From selecting houseplants that usher in good luck and fortune to finding artwork that inspires gathering with loved ones, we’re constantly on the lookout for ways to bring the good vibes home using this ancient Chinese art.
Read on for fail-safe feng shui living room tips, including the best placement for your couch and the one accessory every living room should have—no matter how small it is.
01. Consider Function
Before you start moving or buying living room furniture, we advise that you first assess how you use the space. To get the ball rolling, ask yourself a few questions about function: “What activities will be taking place in the living room? Is it mainly used for enjoying leisurely activities, entertaining, working, or eating meals? Will guests use the space to sleep over? Or all of the above?”
Understanding the function of the room will indicate what type of furniture (and how many pieces of furniture) you really need.
02. Identify a Commanding Position
No matter the function of the space, no living room is complete without a sofa—and, as it turns out, sofa placement can have a big impact. To adopt the style in your space, arrange your sofa in an area across from the main doors that you use when walking in and out of the room.
03. Place Your TV Mindfully
After you select a commanding position for your couch, you’ll want to start focusing on where to place your television. Most TVs these days are so slim that you could mount it on the wall, which helps keep a more sleek and neat presentation. We advise against placing it above a fireplace.
04. Embrace Color
Depending on which method of feng shui you are using, the best colors for your living room could be determined by the compass direction, the five elements, or the Bagua map method. In general, the suggested accent colors are within the warm scope of options: Reds, red-oranges, yellows, or even pinks and purples.
05. Choose Accessories Thoughtfully
When it comes to accessorizing your living room, you’ll want to curate a collection of items that are meaningful to you. Make sure what you choose to put out on display conveys happy ‘energy anchors. When you see these items, you should feel a smile in your heart—or perhaps a sense of accomplishment, curiosity, or adventure. On a conscious and subconscious level, our environment is always influencing us.
06. Strategically Hang Mirrors
For a particularly small living room, we recommend hanging a mirror—but placement is everything. Mirrors have the capability to ‘expand a room’ by making it look and feel bigger, but be mindful of what the mirror is reflecting.
07. Liven Things Up
Plants play an important role in curating good feng shui in any living room because they add ‘life force energy’ to the space. They can also help to purify the air and give the room a splash of unique texture with the leafy patterns.
08. Clear Clutter
One of the easiest feng shui principles to remember is to not let clutter accumulate in your living room—or in any room for that matter. Some may debate this and say it doesn’t matter, and yet science has proven the negative mental and physical effect excess clutter has on the human mind and body.
09. Let There Be Light
Stimulate bright, uplifting energy with natural light and layered lighting. Energy-efficient lightbulbs mimic natural light, and they’ll also last longer (so you won’t have to take up space with so many extra lightbulbs in storage). Light is also associated with the fire element; one of five elements that should be represented in the room for harmony and balance. To improve feng shui in the living room, try to illuminate dark corners and shadows.
10. Choose Balance
If feng shui is all about harmony, consider balancing décor materials so that one single material doesn’t overpower everything else in the room. This might mean opting for a variety of textures and finishes. For example, if you’ve got a lot of metal going on in your living room, soften it up with fluffy pillows and throws, and a house plant or two.
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