Does your main living space have an open-plan layout?
Cooking and eating, socializing and relaxing, reading and watching TV: open-plan living spaces accommodate all this and more in one large, multi-functional space.
Can your open-plan living room handle all this and still have good Feng Shui?
Since the Feng Shui of any room starts with its Primary Purpose, how should you plan your Feng Shui in a room that serves so many purposes?
Open plans and Feng Shui can definitely co-exist.
Keep these three Feng Shui keys in mind to make the most of your open-plan living space:
- Define the room’s multiple Primary Purposes identifiable boundaries. How many functions does the space need to serve? Define each one with rugs, low room-dividers such as credenzas and low tables, or related colors/materials that differ by section.
- Create Chi energy flow by keeping sightlines as open as possible. This room is all about a “wide open feeling.” Preserve that sense of openness and flow, and avoid blocking Chi energy, by using furniture with a low profile and color themes that delight the eye as it moves about the space.
- Relax and remember to use the Command Position. In an open-plan room it’s sometimes difficult to create seating in every sector that incorporates the stress-reducing Command Position (A reader just asked me this exact question, in fact). If your seating arrangement means you can’t watch TV and still see the door, place a mirror on a nearby wall to reflect the entryway.
Feng Shui enhances the comfort of open-plan layouts to make them into family-friendly, social and easy living spaces.