By Amber Murray
The living room is a place for gathering with loved ones, relaxing and enjoying socializing and leisure time. But a poorly arranged living room can cause stress and anxiety, while a carefully designed living room that respects the guidelines of Feng Shui can provide a calming and productive energy. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of balancing the flow of energy through a space. According to Feng Shui, people are affected by the way their surroundings are placed and presented. Follow these five Feng Shui rules for the perfect energy-optimized living room.
1. Never Place the Sofa with its Back to a Window
Placing the back of your sofa against a window is very problematic according to Feng Shui. Not only does this interfere with the flow of energy in and out of the home, but it also causes you, your family and guests to literally turn your backs on the view outside the window. Any landscape or natural scene outside should be admired and absorbed into your personal and collective energy. It is even recommended that you reflect any particularly pleasant view back into your living room by placing a mirror on the wall opposite the window.
2. Make Sure The Front Door Is Within View of Each Piece of Furniture
Instinctually, people become anxious when they cannot see a door. We want to know that we will be alerted if an intruder attempts to enter the domain, and also that we can make a hasty exit if necessary. To prevent this restless energy from draining anyone in your living room, make sure that every seat in the room can easily see the front door. This automatically puts everyone more at ease.
3. Place a Bowl of Crystals or Coins on Your Coffee Table
Crystals, gems, and coins are symbols of wealth. A bowl of them, known as a wealth bowl, on your coffee table attracts more opportunities for collecting wealth into your home. There is no need for your wealth symbols to be real. Wealth bowls can be made with gold painted rocks and faux gems or coins. As long as the symbolism and the intention are there, the energy of prosperity will be attracted to your home.
4. Hang Positive Photos and Paintings
To attract positive energy into your living room, you must decorate its walls with images that promote this vibe. Bountiful landscapes and depictions of smiling, happy people will serve to best inspire the type of energy you seek for your living room space. You may wish to use a mirror to reflect back any art that particularly inspires your energy. Avoid gloomy or uneasy paintings, like stormy seas or troubled-looking faces.
5. Cover the TV When Not in Use
Feng Shui tells us that we should be cautious when it comes to our use of mirrors. Mirrors should only be used to reflect a view that is especially joyful, like a pleasant landscape outside a window or a favorite piece of art. It is easy to overlook the fact that when a television is turned off, its screen acts as a mirror. Choose a storage solution that allows you to cover your television screen when not in use. Alternatively, you may carefully place your TV so that its reflection when not in use will act as a strategically placed mirror, reflecting something positive and jubilant into your living room.
Incorporating these five Feng Shui rules into your living room design will maximize the positive energy you and your guests feel there, and will give you enough basic knowledge of the art to begin to assess other areas of your home’s living spaces.
Feng Shui can seem incredibly complicated and intimidating. It's possible, however, to break down and simplify these age-old philosophies into easy-to-follow modern guidelines for optimizing the energy in our homes.
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