Feng Shui living room: Finding the inner center in your own home

Feng Shui promises more tidiness and a cosy atmosphere. With these tips, you too can furnish your Feng Shui living room according to the Chinese theory of harmony. 

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Especially in times like these, it is particularly important for us humans to feel comfortable in our homes. For many, the need to neatly furnish the flat or specifically the living room as the heart of the house is even stronger. But how can Feng Shui, of all things, help? Here you can find out how to set up your own Feng Shui living room.

Feng Shui - what is that actually?

The term Feng Shui has been around for more than 3000 years. It originates from Chinese and describes the way in which nature and external factors affect human life.

"Feng" and "Shui" translated stand for "wind" and "water". These sources of energy - the Qi or Chi - we therefore use for our inner energy. By creating the right atmosphere in our home, we ensure that energy can flow freely through the rooms. According to Feng Shui, this inevitably leads to personal harmony.

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Feng Shui living room furnishings according to the nine zones

The so-called BaGua helps to furnish individual rooms or even the entire flat. It is divided into zones that correspond to our different areas of life. With the right colours, elements and furniture, these can be enhanced and the energy strengthened - all in the spirit of ethical home design.

Feng Shui - BaGua

1 - Career and life path

Here, not only professional advancement is implied, but also personal development. The colours black and blue as well as energy plants have a particularly reinforcing effect.

Tip: Decorations that integrate water are suitable for these zones. So how about a water bowl with flowers or stones? 

2 - Family and origin

Health, movement and vitality for the family in the broadest sense: the energy of this zone is particularly promoted by the colours green to yellow.

Tip: Wood is the main element of this zone: therefore, add bamboo, woven baskets or also Linenand linen.

3 - Knowledge and wisdom

These qualities are achieved through peace and quiet. According to Feng Shui, the place for this should be oriented to the northeast and kept in warm colours such as brown and yellow.

Tip: Clay, ceramics, terracotta are very suitable for this.

4 - Wealth and power

In Feng Shui, this includes financial prosperity, but also spiritual wealth. Green and red tones can inspire this zone.

Tip: The warm colours of this zone combine with natural materials such as wood or green plants.

5 - Fame and future

For many people, fame does not necessarily mean being the centre of attention. Rather, it means being noticed and respected by one's environment.

Tip: So to achieve this, the zone should contain a lot of wood. Lamps and candles can also amplify the energy.

6 - Partnership and love

Not only romantic partnership, but all forms of interpersonal relationships can be influenced in this zone. The colours red, pink and white have particularly strong effects here.

Tip: Focus on natural materials such as stone or porcelain, as well as natural light sources, incense sticks and candles, because the supporting element is fire.

7 - Friendship

This area of life deals with helpful friends. People should be able to recognise, accept or even ask for this help. The zone corresponds to the element metal and should have an energy-promoting effect.

Tip: Materials in gold, silver and bronze are very popular here.

8 - Children and creativity

This zone is characterised by children in our environment, but also pets. It is the zone of joie de vivre and love in general. Colours from yellow to orange to brown can fill this zone with energy.

Tip:  Materials like glass and metal are helpful in this zone of metal, butl plants are also suitable for releasing energy.

9 - Tai Chi

The centre of the BaGua zones is Tai Chi - one's own life and also the subconscious. This zone influences the heart chakra. Therefore, you should fill this zone with energy through warm colours and many crystals, mirrors and mobiles.

Tip: The centre corresponds to the element earth, which is why it is best to decorate with natural materials of all kinds. Linen and wood are ideal for this.

5 tips for the Feng Shui living room in your own home

For many people, the living room is the centre of the house - this is where family and friends come together. With a few tips, you too can furnish your living room according to Feng Shui.

1. Separate areas of life

A basic rule of Feng Shui is to separate the individual areas of life. This can be especially helpful in times of home offices to draw a clear line between work and leisure. A clear work area can therefore help - perhaps in the form of a separate desk or an office box.

2. Keep it tidy

Only through a tidy home can the life energy chi flow properly. So clear out your clutter and assign a place to each item. Once you have a basic order, tidying up is no longer so difficult.

3. Decorate properly

Decorative elements are also considered in Feng Shui, but they should definitely match the room and the zone located there. The Feng Shui living room, for example, should radiate a great deal of peace and cosiness, which is why warm, earthy colours as well as accessories made of natural materials in curved shapes are suitable. Small islands of light with lamps and candles allow the Chi to flow particularly well here.

4. Fresh air and light

In Feng Shui, as much natural light and fresh air as possible should always be able to flow into the rooms. Regular ventilation and free window areas are therefore particularly important for a harmonious home.

5. The right alignment

In order for the zones to draw sufficient energy, the orientation of the furniture is very important in Feng Shui. For example, the sofa should have its back to the protective wall and face the windows and doors. Chairs are also ideally aligned in this way. The centre of the room should be left free according to Feng Shui in order to radiate calm and strength.

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Conclusion: Feng Shui is a good concept - with and without spirituality

It doesn't matter whether you believe in the spiritual qualities of Feng Shui or whether the minimalist and tidy concept simply fits into your lifestyle: Many of the Feng Shui rules make a tidy and beautiful home possible in any case. With just a few touches, Feng Shui ensures that you feel completely at ease in your home.

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