From the Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Feng Shui and the third article in my Feng Shui Room by Room series. In this article we will talk about Feng Shui for family rooms.
The family room is one of the more private areas of the home and an appropriate place to display family photos and awards that showcase special activities and achievements of family members.
Most of the same living room principles apply to family rooms in terms of what to do with heavy beam ceilings, having the key pieces of furniture in the empowered position, creating conversation areas, clearing clutter and removing unfriendly furniture as well as balancing the five elements and bringing nature into the home. For those who missed it, I will refer you to my prior article on Feng Shui for Living Rooms to receive this information.
If the family room is primarily used for rest and rejuvenation, you will want to create a more Yin space as described in my living room article. If it doubles as the exercise room or the children’s study area, you will want to create a more Yang, active space. You can do so by bring in brighter and lighter colors on the walls and furniture. You can crank up the lighting by bringing in floor lamps that shoot the light upwards. My prior article on Yin and Yang will give you more ideas for creating more active spaces.
The family room is often the room that needs planning and organization to keep it from becoming cluttered and chaotic. An attractive basket will serve as the remote organizer, keeping petty family squabbles over the remote whereabouts to a minimum. Designate specific places to house books, CDs, magazines, homework projects and any other activity that the room needs to support.
When rooms need to serve many functions, each piece of furniture you use is taking up ‘prime real estate.’ If it does not serve a multi-purpose you may want to relocate it to another space.
If the family room serves as the exercise room as well, disguise exercise equipment so that it does not stick out like a sore thumb and take over the energy of the space. You can do so by placing a large tree or a screen a room separator delineating the separate areas of use.
If it doubles as the place the kids study or as your second office, bring in coffee tables or chests with storage areas to house homework or on-going projects. If it serves as your primary home office, get an attractive cabinet with a desk in it that you can open when working and close up when you aren’t. If you are always looking at work, chances are you will either be feeling guilty for not working, or guilty for always working and taking away from quality family time or important down time.
Feng Shui is about creating homes that encourage balance in our lives. It acknowledges the profound affect our homes have on us by virtue of the fact that we spend much of our quality time there.
Arranging our home in such a way that it encourages creativity, supports our diverse interests as well as every day functions – is no small trick. It takes planning, thought, some knowledge of general Feng Shui and interior design principles, and intuition.
Hopefully these Feng Shui room by room ideas will help you in creating a home sanctuary that you love coming home to each day!
Stay tuned next week for Feng Shui Room by Room part four.
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