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Good vibes only: our favourite feng shui living room tips

How to create a relaxing living space that has a natural, feel-good flow.

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Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that has a lot to say about how to create a home that is bright and harmonised. Though it’s built around a complex system of knowledge there are valuable nuggets of wisdom that anyone can apply. Follow our feng shui guide and you'll end up with a living room that feels calmer, tidier and more relaxing than ever.

Feng shui living room layout: how to create the best flow

You should be able to navigate a feng shui living room freely, without obstacles. As well as thinking about the placement of your existing furniture, consider where your pieces will go before you buy them so you don’t choke the circulation of the room. You’ll also want to get rid of any clutter – feng shui hates mess, and let’s face it, we all feel better in a tidy room. Position your sofa carefully so that it has a vantage point on the doorway – if you can’t see who is entering the room it can create unease. All the seating should face inwards so occupants can converse comfortably and feel included (U-shaped configurations are considered especially beneficial). Keep TVs covered when they aren’t in use, or if that’s not practical try to have them face something attractive (such as a view or your favourite painting) so that the screen reflects something positive back into the room.

Think about light: feng shui living room mirrors

A mirror and plant on a counter

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You’ll want to let in as much uplifting natural light as possible, so remove anything blocking or diffusing windows. Mirrors are useful for reflecting light back into the room and in feng shui terms they are powerful for attracting calm energy. However, be careful with their placement – a mirror shouldn’t face another mirror and you don’t want it reflecting anything ugly or cluttered. A mirror facing an alluring view from a window is considered auspicious. Use multiple sources of artificial light to help boost the bright feel of your room. Modern energy-efficient lightbulbs are best as they last longer and are closest to mimicking natural light. Try to ensure there are no dark corners or large shadows.

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Find the right shade: feng shui living room colours

Colour is important to a feng shui home. Exactly which colours to use in your living room depends on something called a Bagua energy map (this is the moment for you to dive into the technicalities of feng shui should you so wish). As a general rule, the room should never be painted in dark colours (that will bring bad luck), and it’s often recommended to use more than one colour, as long as they are balanced. It’s okay to follow your intuition as well – you should feel comfortable with whatever colour scheme you end up choosing.

Decorate with plants and artwork

An orchid and light on a counter

We’re all aware of the powerful impact healthy plants can have in a home. It adds a natural, contrasting element to a space and helps purify the air. When it comes to finding feng shui living room plants, bear in mind that feng shui is not a fan of cacti or other plants that have pointed leaves as these are considered bad luck. You need to decorate your living room with the right kind of feng shui art. The pieces must be ‘positive’ in order to bring in good energy – landscapes are always a good bet but stay away from anything bleak and depressing. Also, watch out for art and objects that have negative connotations for you, and don’t go hanging swords, guns or animal heads from the walls as you’ll be encouraging conflict and violence. Instead, find something that speaks to you emotionally and that keeps your living room harmonious. Want to give your bedroom the good flow treatment? Check out our inspired feng shui bedroom ideas.

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