Feng Shui Design Process for Your Living Room

What You'll Need
Bagua map

Using feng shui principles to direct the design process of a new house can help the owner connect positively to the home. The feng shui philosophy teaches that the flow of chi, or energy, can be balanced by the way we orient, design and decorate the space we inhabit. This balance of energy encourages happiness, love, harmony, peace and fulfillment. To design and decorate your living room according to feng shui principles, follow these steps.

Step 1 - Placement of your Living Room

If you are still designing your home, you can use a bagua map to determine the best location for your living room. The bagua map has 9 sections. Each section has a corresponding aspiration, virtue, element and color. The aspirations are wealth, health, travel, children, education, family, fame, career and relationships. Choose your location based on what aspect of life you want your living room to focus on. Each aspect also has a designated direction.

Step 2 - Placement of Windows and Doors

Living rooms shouldn't have any dark corners, so placement of windows should help direct light into the entire room. Seating should face a door, so keep that in mind when you decide where to place any doors.

Step 3 - Colors and Elements for Your Living Room

Using the bagua map, you can choose colors for your room that match with the aspiration you have chosen. For example, a family-centered living room would use blue or green as a dominant color; a career-focused living room should incorporate the color black. Consider the corresponding element (water, fire, wood and metal) as well. For example, a family-centered living room should incorporate wood; a career-focused element could incorporate water by decorating with paintings of the ocean or adding a small fountain. 

Step 4 - Furniture and Decoration Choice and Placement

The bagua map can be used within room to decide placement of furniture and decorative elements as well. Placing a fishbowl in the wealth aspect (southeast) is thought to encourage the flow of money into your life. Place pictures of loved ones on the east wall which corresponds with the family aspect. Circular patterns for seating are preferred to encourage a more intimate setting and easy conversation, and seating for guests should never face directly away from the entrance. If possible, position your couch so that it isn't pushed up against the wall. The electromagnetism of televisions are believed to block positive energy, so a feng shui living room wouldn't have a television as the main focus of the room. Feng shui principles are based on the balancing of yin (feminine energy) and yang (masculine) energy, so a living room shouldn't be overwhelming feminine or masculine. 

Step 5- Lighting, Mirrors and Spacing

Light up any dark corners and simplify the room by eliminating clutter. Mirrors can add depth to a room; but never place a mirror opposite of an entrance as the mirror is believed to reflect positive energy out of the room. Space furniture to encourage a meandering flow so that people can move around and through the room easily.

Bring positive energy into your home by following these feng shui design ideas!