Feng Shui is more than simply rearranging pieces of furniture in your room. In fact, Feng Shui has origins in ancient Chinese principles of balance and environmental harmony. To achieve Feng Shui in any given room, it’s important to create spaces in which you can exist peacefully with your surroundings. This approach helps you create spaces with positive energy within your home that you truly enjoy living in.
Applying Feng Shui to your living room design can bring openness, good luck, and light into your home. Living rooms have always been an integral and important part of any home — be it an apartment or a house — and that’s because the living room is the main area in your home where most of the social and family gatherings happen. Furthermore, your living room is where you spend most of your leisure time with your family, doing activities such as talking, watching TV or movies, and much more.
Luckily, maximizing the Feng Shui of your home doesn’t have to be challenging. We spoke to Creative Feng Shui founder and intentional living expert Sarah Stone to help you transform your living room into an area that can maximize your wellbeing — all without breaking the bank or taking too much time out of your day.
The central principle of Feng Shui lies in spatial harmony. Space is harmonious when everything within it has a purpose and exists comfortably with other objects. Thus, the first step of achieving living room Feng Shui is to declutter the space itself.
Cluttered space can automatically influence your mental health, and not always in positive ways. It can also disrupt your living room flow. Feng Shui is also all about the power of chi, or life force, and its constant motion in and out of the spaces we inhabit. A messy or disorganized living room can automatically inhibit this flow.
Begin by removing anything from your living room that is causing clutter. This could mean excess furniture, clothing items, boxes, or even wall decor. Move these items to another room in your home or donate them. Make sure you can move easily in your living room without tripping over things or having to reach for items. This is a good litmus test for achieving a decluttered space.
The whole purpose of Feng Shui is to create balance, so make sure there isn’t a single overpowering material in the room. It’s important to offset textures. For example, if there is a lot of metal in your space, maybe add soft accessories like pillows and rugs. If you have a lot of whites and pastels, add pops of colors, potted plants, or wood to warm it up.
Honor the Feng Shui elements.
The living room is a melting pot of different elements. The key to good Feng Shui is to have a sample from all the five elements. The five factors include metal, wood, fire, water, and earth. Brown tones represent the earth element, as well as square and flat objects. Metallic colors including gray and white represent the metal element. Round objects represent metal. Wavy objects, as well as curved lines, are perfect for representing the water element. For wood, you can use green and blue, as well as columnar objects and furniture. And finally, use triangular objects to represent fire. Red may be used to describe this area.
Invest in indoor plants.
Many indoor plants are Feng Shui plants that bring wealth, luck, and prosperity to homes. Plants can be arranged so that there is a cascade of green throughout the living room. This natural cascade can help improve the air quality of the living room.
Just keep in mind that when you invest in plants, you should also take care of them properly. Ensure that there is sufficient natural light and remember to water your plants at least once a week, which is the average watering period for indoor plants. You should avoid spiky plants to avoid sharp conversations.
Let there be light.
Feelings of ease or balance often recall sensations of lightness. Feng Shui is all about navigating your environment with ease and grace. As a result, you can achieve living room Feng by creating a space filled with light. This may mean incorporating large windows, opening your curtains wide or installing thin rather than opaque curtains. Pale colored or white walls can also give a living room a sense of lightness, as can lightly-colored hardwood or tiled floors.
Fix the arrangement of the furniture.
A living room with good Feng Shui should have a seat and space for each family member. These independent spaces should be visually appealing and should be comfortable for the person using the area. If there are three family members, make sure that the seating available is sufficient for at least three people. Good Feng Shui also dictates that furniture should be arranged so that they invite conversations and happiness to flow from each member of the family.
Position the sofa.
The position of the sofa is one of the most important points to consider in terms of your furniture. You should position the sofa against a solid wall, although it doesn’t need to touch. It is also important that the sofa is facing the main door in the living room. If there is nowhere that you can put the sofa so that you can see the door, then use mirrors to reflect the door.
You can use art to improve the Feng Shui of your living room. Just keep in mind that creativity is representative of the five elements, and it must not cause an excess or imbalance in the space. Use art to harmonize the details and bring happiness and positivity into your living room. Also remember that the art displayed can also evoke the desired feelings you wish to create therefore you can also use photographs, paintings, and posters that have pleasant landscapes or smiling faces. Another option is to hang a mirror opposite a window to reflect the landscape outside your home.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.