Thursday, October 18, 2018

For Peace at Home, Rearrange Your Furniture the Feng Shui Way

Feng Shui’s roots run way back to ancient China, where it was practiced to harness a room’s energy. Basically, it’s a glorified practice of decorating that places an emphasis on practicality and spaciousness. But if we take out the spiritual elements of Feng Shui and strip it down to its bare bones, we are left with some great ideas for furniture arrangement! 

 gray midcentury sectional sofa

Assess Your Living Space

Using Feng Shui to artfully arrange your home furniture can yield some great results, because you’ll end up creating a space that works practically and has a comforting feel. Think about how jarring it can be to walk into a place that has stuff everywhere – boxes on the floor, trash scattered about, silverware on tables, cups on TV stands, window sills with change on them, an unnecessary television – you get the idea. It can make you a bit anxious, right? Now, think about how nice it is to walk into a place that is open, neat, organized. It’s peaceful, isn’t it? 

 traditional living room accent chair

Basic Feng Shui Rules

When shopping for your new living room sofa, TV, table or any other piece for your home, consider the following so you can maximize your space and get the most out of your furniture!

Get rid of the clutter! That goes for trash, clothes and anything that doesn’t belong in a living room. If you simply don’t have the space to put out-of-place things elsewhere, fret not. Just make sure they are neatly placed somewhere out of the way.

Optimize the amount of natural sunlight getting into your living room. So if you have stuff on your window sill, move it! And, at every opportunity, open those shades and blinds to wash your space in beautiful sunlight. 

Keep your furniture out of pathways – basically, don’t make it difficult to move around. You don’t want an obstacle course in the room where you relax. Think about the room’s entry and exit points when considering this.

Put your sofa and chairs against walls. These are your main pieces because you use them to rest. Having them “anchored” against a solid object will ensure you’ve got the most space possible to walk around. Also, if you can, make sure the people sitting have a line of sight toward the room’s main entry point. Why? Because it’s inviting to walk into a room and be greeted by the people who are already there. Plus, no one can sneak up on you!

Have a focal point, whether it’s a TV, portrait of your family or simply a candle on the coffee table. Build your room around it. Also, group objects that are related to one another. For example, don’t have a sofa on one wall and two chairs on the other; don’t put an end table next to the television, etc. 

We hope you found this useful. The next time you’re thinking about adding to or enhancing the Feng Shui of your living room, stop by our Carthage, TX store or any of our other locations. We have great deals on accessories, couches and everything else you need to create a comfortable living space on a budget!