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9 Feng Shui Decoration Tips To Spice Up Your Living Space

Updated on December 28, 2017
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What Exactly is Feng Shui?


Feng Shui is an ancient Eastern practice that is founded on the philosophy that every home mirrors whatever is happening right inside the occupants.

The purpose of this philosophy is aligning your environment with you in such a way that it becomes a reflection of who you are and wherever you desire to go.

In essence, your energy is harmonized with the energy of your home.The underlying understanding is that there is energy in every object whether animate or inanimate and this energy can be guided to flow through your home.

Let us look closer at the helpful insights:

1. In Relation to Shapes, Seating and Spacing

For your sofa, it is preferred to be placed against the wall that is the farthest point from the entrance door.It should be at a position that has a clear view of the door; provided there are some inches between the wall and the sofa for air displacement.

2. Where there is no wall


If a wall is not present, it can be substituted by placing a console behind the sofa with an outstanding lamp on it. This will give the setting a fuller sense of security and if a mirror is placed on the opposite side, you will have a full view of what goes on behind you. It offers a feeling of protection.


Common mistakes to be avoided include placing the seating against the wall or leaving disproportional space between your couch and the nearest chair.

3. Preferred Seat Proximity


An intimate arrangement makes people feel invited and if this is what you want, then you can give it a go. The major point is that while furniture needs to be close, they should not end up cluttered.

A surface should be provided for each seat such that a book or a glass can rest on it. This is surely more welcoming.

4. Understanding the Flow


As you go across space, the arrangement should be such that makes it impossible to hit any of the furniture.

The sofa should not have its back to the entrance as you step into the room. For, walkways make sure that they are clear as well and free of impediments.

5. Coffee Tables


A circular shape for a coffee table feels good and is preferable to an oval or square ones and it allows energy to move freely. This also ensures that sharp angles aren’t pointing at any one. Circles are wonderful for coffee tables, a mix of shapes on the whole is considered fitting.

The earth is easily represented by squares; rectangles fit for wood and triangles are fitting for fire. Metals fit well for round and oval objects. The combination of all shapes makes the living room balanced and accommodating.

6. The Colors, Clutter and Windows

Covering the living room is an optional decision you need to take as quite a number of people love to look outside while others prefer some privacy. It will be wise to drape your window if it is directly opposite your entrance door as it can make the energy dissipate if left open. A reflective plant pot is also a good alternative to place by the window in order to have the energy ricocheted into the room.


Sometimes, you need to grapple with an unseemly sight of rusty metals on your neighbor’s wall and where this occurs, you can divert attention with crystal design by the window in order to reflect the energy. A crystal with multifaceted design will fit in.

7. The Idea of a TV in the Living Room


Feng Shui makes room for yin or private spaces in the living room or bedroom. In the public space, a TV is acceptable but it becomes the point of focus. Alternative arrangement can be made to have the TV in an enclosure such that it can be shit up when the occasion demands.

For family spaces, it is okay to have an ottoman in place of a coffee table in order to be more children-friendly.

8. Living Room and Lighting


Lighting helps to activate energy, keeping dark corners at bay. Having enough light sources make the living room well lit. Feng Shui highlights the idea that with dark spaces, certain areas of your life are neglected, Rich colors are saturated and great in public while red is considered invigorating.

Eggplants and deep blue are energizing and as items of beauty, they convey meaning when you surround yourself with them.


Instant-Living Room Trick


It is wise to beat clutter and narrow your choices to what you really love. Use a bookshelf and weave your collections into it as you grow and make your way through life. Your favorites should occupy a position of prominence, such that when you walk in, you can see what enlivens you and splashes joy on your living space.


Cleanliness and Orderliness

It is important to avoid neglect of your living space and you will notice how untidy some dining rooms are with kids’ stuff, mails and books.

Some homes have very untidy rooms and are hardly well kept; this depletes the energy of the home and cuts off the appeal. If the rooms are not used for meals, then some other use can be found for them. A pot of plant can infuse some energy as you will need to put in water.

9. Kitchen and Dining Room Décor


Since we process nutrition in the kitchen and the dining room, it is important they are well looked at and spiced with formal décor. These spaces should be made to reflect who you are and never should be taken for granted.


The Chandelier Crystal Idea

Feng Shui works well with nickel, brass, crystals or other reflective metals. A crystal chandelier is a great style if it merges with your style idea, For rooms that are already fitted with reflective sources, it will be great to use linen or warm wood to calm the space,

Chandeliers and Dining Room Tables

Placing items of the fitting size in your living space is important in Feng Shui so that no one feels edged in around you. There is need for enough room to move around and pull out the chairs.

Common Wrongs to Avoid

Anything that fissures the light on a particular spot is not in accord with Feng Shui. Energy needs to be allowed to move across the space and should never be concentrated in a given direction, Exclusive spots are welcome but no area should be left dark and unattended to.


Using a Rug


Feng shui accommodates a range of ideas and rugs fit in quite well. They make your living space more accommodating and open for conversations. Where kids are present, rugs are perhaps avoidable,

Dining Room Tables


Tables with square edges or rectangular finishing are okay and fitting for your dining room as no one is likely to sit at the extremes as they would a coffee table. You can decide to use an oval or a circular table if this suits your style sense. Wood is a warm choice and widely admired for its solidity. Glass finishing can convey tension if another glass hits it. Whatever is too fragile brings forth negative energy m so this can be avoided.


Know that for Feng Shui, there cannot be neglected areas; it is either you use it or you end up losing it. Make sure that if you are not eating at your dining table, at least use it for some crafting or gaming.

Last Words

One reason people enjoy the spa vacation is the coziness that it brings to make sleep restful and rejuvenating. You can create this Zen in your home with these Feng Shui décor ideas that you can easily implement for your personal enjoyment.

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