Furniture should be comfortable and appropriate for the size of the room. Some feng shui consultants believe that furniture should have rounded corners to avoid creating a sha. But then the abundance of rounded lines will upset the balance of the elements, Metal will prevail over the rest of the elements, and guests will be concerned only with material, financial problems.
It is much more important that the furniture combines elements of yin and yang: some furnishings in a room may belong to yin, others to yang; perhaps each of them will combine both principles. Even if all the furniture in your living room has sharp corners, then you will cope with the sha extremely quickly by arranging the furniture in the shape of an octagon (bagua shape).
When placing furniture, remember that it should not interfere with the free flow of Qi through the rooms. This remark especially applies to large objects. Try not to overwhelm your apartments with massive furniture. A grand piano in the living room or a bulky sideboard in the dining room or kitchen take up too much space. The imbalance that has arisen will be difficult to balance without compromising the appearance of the rooms, and you and your guests will feel uncomfortable, not at home..
Cabinets, dressers, large sofas are best placed along the walls. The presence of built-in furniture in an apartment does not contradict the principles of feng shui: it is assumed that qi will flow quietly past it. If you wish, you can arrange lighting inside the cabinets so that the space inside them feels the influence of qi. But niches, especially deep and darkened ones, where armchairs, beds, chairs and sofas are located, create voids in the room, in which sha can arise.
Arrange the furniture in the room so that a sense of balance is created (in the ratio of elements, the placement of vertical and horizontal objects) and the space is filled evenly. This will ensure the balance of yin and yang. Leave some free space around and under the furnishings (again, to ensure the smooth flow of qi). In this regard, furniture with legs is preferable, even if not high, but lifting the furniture above the floor..
A bed or sofa, the bottom of which is in direct contact with the floor, will deprive you of proper rest, just like sleeping on the floor. Chi must be able to circulate under the bed or sofa where you sleep or spend some of your free time: this will give you vigor and energy..
Do not place beds, sofas, armchairs, chairs under beamed ceilings. As you remember, the beams direct the flow of the sha down, strictly vertically to the floor, so the person sitting under them may feel unwell and mood deterioration. Move furniture away from the beam or hang two bamboo flutes from it.
Of course, all furniture must be used and at least alternately sit in all chairs, on all chairs and on the sofa. Arrange things and dishes in such a way that all drawers and cabinet doors slide out and open, turn on (possibly at different times of the day) all equipment in the room (TV, audio and video recorder) and lighting.
Start with the most important furniture placement for a given room of furnishings, making out a compositional center. In the living room it will be upholstered furniture (sofa and armchairs), in the dining room – a dining table, in the bedroom – a bed, in the study – a desk, in the bathroom and toilet – plumbing, in the kitchen – a stove.
The center of luck (it stands out for the entire apartment as a whole and for each room in particular) should ideally be free of furniture so that qi can circulate freely in this area, which is extremely important for the prosperity of the whole family. Only in the dining room, the center of luck – the most favorable place – takes a table, under which qi is able to move unhindered.
Any symbols of aggression, illness, as well as things that make you feel hostile, fear, reminiscent of death and destruction, have no place in the apartment. Images of catastrophes, violence, predatory animals and birds, destroyed buildings, dying nature, portraits of deceased relatives who died a violent death, will have a negative impact on your psyche, and even more so on the psyche of children (scare, keep in suspense, fear, awaken aggression) , direct the flow of sha to the viewer.
Feng Shui welcomes those images (paintings, photographs, posters, children’s drawings), the theme or plot of which is beneficial for a person, evoking good, bright thoughts, evoking pleasant memories, attracting good luck. Still lifes (fruits, ready meals, served table) in the kitchen or dining room can increase the well-being of the family, painted flowers, like living ones, also bring success and well-being to the house. Mountain landscapes need to be hung behind the back of a person sitting at a table, in an armchair or on a sofa, and sea or river landscapes – in front of your eyes, then the Black Turtle and Red Bird will not leave your family in trouble.
Is it possible to store antiques in the apartment? The question is very delicate, because when solving it, you should take into account a lot of facts and information about an ancient piece of furniture before bringing it to your home. If a chest of drawers or a lamp, for example, belonged to your closest relatives, you are well aware of the fate of these things, they are dear to you and revered by more than one generation of your family, then they can be left in the apartment. Let them remind you of your beloved and dear people, become a kind of mute maxims that support in difficult moments of life, inspire optimism and hope for the best..
Items bought in a store or at a flea market that are perceived as foreign are likely to accumulate too much negative energy and have bad memories, so they can become a source of sha in the apartment. If you do not have information about an antique, trust your intuition, your own opinion, formed after the first inspection, touch. If you like a thing and you feel warmth coming from it, then it is obviously worth making such a purchase. If, when examining an antique item, something worries you, depresses or worries you, then it is better to give up the idea of bringing this thing to your home. When arranging furniture in the living room, follow a few basic rules. Tall furniture – cabinets, cupboards, shelves, do not place next to the door or on the sides of the window. Vertically elongated objects will visually reduce the places of penetration of positive energy and its flow, therefore it is better to place them along the “blank” walls, in the corners of the rooms.
Upholstered furniture should be placed so that those sitting on it can freely observe the front door. Feng Shui recommends purchasing sofas and armchairs with high backs and armrests: the back symbolizes the protection of the Black Turtle, and the armrests (necessarily the same in height and shape) provide protection for the White Tiger and the Green Dragon.
The most preferable is a circular, arcuate or octagonal (bagua shape) arrangement of furniture around the compositional center of the living room: firstly, this way you create additional protection in the room from evil spirits, and secondly, facilitate communication between guests or household members present in the room (each of them it will be good to see your interlocutor).
If your family gathers in the living room just to watch TV, then the chairs and sofa should be turned towards the TV. This arrangement is, in principle, not bad, since the TV emits light and sound, attracting the attention of qi (including to the audience).
The fireplace can become the compositional center of the living room; the owner’s collection, arranged on the shelves; a coffee table with newspapers, magazines, favorite and currently read books, board games; wonderful paintings, illuminated by special lamps. If you want to activate any sector of the living room, then, by placing a magic square on this room, determine the location of the desired zone and think about how to attract qi there.
It is advisable to leave the middle of the room free, so that it is easy to approach the chairs and the table. Place your favorite things (vases, figurines, books), items that you often use and are proud of, in a conspicuous place so that you can admire them, thereby maintaining a good mood and spiritual comfort.
The main piece of furniture in the bedroom is the bed., with the equipment of a berth and should start. Your health and well-being depends on how comfortable and correctly positioned the bed is..
Only children and lonely old people should sleep on a single bed, and those who have a family or seek to create one should sleep on a one and a half or double bed so that there is enough space for two. Spouses, according to the principles of feng shui, should have a common bedroom and sleep on the same bed, then their family will be strong, and the relationship will be sincere, trusting. Even two separate mattresses on the same bed can cause discord in the relationship (family, intimate) of spouses, not to mention separate beds.
The mattress on the bed must be solid and quite tough, even, elastic. This takes into account not only medical recommendations, but also feng shui advice. The mattress and the bed itself serve as a support for a person’s sleep time, which is a third of his life. A shaky, bending, water-filled (water mattress) support does not belong to the Earth, which means it will cause anxiety, prevent a person from relaxing.
The only acceptable shape of the bed is rectangular. The rectangular headboard and foot of the bed symbolize the protection and assistance of the White Tiger and the Green Dragon. The ideal material for making a bed is wood.
Folding beds, sofa beds in small apartments are often used as a replacement for ordinary ones. In principle, this is permissible if only the decor of the bedroom with a folded and unfolded bed complies with basic feng shui standards.
The location of the bed depends on many factors.. It is better to put a single bed along a wall or in a corner so that the sleeping person feels protected. A wider bed is positioned so that it is easy to approach from both sides, and the headboard is adjacent to the wall. The space in the legs must remain free, visible.
The head of the bed should be oriented in a direction that is happy for its owner.. Having defined your trigram, you will recognize four favorable directions for you, in one of them and “aim” the bed. Potentially favorable for people of any element and any trigram, which means that the northern direction, which coincides with the natural direction of the energy current, is considered a compromise for the spouses of the eastern and western groups..
You are free to experiment, determining the optimal orientation of your bed, until you find the most favorable position, but do not forget that some areas of the bedroom are categorically unsuitable for placing a bed.
It is best to place the bed so that the person lying on it can easily see the front door without turning their head more than 45 degrees. At the same time, the bed should not stand directly opposite the door, in the “coffin position” – this is a bad sign, portending illness or death.
It is not recommended to put the bed under the ceiling beam, a person sleeping on it can get sick, and the disease will affect exactly those organs and parts of the body that are suppressed by the projection of the beam. It is necessary to move the furniture to get rid of the sha sent by the beam, it is less desirable to neutralize the sha with bamboo flutes. If the beam crosses the bedroom in such a way that the bed is willy-nilly underneath, then position the bed along the beam to avoid health problems..
The bedroom door can also send a sha to your bed. This happens when the door, for some reason, does not open completely, and its sharp corners are directed towards the bed (Fig.13c). Arrange the furniture so that the door opens freely and to the end, another way to eliminate these “poison arrows” is to hang a mirror on the opposite wall so that the door is reflected in it.
In an irregular room, there may be other sources of sha, such as inward angles or niches. Feng Shui advises avoiding the sha, not placing the bed in dangerous places, and mirrors hanging on opposite walls, a crystal suspended from the ceiling 10-20 cm from the source of sha will help neutralize the flows of negative energy. Wind chimes, which have similar properties, are usually not hung in the bedroom so as not to disturb peace and sleep. Do not place the bed close to a window or door leading to a loggia (balcony). Some of the qi energy can leave the room through the windows, it is likely that your bed will be in the so-called “dead zone” – the only place in the room deprived of positive influence.
The situation can be complicated when direct sunlight falls on the bed by the window in the afternoon. It is believed that they activate the bed so much that it will be difficult to fall asleep on it. In this situation, you can use the following corrective remedy: put houseplants on the windowsill, and the retracted curtains will protect from the active sun during the day and qi leaks at night..
If external balls are directed at your bedroom window (tree branches, corners of roofs or houses, billboards, wires, straight paths, places for garbage or sewer hatches), the window should be kept closed all the more, curtains before going to bed, you can hang outside above the window or between the frames a concave bagua mirror.
The best place for a bed is the corner farthest from the door. If the door is not visible from there, then you need to hang a mirror on the wall so that the door is reflected in it and people entering it can be seen. It is advisable that there are as few mirrors in the bedroom as possible: try to use this corrective tool only in a desperate situation.
Your bedroom should be a place of peace and quiet, nothing should suppress or worsen its feng shui. Therefore, be sure to hide the central heating batteries behind special screens or curtains, the acute-angled links of which are able to spread the sha throughout the room. The sockets should also not be in plain sight: put plugs on those that are not hidden behind carpet or furniture.
Use non-hazardous lighting fixtures – no sharp corners, curls or protrusions directed towards the bed. Hang the sconces on the sides of the bed, at the headboard, but not over your head. The psyche of a sleeping person is extremely vulnerable, a sconce or a picture at the head will be considered a danger that can cause a nervous breakdown or illness.
Feng Shui is suppressed by the bedrooms located in the immediate vicinity of the bathroom or toilet, any water tanks (pool under the windows or behind the wall, laundry in the basement, a large aquarium).