Every day life rushes by us at warp speed, your home is one area you can slow down and create calmness. This blog will explain how to create a “Feng Shui” room. Writer Uma Campbell knows how to slow down and take deep breathes. She enjoys yoga and meditation so she knows a thing or two about peace and harmony. I have invited her to write about how to use Feng Shui in decorating. She has taken the basic elements of Feng Shui and has broken it down to make it so simple.
Work, family, taking care of the house and all of the other obligations in life can really start to add up – and stress you out. One of the easiest ways to de-stress is to surround yourself with an environment that promotes tranquility and harmony.
If you are looking for a way to add balance to your life, consider infusing your home with a Feng Shui design. An ancient Chinese art and science that has been practices for more than 3,000 years, Feng Shui is thought to promote the balance of energy within the home, thus promoting good health and fortune. The living room is an excellent space to implement this practice, as this is the place where you likely spend a great deal of time. If you’ve heard of this practice before, you may think that it is difficult to implement, but it is actually a lot easier than you think. Incorporate the Elements of Feng Shui There are five basic elements of Feng Shui. These include wood, fire, earth, water and metal. It is thought that each of these elements interact in specific ways and in Feng Shui design, these elements are represented by specific colors. This is regarded as Productive and Destructive cycles.
· Blue and Black: Symbolize water, which is thought to ease stress, promote relaxation and promote freshness.
· Red, Yellow, Orange, Pink and Purple: Represents energy, luck, passion and prosperity.
· Green and Brown: Symbolizes wood, which is thought to bring good health and vitality.
· White and Gray: Stands for metals, which is thought to promote clarity.
· Sand, Light Brown and Light Yellow: These colors are used to represent the earth, which provides nourishment and stability.
It’s important to incorporate these colors into Feng Shui design, and it is also important to incorporate other specific elements and tactics into your design.
· Neat and Tidy: The first step to properly achieving Feng Shui is to make things neat and tidy. The idea is to promote an even flow of energy, so if a room is dirty or cluttered, that energy can be blocked. Dirt and clutter can also be distracting and depressing.
· Use Real Plants: In order to bring in the greens and browns, use real plants in your space. Potted plants are an excellent option.
· Bring in a Water Fountain: A water fountain is a wonderful way to bring in the actual touches of water that Feng Shui requires. Plus, it creates a soothing atmosphere, which will promote peace and harmony.
· Circles: Place your living room furniture so that is in a circular fashion. This will allow Chi, the driving force behind Feng Shui, to flow freely.
· Bring in the Light: The more light in a room, the better. Use dressings that allow natural light to flow into a room. If windows are limited, or after the sun sets, make sure that the room is properly illuminated so as not to block the flow of Chi.
· Display Mirrors: Mirrors are an easy way to reflect light, and the more light in a space, the more Chi will flow. Display a large mirror, or several small mirrors, so that they reflect light into any dark spaces.
By utilizing these tactics, you can easily make your living room Feng Shui and bring about a sense of peace, harmony and well-being for you, your family and any visitors. Thank you so much Uma! I agree with you, a tidy home is a great start to feeling more calm. Listening to a water or fire feature is such a simple way to achieve peace and tranquility. Is there any specific area in your home that can use a bit of peace and harmony? Here are some suggestions that you can use to infuse Feng Shui into your living room.Uma Campbell is a writer who lives in California. She loves writing about meditation and home design since she has experience with both. In her free time she teaches yoga and just started to get make her own jewelry.