How to Use Orchids to Improve Your Home’s Feng Shui


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Have you ever stopped to consider the role orchids play in your home’s feng shui? Many of us care for orchids simply because we enjoy these plants and love their flowers. However, orchids can be used to improve your home’s aesthetic and energy too. Plants are good for feng shui, and orchids are no exception.

Orchid and black rocks in zen garden

Orchids can enhance the feng shui in your home and thought to increase the family’s luck and fertility. There are specific places you can place your orchids in your home to boost feng shui. Different colored orchids can also increase feng shui. Scented flowers can also improve the overall feng shui of a room or house. Potted orchids help balance the flow of energy, or chi, within the home.

Let’s face it, after the last couple of years we’ve all had, we could use any extra measure of healing and joy we can get. Increasing your home’s feng shui is one way to do that and you can use orchids to achieve this.

In general, plants bring growth and healing energy into any space. Flowers especially can have a powerful feng shui effect, bringing joy and energy into the household. Along the same lines, there are places you can place your orchids in and around your home to boost feng shui. I will talk about these and more below.

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What is Feng Shui?

Bagua picture for feng shui

Feng shui is an Eastern philosophy that tries to find harmony between an individual and their surrounding environment. To apply feng shui practice to the home, arrange items in your living space to create a balance between yourself and the natural world.

When decorating and furnishing your home, it is also important to find a balance of energy between the five elements: fire, water, metal, wood, and earth. These are natural elements associated with specific colors and areas of one’s life.

The location of items in the home will serve to direct the flow of energy, or chi. The color of items in the home and their placement in the home will either decrease or increase feng shui. Orchids can be selected based on the color of their blooms and strategically placed around the home to influence feng shui. In this article, I will be focusing on the placement of orchids in the home to increase feng shui.

What Do Orchids Symbolize in Feng Shui?

Orchid plant for feng shui

Overall, flowers in feng shui represent joy, vulnerability, blossoming and new beginnings. Picture delicate flower blossoms opening, and life and new beginnings comes to mind. Flowers can be a very positive feng shui influence.

In traditional feng shui belief, orchids symbolize fertility and are a very strong feminine symbol of beauty. Orchids can symbolize purity and beauty, perfection, and love. Having orchids in your home is said to increase levels of happiness and foster good relationships among family members.

Depending on the color of the orchid blooms and where you place these orchids, you can benefit from the additional energy and beauty that orchid plants bring to the home.

Do Orchids Bring Good Luck?

Yes, orchids are considered lucky plants. Having orchids in your home can bring good luck and prosperity. In ancient Japan, these beautiful plants were once considered a symbol of wealth. Today, orchids can add beauty, energy and serenity to any living space.

The Bagua Map and Feng Shui

In Western Feng Shui, a bagua map is often used to map out sections of a person’s home. Using the bagua map below, divide the home into nine different areas. Each area has a different focus related to a life event or circumstance.

The bagua areas correspond to wealth and prosperity, family, health, children or creativity, career, knowledge, relationships or marriage, fame or reputation, and helpful people or travel. If there is a specific area of your life that needs more work, you can incorporate more feng shui elements into that corresponding area of the home to give it a boost.

How to Use the Bagua Map

Bagua feng shui map for orchids

To use the map, if you live in an apartment, align the bottom of the map, where it says “front entrance,” with the location of your front entrance wall. This is the wall where your front door or main entrance is located. Once you have done this, you can then use the map to roughly section out your apartment into the nine sections.

If you live in a house, use a compass or the compass app on your smartphone to determine where north is. Align the career area of the map with north on your compass or smartphone. Doing so will put reputation and fame facing south, while health and family face east, and children and creativity face west. Once you have your map aligned properly, you can see where the different bagua areas of your house are located.

The reason why you align the map differently in an apartment versus a house setting is due to the fact that there are more natural elements surrounding a home. Most single-family houses are surrounded by some type of landscaping, whether it be trees, shrubbery, grass, or a garden. Many apartments are surrounded by other apartments or man-made material such as concrete. Having more natural elements around a house allows you to harness the energy, or chi, from nature and use it to improve feng shui.

Next Steps to Boost Feng Shui

Once you have figured out where the bagua areas of your home are, you can focus on the areas that you would like to improve or that align with your personal goals. You can use orchids to improve feng shui in your home.

Where Should You Place Your Orchid in Your Home for the Best Luck?

Orchids placed in the home for optimal feng shui

If you are looking to increase your luck or boost your home’s feng shui, you can use specific orchid colors and placement of orchids in and around your home to achieve this. I will go into how to select the right color orchid in another article. For now, let’s talk about the placement of the orchid using the bagua map.

Using the Bagua Map to Strategically Place Your Orchids in the Home

Where you place your orchid really depends on what area of your life you want to focus on and improve. For example, you can place orchids and other plants in the section of your home that aligns with the wealth area in the bagua map. Doing so can improve the feng shui in that area and hopefully increase your chances for prosperity.

As an important side note, when deciding which orchid species to buy for any space, don’t just consider the color and type of orchid. Also think about how much lighting this area will receive and how much light your orchid will need.

If this space receives a lot of bright, natural light, choose an orchid that prefers high levels of light. If the area you have in mind typically receives a low amount of natural lighting, you will want to choose a low light orchid, such as a Phalaenopsis orchid.

Orchid Placement to Improve Feng Shui and Luck

This is the basic bagua map that helps you divide your home into sections. Using this map, you can focus on a specific section of the home that aligns with the life event or circumstance you want to improve.

Placing orchids in specific areas of the home that corresponds with the bagua map will help you boost feng shui and energy levels in that area. I will go over each section, starting from the top left, with wealth and prosperity.

Bagua feng shui map for orchids

Wealth and Prosperity

To improve or boost the wealth and prosperity section of the bagua map, place healthy, green orchids here. Cymbidium orchids come to mind, as these orchid blooms come in green hues. You can also use blue potted orchids in this area to achieve similar results.

Wood is a strong element in this area. Orchids are representative of the wood element, and this in itself helps bring positive energy into the home.

Fame and Reputation

To enhance the fame and reputation aspect of your life, focus on placing red or orange orchid blooms in this area of the bagua map. Many orchids have brightly colored red, orange or coral colored blooms. You will have a wide variety of species to choose from.

Relationships and Marriage

In the romance, love and marriage area of the bagua map, use red, orange, pink, or yellow colored orchid blooms to boost the feng shui here. If you are placing orchids in this area, use two orchids at a time. Pairing or coupling plants together improves the love and marriage feng shui.

Children or Creativity

To boost feng shui in the children and creativity area of the bagua map, lean towards white, metal and gold colors. Choose white colored orchid blooms and pot these in metal or gold-colored containers. This white and gold ceramic pot would work well if you want to double pot your orchid. This metallic gold planter would also work well to boost feng shui in this area. Doing so will not only add to the children and creativity feng shui areas of your life, but also give your room a sophisticated, elegant vibe.

Family and Health

In the family and health area of the bagua map, you will be focusing most on your family’s health and relationships. Boost the feng shui in this area by using many healthy plants and flowers. Green and blue colors will work best, but you can also mix in white. Orchid pots should be tall, with wide vertical stripes along the sides.

Knowledge and Personal Growth

To boost knowledge and personal growth, use blue, calming colors in this bagua area. Dark blue, black, cream, beige, and soft yellows will work best in this space. You can include water features around your orchid plants here to further add to the serenity. This 4-Tier Tabletop Water Feature would add visual interest as well as soothing water sounds to your room. As a bonus, the water feature will increase humidity levels in the room, which your orchids will love.

Work and Career

If you would like to increase feng shui in the career and work success area of the bagua map, use bold, black colored orchid pots for your orchids here. This black ceramic pot would work well for double potting. Add some water elements nearby, as well as a mirror behind your orchid. Doing so can boost your opportunities at work and help with your success at work.

Helpful People or Travel

To improve the helpful people or travels section of the bagua map and increase feng shui here, focus on incorporating metal and round objects into this area. This may mean using a rounded orchid pot or a metal orchid pot for the outer pot.

Globes or maps in this space boost the travel aspect as well. If you are crafty, you can decoupage an orchid pot with a map. Or, if you prefer, you can decorate the wall behind your orchids with a map of the world. Put pins in places you’ve been or places you’d like to visit.

Personal Health

The center of the bagua map aligns with the center of your home. This is where you will focus on your own personal health and well-being. Adding orchids to this space will help promote your physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being.

Earth is the strongest element here. You can add any number of healthy plants and orchids to this space. The colors you use here will help support all the other bagua areas of your home.

For that reason, choose earthy, grounding colors. Add items that will help create a sense of calmness in the area. Again, we are looking to ground the center of the home, and using calming, earth tones such as green, blue, brown, beige, and white will help achieve this.

Places to Avoid

Avoid placing your orchids in darkened areas. This is good for the orchid’s overall health. Orchids need hours of bright, indirect sunlight to thrive.

Orchids that end up dying or in poor health because of the lack of sunlight will diminish the feng shui in the home. This obviously defeats the purpose of trying to use orchids to improve feng shui.

If you have a section of your home which aligns with an area of interest in the bagua map, you can use artificial lighting to improve lighting conditions for your orchid in that room. Orchids need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day to survive, and more to bloom and thrive. Providing artificial lighting for your orchids would be a feasible compromise in this situation.

Orchids and Feng Shui in the Bedroom

Orchids in pink pot, next to bed in bedroom for increasing feng shui

People often ask if orchids can be placed in the bedroom to boost feng shui. Orchids symbolize fertility and can be placed in the bedroom to boost romance and fertility levels.

Choose an orchid in bloom for this, since the color of the blooms is important. Place an orchid with pink, red, or coral blooms in the love or romance area of the bedroom. This will boost feng shui in the room. It is thought that by strategically using a pink or red orchid in this manner will help with one’s relationship or marriage aspect.

A double-stemmed orchid, or two orchids paired together, is a powerful symbol of unity. If you can find a pink or red blooming orchid that also has double-stems, use it. It can boost your relationship and fertility. If not, buy two orchid plants and place them side by side in the room.

You can place your orchid plants in the partnership corner of the bedroom for best results. To locate this area, align the bagua map with the entrance to the bedroom.

I do have to say that orchids in the bedroom are controversial. While the color of the orchid blooms may be auspicious for romance and fertility, the fact is that plants have the wood element.

Some people feel that plants carry masculine energy that may not be suitable for the bedroom. Feminine energy is best for the bedroom and will promote better sleep quality and health. Introducing an orchid to the bedroom will add masculine energy that can potentially disrupt the feng shui in the bedroom, so just be aware of that.

Orchid and Feng Shui in the Bathroom

Orchids in bathroom for good feng shui

Another popular location for orchids in the home is the bathroom. The humidity in the bathroom is great for plants of all kinds. Orchids do well in bathrooms that have good air circulation and lots of natural light.

Placing your orchids in the bathroom also makes it convenient to water your orchids. After watering your orchids in the morning, you can leave the orchid pots in the bathtub, shower, or sink to drain off the excess water.

The wood element in orchids helps add positive feng shui and energy to this area. The green color of the orchid leaves adds a sense of calm, relaxation, and tranquility. When choosing the orchid color, try to choose soft, calming colors in the green, blue, or lavender family.

Selecting the Right Orchid for the Bathroom

When choosing an orchid for your bathroom, select an orchid species that does well with high humidity levels. Undoubtedly, humidity levels in the bathroom will rise during showers. You want to choose an orchid that will do well in this environment. Low-light orchids would be ideal as well, unless your bathroom receives an abundance of natural lighting.

Phalaenopsis orchids are best suited for the bathroom, along with Paphiopedilum (Lady Slipper) orchids, Dendrobiums and Oncidiums. Miltonia, Encyclia, and Bulbophyllum orchids also do well in bathroom spaces.

Humidity Levels in the Bathroom

The majority of orchids prefer a humidity level hovering between 40% to 80%. You can monitor your humidity levels in the bathroom using a hygrometer. Placing your orchids on a humidity tray will also help them deal with the fluctuations in humidity levels that come with showers and water use in the bathroom.

Air Circulation and Lighting

If you are planning to place your orchid in the bathroom, make sure it has access to good air circulation. Most bathrooms have small windows near the toilet or shower. If you are able to keep this open at all times, do it. That will help provide airflow for your orchid plant.

Place your orchids near the bathroom window for best lighting and air circulation. Another good location for orchid plants is, surprisingly, on the back of the toilet tank. This will help pull the energy up and balance out the energy going down from the toilet.

Final Thoughts

Orchids in bloom can be a beautiful addition to any home. The cascading orchid blooms lend a pop of color and add elegance to the rooms in our home and to our gardens. Boosting the home’s feng shui is an added bonus these beautiful plants can provide.

Feng shui is a huge topic. To learn more about feng shui, the feng shui bagua map and the five elements, read more HERE and HERE. In its essence, feng shui strives to find harmony and balance between us and our surroundings. Finding a proper balance of feng shui will go a long way in making your home feel more serene and restful.

Feng shui is such a fascinating topic. I love the idea of incorporating orchids into your home to boost feng shui. I hope you enjoyed reading this article!

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