You might ask yourself why feng shui is so important when you decorate your home. The answer to this question comes naturally when you understand that your desire is to turn your house into a home, a welcoming, open, joyful, positive space to live in.
The living room is the best place to start to learn your feng shui decorating skills. When you start this process of finding your specific style, the specific colors or patterns, you also start a process of self discovery in a very playful and easy going manner. Feng shui is about simplicity, natural flow and lots of light.
Here are a few tips that will help you find your personal touch when you decorate with feng shui your living room.
- Keep your living room organized and clutter free
This might be the advice that you will hear first when it comes to decorate with feng shui any room in your house. It is important to keep this in your mind. You might think that a little clutter didn’t hurt anyone. In feng shui you understand that a disorganized space in your house can attract chaos or confusion in other areas of your life, affecting your communicational flow in your family, with your coworkers or with friends. It is known that clutter is a low or stagnant energy that can negatively influence your home and your decisions.
- Let the light and air in
If you have small windows, then it is a good idea to buy some mirrors to help you create the illusion of more space and to bring in more natural light, which is essential in feng shui. For more light you can purchase a tall floor lamp or a few small table lamps. These will add a fresh touch and brightness in all the corners of the room. This is a great way to avoid a sad atmosphere in the room.
The next step is to make sure you keep your windows open as much as you can to allow fresh air in. Another way to enhance the positive and peaceful vibe in your living room is to use essential oils. Aromatherapy has been used from ancient times with the purpose to relax or to heal. Lavender is a scent that you should have in mind for your own room.
- Find the right color for your living room using Bagua (the energy map of your home)
When you create the energy map of your home you find out how your living room is positioned. Knowing the cardinal point where your living room is located, it is easy to choose the recommended colors, materials and right shapes for that specific location.
If on your Bagua, the living room is in the South, you should go for warm, vibrant colors like: yellow, different shades of green, red or orange. These are the colors representing the Fire and Wood feng shui elements.
- Choose the materials and the shapes
Once you have the Bagua of your home is easy to decide on materials and shapes. If your living room is facing North, then you should go for materials and shapes reminding about Water. The flow of water recommends the use of wavy shapes and materials like glass, mirror and metal.
- Balance is the key when decorating with feng shui
When you look for balance in decorating with feng shui do not think that you have to use only the colors, shapes and materials recommended by the main element. Harmony and balance allow all five elements to be present in a room. It is a matter of synchronizing all of them and give them a common expression. For example, if your living room is in the South bagua area, do not stick only with Fire like items. Be courageous; bring in a mirror (which is a Water feng shui element). To keep the harmony, choose a mirror that has the shape of a full sun and the color of the frame to remind about the Fire element as well, gold color is a good choice.
- Allow a good Chi flow when you make the furniture arrangement in your living room
When you start planning the furniture arrangement in your living room you have to have in mind to be one that invites to relaxation and conversation. Make room for all members of the family and think about your guests as well.
It is important to feel that is a good Chi flow energy around. Find the areas where the energy might get stuck and proceed to make room for a graceful and easy flow. Take into consideration more than one option when you decide on the furniture arrangements. Having different options can help you better to see if the energy flows naturally from one room to another.
- Keep Si Chi energy away and clear your space after an argument
Known as a sad and low energy, Si Chi can interfere with the usual energy of the room when you have arguments with a member of your family. To make sure you keep it away, make a habit out of clearing your space after a negative event. The clutter free rules still apply along with the aromatherapy guidelines. Besides lavender, sage is also known for its purifying and healing effects. A great way to heal the energy in your room is to use the scent of the “holly wood”. This is a piece of wood from a tree that grows in South America and it is called Palo Santo. It has an uplifting effect and it clears the air nicely.
Sha Chi is another type of energy that you should be careful with. It is called the attacking energy. This energy it is created most of the time by sharp corners. Make sure you do not have a coffee table or a bookcase pointing directly to the area where your family usually seats and talk.
Besides these seven feng shui guidelines there are a few more things you need to know when you decorate your living room.
Make sure your living room has two outside walls. The energy flows more naturally this way and it doesn’t get stagnant on the way, as it would if the living room would be placed deep at the heart of the house. That would require a struggle from the energy to get through to so many rooms before it gets to the main room. When the Chi energy is fresh, clear and energetic it is much easier for it to activate the living room chosen elements.
Folllow the Feng shui rules, but keep your style personalized as well. Balance, light, open space and fresh energy!
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