How to Feng Shui your open-plan living area
The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui is centred around creating harmony and balance in your environment to enhance the flow of energy, known as chi. It is based on the belief that the flow of energy through our surroundings has a profound effect on our well-being and happiness. The principles of Feng Shui incorporate many factors, from the orientation of where you sit, eat and sleep, to the colours present where you work or relax, and how the rooms in your home flow from one to the next.
Open-plan layouts lend themselves well to Feng Shui practices, and by applying the following principles to your open-plan space you can create a more positive and harmonious home that promotes tranquillity and well-being in your busy life.
1. Balance and Harmony
Balance and harmony are fundamental principles in Feng Shui. In an open plan living/kitchen area, it is important to create a sense of balance between the two spaces. Use similar colours, textures, and design elements to unify the area. For example, if the living area has a neutral colour palette, extend it to the kitchen by using similar tones for the cabinets or countertops to create a cohesive and harmonious atmosphere.
2. Natural Light and Air Flow
Natural light and good air circulation are pivotal in Feng Shui. In an open-plan space, maximise the amount of natural light by avoiding blocking windows with heavy curtains or furniture. Additionally, ensure good air circulation by opening windows whenever possible or using fans or air purifiers to promote a healthy flow of energy.
3. Clear Clutter and Organise
Clutter disrupts the flow of energy and can create a sense of chaos, and so a well-organised space is in keeping with Feng Shui fundamentals. Remove any unnecessary items or furniture that can hinder the flow of energy and try to keep things minimal. Use smart storage solutions such as baskets and shelving to give your items a designated home and maintain a clean and tidy environment. Consider incorporating hidden storage options to minimise visual clutter.
4. The Power of Plants
Plants bring life and vitality to any space while many work to purify the air around them, and so plants are highly valued in Feng Shui. Introduce potted plants or fresh flowers to your open-plan area to enhance the energy flow and promote a clean, peaceful environment. Place them strategically in areas where they can thrive and create a visual connection between the living and kitchen areas to tie your space together.
5. The Five Elements
Feng Shui incorporates the concept of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Balancing these elements is believed to promote harmony and positive energy. In an open plan living/kitchen area, you can incorporate these elements through various design choices. For example, wood can be represented by wooden furniture or flooring, fire by a fireplace or candles, earth by ceramic or stone accents such as crockery, metal by metallic finishes or accessories like photo frames or mirrors, and water by a small indoor water feature or artwork.
6. Seating Arrangements
The seating arrangement in your kitchen/living area plays a crucial role in the Feng Shui of a home. In an open-plan space, ensure that the seating is positioned in a way that encourages conversation and connection. Avoid placing sofas or chairs with their backs facing the kitchen area, as it can create a sense of separation. Instead, arrange seating to face each other or in a circular formation to promote openness and a positive flow of energy.
Your home should feel like your sanctuary and Feng Shui principles can be effectively applied to any open plan living/kitchen area to create a harmonious and balanced space. By incorporating these elements, it can create an uplifting and calming effect on your overall well-being in a simple, quick and cost-effective way.
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