“A feng shui living room draws people in and makes them feel welcome, relaxed, and secure. It’s as inviting for one as it is for a group. People associate feng shui with things like Buddha statues and crystals, but it’s really just about creating a sense of flow and balance. —Catherine Brophy, feng shui designer
Tight Circular Arrangement
A close gathering space with a round ottoman encourages conversation and offers a smooth path to seating (no corners to bump into). A small rug directs attention to the room’s center.
Hits of Red
Red is the color of good fortune in China, and it’s great for enlivening a “social” space. But use it sparingly—too much can make people feel jumpy.
Mirrors bounce light around—or “move energy” in the feng shui lexicon. The gazing ball on the ottoman lets you see what’s behind you; this creates a subtle sense of ease and security.
Emotional and Meaningful Objects
Objects in a living room should express who you are. A child’s painting and a drum represent creativity. Books are a sign of curiosity. Carefully chosen photos and mementos have a place of honor on an uncluttered shelving unit.
A plant requires care and attention, so it reminds you to tend the space. Bringing in cut flowers—or any sort of new addition—keeps energy moving and helps refresh the room.
Where to buy: Pure Cobra ottoman, $1,695, abchome.com. Pierre mirror, $279, zgallerie.com. Suzanne chair in Sophie Linen-Natural, $1,510, mgbwhome.com for stores. (Similar to shown: Taboret red stool/side table, $288, insideavenue.com.) Stella shelf, $2,700, olystudio.com for stores. (Similar to shown: Tall Curvee red shelf, $520, houseeclectic.com.)