Feng Shui Lifestyle living rooms can be anything from formal enclaves for adults only to kid friendly family rooms and everything in between.
A Feng Shui Lifestyle living room is a room that welcomes you with a sense of comfort, beauty, style and inspiration. It’s a room that literally opens its arms to you, welcoming you, embracing you, drawing you in.
Feng Shui Lifestyle room rules are simple and powerful strategies to achieve the greatest level of comforting, supportive space with the least amount of effort.
- Placement. To create balance in your living spaces, arrange your furnishings so that they open toward you as you enter the room, almost as though they’re reaching out to give you a hug. Try not to position the sofa so it blocks entry into the room, or has its back facing the entry. When in this position, the sofa stops you from entering the room, blocking the energy in much the same manner as a wall does. We’ve all been in a room like this, and maybe it’s a room you have. One thing is certain, it’s a room that is seldom used, and it’s a room that everyone walks by on their way to other more comfortable, welcoming rooms.
- Size. Your furnishings should be sized for the space they are in. If you have a living with triple high ceilings and lots of space that isn’t the room for Victorian furnishings. Or if you have a small cozy room, that isn’t the space for large oversized furniture.
- Color. You can create a sense of energy and enthusiasm or a sense of relaxation and calm by the colors you choose to have around you. Color is the quickest, easiest and least expensive improvement you can make in your environment. Warm whites and mid-tone colors create a sense of intimacy without overwhelming the space. Don’t be afraid of color, it can make all the difference between a room that feels cold and univiting and a room that feels warm and welcoming. Color isn’t just something you see. Color is something you feel, it’s a multi-sensory experience. Through the use of paint and accessories, you can select color that supports the type of environment you desire.
- Lighting. Often times we think overhead lighting is the only way to light our rooms. This isn’t so. Overhead lighting is meant to be used when you need full, bright light. And in living rooms that’s not necessary most of the time. We are drawn to pools of light, small pockets of warmth. Create that sense of warmth and embrace with a mix of floor lamps, table lamps, picture lights and recessed lighting. If you have overhead lighting, put it on a dimmer switch so that you can turn the volume of light down, and combine that with a mix of table and floor lamps creating a more intimate, welcoming space. For an extra special touch, I like to select lamps that are beautiful to look at when they are on or off. I view my lamps as beautiful pools of art.
- Art. Art is an accent. It’s meant to crate pops of excitement, introspection, color and interest in your room. Your art does not have to be exactly the same colors as the colors in your room. It doesn’t have to be symmetrical; it can be if that’s your sense of style. But if it’s not, embrace a sense of eclectism. Choose art that you love. When hanging art, the center of the piece should hang right about eye level. This may be lower than many of you are used to and this is a way to create a sense of comfort in your space. Art should live where you live, it shouldn’t hang so high that you have to tilt your head to look at it. Hanging it lower creates a greater sense of intimacy. And an intimate space is a comfortable space.
- Focus. Every room should have a focal point, a place that catches your eye and moves you through the room. And most do, but not all focal points are attractive and interesting. If you find you have a room with a less than desirable focal point, redirect the energy, the attention, elsewhere. To redirect the energy elsewhere, consider incorporating strongly colored accents or accessories in other areas of the room. These brightly colored objects will catch the eye and draw the attention away from the effect of the unattractive focal point.
Feng Shui Lifestyle, when comfort is as important as style.