Tips for Living Room Feng Shui


The living room is often the most social part of any home. It is usually the first room you enter in a house, and the one where members of the family, separate or together, spend much time. It is essential therefore that the Feng Shui in this room is correct as the whole family will be using it for a wide range of activities.

It is a room for entertaining friends, watching television, reading the newspaper, playing with the children or just relaxing. All these activities call for opposing requirements in the Feng Shui of the room; it needs to be both a place of fun and conversation, as well as a sanctuary in which to relax and recuperate.

This room should express your outer personality through decoration, (photos, paintings etc), but without cluttering the space or making it ‘too busy’ for the times when you desire ‘peace’. It should encourage social gatherings and activities as well as providing comfort and relaxation.

You may find the article, How to Balance your Environment using the 9 Sectors of the Bagua helpful in applying the following tips:-

Feng Shui Tips

  • Use bright lighting for entertainment, and table lamps for quieter times.
  • Place thick carpet pieces (mats) over wooden floors to encourage warmth.
  • Avoid abstract or patterned prints for carpets to maintain a relaxing theme.
  • The best colours for the living room include cream, beige and pastels. Yellow is good as it is believed to relate to ‘social’ awareness, however, for a living room that is used both actively and quietly, softer tones are best.
  • Family photos encourage peace and appropriate items in relevant corners (according to the Bagua), such as a money tree or bowl of water in the wealth corner, encourage money to flow to you.
  • Comfortable sofas or lounge chairs with thick fabric cushions promote relaxation. To encourage conversation, seats should face one another.
  • Try to keep the living room clutter-free. Set up easy access storage systems for videos, CD’s, magazines and newspapers.
  • Ensure the television is not placed as the focus of the room, or place it inside a cabinet to help promote conversation when not in use.
  • If possible, avoid placing a large coffee table in the centre of the room; the Tai Chi energy area which is central to all areas and best left ‘open’. If it is unavoidable, keep it clutter free, both on top and below.
  • Sofas and lounge chairs are best placed with their backs to a solid wall and not with their backs to the door. Being able to see the door from where you sit promotes a feeling of security and relaxation.
Tables and other items of furniture with sharp corners are not beneficial, and overall regarding furniture, less is better, to allow good Chi energy.


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