Feng shui is a Chinese system of positioning and harmonising everything within your environment. It’s an ancient art, developed over 3,000 years ago and is used in today’s society to balance the energy of a room.
So how can this early science work for you?
The key to good feng shui relies on having an airy, comfortable and large space. A living room should have enough space to accommodate family, friends and guests and will encourage good energy to flow around the room.
The best placement for a sofa is ideally against a wall and never blocking the natural pathways of the room. A similar principle applies for beds as floating arrangements, where the sofa or bed is positioned in the middle of a room, should be avoided as it can create stagnant and negative energy.
Test the couch against each well in the room and take note of how you feel when sitting on it. The positioning of the sofa should make you feel safe and secure. Placing it against a wall is said to give you and your family support. Make sure you can see the door from the couch as this suggests you will not miss out on opportunities.
Avoid awkward seating placements which could prevent the flow of a conversation. There’s no set rule on how close or far seating should be but your chairs should not be jammed together or too far apart. Each seat needs to be close to a surface in order to place drinks, books or other items on.
Coffee tables should ideally be oval or circular so as to prevent harsh angles from pointing at your guests.
If you have large windows that are opposite to the door, it could be a good idea to cover them with net curtains, drapes or even blinds. This will prevent the energy from entering the room and flying out of the window.
If you have a particularly dark room and want to let as much light in as possible, position an ornamental item on the windowsill such as a vase of flowers in order to reflect the energy back into and around the room.
As mentioned, light is super important in the principles of feng shui and so be sure to hang mirrors around the room to encourage the reflection of natural light. Mirrors can create a focal point of any room and can also reflect the pretty views from outside the window (if you have them, that is!).
Make sure your mirror doesn’t reflect on to any clutter or sharp corners of furniture. Mirror placement is also important as you should make sure that you can’t see yourself whilst standing at the door or the windows.
Mirrors should also be positioned high enough on the wall to ensure your friends and family can’t see themselves whilst sat down.