Feng Shui for the Living Room: These Rules Apply

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Feng Shui should make life more harmonious, calm, and fulfilling. It is not at all difficult to furnish the apartment according to the rules of Chinese harmony theory. Suitable colors and materials, a cozy atmosphere, and a selection of plants ensure that the “Chi” flows. We will show you how to consider Feng Shui in your home.

The rules of decorating according to Feng Shui are clear. We will show you what is important in the living room
The rules of decorating according to Feng Shui are clear. We will show you what is important in the living room.

The most important at a glance:

  • The Chinese harmony teaching Feng Shui establishes rules for home furnishings so that the life energy Chi can flow unhindered.
  • Which colors and themes predominate in a room is determined by the site plan Bagua, which divides the house into different living areas.
  • The five elements of earth, fire, metal, wood and water should be represented in each room according to Feng Shui.
  • The living room should not be too cluttered according to Feng Shui. Individual, selected furniture and accessories provide enough space for the Chi to flow.

The ancient Chinese theory of harmony serves many people as a basis for decorating their homes. Feng Shui sets clear rules on how certain areas of the house should look. Colors, shapes, materials, furniture, and accessories arrangement are aligned according to Feng Shui so that the life energy, the “Chi,” can flow. We give tips on arranging your living room according to Feng Shui with a few simple steps.

Feng Shui – A Definition

The term “Feng Shui” describes a comprehensive Chinese harmony theory. With it, it should be possible to let the life energy flow and positive energy arise. The term for life energy is “Chi.” For chi to flow, consider the cardinal direction in which the room is located and the five central elements when decorating. The latter should be in harmony to create balance in your home.

General Feng Shui Rules

There are many things that play into the teaching of Feng Shui. The cardinal directions, the elements, the bagua, and many other points play a role in how chi can flow. Regardless of which room you are talking about, the following rules are a good basic framework for your Feng Shui path:

  1. All room doors – with the exception of the entry and bathroom doors – should always be open to allow chi to flow.
  2. Work, leisure and sleep should be strictly separated so as not to disturb the balance.
  3. Plants are an important part of feng shui and should be in every room except the bedroom.
  4. Open shelves prevent chi from flowing freely. Closed cabinets are a better choice.
  5. Things that have no use or are no longer needed should be sorted out and discarded or given away. A cluttered home hinders life energy.
  6. Put only as much furniture in a room as is needed. Cluttered rooms hinder chi.
  7. Sharp corners and edges, especially if they face inward, are strictly frowned upon in Feng Shui. Round, soft shapes are more appropriate.

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The Living Room and Feng Shui

We would like to explain some principles of Chinese harmony teaching before giving you tips on how to decorate your living room. According to the teachings, the living room corresponds to the heart. This is also reflected in the use of the room. Family and friends gather, where people spend time together and celebrate. Take this into account when decorating your living room.

Which Room Is Perfect?

Not every room is suitable to function as a living room. When choosing a room, make sure it gets as much daylight as possible. South is the perfect compass direction for the living room because south stands for sociability. Southwest is also suitable because this cardinal direction represents care and partnership in Feng Shui. You can also base your choice of room on the Bagua.

In Feng Shui, the Bagua is the method of dividing the house or apartment into certain areas of life. The nine areas or energies are family, helpful friends, career, children, partnership, wealth, fame, Tai Chi, and knowledge. You can find forms for the Bagua online. Place the site plan on the floor plan of your house so that the entrance area is in the helpful friends, career, or knowledge houses. The living room is now ideal for family, helpful friends, or partnership houses.

Important. The Tai Chi as the center of your home should be free of furniture and other objects so that the Chi can flow freely.

Choosing the Right Colors

The Feng Shui colors that suit your living room are significantly influenced by which Bagua house the room is located in. This is because each Bagua house has a color scheme associated with it that matches its theme. For example, if your living room is in the “helpful friends” area, the matching colors are neutral: White, black, silver or gray fit well. For the “children” or “family” area, bright, cheerful colors are suitable. The area “partnership” is represented by the colors yellow, pink and white.

Of course, Feng Shui is also not exclusively about rigid rules. Your personal taste plays a central role in making you feel comfortable. Accordingly, use the colors rather as a color family and arrange your living room in terms of color to suit your personality.

What Materials Fit Into the Living Room?

As mentioned at the beginning, it is particularly important for the chi that you incorporate the five central elements. This is mainly done through the materials you choose. Nevertheless, make sure that all the furnishings fit together stylistically and that your interior doesn’t look too colorful. The following materials reflect the elements:

Element Materials
Earth Stone, concrete, linen, porcelain and other natural materials
Fire Fireplace, candles, lamps, leather and wool
Wood Wood, bamboo, cork, rattan
Metal Glass, crystal, metal
Water Wet plants, glass, satin, silk

Arrange the Furniture

In Feng Shui, it is important not to sit with your back to a door. Therefore, especially in the living room, make sure to arrange all seating so that you have a wall at your back. Also, make sure never to sit directly toward the window. In the best case, the window is located to the side of your seating. The rules are not so strict for guests who are only visiting for a short time. Especially for parties, you can accordingly set up temporary seating regardless of these rules.

Our Best Feng Shui Interior Design Tips for You

The Feng Shui rules described here are quite theoretical and leave much room for maneuver. On the one hand, this is good because it allows you to decorate your living room according to your taste. On the other hand, many beginners are overwhelmed with the possibilities that Feng Shui offers and the simultaneous compliance with the rules that they lose sight of the essentials. Therefore, we give you a few tips and suggestions on how to implement Feng Shui in your home.

1. Round Shapes and Furnishing in the Style of the Roaring 50s

A U-shaped sofa with a satin cover forms the center of the living room. Depending on which area of the Bagua the room is located, gray or a dark gradation of matching color is suitable for the sofa cover. A small, curved kidney-shaped table made of wood or metal and glass provides space for selected accessories and to set down glasses and co. Tea lights and candles create coziness. A few selected porcelain vases with fresh flowers and flower pots complete the interior. The TV is in a closed dresser, offering additional space for small things. This way, it is hidden and will be brought out only when you use it.

2. Integrate the Dining Area Into the Living Room

Quite a few people have a large dining table in their living room. To allow the chi to flow freely, feng shui recommends a round table made of wood. Tasteful decorations such as candles, crystal vases, or high-quality china will ensure that your guests will enjoy sitting at your table. Consider the dining table as the center of the living room and create small islands of light with spotlighting. Other furniture can be installed in addition, depending on the size of the room.

3. Combine Hygge and Feng Shui

At first glance, it may seem like a contradiction, but the Danish furnishing trend of Hygge and Feng Shui go surprisingly well together. Here, make sure to put together selected furniture and accessories and keep order in the living room. Soft blankets and pillows build a bridge and romantic-playful fairy lights in selected places. Cozy rugs create a warm atmosphere in the room without cluttering it. Use the windowsill for flowers and plants and hang picture frames with personal photos. As long as the living room is not too cluttered, the hygge fits perfectly with Feng Shui teachings.

4. Light and Air for a Lively Atmosphere

Let plenty of light and air into your living room! Ventilate daily, improve indoor climate with indoor plants, and refrain from smoking in the living room. Don’t worry: regular airing won’t make the chi disappear. You can transform your living room into a green oasis with hanging and standing plants. When doing so, make sure that no plants block pathways. The actual furniture will only be a backdrop for your little jungle.

5. Clean and Minimalistic According to Feng Shui

Minimalism is the interior design trend that best fits Feng Shui. Few characterize it, selected furniture, single decorative elements, and light shades, all from the same color family. White, beige, and other light colors exude calm and coziness. A large sofa in off-white, with room for the whole family, will be the center of your living room. A marble-look side table provides space for everyday items. A reading lamp creates an island of light, and a few fresh flowers add a cheerful color. A round rug under the sofa, armchairs, and table adds communicative effect. Your minimalist Feng Shui living room is ready.

Jemma Huyett
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