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Your living room should be warm, cheerful, welcoming and comfortable. It brings about opportunities for social interaction. Raman Dutta gives some Feng-shui tips.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2009 16:50 IST
Raman Dutta
Raman Dutta
Hindustan Times

The living room is the most public room in the house. It should be warm and cheerful, welcoming and comfortable. It brings about opportunities for social interaction for you and your guests and should be decorated aesthetically.

A square or rectangular living room is best as there is nowhere for chi to collect and stagnate. If your living room is not rectangular but an odd shape, put a plant in the odd-shaped end in order to liven it up and to prevent stale chi from gathering. Avoid sitting with your back to the door as this will make you feel insecure.

Photographs of family or older generation and souvenirs should be displayed in the north — the direction of well being and prosperity. Photographs of those who have passed away should be displayed in the South. Children’s pictures are best placed in the east.

To stimulate conversation, try not to design the room so that the TV is the focus of the room. Try to position the TV and music system in the west or northwest (metal) side of the room.

If there are mirrored cabinets placed against a wall, make sure they do not reflect the toilet, the main door, or the staircase. Such a positioning brings bad luck.

Try to avoid L- or U- shape furniture configuration. Chairs and sofa should not be placed directly facing each other, except over the dining table. Try to position them at 45 or 90 degree angles to each other. Also avoid keeping chairs under the overhead beam.

Make sure that the room is reasonably lit – the living room needs to be more yang than yin. A chandelier positioned centrally in this room is very good feng shui.

Entering the living room should provide a feeling of comfort and security, as generally it is the first room to meet. The living room is a buffer area between you and the outside world.

Raman Datta is a Delhi-based feng shui and vaastu consultant. Call +91-9810155835

First Published: Apr 24, 2009 16:34 IST