As a centre of our homes and often the main entertaining area, the living room is the most public area in our homes. Unlike bedrooms, that are calm, personal and yin, the living room is a yang area, place of gathering, and coming together of energies. Living room is where we showcase our style preferences, personalities, and cherished memories. This is a conversation area and gives everyone who visits our home more insight about us and the way we live. At the same time, the living room serves as a leisure zone to relax and unwind at the end of the day.
Because the living room is a yang area, depending on the sector the living room falls into, that area in life will be activated. For example, if the living room falls into the career sector, career prospects for the occupants will be enhanced. The better the living room looks and feels and the more activity you bring in, the better effect will have on career. If this is the case, we would additionally enhance this area with blue and black colours.
Social Interaction and Harmony
The ideal furniture arrangement in the living room is in a figurative form of four animals, where we have a support at the back of the biggest sofa, this could be a wall or a bookcase, two armchairs on each side, and a small attractive feature in the middle, such as a coffee table, and two armchairs on each side. This is a perfectly balanced setting that encourages communication and a good social atmosphere.
However, too much unbalanced yang energy can create a tense energy that can lead to arguments. To calm the energy down, bring in more of Yin Chi, and create a softer environment where Chi does not bounce around that much. This can be done by bringing in more dark colours and soft, natural fabrics such as rugs, big cushions, throws, and full-length curtains. Avoid intense colours like bright reds and purples, as they could add to nervousness and anger.
Living room is the perfect area to have plants, they are active features that inspire growth, particularly if the living area falls into the sector of abundance. Plants in this area are also excellent features to slow and contain Chi.
Art and Feelings
Photos, paintings, and posters we have in our homes, subconsciously trigger our emotions and moods, so it is important that they inspire positive thoughts and feelings. When deciding on the wall art, always go with the one you are naturally drawn to. You should feel inner calmness and satisfaction on a glimpse of this image.
Moreover, you can subtract the colours from the painting to complement your living room ambience and create more balance in colour scheme. Make sure that your furniture is in harmony with the colour scheme from the chosen wall art and translate the colours from the painting as they appear on the composition, from neutral tones to accent colours to your setting. Use different textures and patterns to bring rhythm and engagement into the concept. This way, the comforting feelings from the painting will be enhanced and spread around the room.