If you think Feng Shui is a type of salad or oriental art, think again.  Feng Shui is simply an interior design philosophy which draws upon the Chinese philosophy of balance and order.  Living rooms and studies that are set up following this philosophy avoid spaces defined by harsh lines or squared off spaces traditionally seen in formal Western interior designs.

Chairs and accent tables are often set up to define a circular or oval space.  These conversation spaces may be tight and intimate.  If your living room is large, consider creating a couple of these intimate islands.  You don’t need a rug or patterned floor tiles to shape the room, simply angle your furniture to create gentle, curving lines.  If you have an area carpet, consider keeping the easy chair, end tables, and sofa on the rug, not on the edge of it.

Many Feng Shui designers recommend wall mirrors and reflective surfaces to expand the light and open up the room.  Consider setting a mirror into a handmade wooden frame and matching it on a nearby wall with a photo or painting.  A mirrored back or door in a cabinet will also add energy to the room.

Homes should reflect the people who live within them and the living room is the heart of the home.  Remember small objects humanize both large and small spaces.  Add a plant stand or large planter behind a chair or within your circular line of furniture.  Living things add energy and vitality which everyone can draw upon.  Plants keep the energy flowing and refreshes the interior environment.  Treat every item as a precious thing.  Children’s pictures, handmade objects, and collections are wonderful to display and cherish. The Feng Shui philosophy believes all objects, big or small effect the health and wellbeing of those who pass through.