If you want to create a harmonious home brimming with positive energy, employing the use a Feng Shui – an ancient ritual that – is a great place to start. A technique that has been around for decades, using the art of Feng Shui to make a few simple tweaks to the layout of your home can quickly transform the flow of qi (or energy) from stale and stagnant to serene and tranquil; making a space both relaxed and rejuvenating for anyone that lives there; and welcoming for guests to boot. And while much is known about Feng Shui in the bedroom, it’s important to remember that other rooms in the home are equally as important. A space where family members and friends entertain, socialise, and relax, the living area is a focal space in most homes, and ensuring the room has great energy will have a tangible effect on the rest of your abode. If you love the idea of Feng Shui but simply don’t know where to start, we’ve curated a list of easy fine-tunes you can make to your living room today that will instil a sense of serenity and peace in an instant.
Asses the lighting
If you want your living space to have good Feng Shui, start by assessing how well the space is lit. Ideally, your living room will be an area filled with natural light; and if the current layout or location of the room doesn’t allow for this, it might be worth considering ways in which you can add an extra injection of natural light. Ensure the current curtains or blinds are easy to open, and that window sills are clear and free from clutter so that you have easy access to the windows is a simple way of ensuring that the room is flooded with the maximum amount of natural light possible. And while you’re at it, clean the windows. Use a non-toxic glass cleaner or just plain vinegar and water.
Clear the space
When it comes to Feng Shui, the ritual of clearing a space is an important one. While it may sound a tad woo woo to some, simply diffusing essential oils is a fragrant and effective way of clearing a space that has the bonus of adding a sense aromatic allure to the room as well.
Air it out
A super-easy way to give your living room good Feng Shui is to open up all the windows for a minimum of nine minutes; nine being the most auspicious number in Feng Shui. A simple procedure that’s well worth getting into the habit of doing, this practice allows for any old and stale energy to leave the room to make space for the new.
Buy some house plants
If you’re not already the proud plant-parent of a few plotted shrubs, now is the time to get green-fingered in your home. Having a few green plants dotted around the room is a super simple and inexpensive way to bring good feng shui into your living room, that has the benefit of purifying the air as well.
Declutter your belongings
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that most of us hang on to belongings that we no longer need to. If you’ve let unnecessary items accumulate in your living room, it’s time to be ruthless with the truth of what you need, and what you’re hanging onto simply for the sake of it. Ridding yourself of unwanted clutter will give the room good energy in an instant.
Balance the five elements
The five elements are a Taoist system that employ the cycles of nature to influence and balance our overall health and well-being. The five elements are earth, metal, water, wood, and fire, and a super easy way to bring good Feng Shui into your living room is to include something from each of the five elements in your space.