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Feng Shui in the Living Room

Posted by Elizabeth Toy on

The living room in your home is the place where most like to kick back, watch TV, relax and take a load off at the end of a long day.

If your living room doesn’t invite you to relax, it’s time to make some changes. Here are a few tips on how to make your living room flow.

1. Declutter 

Feng Shui is all about allowing energy to flow and energy can’t flow or even move if you have a mess or things that are in the way when you’re trying to walk around. 

First things first, it’s absolutely necessary to overhaul the “stuff” in your living room. 

Does it belong there? 

Does it need to be repaired?

Realistically, are you going to fix it? 

Be real with yourself - if you haven’t fixed it for 6 months and it’s just sitting in a corner, it’s either time to store it away or get rid of it (whether that means donating it to someone who wants it or putting it in the garbage). 

In short, walkways should never be blocked and your living room shouldn’t be a place where you store stuff.

2. Open the front door  

The entrance to your home is where energy, people, and opportunities come in. According to the principles of Feng Shui, it’s important not to let anything block the entrance. Imagine, if a million-dollar opportunity or even the love of your life was to walk into your home, would you block the entrance? That said, clear the entrance and make it more inviting, whether that means updating the knobs and locks, wiping down windows, or even repainting the color of the door.

Classic Feng Shui says that the color your door should depend on the direction your home faces. Each direction is associated with one of the five elements and likewise, each element is connected to particular colors.

If your door faces:

- East or southeast, it is associated with the wood element, so paint it green or brown.

- South, it is associated with the fire element. Paint it red, yellow, purple, deep pink or deep orange.

- North, which corresponds with the element of water, paint it black, blue or deep violet. If these colors don’t work well with your house, you can also paint it colors which correspond to the metal element.

-West or northwest are associated with the element of metal, and the colors that correspond are white and gray.

If your door faces northwest, likewise paint it colors associated with metal.

3. Arranging your furniture

It’s important that the largest piece of furniture, namely, your sofa or chairs, face the entrance of your home. 

This way, you’re never taken by surprise by who enters your home and also, the furniture facing the entrance invites your visitors to come in and take a seat. 

The sofa should be placed at the wall farthest from the entrance.

When arranging furniture, keep in mind that it should create an intimate environment, welcoming conversation. 

That said, leave some space so you don’t feel the sofas and chairs are all crammed together, but don’t put them too far apart, either, so people have to yell in order to have a conversation. 

Your living room should invite your guests to come in, be comfortable and chat. It is also inviting and convenient to have a coffee table or side tables near each seat, where your guests can set down their items or drinks. 

Also, putting at least the front legs of furniture on rugs supports connectedness and invites conversation.

4. Decorating with Art

One of the main principles of Feng Shui says that our homes should nurture good, positive, healthy and happy energy. 

When choosing the artworks you want to display, select that which makes you feel uplifted, happy, and inspired. Even though some melancholy, or sad paintings can be beautiful to look and even speak to us, the living room may not be the place to hang or display these artworks. 

The west wall is all about creativity. If the structure of your home allows it, hang your unique, interesting artwork on the west wall of your living room and hang family portraits on the east wall.

5. Incorporate the 5 elements 

This goes for your entire home, not simply your living room. The five elements of Feng Shui are water, fire, earth, metal and wood. 

While you don’t need to literally bring in a pile of wood and start a fire (unless you want to, hopefully in a fireplace) in your living room, there are other ways to bring in items that can stand in for these elements to bring balance and flow to the room.

For example, candles or lamps can represent fire, a mirror or a glass vase can represent water, ceramic decor for fire, and live houseplants for wood. All the elements can likewise be represented by their corresponding colors.

6. Let your home speak to you

Regardless of all the principles and rules that are meant to help, if the arrangement of furniture, colors, decorations or anything doesn’t sit right with you, don’t do it. It’s your space and ultimately, it should make you comfortable. If anything doesn’t agree with you, skip it. Only make updates and changes that you like and which make you feel welcome and happy. After all, home is where the heart is, and if your heart is not happy, you won’t have a happy home.

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