apanese-inspired interiors, Zen-style homes and amazing garden retreats that borrow generously from Asian motifs; contemporary design is quickly discovering the many advantages of looking towards the East. We’ve previously discussed the way modern life is becoming a touch too hectic and monotonous for most of us, and how every new trend in interior design seems to be an effort to escape this never-ending cycle. From opening up the view to bring in natural goodness to creating spa-like bathrooms at home, all the trends seem to be pointing one way. And the growing popularity of Feng Shui is simply added proof!
Today we delve into Feng Shui tips for the living room, which promise to improve the overall ambiance of your home while transforming your lifestyle. Easy to incorporate and aesthetically pleasing, Feng Shui actually elevates and enhances the existing theme of your home without demanding too many renovations or revamps.
1. Organize with Less
No matter which room of the house it is, the basic principles of Feng Shui remain constant, and it doesn’t really take a rocket scientist to figure out that the best way to begin is by de-cluttering the space. With the living room, the idea is to keep only what you love and ensure that there is a coherent style and pattern to decorating. With the growing popularity of open floor plans, area rugs, raised floors and false ceilings have become twice as important. If the living room seems far too cluttered, it is time to get ruthless with decorating!
Lovely living room with a simple, minimalist style
Weapons are generally associated with negative energy, so think twice before you have those big, bad hunting rifles hanging above the fireplace! Obviously, vintage swords and decor with sharp edges are also unwanted in the living room. (Or in any room!)
2. It All Starts at the Door!
The trend of painting the door in a bold color might be new in the West, but bright and brilliant doors have been making a bold statement in the Far East for a long time now. Classic Feng Shui suggests the color of the front door depends on the direction it is facing. Generally green is a fine option if you have a house facing east, while blues are perfect for the southeast-facing home. Red generally works well for homes with a south-facing entrance, while black and dark purple are suggested for the north-facing doors.
Obviously there are other intricate elements to consider here, but even if you want another bold shade, it is best to keep in mind what Feng Shui suggests and incorporate a color of your choice. It definitely is the time to do away with boring white!
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