Feng Shui Family room
Feng shui principles address the outside and inside of your home. You can tackle the interior of your home one room at a time. The living room is a vital seat of feng shui for your family and should be addressed with this importance in mind. Most families spend a great deal of time in the living room and because it's a gathering place, it needs to accommodate the appropriate feng shui energies to ensure the wealth, health, and happiness of the family.
Living Room Location
In feng shui, the living room should be located in a part of the house that has at least two outside walls. Avoid using a room nestled deep inside your home for a living room space. The ideal living room location allows chi energy to enter the room from outside without being slowed down or allowed to grow stagnant from moving through many rooms in order to reach the living room. This placement ensures that the chi energy is fresh and energetic enough to activate the living room elements.
Furniture Choice and Placement
The living room should never be small. It should be large enough to comfortably accommodate the entire family and guests. A larger room size will encourage the chi energy to flow in and around the room. Where you place furniture can impact the way the chi energy enters and move around the room.
General Furniture Placement
Never place furniture in natural pathways through the room. This type of placement will block chi energy, cause it to become stagnant, and create negative energy.
Best Couch Placement
The main piece of furniture in a living room is usually the couch, which should rest against a solid wall. Currently, one of the popular western furniture arrangements is to place the seating group in the middle of the room without any wall support. This is called a floating arrangement and should be avoided.
The floating arrangement is an improper feng shui furniture arrangement. Just as your bed should be anchored against a solid wall, so should your couch. This gives support to those living in the house and prevents instability in your family structure of home life, work, wealth, health, and relationships.
Test this feng shui principle by sitting on a couch against the wall and then one set in the middle of the room. Notice how you feel with each arrangement. Chances are you feel safe and secure when sitting on the couch against the wall, while the one set in the middle of the room leaves you feeling vulnerable and uneasy, as though you need to constantly look behind you.
Sectionals are another popular furniture choice for the living room. While may accommodate a large family, they can be problematic when applying feng shui principles. The L-shaped furniture layout is inauspicious since it creates a large poison arrow in the room. If you can't avoid this type of furniture configuration, you can lessen its impact by placing a plant at the end of arrow part.
Another technique to remedy poison arrows is to suspend a faceted crystal ball from the ceiling. Like the plant cure, the crystal ball will dissipate the energy the arrow creates.
Additional Furniture Placement
When choosing the ideal furniture arrangement, in addition to a couch, you want to also include a loveseat and a single chair. These pieces of furniture afford ample places to sit while creating a space that will neatly accommodate a coffee table. Choose either a square or rectangular shaped coffee table for an auspicious shape.
Electronics such as TVs and computers are yang energy and very active, so place these in areas you wish to activate. For example, the north (career) or south (fame and recognition) sectors of the room are excellent choices.