I have a very tiny (400-square-feet) apartment with limited wall space, and second, I find it kind of overwhelming to see people, even people I love, on my walls all the time- even a few faces start to feel crowded.
But this got me wondering if I’m somehow messing with my happiness- how do photos of people or lack thereof affect our home’s Feng Shui? I ran this by my fellow Beliefnet editor Laurie Sue Brockway, who is also a Feng Shui practitioner. She wrote me back this great response:
For example, photos of loved ones and ancestors in the Family area help with healing and help connect us to the power of our lineage. Your wedding photo in the Love corner can enhance your relationship. Photos of you as a kid or of your kids in the Creativity area bring good chi [life energy].
But a photo of an ex-boyfriend or least-favorite relative can bring the energy of the house down while images of you as a kid, your kids or your parents in your bedroom can have a halting effect on your love life.
It is all a matter of consciously utilizing photos as an enhancer, and placing them in the right areas of the home. The reason we remove photos when staging a home is so that the potential new owners can imagine themselves in that home and not have to content with the reality of someone else’s life being rooted there.”
If no photos:
“Our homes are a reflection of our inner selves. We can also utilize our homes to transform our lives. Images of loved ones and real people add a touch of warmth to a home. Lack of photos of real people and family can sometimes create a sense of disconnect from other people; for some people it can create a sense of isolation. But there is no wrong or right. Some photos tie us to memories we would rather not focus on in our homes. It is up to personal preference, and the stage of life you happen to be in. If you feel happier surrounded by art and uplifting images, so be it. Beautiful, uplifting art and images are always wonderful.”