6 July, 2017
Feng shui: the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing your spatial arrangement and orientation to better the flow of positive energy.
You probably are familiar with this term. You may have even considered implementing feng shui in your home or have previously tried to use it in your room design ideas. Regardless, there is no denying that feng shui is an art that takes knowledge, practice, and skill to master.
Fortunately, there is a simple, easy way that you can start your path toward feng shui success: rearranging your furniture. Not only is rearranging furniture one of the most affordable, effective ways to give your home’s interior a fresh, new look, but it’s also a chance to experiment with different living room layouts to find a design that works best for your wants and needs.
The following five tips can better assist you in arranging furniture, and identifying details that can give your living room and other spaces a refreshed, spirited feel so you can master the art of feng shui.
1. Clear clutter
Before you can even start effectively rearranging your furniture, you’ll have to purge the clutter that’s causing disorder in your home. If your objective is to give your living room interior a quick facelift, go around the space and, with a critical eye, methodically get rid of everything you do not love. Though this process takes time and energy, it is a critical step if you really want to give your room a fresh, harmonized feel.
2. Make a floor plan
You don’t need to be a professional or know how to design a blueprint to draw up a floor plan. First, take inventory of each piece of furniture in your living room, making note of the size, color, and style. Not only will this help you identify which of your current items fit your design plan, but it will also help you decide which pieces of furniture no longer suit your wants and needs.
Second, keep a pocket-sized notebook with color swatches, furniture styles, and measurements with you as you shop for new items. Whether you’re looking for a new sofa or sectional to freshen up your space or a unique bookshelf for organization, having a detailed floor plan will better help you bring your room design ideas to life.
3. Switch it up
Switching up your normal, regular style is a quick and effective way to give your living room a fresh look. One particularly interesting approach is to put out-of-the-ordinary pieces behind your couch. Consider these five unconventional ideas:
- Shelving: Both wall-mounted and freestanding shelves help to create a unique, dramatic look.
- Nook: Create a little reading nook or breakfast nook behind your couch by adding a fun set of high-quality chairs and stylish coffee table.
- Desk: Make the backside of your couch a workspace by adding a conventional desk, chair, and work lamp.
- Storage: The sofa is a great resource for providing sleek storage.
- Design: If you have the space and your floor plan allows, consider investing in a couch that has a unique back. Look for sofas with fun tassels, a bold print, or showstopping design.
4. Don’t be afraid of change
One of the biggest things that holds people back from rearranging furniture is the fear of change. However, by starting small—maybe with a sitting room, guest room, or office—you can see how a simple rearrangement adds flair to a space that was previously getting dull. You can also start by removing one or two pieces of furniture to test the possibilities. Remember, too, that no change has to be permanent. If you don’t like your new design, you can always try a different approach.
5. Have fun
Having fun and enjoying bringing new life to your space is one of the most important steps in rearranging furniture. Try different arrangements, change up your color scheme, and add fun decor or accessories to make your living room and your home a welcoming, enjoyable space that reflects your style and character.