picture-7 The living room is considered the social hub of the home. It is an area to receive and entertain guests as well as a room to relax and unwind and get together as a family after a long day of work,.

It is important to make this area of your home comfortable, safe and balanced so the Chi is upbeat and supportive.

You might want to create a conversational area, a working area, a relaxing area or this play area… you always dreamt of.

There are a few things to consider when designing your living room.

First, the lay out of your furniture. Depending on how you place your furniture, you help or block the Chi energy circulate around the room. By having your furniture in the wrong place, you might block new opportunities to come into your life. Then, the color, the lighting and your accessories.

Here are some great Feng Shui tips to support your family life with great Chi energy.

Dos

1- Use a larger piece of furniture instead of several smaller pieces to create that vision of a larger space and help the Chi flow better.

2- Bring in plants and fresh flowers to lift up the chi energy, the spirits and good moods. They also support good health by reducing EMFs (Electrical Magnetic Field). Having a lot of electrical equipment can make you feel lethargic. Protect yourself from these radiations by displaying plants in front of stereo systems, TV and electronic equipment.

3- Bring matching pairs of lamps, accessories or chairs to create balance and harmony in your space

4- Pair clean square and rectangular lines with some curves to soften and balance a design look.  Circular shapes bring intimacy, softness and comfort to a space.

5-Use Functional storage that will keep your possessions of the floor and keep your home neat and clean.

6- Bring extra comfort to your living room with window treatments in beautiful fabrics, comfortable and deep sofas and chairs, fluffy thick rugs.

7- Lighten up the room with light color shades, soft task lighting, sconces and candles and choose your fireplace as the focal point of the living room. It brings people together and create warmth.

Donts

1- Place sofas directly opposite each other. This can be confrontational and you may find guests arguing without provocations.

2- Have too many pieces of furniture. They cramp the flow of Chi and create a feel of chaos and insecurity in the room.

3- Have clutter behind and under sofas and other pieces of furniture. They block the chi energy and create stagnant energies. This makes people feel tired and out of energy.

4- Have furniture with hard edges. Favor smooth rounded shapes for safety. Curved lines help prevent negative, cutting chi from being aimed at people sitting within the living room.

5- Avoid any depressing or violent imagery or wall art. This may upset the home harmony. Choose pleasing views and art pieces.

6- keep piles of magazines and papers. They create stagnant energy. Give them away or recycle them.

7- Don’t leave dead or dry flowers in your space. They create stagnant energy. They always need to be fresh and vibrant to energize the area.

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email Marie Burgos at marie@manobludesign.com