Looking to update your space but don’t know where to begin? Consider giving Feng Shui a try. For complete novices, the ancient art can seem a bit intimidating, but getting started in your home is easier than you think. While Feng Shui can take a lifetime to truly master, implementing a few key—and impactful—changes can take no time at all.

Begin with one key piece of information: "Some people think they have to buy special Feng Shui products to make Feng Shui work; but, in the real-world version of Feng Shui that I practice you instead surround yourself with objects and art that you love," says Carol Olmstead, FISA, Master Practitioner, and author of Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office: Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love. "The main tool I use to decide where to place furniture, objects, and colors is a mapping chart called a bagua. The magic happens when you place the right objects and colors in the right locations."

With bagua in hand (or on screen), set aside a Saturday for an overhaul, or just spend five minutes to seriously get the chi moving in your space. Two experts, Carol Olmstead and Laura Benko, Feng Shui practitioner and author of The Holistic Home: Feng Shui for Mind Body Spirit Space, share 9 key, and easy, ways to shake up your home.

Words by Virginia Van Zanten for Food52

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