Brits love nothing more than relaxing on the sofa with a nice cuppa, but have you ever thought about how your living room layout can affect your relaxation?

Some 80%[1] of Brits believe the tidiness of their home impacts stress levels, but it’s not a just a tidy house that can make us feel more zen.

We’ve spoken to feng shui fanatics Wu Wei Wisdom about the importance of living room layout and how to make your sofa the perfect place to relax.

Here are Wu Wei Wisdom’s top tips to make your living room the ultimate relaxing retreat:

Bring nature into the living room

You should arrange your furniture so that it allows plenty of natural light to enter the space. Position your sofa so you can enjoy a great view out over any greenery and enjoy the changing seasons, or use a few carefully chosen houseplants with soft leaves to bring nature into your living room.

Stress free sofa

Positive flow of energy

Feng shui is the flow of Qi (chi) energy around the home, so it is important to ensure the flow is smooth and harmonious. Qi enters your living room at the doorway, so make sure your sofa and other items of furniture are not blocking the flow by being positioned too close to the door.

Make your living room a relaxing place

By choosing a sofa that is inviting and encourages you to rest, you can make your living room a special place for relaxation. The colours you pick for your walls, furniture and fabrics, will also affect your Qi energy levels. Soft and muted creams, blues, greens, greys, pinks or lilacs particularly bring about calm.


Get mindful on your sofa

You’ll be amazed how much your levels of stress can improve by taking five to 10 minutes a day to practice mindfulness meditation. Sitting comfortably on the sofa can be the perfect place to practice this. Simply close your eyes and focus your attention on your breath, then begin to gently relax every part of your body, from the top of your head to your toes.

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[1] Survey of 1,018 UK residents in June 2017