There’s one design concept that never goes out of style—and, if done right, can bring you love, luck, and happiness.
We’re talking about Feng Shui, the Chinese philosophy of living in harmony with your surrounding environment. And your living room is perhaps the space where it’s most crucial to adhere to this design concept. That’s because, according to feng shui, the living room represents a microcosm of your larger home.
The day-to-day experience of life happens here, where you’re united with loved ones, so providing the right support for them benefits everyone.
Don’t wait another minute for maximum peace! Here are eight ways to bring feng shui into your living room.
Stay Away From ‘Muddy’ Colors
Unless you dig being angry all the time, don’t paint your living room green or brown.
Every color expresses a type of energy, red equates to fire, orange conveys sociability, yellow is uplifting, and white is purity and innocence. So your palette should reflect these “good” energies that’s full of life.
Just as you wouldn’t eat a fruit or vegetable that had gone brown, the purity of these colors has to do with a lack of brown.
Avoid Sharp Edges
If you can, stay away from pointy tables and couch corners, safety first, when it comes to feng shui.
Triangles and sharp edges, including spiky light fixtures and picture frames, make visitors and family members feel uncomfortable.
Pick a round or oval coffee table, rectangular side tables are OK because no one usually sits across from them.
A mirror doubles everything it reflects including light and energy so mount one in the living room for the best vibes.
This piece is especially key in the main space near windows, because you’ll be inviting the outdoors in and enhancing a pretty view.
Create Conversation Zones
The best feng shui layout for living room furniture is one that allows for easy conversations and the ability to pass things and touch one another.
Keep it intimate, place seats so they are opposite each other and perpendicular to the fireplace or television. This way, it encourages conversing and game-playing.
Don’t place sofas directly against walls, the energy needs space to flow. And avoid an L-shape arrangement with your pieces, as it puts guests at odds and leaves their necks craning from an awkward position.
When it comes to living room feng shui, you want to seek out wood, leather, stone, cotton, and other natural materials.
Plastic is a petroleum product that enhances static and attracts hair and dust and metal is cold and calculating and may be draining.
It should come as no surprise that clutter is not a feng shui’s friend.
In this practice, clutter represents stuck energy, and when the energy can’t move, money won’t be able to flow toward you.
In other words, by removing clutter, you’ll allow opportunities to open up. Strive to master it in the living room, or it will take over and master you.
Natural light is the best kind for this space, experts say.
At night, burn candles or use the real element of firelight instead of battery-operated devices.
Avoid glare and try not to use overhead lights. The reason is rather unsettling: In feng shui, overhead lights can cause shadows to form beneath your forehead, leaving your eyes in darkness, and when people can’t see your eyes, they are less likely to trust you.
This light is never flattering or as pretty as morning, twilight, or any angled light.
Manage Your Fireplace Mantel
Want a spot to proudly display your kids’ school photos? It shouldn’t be the mantel, according to feng shui.
It’s not a good idea to place family photos or religious items here because they will burn, symbolically.
If you insist on that vacation shot on the mantel, at least house it in a frame that’s black or navy blue, which symbolizes water energy and can protect it from the fire element.
And skip a clock in this spot. A timepiece isn’t good feng shui as it’s a reminder of how life is fleeting.
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