Facilitate Communication in Summer
Communication is the focus to facilitate good Feng Shui as we move from Spring (the Wood Element) into Summer (the Fire Element.) This is a great time to ensure that seating arrangements throughout your home aid in pleasant interaction between inhabitants, as well as when entertaining guests. Whether it’s the Living Room, Family Room, Dining Room, or Outdoor Entertaining spaces, your furniture arrangements should facilitate good conversation.
The Living Room
Since this is most often the first room beyond the main entrance to a home, the living room is the first impression of you that your guests who arrive at your door receive.
If you are considering painting your walls, consider hues of blue, green, crème, yellow, muted orange or earth tones of beige, or tan (or even brown for an accent wall.) If you utilize earth tones, be sure to enliven the space with an accent color and a variety of shapes, textures and finishes to provide interest. Professor Lin Yun Rinpoche said in his book, Living Color (ISBN 1-56836-014-2) that “The living room should be full of many colors, shades and patterns.”
Seating arrangements are an important means of facilitating conversation. L shaped couches are so popular today, but, like a very long bench or sofa do not really facilitate a good conversation. Make certain that everyone in the room can make eye contact with one another when seated in your living room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that when seated, people are
no more than 12 feet apart. Any more than that creates a distance that can cause people to disengage with one another. Below are some examples of classic furniture arrangements: Facilitate Communication in Summer
• The “circular” shaped arrangement facilitates lively and diverse
• The “U” and “L” shaped drawings work best when there is more
limited space or furniture.
The Family Room
This less-formal room is reserved for family activities, although it can be organized in a similar fashion to the arrangements above. Usually sporting more casual furniture, practical comfort is often a primary focus. (Consider performance fabrics or leather for durability and low maintenance if purchasing new pieces of furniture for this room.) Pictures and accessories that evoke memories of happy times and family vacations are a wonderful addition to this room. Try to utilize extra storage with doors (or baskets) that hide any possible clutter of games, toys or reading materials. Great colors for this room are blue, green, warm pastels, brown, beige and multiple colors.
The Dining Room
Blues, greens, and colors seen in nature are the best colors to utilize when dining. Professor Lin Yun Rinpoche said in his book, Living Color (ISBN 1-56836-014-2) to avoid black, white or a mixture of black and white. These colors are less conducive to digestion and the enjoyable consumption of a meal. Research shows that red stimulates one’s appetite, so avoid using it if someone in your home struggles with weight. Using the dining table as your desk can make you feel detached from your family, so avoid this
You truly can set up your deck or patio space as if it’s a room just an extension of your home. Divide larger spaces into varied areas: 1) dining at an outdoor table, a living area with modular outdoor seating, and/or 3) food preparation including a refrigerator, barbecue, and countertop. Hanging “window” coverings (using outdoor fabric) in a pergola or covered porch gives the sensation of separating spaces, as can a “wall” of taller plants/hedge. Arrange furniture to divide up a large space.
Move 27 pieces of furniture/plants/decor in your home today. Maybe you could do this because you are cleaning, and you move it back when you’re done, or maybe just lift it up and set it down again. See if the energy doesn’t change with this simple feng shui technique.
So, get out there and make some improvements to facilitate better communication in your home. Once you’ve made some positive changes, start noticing other good things that seem to magically occur in your life and of other family members. If you need assistance, give us a call or send an email- (Shelley@TFI.design) we’d love to help you improve your home’s