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Down through history, the living room is the place where we all gather after a long day. It’s a place where the family joins together to discuss their lives. It’s where special bonds are made with friends and relatives.
The living room is the beating heart of the home and to keep that heart beating it is important to maximise the flow of good energy through your living space. The design of your living room and your choice of furniture is of utmost importance. Following some Feng Shui principles is an ideal solution for radiating positive vibes around your living room.
Feng Shui translates to wind-water in English and it involves creating a flow and harmony between a person and their environment. It’s all about creating a place that feels energised and balanced. Next question you ask, how can I do this? Feng Shui involves rearranging your furniture and pieces in your home to optimise positive energy and good vibes. Let’s start with tips on the basic principles of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui has 5 elements, which are Wood, Fire, Water, Earth and Metal.
Before you start to think about applying Feng Shui in your living room, familiarise yourself with a little thing called the Bagua Map. In simple terms, the Bagua Map is a Feng Shui energy map that divides your living space into 9 different areas. It connects areas of your life with areas of your home. By identifying which of the 9 areas corresponds with your living room, you are instantly going to attract more positive energy.
The Bagua Map is complex, but don’t get too overwhelmed. The easiest way to start using this map is by finding out where your living room falls on the map and using a colour or element from an area of the Bagua. For example, if you want to bring better relationships into your living room, include colours like pink and orange into your colour scheme. We have included this EZ diagram below to help you navigate the Bagua map.
Being more mindful of how you place things in your living room will result in a more practical space. Feng Shui can transform the flow of energy from disorganised or stagnant to a steady, calm flow that feels more invigorating. Follow these easy tips to optimise your living room for better balance and enjoyment.
One of the easiest principles to follow in Feng Shui is to keep your living room and any other room clutter-free. A cluttered space can negatively impact your mental health and build chaos. You want to create flow. Think about the pieces you don’t use anymore or those not associated with good memories. You can always recycle unused items or give them to charity. This can include old magazines, accessories, furniture and books.
Consider how you want to feel when you are in your living room. Do you want to feel calm and relaxed? Another consideration is the function of your living room. How will it be used and what activities will be taking place?
Once you ask yourself those questions the layout process will become easier. This will all impact the type of furniture you include and how you place it. The major pieces of furniture in your living room are your sofa, coffee table and chairs. For feng shui best practice follow the commanding position. To learn more about the commanding position check out our blog on “How to Feng Shui your bedroom”
The position of your sofa can have a huge impact on your room. To identify the commanding position in your living room you must ensure that your sofa is placed in an area where you have a clear view of the door. This allows you to see who is entering the room and promotes a safe feeling. EZ TIP: Position your sofa against the wall. Placing it against a wall encourages reassurance and safety.
Including a double-duty piece of furniture like a storage footstool will help you keep the clutter at bay. It will reduce the need to have too many pieces of furniture if you are stuck for space. Storage footstools like the Valencia and Scott work as storage space, a footrest and even a coffee table. Using smart pieces of furniture will allow you to have more space in your living room to let that good energy flow freely around your living room.
Choosing rounded furniture for your living room can encourage openness in your space. Sharp corners and edges can create cutting energy. Please don’t bin all your sharp-edged furniture, not every single piece has to be round. Think of a round coffee table like the Malta or a rounded footstool like the Alexo. If you have furniture with edges, you can opt for a potted plant to detract the negative energy.
Light is associated with health and vibrancy. Work with the natural light in your room and figure out what areas require artificial light. Incorporating a mixture of lighting from table lamps to ceiling lights will light up poorly lit areas. Fresh air is also essential to achieve good feng shui, open your windows during the day to allow fresh energy in and stale energy out.
If you don’t love plants already, here is another reason to include more. Plants can help absorb negative energy (not the fake kind). They are, after all, a living, breathing life force. Place your plant pots beside your sofa or use bigger ones to add a focal point to the living room. They will improve your air quality and add a pop of colour to your space. What’s not to love?
Mirrors are a fantastic way to create more space in your home. Mirrors and feng shui go hand in hand. You want to place your mirrors in an area where they reflect natural light and clear spaces. Avoid hanging mirrors that directly reflect clutter. If you have the option, position them to reflect the outside view.
So there you have it, 7 Feng Shui tips to apply to your living room. Which one will you start with first? Remember it’s all about balance, take it one step at a time. Before you know it, your living room will become a sanctuary full of good energy and vitality.