Improving one’s life and feeling good at home through the development of one’s environment is the goal of feng shui. This Chinese art of living can be adopted in every room, especially in the living room. Centerpiece of the house, it will be more conducive to relaxation.
What is Feng Shui?
By translating “wind” and “water,” two essential elements of life, feng shui is a Chinese art of living aimed at harmony between man and his environment. This age-old art is based on the principle that interior design generates impacts on life. Thus, its goal is to set up a harmonious whole and to balance the forces present in the house to promote health and well-being. Feng shui is mainly based on chi, yin and yang as well as on the five elements.
Invisible energy connecting the elements, the chi enters the home through the doors and out through the windows. When setting up a feng shui room, the installation of the furniture must be perfectly studied in order to let the chi freely circulate.
Yin and Yang
Feng Shui is also based on the balance between the two opposing forces of yin and yang. Coexisting in nature, these contradictory impulses are at the origin of the vital energy. To achieve harmony, interior design and decoration must combine these two forces.
The five elements
To maintain the balance between yin and yang, knowing how to use the five elements (fire, water, wood, metal and earth) is essential. These elements act on different aspects of life. For example, the earth (stone, pots, soil …) acts on the stability or the security, the fire (chimney, candle …) impacts on the sensuality or the force, the water (aquarium, fountain …) influence emotion or calm. For an interior promoting well-being, some associations are to adopt such as water and wood, earth and metal or fire and wood. On the other hand, others are discouraged like water and earth, wood and metal or fire and water.
The five elements (fire, water, wood, metal and earth) affect different aspects of life: for an interior that promotes well-being, combining water and wood, for example – © Northern
How to design a feng shui salon?
Reunion of all the family, but also dedicated to welcoming guests, the living room is a central part of the house. In feng shui, the house must have a yin side (places where the need in strong light is low) and yang side (parts most exposed to the sun where the need for brightness is increased). Rooms to live like the living room should be placed in the yang area. Note that the stay must not be smaller than the room.
Feng shui fair: promoting the circulation of energy
To ensure the fluidity of the movement of the chi in the living room, the mess and space clutter are to be avoided. Anything that could attract the Shar chi should be banned from the room like triangular objects, leafy plants placed near the seats or furniture whose edges are particularly angular. To avoid the loss of chi, a large living room must be divided using screens or plants. On the other hand, a small room should not be overloaded.
Furniture adapted to a feng shui living room
A place dedicated to relaxation and conviviality, the living room must be comfortable. To respect the precepts of feng shui, the seats, sofas and armchairs, with rounded lines in natural material such as linen, alcantara or leather are preferred. To promote friendly relationships and conversations, the sofas should be leaning against the wall and placed around the central point of the room such as the coffee table, fireplace, etc.). However, an installation back to the door is not recommended. To promote the feeling of well-being and the warm atmosphere of this room, the fireplace is often put in feng shui. It must however be used regularly. In the case where the chimney is no longer used, plants or heavy objects must be placed on each side to prevent the spread of the chi through the duct.
A place dedicated to relaxation and conviviality, the living room must be comfortable: prefer sofas and seats with rounded lines in natural material – © La Boutique Danoise
Lighting in a feng shui living room
As the living room is a room where various activities take place, opting for modular lighting is recommended to create different atmospheres. Soft lighting is recommended for quiet moments while bright light is recommended for the reading area or chat rooms. Natural light is also preferred in this room. Leave openings on the garden or outside is thus advisable to bring in the daylight.
Opt for flexible lighting to create a variety of atmospheres – © Northern
When setting up a feng shui salon, the layout of decorative objects should be well studied. Note that the majority of objects symbolically represent something in themselves, generating moods or emotions. Thus, when decorating the room, objects deemed beautiful and useful, inspiring the beauty and serenity or recalling a beautiful story are to be preferred. On the other hand, objects referring to anything negative such as war sets or weapons are to be avoided.
The representations of ferocious animals also have no place in a feng shui salon. To promote the circulation of the chi, a mirror is recommended, provided to place it correctly. For this decorative element to play a stimulating role, we must ensure that it returns a positive image by placing for example a picture inspiring happiness or a plant opposite. In order not to disperse the energy, the arrangement of the mirror just in front of the entrance door is to be avoided.
Objects deemed beautiful and useful, inspiring serenity or recalling a beautiful story are to be favored – © Vita Copenhagen
The colors to favor
The layout of a feng shui salon is also based on the choice of colors, to select according to the tastes of each. However, the principles of this lifestyle require the use of solid colors instead of colorful and loaded tapestries. Paint all walls with a yang color like red, causing tension and aggression, orange, plum or bright yellow is not recommended. The use of a color too pale or too neutral (yin) such as gray, pale green, ivory or white is also to be avoided. The key is to always respect the balance between yin and yang by creating a harmony between bright and soft colors.
Respect the balance between yin and yang by creating a harmony between bright and soft colors: here the gray and the red – © La Boutique Danoise