How to Design your Living Room and Dining Room as per Feng Shui
Interior elements play an important role in creating a harmonious environment. These include lighting, color, sound and smells. In addition, Feng Shui uses various charms that promote a good circulation of favorable qi energy and neutralize negative energy. Such protective means are magic items (talismans), plants and other things to which feng shui assigns a symbolic meaning.
Yin and yang in the interior of your room.
You already know that people have a different balance of yin and yang. Communicative,
an energetic and emotional person (the predominance of yang) is very different from a quiet, shy and reserved person (the predominance of yin). A shy person will feel uncomfortable in a noisy and crowded room saturated with yang, and vice versa. On the other hand, by introducing opposite qualities into the room’s atmosphere, one can achieve a beneficial effect: dispel gloom or calm stormy emotions.
Here are some tips on how you can increase the presence of yin or yang in your room, depending on your personality and mood.
To add yin:
• reduce lighting;
• decorate the room with objects of dark or muted tones;
• mute the sound background (turn off the TV, tape recorder or close the window);
• use soft, silky or velvety touch fabrics; put an aquarium or a decorative fountain in the room.
To add yang:
• effort lighting;
• add bright colors to the interior;
• turn on cheerful music; display a collection of trinkets or books in a conspicuous place;
• turn on the fan or open the window to let in fresh air.
Feng Shui for Living Room
The living room serves a wide variety of purposes. Here you can relax, get together as a family to play cards, watch TV, listen to music. In small houses and apartments, part of the living room can be reserved for a dining room or office. And in order for the living room to perform all these various functions, it should be equipped in an appropriate manner.
To make the living room look friendly and cozy, you should carefully select its color scheme. An important role is played by proportions. In a spacious large room with high ceilings, furniture is best arranged in small groups. Do not try to create a single space! Arrange low furniture in a small living room, otherwise the room will make a depressing impression. It is especially important to fence off that part of the living room that you decide to use as an office, otherwise you will not be able to relax here and will constantly return thoughts to work.
Sofas and armchairs
The living room is a yin space, and the cozy upholstered furniture in it is also saturated with yin energy. Armchairs and sofas with high backs and armrests give a sense of security and symbolize the Turtle, Dragon and Tiger. They provide psychological support and support to those sitting. A small footrest is a symbol of the Phoenix.
Arrange your armchairs and sofas so that no one is sitting with his back to the door. Guests should feel that they are welcomed, so take the best places for them – right in front of the door. If the seats cannot be placed with their backs against the wall, create a reliable rear in another way – for example, place a table or a bookcase behind the seat. It is best to use furniture with rounded corners. If the bedroom adjoins the living room, make sure that “poisoned arrows” from the corners of the furniture and the edges of the walls do not penetrate into it. Doors closed from the living room to other rooms.
In the old days, the hearth played a crucial role in family life. Food was cooked on fire, fire protected people from the cold, and people, in turn, carefully took care of the fire. All household members gathered at the hearth. Nowadays, open fire in homes has become a rarity. Now fireplaces and stoves are, as a rule, only an additional source of heat, the fire in which is usually lit only on holidays and weekends. But we should not forget that the crackling of firewood in the fireplace always makes the room more comfortable and attracts all residents of the house and guests.
Since the fireplace is one of the holes in the walls of the room, hang a mirror above it so that the flow of qi does not go outside. Install a protective grill in front of the fireplace, especially if there are children in the house. Also put plants in tubs on both sides of the fireplace: the energy of the Tree will symbolically fuel the fire and strengthen its protective properties.
The chimney in the wall often forms a ledge facing the inside of the room. Before you put chairs on the sides of this ledge, remember that people crouching here will be exposed to the negative energy flows that come from the corners. Mask the corners with the stems of hanging plants, the pots of which can be installed on the mantelpiece.
Lighting should be the most diverse, especially if the room is designed for various purposes. Family affairs and children’s games require bright lighting, especially in rooms facing north, where little sunlight enters
. But in addition to bright lamps, the living room should also have sources of dimmed light – sconces or lights in the corners, a desk lamp on the desk.
TV and music center
Place armchairs and sofas so that the TV does not turn into the center of the room. Otherwise, instead of a warm and cozy family hearth, your living room will become a room for watching programs. Family members will sit silently, staring at the television screen, and communication will be minimized.
If the living room is painted in one color, it is necessary to create small areas of other colors in it, otherwise the flow of qi will become too sluggish. Upholstered furniture and fabrics should not be too much: the upholstery accumulates dust and quickly fades, creating patches of stagnant energy. However, the curtains on the windows help create a cozy atmosphere. Windows without curtains or blinds seem too stiff, and their rectangular shape excessively enhances the energy of the elements of the soil. In a room where there are a lot of rectangles and furniture painted in soil tones – dark yellow, brown, mustard – the flow of energy will be too slow, which can have an overwhelming effect. Make sure that the living room is well ventilated and receives as much sunlight as possible.
Paintings and decorations
We should never forget that any images with which we surround ourselves are reflections of our inner world. Ugly and disharmonious images, spikes and sharp corners can indicate an internal turmoil, and bells, rainbow tones and landscapes indicate that peace reigns in our souls. Living in a lonely man’s house may reflect his desire to create a quiet haven or desire to acquire companions. Free space in the living room can always be used to create a supportive, supportive environment.
In the room where the whole family gathers, you should hang only pleasant, harmonious and cheerful paintings. Ideally, the living room should have family photos. If one of your children is more gifted than the others, then in the interests of family harmony you should not hang all the walls with his drawings. Otherwise, other children will feel left out. Pistols, swords and other weapons in the living room does not belong.
It is important that all things collected in the house (and especially in the common rooms) are harmonious and reflect the life of all family members. If confusion reigns constantly at work, then the living room should turn into a cozy harbor for you, a quiet haven. But if you are single, then use this room to express your need for friendship and love. Remove from the living room all single images (for example, paintings with images of lonely figures); group all jewelry in pairs.
Junk that can accumulate in the living room
Newspapers and magazines
Ashtrays full of cigarette butts
Children toys not cleaned before going to bed
Fallen leaves of plants
Unpaid bills and letters that you did not have time to answer.
Feng Shui for Dining Room
Room A dining room is a common room in which family members and friends meet, talk and enjoy food. Recently, many have become in the habit of chewing on the go, and the role of the dining room has decreased. But for the Chinese, it still remains a symbol of wealth. The laid table, often reflected in the mirror to double the effect, is an indicator of the financial situation of the family.
To finish the dining room, you should choose bright colors that stimulate the appetite. Avoid dull, lifeless tones! Choose your lighting carefully: no shadows should fall on the table. Candles look romantic, but they can interfere at the table, and too high or flickering candles annoy.
Recommendations for the dining room:
If there is a window at the dining table, the chairs must be with backs.
If you prefer to dine in the kitchen, then here you can create a harmonious atmosphere. * In this case, a round table will be ideal: it promotes lively communication between family members.
* Low candles in flat seashell candlesticks are safer for table decoration than tall ones.
* Hang mirrors so that people at the table do not feel discomfort.
* Strong chairs with high backs and, preferably, with armrests symbolize the guardian spirits – Turtle, Tiger and Dragon. The arrangement of chairs at the table is considered very important. The best places are those on which a person sits with his back to the wall and from where the door is clearly visible. Worst of all is the place where you have to sit with your back to the door. Also unfavorable are the places where a person sits with his back to the window.
The shape of the table affects the quality of the food.
Round tables will make guests leave early, as the flow of qi quickly flows around the table and leaves the room.
Square tables provide greater stability.
A rectangular table can create unnecessary problems: people sitting on the sides feel left out.
The ideal shape of the table is an octagon. The octagonal table not only allows all guests to freely communicate with each other, but also is a symbol of the Cosmos, displayed in the form of ba-gua.
Harmony in food
Recently, many have been talking about a balanced diet. But this idea is far from new. In China, since ancient times, diet has been no less important for the practical application of philosophical concepts than feng shui. The menu was built taking into account the balance of energies of yin and yang and five elements. Some products are considered yin, others are yang, and five tastes are associated with the five elements.
Learn to recognize the signals that feed your body and your mood. Learn to understand when the yin energy (feeling of tiredness and lethargy) or yang (inability to relax, overstrain) prevailed in you. Balance your diet. Make sure that yin products (alcohol, chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee and sugar) in it were no less than yang (cheese, eggs, meat, beans and salt).
Yin or yang is also each of the five elements. To maintain health and harmony in the body, Chinese medicine uses a variety of herbs and other remedies – including food. In the northern (yin) countries, people are more prone to cooked and fried (yang) food, and in the southern (yang) – to raw (yin). Try to eat as many fresh vegetables and fruits as possible seasonally.
Bagua and the arrangement of chairs at the table
We have already seen that each ba-gua sector symbolizes several different ideas and images. These sectors are associated with specific manifestations of the energy of one of the five elements in its yin or yang form. In addition, each sector symbolizes a certain type of energy associated with one of the cardinal points, with one of the seasons or time periods. The symbolism of ba-gua is a way of life, and each sector of ba-gua is part of this path, be it career, wealth, personal relationships, etc. Here we look at the energies of the ba-gua sectors in connection with family relationships. In the past, the ba-gua scheme could be used as the basis for the distribution of rooms in the house, but it is even more interesting to use it for the distribution of seats at the dining table.
The diagram shows the arrangement of family members on the sides of the ba-gua octagon. Each of the family members symbolizes the energy of that side of the world that corresponds to it, and based on this information, one can more fully imagine the qualities of all eight types of energy. Remember, however, that we are dealing with the imagery of centuries ago. In many families, husbands and wives partially changed roles, and adherents of the new lifestyle should perceive this scheme as a classification of energies, and not as an attempt to impose conservative
FATHER stereotypes on them . The personification of stability, the head of the family with which “creative” energy is associated.
MOTHER. The opposite of the “Father”. Nourishing and supporting energy is “receptive”.
ELDER SON. The energy associated with it is called the “Thunder energy”, as well as the “Dragon energy” that bursts from the ground and soars up to heaven.
ELDEST DAUGHTER. The energy associated with it is called “meek”. It is a receptive and supportive energy symbolizing growth.
MIDDLE SON. The energy associated with it is sometimes called “bottomless.” It is associated with the idea of hard work, for which there is too little reward.
MIDDLE DAUGHTER. “Tenacious” energy, a symbol of fire, bright and impregnable from the outside, but gradually fading and weak from the inside.
YOUNGER SON. His energy is also called the “energy of the Mountain.” This testifies to firmness, calmness and patient expectation.
YOUNGEST DAUGHTER. “Joyful” energy, or “Lake energy.” This indicates undercurrent or stubbornness, despite apparent weakness and excessive excitability.
Feng Shui for the Room of a Teenager
A room for a teenager should stimulate creative development. A child who will soon become an adult needs the opportunity to express himself. He should not be fraught with feelings – his happiness and love, his grievances and anger. The latter can appeal to parents if they try to suppress the individuality of the teenager and impose their own values on him in the design of the room, which in fact should serve for him as a personal refuge and support in growing up. The needs and tastes of thirteen-year-olds have nothing to do with the interests of young people who are already seventeen to eighteen years old. Therefore, his room will be updated almost annually. Nevertheless, some general principles are best preserved. Advise the teenager to turn the bed headboard in the direction most favorable to him and introduce him to the basics of feng shui. These rules will help him when he encounters the usual trials for an adult.
For older teens, a private room serves a variety of purposes: a bedroom, an office, and a small living room where you can gather friends. Therefore, it is not surprising that the owner of such a room often has to experience embarrassment. Teenagers need parental support, although they do not tolerate unsolicited advice. They need a personal space into which outsiders should not intrude – then they also need parental approval. Without humiliating yourself to direct prohibitions, try to persuade your child not to keep the TV in your room, and also encourage him to visit the living room where the whole family is going. If you put the computer in a separate office, the teenager will often get out of his room, returning to it only for rest and sleep.
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