Any four walls can be a room, but it takes something special to make a living room.
That something special is known as feng shui in the design world; a select system of laws to get the best spatial arrangements that will introduce a flow of energy to your space. If you’re not a rule follower; fear not! As these are tips that will help you get the best of your space and make relaxing that much easier.
- Less is always more
It’s the oldest decor tip in the book, but stilt the most prevalent.
Designing and furnishing a room can be so exciting that you want to fill the space with any and everything you love. For the sake of your feng shui, resist the urge and select only core pieces that will turn the space into a relaxing oasis instead of a cluttered mess.
Items like a leather couch from Berkowitz Furniture are the center of the living room, so coordinate your decor and feng shui around these. Remember it’s a space to destress and relax so keep it simple and minimalist; seating, lighting, art and nature.
- Logical flow
When considering the flow, or chi, of your living room imagine a flow of water entering and exiting the space. Does the furniture and placement of the room allow for an easy transition through the room or does it get caught up in the nooks and crannies of a complicated room? Have a long look at your space and identify any chaotic spaces and make sure that chi is flowing freely.
Ah, the fun part.
You could be forgiven for thinking that your favorite colors will find their way on the walls, cushions or rugs. Well, hot pink is a fun shade of lipstick and your bright red blouse may get great compliments. That said, being surrounded and consumed by those colors in your living space might get old very quickly. Feng shui is about embracing peace and harmony so try and stick with neutral peaceful tones, fortunately, those tones are always in style.
- Avoid passing fads
We are all guilty of this one.
It’s so easy to fall for the next decor fad and before you know it the entire house is designed in that vein. But if these items are going to be banished from your living room within the next year, well there is no sense in that. If in doubt stick to the classics, they are classic for a reason and they will save you from starting over each time a Vogue Home catalog comes out.
Balance is the name of the game when it comes to feng shui and you will find out pretty quickly if you living room has it or not. While the above tips are all important, they should come together cohesively with a nice mix of color, flow and space.
If your walls have a playful wallpaper, don’t hang picture frames or mirrors, do so on the bare walls to bring balance to the room. Spread the style around the room and allow for only one design feature per region, this will balance your living room stylishly.
Improve your living room feng shui with these decor tips and your living room will be the heart and soul of your home. Remember that the room is not a place to store everything you own, but only the items, colors and flow that you need to get through the day peacefully.