11 Feng Shui Living Room Tips
Believe it or not, your living environment has a direct impact on your overall well-being. For this reason, it is essential to create a balanced and uplifting home. And what better place to start than with some basic feng shui living room tips.
The ancient Chinese practice focuses on Qi, a force of positivity that corresponds to the way objects are arranged in a space. From making sure the back of your living room sofa doesn’t face the entryway to arranging furniture around a fireplace, there are easy feng shui tips to help your space look its best. circulate better – and to be beautiful too. Scroll down for expert feng shui tips, designer Anije ChoReiko Gomez Reiko design and Amanda Amato of AMA Designs & Interiors. You’ll appreciate the way they make your living room a haven of relaxation that uplifts your mind, body, and spirit.
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Define the intention of the space
Lounges are designed for various purposes – some are comfortable escapes to relax in after a long day at work, others are designed with entertainment in mind. And while you can tailor the colors, layout, and decor of the room to its overall intent, keep in mind that the room should be treated as a gathering place, whether it’s just for your household or your guests. “The phrase indicates that it is a place to live,” explains Cho. “Often located closer to the front door, it’s more of a public-facing room in your home than a bedroom or office, so colors and layout should reflect that.”
Amato prefers bold hues if guests frequently visit your home and calming tones for those with a more relaxed lifestyle. “If the living room is lively and often used for entertaining, adding more energetic color accents such as yellow and orange would be appropriate. If your living room is mainly used for relaxing at the end of the day, then a restful, subdued color palette would be more appropriate.”
Bring on the five elements
Feng shui uses the five elements – earth, wood, fire, metal and water – to describe the physical and energetic world around us. “It’s important to balance all five elements to create a harmonious environment,” says Amato. You can accomplish this with your decor or “subtly displayed in other ways with intention.” For example, instead of going for the color red, consider using everything from animal prints to triangular shapes to represent the element of fire in your living room.
Choose colors, textures and shapes wisely
While, yes, you should always choose colors that naturally appeal to you, there are a number of palettes, ranging from warm neutrals to bright grays, that feng shui experts lean towards in a living room. Additionally, there are certain shapes and textures to look out for when choosing furniture. Here’s what Amato says that’s worth keeping on your radar:
- Earth: low, square or rectangular furniture to anchor the space, warm earth tones like brown, gold, yellow and clay; geometric patterns; pottery and porcelain materials
- Drink: tall and vertical lines; Shades of green; botanical and floral motifs; live plants; high cabinet
- Fire: triangular shapes; leather materials; animal prints; lighting and candles; sharp objects and abstract art
- Metal: round shapes and arcs; metallic colors ranging from white tones to silver or gray; shimmering fabrics; and circular patterns
- Water: irregular and sinuous shapes; ocean blues ranging from light to dark; iridescent and reflective materials or fabrics
Let the couch take the “order”
If possible, try not to place the back of your sofa facing the entrance to your living room. “An ideal furniture arrangement is one where, as you walk into the space, you can see the sofa ‘greeting’ you,” says Gomez. “It will draw you into the embrace of the room.”
But let’s face it: some design schemes are not conducive to this layout. The workaround? Add a narrow console table behind your sofa to showcase decorative table lamps, accessories, an orchid, or even a water feature. “This way, the person sitting on the sofa feels more protected from people coming up behind them while those entering the room have a more attractive view,” he adds.
Amato also likes to weave in a mirror if the sofa cannot be placed in the “command” position. “Hang up a mirror so the owner can see the entrance if facing the door isn’t possible,” she says.
Create a seamless sense of flow
Your home should feel cohesive in the feng shui world. Flow matters. It can be as simple as being able to easily walk around the living room or maintaining an attractive, clutter-free space. “If you twist and turn too much to get around furniture, or find yourself squeezing between chairs, your layout is too tight,” Gomez says. “Open things up, and possibly remove a piece of furniture or two, to increase the flow of Qi.”
Lighting an interior requires balance. You’d be surprised how much a poorly lit room can dampen your mood. On the other hand, if a room is too bright, it can be disturbing. For these reasons, Gomez likes to layer the lighting. “The best solution is to have different types of fixtures, like low table lamps for mood lighting, as well as recessed ceiling lights for general lighting. And where possible, place fixtures on dimmers. ”
“Plants bring wooden elements into a space,” says Cho. “They bring growth and vitality, but they are very healing.” In other words, they breathe life into a room. Amato recommends plants with rounded leaves – think jade, golden pothos and lucky bamboo. But Gomez says to avoid cacti. “Select soft, lush plants with feathery leaves rather than pointy or pointy plants,” he says.
Be intentional about mirrors and wall art
There are a few guidelines to follow when hanging mirrors and artwork on the wall (stick to serene prints like pictures of the beach). In feng shui, placing these pieces too low can hurt your mood, so a good rule of thumb is to hang them an inch higher than you usually would. It helps to draw the eye upward.
Place seats around your fireplace
A fireplace can certainly be the focal point of the living room (the commanding position). Arrange the furniture around for a warm and welcoming atmosphere. To dress it, a mirror or a blackboard is ideal.
Clean windows are believed to help bring more luck and success in your working life. “Metaphorically, if your windows are dirty, it’s said that your outlook on life is blurred or you’re unable to see the opportunities around you,” says Amato.
Keep clutter to a minimum
Take your time clearing out the clutter that’s taking over your space. “Maybe you’ve had blocks with how you connect to the world and to others and that’s reflected in feng shui,” Cho says. “Acknowledge and be gentle, try to tackle one thing at a time and ask for help if needed.”
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