For decades Feng Shui has been becoming more and more popular due to the stress and tribulations of people’s everyday. They want to find a balance between things that they have no choice in doing and things that they want to do. The principles of Feng Shui allow people to use the positive energy that can be found in the living spaces of their homes. This can benefit both themselves and the guests that they invite into their homes.
The living room is undoubtedly one the most important rooms in any home because it is where you relax after a long day and the room you use to welcome guests. The harmony of the family is concentrated on the living room. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art and the Chinese believe that Feng Shui plays an important role in sofa arranging to create the ideal living room. It is based on a Taoist vision in that it balances the energies of the space within a room to bring health and good fortune to everyone that spends time within it.
Therefore they believe that the strategic placing of sofas is paramount. You have to keep clutter to an absolute minimum and lighting low. Also installing some plants helps because it all adds to harnessing the power of Feng Shui. Soft lighting is very important in a living room so where you place the lamps is very important. Lamps should brighten up dark corners of rooms so that negative energy is reduced but they should never be place directly over your sofa. In daylight hours your sofa should optimise natural daylight that will flood in through your windows. In order for this to be effective the windows should be kept clean at all times and with no obstacles in the way.
An important element of Feng Shui is also that your sfft furnishings should not clash with the curtains because this will cause an imbalance of energy within your living room. They also advise on avoiding the colour red because it is thought that the colour red brings pressure and obstacles that will block the flow of energy or ‘chi’.
In the living room the sofas and chairs need to face each other because the ‘L’ shape, which is often a tradition, only makes guests feel awkward. People facing one another makes the atmosphere much more relaxed. If however you have a very large living room whereby you have many seats then simply arrange then in an octagonal or circular arrangement. Your sofa should have a clear view of the door with no obstructions; the thought behind this is that everyone can greet new arrivals. Anyone dropping in then feels part of the group immediately, so it is imperative that no furniture has its back to the door way as this will block the energy.
Coffee tables within rooms are thought to bring negative energy because of their hard edges and the fact that they are usually placed between seats. This will block any free-flowing energy and create disharmony between the people in the room. If you have to have a table in the room choose a side table with objects on it kept to a minimum.
Any flowers in the room need to be fresh and not dried. If the flowers are fresh always dispose of dead leaves and flower heads. A Feng Shui inspired living room will also incorporate a fish tank because it is supposed to bring good fortune and prosperity.
So if you incorporate all of these things into your living room you and your guests will feel peace and harmony whilst sitting on your sofa whilst enjoying good health and good fortune.