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Feng Shui for Living Rooms

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Feng Shui for Living Rooms

By the Author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World

Welcome to the wonderful world of Feng Shui and my series on Feng Shui Room by Room.

Last week we covered the Foyer area of the home and the week before that we looked at the Entryway to the Home. This week we will talk about Feng Shui for the living room.

Living Rooms

Living rooms are considered more Yin spaces (see my article on Yin and Yang for the Home) where we want to relax and rejuvenate. They should be calming places with muted colors, more tactile fabrics with soft, comfy furniture.

Place the Main Pieces of Furniture in the Empowered Position

In every room that we spend time in we want to make sure that we face the main pieces of furniture, such as the sofa and bigger chairs, in the empowered position. This is where it is facing the main entrance but not positioned directly in alignment with it.  You will find that people will instinctively sit on the furniture placed in the empowered position first.  We naturally feel more comfortable and safe when we can see the action and don’t have activities going on behind us.

If you cannot move the sofa in this position because of room limitations, create a faux wall behind it. This can be done by placing a sofa table behind the sofa with tall lamps and plants on it, or by placing taller screens or trees behind. A mirror placed in such a way that you can see the entrance from the sofa will provide a greater sense of protection and comfort when you have to sit with your back to the door. You can always place the smaller chairs with their backs to the entry. The room will look silly with everything lined up in a row, but try to make sure the key pieces are in the best place for easy viewing.

Televisions should ideally be disguised in an Armour or entertainment center. This is the room often use for rest and relaxation and when televisions are the prominent piece of furniture it is tempting to have them on all the time. The more we can balance our television watching with reading, listening to music or other more creative activities, the more balanced we will feel in our lives. You can also cover them up with an attractive shawl when not in use. For rooms with huge wide screen televisions, I encourage my clients to get a CD or DVD that is like a screen saver. There are wonderful fish tank and fireplace scenes you can purchase that will change it from a black hole when it is off, to a lively interesting scene, attracting chi and balancing that part of the room.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at www.ericasofrina.com.

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4:05PM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

Thank You ,Erica.

You do great work and the article is helful.

11:05AM PDT on May 27, 2013

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5:50AM PDT on May 22, 2013

thank you

6:40AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

thanks!

12:37AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Your info is helping me to design & arrange my big vaulted house. I didn't have enough to furnish it, but little by little, with your info, it is becoming "home".

9:06PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

I especially appreciate the idea of creating a focal point, and understand how vaulted ceilings can lead to less coziness. Your explanation of how heavy overhead beams can be oppressive is also something that I have lived with, and we had to rearrange our furniture because of overhead beams. Also, the height that paintings are hung at makes a big difference. Thanks for your great insights.

8:14PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

We have never had a TV in the living room.When we entertain guests I think its so rude to sit and watch TV as well.Thanks for the helpful advice.I love that living room so calm & peaceful.

6:21PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Ooh, a fishtank screensaver.

10:24AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

thanks

4:06PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Thanks for the tips, I am actually trying some of them and so far liking the results!

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