Living room feng shui layout

living room feng shui

In my previous posts I’ve focused a lot on the most intimate room in your house—the bedroom, including where not to put your mirror and bed, and now it’s time to touch on the most lively and public area of your home—the living room!

How to arrange your furniture for good living room feng shui is a very common question, and now that I’ve finally been able to rearrange my living room for this reason, I thought I would share the feng shui principles I used to do so.

Now, it is said that there are two types of learners—verbal and visual. I’m the latter. Try explaining how to assemble an Ikea cabinet to me and I’m lost after ‘pick up the allen key’, yet show me the diagrams on the instruction paper and… oh, wait. Probs not the best example…

Anyway, for my verbal pals, allow me to explain the key points for arranging the furniture in your living room.

Furniture arrangement for good living room feng shui

  • The largest couch should be placed with its back against a solid wall to provide protection and support, and ideally you should be able to see the entrance to the room from this spot. This may be difficult if you have an open floor plan, but placing a console table behind the couch with taller objects on top can represent a solid wall. In other cases you may have to place your couch against a window.
  • A coffee table should be placed in front of this couch. This is where Qi gathers and gives those sitting on the couches something in common, which makes them feel at ease and promotes conversation.
  • The smaller couches or chairs should be placed around the coffee table to form an octagonal shape.
  • Side tables, pot plants or lamps can be placed in corners to bring energy to those areas.

For my visual friends, feast your eyes on these examples! These pictures show how a good feng shui layout can be achieved in living rooms of various sizes incorporating all different kinds of furniture pieces.

living room feng shui
Source: @beechwoodhomes
living room feng shui
Source: @cococozy
living room feng shui
Source: @fourchairsdesign
@scoutandnimble by @katejacksondesign
Source: @scoutandnimble by @katejacksondesign
living room feng shui
Source: @the_real_houses_of_ig by The Sitting Room Interior Design
living room feng shui
Source: @fourchairsrugs
Source: thedesignfiles
thehavenly by amybartlam
Source: @amybartlam design by @thehavenly
living room feng shui
Source: @styledbyemmahos
living room feng shui
Source: @cococozy
living room feng shui
Source: @the_real_houses_of_ig by @vda_designs
Source: @scoutandnimble by @amberinterior
Source: @scoutandnimble by @amberinterior

How did you go with your living room layout?


Featured image source: @sallywheatinteriors

2 thoughts on “Living room feng shui layout

  1. Hello and thank you. I am having a bit of trouble with my living room furniture placement. If I place the couch against the wall, my back will be to the door, and I’ll be facing a window. And if I put my couch in front of the window, I will face the door, but there will be nothing solid behind me. What would you suggest in this case? The room is small, so I’m not sure a table would fit behind the couch if it’s in front of the window. it’s worth a try, though. What else can I do??

    1. Hi Della,
      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s difficult for me to provide an adequate solution without actually seeing the layout of your living room, but going by what I can gather from your description, I would place the couch against the wall underneath the window so that at least you have some solid wall behind you and you’re able to see the whole room and entrance to the room. If the window you are describing is large from ceiling to floor, you could try placing a very narrow sofa table behind the couch with some taller decorative objects on top.

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