Feng Shui Your Living Room in 10 Steps

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    Be Clutter Free

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    A living room that is clean and clutter free is the foundation for good feng shui. While you might have heard many times that this is an essential first step, the point cannot be emphasized enough. There can be no solid and good feng shui energy in a space that is infected by clutter, the two of them cannot co-exist; it is either one or the other.

    If you need help getting started, employ an easy feng shui clutter clearing system. Use that as a guide, then look for some good organizational solutions based on your specific needs. Having a clear organization system is a must for good feng shui in your living room, especially if you have children.

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    Fun to Decorate

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    In feng shui, the challenge in decorating a living room is to create a space that is beautiful and practical while ensuring it has a strong, fresh, clean, and happy energy. Getting all of these elements into a single room usually takes quite a bit of planning and persistence. 

    Why is good feng shui in your living room important? And how can your decor create good feng shui? Let's explore 10 easy feng shui decorating tips that will help you get started.

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    Have Practical Beauty

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    A welcoming, relaxing, and beautiful space where both children and adults can spend time is a challenge to create. The goal is to find a balance and ensure that your living room works on a practical level. If it's so nice that you continually worry about the kids or pets messing it up, then it's really not an inviting family space.

    Basically, a good feng shui space is one that does the best job for its specific purpose. Designing for beauty at the expense of practicality is simply not good feng shui.

    Contrary to popular belief, children can help you keep the living room clean. It is often a simple matter of clear organization and communication. If each item in your living room has its own place, the possibility of mess and clutter is greatly diminished. This ensures that everyone can feel happy and enjoy good feng shui energy.

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    Fill It With Air and Light

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    Stale air and poor lighting are big enemies of good feng shui, so give your room as much natural light and good air as possible. These are another foundation of good feng shui energy and there are many ways you can improve both. For example, if you only have a few small windows, decorate with mirrors to bring in more natural light and try to layer your indoor lighting.

    Layered lighting means that you have several different levels of lighting. In addition to a ceiling fixture, you will also have a floor lamp and several table lamps, for example. If you limit your living room to a ceiling or floor lamp alone, this can create a sad and potentially depressing quality of feng shui energy in your room.

    The benefits of fresh air to your health are numerous and can help your family feel better both physically and emotionally. To keep the air flowing, open your windows as often as possible. Living rooms can also benefit from an aromatherapy diffuser and the healing power of pure essential oils

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    Use Beneficial Colors

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    Once you have the basics under control—no clutter, good organization, good quality air, and light along with practical beauty—it's time to get specific feng shui decorating tips for your living room.

    The color scheme is a good place to start because color is an expression of light and it has the biggest impact on our moods. It is also very important for good feng shui because each color is an expression of a specific feng shui element.

    Choosing a good feng shui decor scheme for your living room usually requires a bit of work. It is best to start with understanding the feng shui bagua, or energy map, of your home.

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    Make Good Use of the Bagua

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    The bagua is the feng shui energy map of your space. In order to create the best feng shui energy in your living room, it is best to first define the bagua of your home. Once you know how your living room fits into this and which feng shui element needs to be supported in it, you will have clarity on the best colors, shapes, and materials to choose.

    For example, if your living room is in the south feng shui bagua area, then it is best to decorate your living room with colors of the fire and wood feng shui elements. This will guide you to colors like red, orange, yellow, purple, green, and deep brown to promote good feng shui energy.

    By the same token, a black or blue color scheme is not recommended for a south facing living room. These will create a weak feng shui energy due to the clashing effect of feng shui elements. Blue and black colors are the expressions of the water feng shui element, which puts down the fire needed in a south area.

    It may sound complicated at first. Yet, once you begin working with your home, you can pay attention to only the information relevant to your area. A quick feng shui guide to the best room colors is an excellent place to begin.

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    Include Shapes and Materials

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    Just as important as colors, there are also certain decorating shapes that can strengthen the desired prosperous and happy feng shui energy in your living room. 

    Each shape is an expression of a specific feng shui element, so choose the best shape based on the bagua area of your living room. For example, if you have a north facing living room, then wavy shapes resembling the flow of water can create wonderful energy.

    The same principle applies to various decorating materials. Continuing with the north facing living room example, the best feng shui decor materials would be predominantly metal, glass, or mirror-like surfaces. The materials to avoid (in excess) are wood furniture or decor items, as well as earthenware. Since plants belong to the wood feng shui element as well, too many plants can also contrast the water element, so choose wisely.

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    Create and Maintain Balance

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    While it is important to emphasize the colors and shapes that are most needed for good feng shui, to completely avoid other colors and shapes would be a mistake. A living room decorated completely in pink for your love area or an all-blue living room in your career area is not really good feng shui.

    Feng shui is all about health, balance, and harmony, and we need all five feng shui elements in our environment in order to thrive and be happy. Good feng shui in your living room is based on a subtle dance of all colors and shapes, with two or three taking the main stage based on the feng shui bagua requirements.

    For example, you can still have a mirror (water feng shui element) in the south bagua area (ruled by the fire feng shui element) if you do not make it into a focal point. For this purpose, you might choose a mirror with a fiery shape, such as a sunburst, that incorporates a fire element material like a gold finish.

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    Arrange Your Room Well

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    While the decor elements are important, the arrangement of your living room should be a focus as well. It's often natural to begin redecorating by rearranging the furniture, but waiting until you have the other decor elements ready can help establish a better flow. It's also possible that you'll want to make some adjustments along the way.

    The best feng shui living room arrangement is one where all of your family members (and guests) feel at ease and relaxed. This means that there is enough breathing room for everyone and that the basic design principles are taken into consideration.

    The feng shui approach agrees with the advice you may already be familiar with. These include working with scale and proportion, creating a good relationship between furniture pieces, and ensuring there are good conversation areas. Feng shui adds just one condition: There has to be a good Chi flow.

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    Have a Flow

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    The notion of Chi flow is one of the main principles of feng shui that has to be respected if you really want to benefit from good energy. The Chi—another name for Universal energy—has to flow smoothly through your living room so it can nourish it and fill it with energy.

    Chi flow can be viewed as water flow. With this comparison in mind, take a look at your living room arrangement and decide if the "water" coming in from the living room door would flow smoothly and cheerfully about your living room. Will it get stuck in some areas? Will it easily escape through a big window without having the chance to actually nourish your living room?

    Play and experiment with several furniture arrangements until you find the one that allows for the easiest and most graceful flow of Chi.

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    Avoid Sha Chi

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    At any time during your decorating process, be sure there is no attacking energy—called Sha Chi in feng shui—pointing at areas where your family spends the most time.

    In the living room, Sha Chi is the attacking energy that can be created by sharp corners from furniture such as coffee tables or bookcases. It can also come from architectural features such as a fireplace mantel or various decor elements like big candle holders or modern lamp bases.

    To avoid the detrimental effects of Sha Chi, place your furniture pieces and major decor items so that no sharp energy is pointing directly at any seating areas. This applies to play areas as well​ if you've created those in the living room for your kids.

    Another aspect of bad feng shui energy is called Si Chi, which is basically a low, sad, and depressing quality of energy. Hopefully, you will never have to deal with it.

    To prevent Si Chi from taking roots in your living room, you can use basic feng shui space clearing steps after a strong family argument, unpleasant guests, etc. Even better, make a habit of clearing the energy in your space regularly, this is easy to do and a pleasure to experience.