1. DESIGN YOUR LIVING ROOM TO SUIT YOUR LIFESTYLE
When it comes to deciding on your living room layout, before you decide on the Feng Shui rules, remember to design it first as per your lifestyle needs.
2. CREATE A 'SITTING CIRCLE'
'Create a sitting circle where the furniture is arranged as if every seat is filled and everyone can see and easily talk to each other,' says Feng Shui and healthy lifestyle designer Karen Carter.
3. PLACE THE COUCH AGAINST THE WALL
When it comes to living room sofas, remember that the main couch should be in a commanding position, just as you position the bed in a bedroom. Place it against the most important, immediately visible wall and accent the wall behind it.
'The sofas should be placed with the backs against the wall,' says Henry Fong, founder of Absolutely Feng Shui. 'If not possible, then the sofas should have higher backs to provide support.'
4. CONSIDER PLANTS WITH HEART-OR-ROUND SHAPED LEAVES
When looking for the ideal Feng Shui plants for the living room, choose ones that are lush, leafy, and can positively affect you. 'In the case of Feng Shui, it is recommended to bring in rounded leaf plants, and to avoid spiky plants and cacti,' says Feng Shui expert Gary Hawkes.
5. ADD THE FIVE ELEMENTS
'Another way to design the living room is to look at the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water,' says Anjie. 'Balance these out in your room to welcome in all energies.'
6. DON'T SIT WITH YOUR BACK AGAINST THE DOOR
Sitting with the back against the door is forbidden in Feng Shui but it also has a psychological effect. It makes a person insecure, and puts them in a position of vulnerability, as they cannot see who is entering or leaving the room.
7. BALANCE THE LIGHTING
Light represents the fire element in Feng Shui and is one of the strongest manifestations of energy. It adds to the flow of positivity or Qi. As per this science, it also nourishes and heals us.