Named living rooms for obvious reasons, we spend most of our time there, we use this space to relax and entertain. So what makes a feng shui living room you ask? Firstly let's look at what feng shui is.
Feng Shui (pronounced “fung shway”) is a Chinese pseudoscience which claims to harmonize individuals by using the energy forces from there surrounding environment. It is a system of laws that govern spatial arrangement & orientation in relation to the flow of “chi” (energy). The effects of good or bad feng shui are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.
The 5 elements of Feng Shui
Each element of the Feng Shui cycle needs each other to flow. Wood feeds Fire, Fire turns to ash which creates Earth, over time condenses to Metal over time, Metal enhance the properties of Water. These 5 elements maintain balance throughout there lifecycle. Whilst they are evolving into their own, they aid the evolution of another.
A Feng Shui living room plays a big part in a happy and healthy home. Below are our top 5 tips to a feng shui living room.
TIP #5 - Light
Sunlight is the greatest form of Vitamin D. Studies have shown Vitamin D deficiency has links to not only physical but mental health also. The nutrient gained in our skin from Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight helps maintain good health and wellbeing. This backs up the need for light to promote Feng Shui in our most visited and occupied room. A generous level of light will not only aid in calcium regulations from Vitamin D but also help show off the gorgeous room you have created.
TIP #4 - Clutter-Free
With that generous amount of light you are letting in through the elegant drapes or curtains, the last thing you want to light up is a heap of clutter. Clutter and Feng Shui does not cooperate. Reason being, the clutter stops the flow of good energy by making the room feel stuffy. Clutter isn’t necessarily a mess, it can be something like a curved archway or bulky furniture blocking a doorway or half a window.
TIP #3 - Optimise your Living Room for Practicality
As I briefly touched on earlier, they are called a living room because this is what you do in the space. You relax, you entertain, you talk with a loved one, you watch your child take their first steps. This is a practical space so it needs to be designed to suit. If you have designed a space that looks like a multi-million dollar prize home and you worry that your cat is going to mess it up, then it may not feel so inviting. Create an organised space to limit clutter and mess. Choose an inviting colour palette, build a room that feels inviting enough for people to sit down and enjoy themselves.
TIP #2 - Arrangements
Whilst your furniture selection is important, how you place your furniture is equally as important. The main goal for arranging a Feng Shui living room is to have a generous amount of Chi flow. A general rule of thumb is if you can’t freely walk around your living room, the flow of chi will also be disrupted. Go back to basics. Is there enough room for my family and guests?
Bonus Tip: Hold off arranging your room until you have all of your design elements ready to go. This will help as you may end up buying something later to discover it doesn't fit or flow.
We've also selected our top three lounges that will help you bring arrangement to your living room:
Uno 2 & 3 Seater
Wembley 3.5 + Chaise
TIP #1 - Balance
When you think metal, you think cold, harsh, industrial. A room with white walls and metal furnishing would feel cold and harsh, to warm it up consider adding fire. To balance one element you must add its counter element. For example, water controls fire (cold over hot) fire controls metal (by melting the metal).
A feng shui colour palette is controlled by the 5 elements.
- Wood: Green, Brown (think trees and forests)
- Fire: Red, Yellows, Orange, Purple & Pink (all colours that exist in flames)
- Earth: Light Yellow (like the sun), sandy, earthy light browns (this is how earthy colours get their name)
- Metal: White, Grey
- Water: Blue, Black