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Four easy steps to feng shui the living room

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The concept of feng shui has been a prominent design aspect for decades, with more developments being shared yearly; here are four steps to follow to feng shui the living room.

Feng shui is loosely defined as the “Chinese practice of trying to bring balance with the natural world into our interior spaces. It uses energy forces to create harmony between an individual and their environment.” The practice has been a pillar of design since as long as design has been a formal profession. However, how it is understood and practiced continually evolves, hence there are always improvements to make to feng shui your home, in order to yield positive energy.

Specifically focussing on the living room space, we will share four simple steps to follow, in order to ensure that your living area is optimised for positive energy and spirits. These are free and could also result in you letting go of some of the extra and unnecessary trinkets and stuff found in your living.

Four easy steps to feng shui the living room

1. Start with an empty space

Before arranging furniture or buying new furniture and decor for the living room, it is important to start with a blank canvas. This allows you to do a few things that are integral to feng shui. First, it allows you to consider the function of the items you will introduce into the space. If feng shui is premised on flow, then you do not want to introduce items that are unnecessary or not needed in the space.

Second, this time will allow you to imagine what and where the commanding position of your living room is. This refers to the best way to place the couch, in order to enable a vantage point which will enable you to be able to see who is coming in and out from the room. Third, consider where to place the television. It is important to place the television where it is unobtrusive and at the centre of the living room. In this regard, feng shui design is against the placing of televisions above the fireplace.

2. Flow

Seeing as conceptualising the space is complete, when arranging the chosen furniture and decor pieces in the living room, it is important to always keep the flow of the space in mind. A rule of thumb is to place your furniture in a way that nothing is obstructing the other. The idea is to create a floor and aesthetic design which allows for the flow of positive energy, or just the wind to flow throughout the space.

This is inclusive of decluttering the space. Have a light or window feature which penetrates throughout the entire space. Should this not be possible, the use of strategically placed mirrors can also help in reflecting light and space into the living room. Additionally, a tip is to at least, once a day for a minimum of nine minutes, allow good air to flow in and bad air or energy to flow out.

3. Colour

It might not just be in feng shui, as the significance of colour in transforming one’s mood or emotions is applied, but even with feng shui, the choice of colours used in the home is crucial.  In feng shui, the choice of colour is informed by the Bagua map, which connotes each of the nine colours on the map with an attribute. For instance, wealth is purple, fame is red, family is green and knowledge is blue.

Through the use of the Bagua map and its relation to the living room, the area you find yourself living in will dictate the colour(s) you should use for accents or decorative reasons. Therefore, if you live in a space occupied by people of a certain nature under the map, use that colour as the primary accent colour in the living room.

4. Ensuring Balance

Probably the most important step, is ensuring that your living room space has balance. This is because the core of feng shui is balance. Inclusive in ensuring balance is first ensuring that everyone in the home has space made for them in the living room. Whether living alone or with a family, to maintain flow and positive energy is done through ensuring that everyone has their little nook or spot in the living room. Therefore, when everyone is in the room, they too can feel at ease.

Moreover, this includes ensuring that the design elements are symmetrical, meaning that the one side of the room does not feel more cluttered than the other side. Moreover, a trick is to ensure that the living room has an element from the five elements, including earth, wood, wind, water and fire. This can be either through colour or the referential shape of the elements.

Bonus tip:

Lastly, introducing plants into the living room is important, as the plants breathe new air into the space, while filtering out the bad air. Moreover, plants are a life force too, hence they introduce a calm life force within the living room when present.

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