We continue our feng shui series with a look at the living room. Whether you live alone or with people, in a large home or a small apartment, your living room is a vitally important space. Because it’s the place where you socialize and relax, it needs to have the right balance of energy: steady and calm yet rejuvenating and refreshing. How can you achieve this through interior design? Well, as discussed in the previous post, feng shui is far more than a method of decorating. It’s an art, a science, and a spiritual practice, intended to create balance and harmony by adjusting the energy of our living spaces. How can you put this to work in your living room? We have some simple guidelines.
- Clear your space. Clearing your living room might mean burning ceremonial herbs or plant material in a process known as smudging, diffusing essential oils, ringing bells, or just opening all the windows for at least 9 minutes. Space clearing is an important step when you’re trying to create good feng shui. The next step is to declutter, getting rid of the things that overwhelm you and cause stress. This doesn’t mean reducing your décor to stark minimalism. It just means evaluating the space and keeping only the things with which you feel a connection. Energy doesn’t flow well in a space that’s too packed with things, so get rid of any object that doesn’t make you feel happy. Then choose storage pieces strategically, so that you’ll be able to keep clutter at bay. You might, for example, choose a storage ottoman with beautifully rounded edges.
- Design around the elements. Including something from each of the five elements is a simple way to bring good feng shui to your living room. These elements are earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. You can bring them into your room literally or use colors and shapes to represent them. For earth, choose earthy brown, orange, or yellow colors and square, flat shapes. Metal is represented by white, gray, metallic colors and round, spherical shapes, while water is black or very dark blue and curvy, wavy shapes. Represent wood with rectangular, columnar shapes and blue or green colors, and fire with fiery reds and triangles.
- Keep the chi flowing. In the living room, where you interact with family and friends, the flow of positive energy, or chi, is important. Thinking of chi as water, imagine it flowing around your room. To enhance the flow of this life force, choose furniture with smooth, rounded corners, make sure pathways are clear, and keep your living room clutter-free. Place your furniture with care, situating your sofa against a solid wall and making the coffee table your focal point. Place your television in the north side of your room for good luck in your career, or in the south for a shot at fame, but cover it when it’s not in use, or close it in a cabinet or console. Make sure every seat has a clear view of the entry door.
- Make sure all are welcome. A living room with good feng shui has plenty of seating for family and guests. Choose a comfortable couch with round edges and plenty of seating. Add a loveseat and armchair to provide plenty of options. You can also use pieces like ottomans and stools, as long as the space remains uncluttered.
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