The art of decorating the living room is a true masterpiece. Furniture, colors, lighting fixtures, and art pieces all need to be expertly blended to achieve perfect harmony and balance.
Yet, achieving harmony in your living space goes beyond mere aesthetics. It necessitates inner equilibrium, which is beautifully reflected in your external surroundings. Today, we’ll delve into several Feng Shui principles that can be skillfully applied when adorning your living room.
From a psychological perspective, the living room serves as a canvas upon which we project our image to the external world. It’s the space where we can showcase our position in society and reinforce our ability to foster prosperity and well-being.
Considering that we dedicate a significant portion of our leisure time to this room, it’s evident that the Feng Shui of this space exerts a profound influence on the overall harmony, prosperity, and success of all family members.
Therefore, according to Feng Shui, this is the most appropriate room to be energetically activated in all nine sectors: love, fame, prosperity, health, family, children, helpers, career and education.
5 feng shui objects that you can put in your living room to attract good luck and prosperity
A metal tortoise
A metal tortoise is a symbol of longevity, health, and abundance in feng shui. It can also protect your home from negative influences and enhance your career prospects. You can place a metal tortoise near your entrance, behind your sofa, or on a low shelf. A good option is this Feng Shui Metal Tortoise that is made of brass and has intricate details.
A crystal globe
A crystal globe is a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and communication in feng shui. It can also activate the energy of the earth element and bring harmony and balance to your living room. You can place a crystal globe on your desk, bookshelf, or coffee table. A good option is this Crystal Glass Globe that is clear and smooth and has a wooden stand.
A wind chime
A wind chime is a symbol of movement, sound, and joy in feng shui. It can also attract positive energy and ward off negative forces. You can hang a wind chime near your window, door, or balcony. A good option is a Feng Shui Wind Chime that features six metal tubes and a wooden pendant with the Chinese character for “luck”.
A fruit bowl
A fruit bowl is a symbol of abundance, freshness, and vitality in feng shui. It can also nourish your body and mind with their colors and flavors. You can place a fruit bowl on your dining table, countertop, or island, but avoid putting it near your stove or sink. A good option is this Ceramic Fruit Bowl that has a beautiful floral design and a large capacity.
A Buddha Statue
A statue of Buddha is a symbol of peace, wisdom, and enlightenment in feng shui. It can also bring calmness and serenity to your living room. You can place a statue of Buddha on your mantel, shelf, or table, but avoid putting it facing the door or window. A good option is this Feng Shui Buddha Statue that is made of resin and has a bronze finish.
Feng Shui Color Tips
As in any other house room, the colors are one of the Feng Shui principles that can influence the energetic balance. Intense colors such as red or black should be avoided, especially in big proportions. Opt out for pastel colors, delicate shades of yellow, green, or even simple white. Avoid blue on the northern walls – it will create the impression of a cold and unfriendly space.
The arrangement of furniture should prioritize easy access to the room without obstructing pathways. Avoid overcrowding the space; an open and airy atmosphere fosters abundance.
Position the sofa and armchairs in a way that when seated, you don’t have a direct view of the door in front of you. Additionally, it’s best not to have your back to a window or be seated right next to the main door; instead, place your seating against a wall.
When two sofas face each other, it can create discomfort for guests who are not well acquainted. To mitigate this, either reposition the sofas neutrally or introduce a table between them.
In Feng Shui, visible beams anywhere in the house can disrupt the smooth flow of vital energy. The optimal solution involves hanging two bamboo stalks or concealing them with a false ceiling.
Over time, sitting directly under such beams can lead to a sense of hardship, both physically and in terms of family life. It’s also not advisable to store cleaning supplies in the living room, as they symbolize the removal of income, health, and prosperity.
Placing the TV and the Direction of Watching TV
Most of us spend much of our free time in front of the TV.
In Feng Shui, the TV has the power to amplify the energies from the living room; this is why it must be placed only in the spots with positive energy, which can be determined by precise measurements.
This way, we will avoid bad fortune, headaches, and eye diseases.
Where we place the TV makes us focus in a specific direction when we watch movies, news, TV series, or entertainment. This is why, we should choose a direction with positive energy, which can be determined by calculating the personal KUA number and by exact measurements.
Rules for Placing Mirrors
The living room is a space where we can place mirrors without too much hassle. The best position for a mirror is face-to-face with a window, but only when the image from outside is a beautiful, natural landscape.
This way, we will bring the beauty of nature into our homes. Needless to say, we won’t place a mirror in front of the window if the landscape from the outside is unpleasant, emitting negative energy (construction site, unorganized or dirty yard etc.).
The most important aspect is for the mirror to reflect beautiful things: a painting, an interior plant, or family pictures, as we’ve mentioned above.
As important is that the mirrors used for home decor be frequently cleaned and washed. According to the Feng Shui rules, a clean mirror releases positive energy, while a dirty mirror will charge the house with negative energy.
Also, do not keep broken, cracked, or nicked mirrors, because they assimilate and release negative energy.
Feng Shui Plants in the Living Room
Generally, all lucky plants, such as flowers, can be placed in the living room, but arranging them depends on their size is recommended. To avoid the impression of pressure, don’t place a plant touching the ceiling in the corner of the room. When choosing small plants, you must consider both the table’s size and the visual effect.
Beneficial plants, according to Feng Shui: Jade plants, bamboo, happiness plant, pine, fir, orange tree, peach tree, apple tree, and lemon tree.
Lucky flowers, according to Feng Shui: Paeonia Peregrina, Chrysanthemum, Spathiphyllum, Japanese Rose, Narcissus, Lilac, Magnolia, Lotus, and Orchid.
Plants and Flowers to Avoid
In Feng Shui, the plants and flowers with sharp leaves that sting when touched generate back luck.
The only space where this kind of flowers can be placed is next to the TV or a computer to absorb the magnetic energy emitted by them.
They can also be placed outside, next to the main entry door, to protect the house. Yet, inside the house, it is recommended to avoid: cactuses, roses, or any other thorny plants or flowers, such as bonsai trees.
The bonsai trees are supposed to emanate a negative Chi energy because the method to obtain them symbolizes interrupted growth and development.
The Feng Shui generated by their energies can affect both the development and expansion of your business, the growth or development process of the children, and your personal development as an individual.
Placement of a Fish Tank
Usually, the fishes are a sign of abundance, this is why an aquarium can be a simple decor element, but also a manner of obtaining prosperity and wealth if we believe that this remedy can help us solve our problems.
The best place for setting a fish tank is in the living room or in the office, and for attracting luck, the number of the fish should be odd.
Considering that the fishes are not happy in a bowl aquarium, it would be better to choose a semicircular or a rectangular aquarium with round edges.
If the fish tank is placed on the northern side of a room, it would be ideal to have a cylindrical shape, to activate the energy of the metal.
The eastern direction is associated with the Wood element, that’s why, to progress, it is beneficial to place in that area a rectangular, round-edged aquarium.
Suppose we want to activate the prosperity sector, to increase our wealth. In that case, the experts recommend us to acquire an Arowana fish or, if we don’t have enough money, we can settle either for a koi fish or an aquarium with goldfish.
If we maintain the aquarium clean, with green plants and happy fishes, we will attract a lot of positive energy in our home if we place them on an auspicious side of the room.
The goldfishes symbolize success in financial business, while the koi fish symbolizes luck and military glory.