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In today’s hectic world, quality family time seems almost impossible to achieve. Having a good feng shui living hall environment helps to create bonding and de-stress after a hard day’s work.
Some may think that going for an expensive holiday is the tool to do it. But think again. Family bonding can take place spontaneously at the comfort of your home. Every day.
Yin Yang feng shui design
A good feng shui design of your home living space can have a real effect on how the family interacts. We may not even realize that individuals adapt to the environment. Stuff like lighting, sound, furniture layout, and the types of furniture affects our comfort and mood. It can either create or destroy family bonding.
One major concept of Home feng shui is to balance the “yin and yang” energies in your house. For a more cosy feng shui to encourage open communication, one should create a more “yin 阴” environment such as selecting warmer colours, furniture, sofa.
On the contrary an overly “yang” (active) energy theme that are colourful, vibrant will encourage motion and restlessness. Particularly those with west direction windows. A high energetic house at an unhealthy level makes one excitable, jumpy, easily agitated, unable to think clearly. Chances are occupants cannot sit still and likes to go out frequently. Bad effects are impatient, bad temper and disharmony among family members.
To quote chinese fengshui classic about “yin yang dualism”
We need the harmony between day and night, sun and moon, male and female, endless examples etc
No Need for wall behind the sofa
In feng shui the placement of furniture and fittings are dictated by the destiny of the house calculation and birth profile analysis of family members. One of the misnomer about feng shui is that your living hall sofa should be backed against the wall based on “Forms” theory.
However if you think about this principle deeper, you will find that it very much depends on the size of your living hall. Take for an example those GCBs in Singapore that i came across has a huge living hall. And if one is to accomodate the “wall” at the back of a sofa for a spacious living hall then the owners would probably need to invest on a high powered binoculars to watch a 75 inches TV screen.
“Forms 峦头 theory” recommends that your sofa should not be against windows as it does not provide benefactors support hence bad in feng shui. However if you living hall is small then scientifically one would definitely feel more secure with the back of your sofa against the wall as opposed to window ( which is exposed ) on our back.
This is just one of the many feng shui principles to spruce up your living hall, please don’t follow it like the gospel truth.
Living Hall feng shui essentials
Living hall is the connection between you and the outside world. Having a good feng shui living hall will enhance harmony and relationships in your home. This is the place where you spend quality time with your family members. A well audited living hall will improve your career, wealth and luck as this is the space to greet your guests, colleagues, friends and superiors.
1. The living hall should be regular in shape without any missing sectors.
2. The obvious wealth 明财位 sector is 45 degree diagonally opposite the main door. It should not be a passageway or door or window. This sector helps to accumulate the household wealth. You should keep this area bright, clean and “alive” – you can have potted evergreen plants like money plant or Rohdea japonica (万年青) or this can be your sitting area. However this is not as important as “driving wealth” to your home from the main door.
3. The living hall should be after the main door entrance, if the layout is such that you have to pass through a dark corridor before the hall, then one should illuminate the corridor. A dark corridor before leading to the living room encourage sicknessess and “unwanted” guests.
Also ensure that the entrance space to the living room should not be obstructed unless advice by feng shui master to channel positive energies. It is important that the flow of “air” “qi” “chi” from the front to the back of your home is not hindered.
4. Please do not self create overhead beams on the ceiling for decorations.
5. There should not be sharp angular walls (not perpendicular walls) potruding towards the centre of the hall.
6. Do not place any ferocious animal paintings like tigers in the living hall and if there are sharp objects like swords then keep together with scabbards unexposed. Not having sheath will encourage violence, bad temper and freak accidents.
7. Use materials that is either suitable to the house destiny and more importantly suitable to occupants bazi profiles.
8. Choose warm lightings, pastel colours scheme for your living hall, strong colours like bright red should be avoided unless it is a feature wall with special significance to a certain household member ( under the advice of feng shui consultant ). Neither should you choose cold colours or metallic colours unless under advisement.
9. Plants are generally encourage in the living hall as it represents “vibrancy” to the house. You can place it in the East or South-East Sector.
10. Some designers love to place mirrors on the walls to make the living hall looks bigger, avoid facing the doors and windows.
11. Do not have any clutter in your living hall. If really due to space constraint, hide it. Having a messy living hall, retards the circulatory system and affects the health of the family. If you house has a small living hall, use simple furniture and light colours.