We’re living in a time when technology consumes so much of our daily lives.
We spend almost all day looking at screens – from the ones we hold in our hands, to the ones we use for work.
Then we also have large television screens in our homes that are often the first things we see when we get up or the last things we see when we go to bed.
Because of the impact of technology on our lives, of course, feng shui has something to say about where to place the tv in your home!
In fact, figuring out the best feng shui tv placement in your home can even:
- Improve family communication and relationships.
- Increase relaxation.
- Reduce stress.
- Create better sleep quality.
- Increase productivity and focus.
Feng Shui and TVs
Did you know that feng shui recommends never keeping a tv in your bedroom?
When feng shui was first invented, televisions didn’t exist.
So how is it possible that there are feng shui rules for TVs?
While yes, it’s true that televisions didn’t exist when feng shui was created, that’s true of all electronic items.
But that doesn’t mean the feng shui rules for electronics are made up. They aren’t.
Instead, all electronics are ruled by their feng shui element, which is the fire element.
The fire element in feng shui is an energy catalyst, responsible for quick-moving Chi.
And of course, like anything you keep in your home, your relationship with your television is also important.
How you use it, what you use it for, and even what you watch on it are all important considerations for good feng shui.
Let’s discuss the do’s and don’ts of feng shui for televisions in your home!
Feng Shui TV Placement
How do you figure out the best place for the tv in your home (or in an individual room?)
Here are some feng shui tv do’s and don’ts:
Do: Place in active, shared rooms.
That would include rooms like living rooms, family rooms, lounge rooms, game rooms, or media rooms.
Televisions have active (Yang) energy.
And while you want to balance the energy and elements in a room, the most important thing to remember is to match the energy of the room with the purpose of the room.
That means the television should be in rooms designed for the purpose of hanging out and doing activities, like games and hobbies.
Do: Consider the elements.
Balancing the elements is an important aspect of feng shui.
Televisions are fire-element objects.
While every room can use a little bit of fire element energy, a little goes a long way.
If you have a large tv, it’s best to keep it in a room that can be balanced with other elements, like water and earth.
That will help slow down the energy and lessen the impact of the fire element.
Do: Consider the energy flow of the room.
Again, good feng shui is all about balance.
When you are thinking about where to place the tv in a room, think about how the energy flows around the room.
You don’t want to place seating areas too close to the tv, because fire element energy is extremely potent.
You can even think about the television in the same way you would a fireplace in feng shui – you don’t want to be too close to it.
You can also soften the energy by using soft objects in the room, like blankets, pillows, and curtains.
You can also place plants around the room to soften the energy flow and slow it down.
Do: Remember the command position.
In feng shui, the command position refers to the main seating areas of the room.
When you’re seated in the room, you should not have your back to the main door.
You should be able to see everyone who enters the room from your seat.
The command position is even more important when your attention is going to be on the TV when someone enters.
Do: Consider the size of the room.
While it’s tempting to always have the largest tv possible, a large tv can overpower the energy of smaller rooms.
To determine the appropriate size of the TV, figure out where you are placing the main seating area.
According to Samsung, the distance from the seating area to the TV should be the viewing distance (in inches) divided by 2.
Do: Consider covering the TV when not in use.
This will also do two things:
One, it will soften the energy, which will lessen the energetic impact of the tv in the room.
And two, it means you can use the room for other purposes as well, like studying, entertaining, or game nights with your family.
Do: Regularly clean and declutter the TV area.
Yang energy rooms tend to attract clutter and items that have more chaotic energy.
Keep the area around the tv clean and clear to help minimize that energy.
Also, make sure to keep the TV clean and in good condition.
Do: Consider the energy of what you’re watching.
The energy of your home is influenced by everything in your home, and that includes whatever you’re watching on tv!
If you are always watching negative, violent, or depressing things on tv, you’ll find that that energy carries over into your home.
You’ll find that relationships are more difficult, you feel frustrated and aggravated, and you might even become more isolated over time.
This can also affect stress levels, your health, and how things go in areas of your life outside of your home.
So be mindful of what you’re watching on a regular basis and how it makes you feel.
If the energy in your home becomes too frustrating or negative, don’t forget to smudge your home to get rid of negative energy.
Don’t: Place the TV in bedrooms or other areas meant for focus, rest, or relaxation.
In feng shui, your bedroom is meant to be used for rest, relaxation, and romance only.
So ideally, you shouldn’t have a TV in the bedroom.
Of course, that isn’t always possible, so make sure that the TV is as far away from the bed as possible, and keep it covered and/or unplugged while you’re sleeping.
Don’t: Place a TV on the wall behind a bed.
If your bedroom shares a wall with another room, that wall shouldn’t have a TV on it – especially directly behind where someone sleeps at night.
Again, the energy can disrupt sleep, cause insomnia, or even just cause stress and frustration while you’re sleeping.
Don’t: Place the TV directly across from a mirror or window.
Anything that reflects the TV will double its energy, which means you’ll have double the amount of fire element energy in the room.
If the TV is directly across from a window, close the curtains while you’re using the TV to soften the energy flow.
Don’t: Make the TV the focal point of the room (unless it’s a media room!)
Again, everything in your home carries energy.
The focal point of any room will determine the energy that the room carries.
If the tv is in your living room, for example, that room should be for spending time with friends and family.
If the tv is the focal point of the room, that means the room will be centered around the tv.
If it has to be the dominant piece of furniture in the room, make sure to balance it with a furniture layout that is great for conversation and spending time together.
And ideally, cover the tv when you’re using the room for family time.
Feng Shui Tips for TV Placement in the Bedroom
If you must have a tv in the bedroom, it’s important to not place it directly across from the bed.
As we discussed above, the active energy from the TV can disrupt sleep, and that’s especially true if that energy is aimed at the bed.
It’s very similar to the energy from doorways and mirrors – ideally the bed should not be directly across from any of them.
If you have to have the tv directly across from the bed, make sure to soften the energy.
You can place plants or furniture between the bed and the tv.
And also cover and unplug the tv before bed.
Ideal Feng Shui Directions for TV placement
While Western feng shui doesn’t deal with compass directions, other forms of feng shui do.
In this case, the tv should be placed in either the North (Career) or South (Fame) sections.
Avoid placing the tv in the East or West sections, because it can disrupt family relationships.
Final Thoughts about Televisions and Feng Shui
As you can see, feng shui tv placement rules are fairly straightforward.
As with everything in feng shui, how you feel about your home is the most important part!
If you have a giant tv in your bedroom and it’s working for you (you’re sleeping well and feeling great!) then don’t remove it just because feng shui says so!
It’s possible that your tv is actually balanced with other things in your home and that’s why it’s working just fine for you!
Use your intuition and apply the rules that work for you and ignore the ones that don’t!
Now that you know how to use feng shui to place the tv in your home, you might also want to know:
- give your bedroom a makeover with these DIY feng shui bedroom tips!
- How to Feng Shui A Kid’s Bedroom (Layout, Colors, & More!)
- Feng Shui Plants in Bedroom: 8 Do’s and Don’ts for Good Feng Shui
- how to design the perfect feng shui living room!