Feng Shui For Your Living Room: 5 Tips

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“Unclutter your life. Unclutter your home. We feel best when everything and everyone around us is in harmony and in balance.The peace and the beauty of your home will raise you up, and give energy to your goals.” 

Creating Spaces.  The Art and Science of Feng Shui Principles

I have to admit, this year has been challenging for me with 3 young boys, an interior design business where I made the sale but had trouble collecting, developing social media profiles for designers and other businesses, looking for new clients and all the learning curves attached. It's been difficult at times figuring out the balance of a house, a business, family and a potential partner.  It's hard to keep it all prioritized. 

 The past couple of weeks, my daily mantra to myself is to be Present, Positive, and Persistent. It's the Mindfulness of work life and home life.  It's even harder as we surf the internet and see all the great images of productivity, wonderful homes, travel, and parties.  I just try to remember we all have down time and we all have up time.  We are not always in control of when these times happen, but we all go through them.

Becuase life is stressful and demanding, it is really important that your home, or office offer you refuge.  As a Designer, I strive to bring balance and order to my home and my client's homes to increase mood and offer balance to our busy days. Apply the founding principles of Feng Shui by infusing your design with enhanced energy that will maximize health, wealth, and abundance in whatever space you create. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment.

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5 Tips for Feng Shui in the Living Room 

The Living Room is a key room for living, a gathering space in the Home where we entertain friends, read a book and renew ourselves over the weekends. 

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The Living Room can be a fun, loving room full of lots of different interactions. No room says more about you and your home than this one, so put this space to its best use and make it a room full of positive energy with these ancient principles for interior design. Try these feng shui principles to promote better relaxation and relations. 

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1. Front Door. The front door plays an important part in the flow of energy (also known as Chi) as this is where it enters from. It needs to flow freely through the rest of the house. So it’s important to make sure that you keep this area clutter free and well lit. Set it up so that your furniture faces the door if possible. 

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2. Couches and chairs. Your sofa should be placed on a large solid wall. If you have a smaller couch or chair it should be placed to the left of the main couch. When someone is sitting on the couch they should be able to see the front door.

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3. TV and gaming systems. When you think of the living room you probably think of it as being the room where TVs, gaming consoles, etc go. But if possible, keep these things out of this room. The main purpose in the living room should be to carry on conversation and if there are a TV and gaming consoles it will be too easy to get drawn into using them instead of sitting and chatting. If you do have to have them in here, try to keep them in a cabinet or covered when not in use.

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4. Clear Clutter. When it comes to Feng Shui, keep in mind that all objects are ‘alive’ and ‘talking’ to you. It’s important to keep the living room clutter free so that you make room for new opportunities in your life. Plus, keeping the clutter at bay will make you and everyone that occupies this space feel more relaxed. Keep in mind that too much furniture is considered clutter too.

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5. Focal Point.  Create a focal point in your living room. This can be anything like a candle sitting on a mantle or a coffee table with a floral arrangement or candle in the center. Something like a decorative piece of art could be the focal point as well. If you have a large rug you choose as the focal point, make sure your coffee table compliments it – use a glass one so the rug shows instead of a solid wood one that hides the rug. 

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These are just five of many different ideas for Feng Shui in your living room. The easiest and probably the most important way to achieve positive energy and Feng Shui in your living room is keeping it clean because the flow of energy can get interrupted by clutter.  

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Do you see some of these ideas already in use in your room? Using the guide of Feng Shui to increase energy and harmony are sometimes intuitive for some people?  The rules are guides to help us make better decisions.

Next, we will take a look at how Feng shui can guide us in selecting furniture shapes, colors, and room arrangements according to ancient principles. 


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