are not the same. The house’s overall personality is formed by the central stars. Because the energy is not literally fixed and established in the center but rather penetrates every room, every member of the family can feel its influence.

Therefore, once the center’s exact location has been determined, it should remain as silent as possible. Why? The reason behind this thought is that a substantial percentage of these energy combinations have negative properties. They are steered up when there is too much activity, which makes their influence more apparent. Thus, avoid any homes that have a kitchen, bathroom, spiral staircase, or any other active rooms in the middle of the house.

Summary: We must determine whether the occupants will conflict with the center star combination. For instance, if someone moving to a new house already has chest-related health issues, a star alignment with the stars 9–7 in the central palace would further derail the health.

As each star’s energy is related to certain human organs, star 9 (fire) dominates star 7 (metal), which is linked to the chest area. It is preferable to keep looking for an alternative home to live in as the central stars cannot be remedied.

7) The building’s qi mouth, or primary entrance 

feng shui front door

The qi mouth of a house refers to the main entrance or front door. It is considered the mouth through which energy or qi enters the home. The main entrance is an essential aspect of Feng Shui, as it is the primary way that energy enters the house and affects the occupants. The door should be situated in a way that allows a smooth flow of qi into the house. It is best to have a “bright hall” environment where qi can accumulate on the outside.

This slows down and spreads out the energy evenly as it enters the structure without coming in too quickly to cause an imbalance. It is also important that the entrance be well-lit, welcoming, and clean. A cluttered, dark, or uninviting entrance may hinder the flow of energy and create negative energy in the home.

In certain cases, the inside entrance hall might be relatively narrow. Placing a mirror might be a solution, but one should exercise caution. There was a situation where a resident returned in the late evening. He opened the door and noticed his own shadow image in the mirror. Thinking there was a robbery in progress, he dialed 911. Nothing unusual was discovered upon the police’s arrival. He didn’t realize it was him in the mirror until after the fact. Sure, you can hang a mirror in the corridor, but be sure to put it in a way that prevents any unpleasant incidents.

The interior area of the front door encounters an equal accumulation of energy as its exterior side. If energy is met with a beneficial layout, it can disperse evenly throughout the house. There are certain homes with corridors that have numerous doors leading to various rooms. In this scenario, because of the maze-like arrangement, Qi is becoming disoriented and confused.

In fact, our bodies can serve as a platform for qi to attach itself to. Unquestionably, when someone enters a house, the flying star energies attached to their body also spread to other parts of the building.

In most cases, the front door is situated somewhere in one of the facing orientation sectors. It doesn’t really matter if the door is in the facing sector directly, or if it’s to your left or right. The most crucial aspect is that the water dragon’s energy at the entrance should be positive and supportive.

An ideal setup for the entrance door is to match the size of the house. It is preferable to have a larger front door for a big house than an oversized door for a smaller structure. The latter situation results in a simply excessive and overwhelming energy intake. That is the equivalent of eating 10 times as much food as you ought to each day. The belly expands, which ultimately leads to a number of health problems.

In essence, it is believed that the main door is where much of the house’s energy enters. Positive chi should be received in order to support the home. The phrase “The first impression will stay beyond the moment” comes to mind. Since first impressions endure the longest, they often have a lasting effect and set the tone for all subsequent interactions. Another important Feng Shui when moving to a new house rule to keep in mind.

6) Sitting and Facing Sector

The middle sections at the front and back of the building, known as the sitting and facing sectors, are a fundamental element of a home. An open interior space connecting the sitting and facing sectors is seen as the most desirable design layout. The energy flow and support for the occupants will be compromised if there is a missing facing or sitting sector, hence there must be none. Squares and rectangles are two of the most desirable shapes for a structure; keep this in mind when surveying Feng Shui when moving to a new house.

As we enter Period 9 in Feng Shui, there are no homes that qualify as “Wang Shan Wang Shui,” which means good for both money and health. From 2024, dwellings will either be beneficial for wealth or health, but not both. As was already indicated, it is desirable to observe the relationship between the facing and sitting sectors.

But what about the current period’s wang stars? The water dragon, who is symbolic of prosperity, prefers to reside somewhere in the front orientation section of the house. The mountain dragon, who symbolizes health, is most comfortable on the sitting or rear side of the building. The ideal scenario, however, rarely happens in practice once a structure exists outside of its own construction period.

As an illustration, a S2-period 8 facing home that has the 9-7 combination is in the sitting sector. In Period 9, the newly crowned Mountain Wang Star 9 can therefore feel cherished inside its own castle. On the sitting orientation, though, is where the Wang water dragon is also situated. The water dragon feels out of place and is unsure of what to do. The ideal situation would be an open floor plan, where it could at least see the front of the house. Alternatively, there may be a window or door that could be opened to gaze out to the front of the residence.

5) Home Office

feng shui mirror home office

Doing Feng Shui when moving to a new house, the home office ranks quite highly in terms of the Feng Shui significance of a home. Working in a negative energy atmosphere could sabotage your success, whereas positive qi further increases your business or career. There are a few principles to keep in mind.

First, you should be able to see the door from where the desk is placed in the office. Additionally, to further increase success, one ought to make use of universal energy influences (personal wealth, people’s influence directions). Depending on the kind of flying star energy that is present, the appropriate element adjustment should be made.

The workplace should also feel yang and bright, with enough lighting. To further customize the space, use the micromanaging flying star technique to superimpose the energy chart over the room layout. You can now find the current location of the Wang Water Dragon and put the office desk there to make the supportive energy even stronger.

4) Bedrooms

When considering Feng Shui when moving to a new house, the bedrooms should be located in one of the most favorable flying star sections for the mountain dragon energy. It need not be stressed that having extremely inauspicious energy circulating in the bedroom might be detrimental to a person’s well-being.

Even with remedies in place, it is best to avoid such a scenario in the first place. Recall that we prefer positive energies to improve our health rather than using remedies to counteract negative energy.

3) Family member Trigram and House Type

According to the eight-mansion principle, a house can be either an east- or west-type house. Each home can be divided into four supportive areas and four unfavorable sections. The goal is to determine your level of compatibility with the home and the personal directions that are most beneficial to you.

In reality, a family is actually a combination of the two groups. To conclude, the simplified classical concept of the eight mansions is significantly less accurate than the flying star approach; however, it can occasionally be employed as a complementary modality.

Each direction is linked to a specific trigram that refers to a member of the family or a body part. The south, the middle daughter, the heart, and the eyes are just a few characteristics of the Li trigram’s affinities. It is essential that one understands that the energy flow of the home should be harmoniously aligned with the tenants’ personal trigrams.

We must first ascertain who belongs to the family structure. The next step is to cross-reference each member’s trigram directional influences to decide if particular flying star combinations are supportive or not. To connect the dots, it takes a very comprehensive understanding of all the layers, given that a flying star combination can substantially behave very distinct in different sections.

2) Extensions and missing sectors

As previously mentioned, each sectional direction is associated with a trigram. What happens if a section is lacking? In a sense, it is analogous to having a physical body part removed. Let’s say, the east section is absent, the household’s eldest son will be most impacted. It can result in liver- or foot-related health problems. The impacts will likewise be felt by all other members, but to a lesser degree.

On the other hand, if the house has an extension, it would be like Popeye eating spinach—it would strengthen the family member associated with this section. Basically, if a home has an extension in the south, a Li trigram person gains even greater influence and authority. Taking the structure of the family into account can help to figure out if an area that is missing or extended will cause any conflicts.

1) Remodel and construction

There is a good probability that remodeling and repair work will be necessary to add your unique touches to a new home if you are relocating. The construction-sha guidelines should be kept in mind depending on the scope of work.


As you can see, conducting a Feng Shui audit of the home or getting ready to move into a new property involves taking a lot of factors into account. Examining each aspect in deeper detail takes a lot of time and effort. However, think of it as investing in yourself. It is indeed worth some time to consider your long-term health, happiness, and family’s success by obeying the main principles of Feng Shui when moving to a new house


  1. Stamatina August 6, 2023 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Hello again! My kitchen is located in NW and my husband struggles at work (before moving in he was thriving). On thw NW sector is the sink and on the North is the cooking stove. Is there any solution or moving the kitchen is the only way? If so where do i put it? Is East a good sector? The choices are East or NE and the house is a period 7
    Thank you

    • FengShuiBalanz Team August 6, 2023 at 10:06 am - Reply

      In general, putting the kitchen in the northwest section, which is associated with the metal element and patriat (father, man in household) influence in the trigram, can lead to an overabundance of the fire element that puts too much stress on the metal aspect or the fatherly presence in the home. If you were to mention that your husband’s prosperity was flourishing prior to relocating to the current residence, it is plausible that a specific trigger has emerged, precipitating his present challenges. This trigger could indeed be linked to the kitchen, yet it is equally conceivable that other dynamic factors, such as the interplay of permanent and annual flying star energies, are contributing to the prevailing issues.

      In addressing the query expeditiously, it is indeed inauspicious to position the kitchen within the northwestern sector of a dwelling. Nevertheless, the decision to relocate the kitchen should be regarded as a measure of last resort. Without a comprehensive grasp of the architectural layout, energy distribution diagram, existing arrangements, and a thorough external assessment, it is exceedingly challenging to furnish a definitive solution. Numerous additional considerations must be taken into account, including the compatibility of the residence with the inhabitants’ birth dates and the sitting orientation of the home, just to name one example.

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