Having an open-plan living space is very common nowadays. The modernization of houses allowed this concept so that homeowners enjoy doing multiple activities in one room. This idea helps maximize the space with its openness rather than putting big walls for separation which leaves you with narrower areas. Since this allows activities of several rooms merged into one area, your family members will often be located in the same room. Thus, this is a brilliant idea to promote better communication between family members.
However, due to the activity differences occurring in the same room, it might cause different feng shui energies to crash and collide. This will create an imbalance of energies which would in turn encourage the negative chi of affliction to spread out. Thus, it is necessary to plan out the arrangement of the materials you bring to this very room.
If you have an open-plan living space in your house, do not worry because we have three helpful feng shui techniques you can use to avoid having issues with the energies. Applying these techniques will allow you to continue relaxing, cooking, and eating in the same room without interfering with the balance of feng shui energies.
Map It Out!
Before doing anything to this space, you must list the multiple purposes you want for your room such as—kitchen, dining, and entertainment area. By doing so, you can easily plan out the right location for these spaces. But you need to be aware of the rules feng shui has always taught you in making a layout for your home. To make things easier, take a piece of paper and pen and start sketching. Create a diagram of your open concept space and divide it into nine equal squares also referred to as the lo shu square. This technique will allow you to see exactly the right positions for different purposes. Here are a few feng shui reminders in mapping out the different areas:
According to Feng Shui, your kitchen must not be seen directly from the door. Placing the kitchen in a corner of your open-space living room which is visible from the door will cause a loss of money. It must not also be located at the center of the whole house which is the same as burning the heart of your home. Doing these mistakes can bring bad luck and energy.
Living and Entertainment Area
Generally, the best location for your living room is in a corner facing the north, east, northeast, or northwest of your home. Since it shares the same space as your kitchen and dining area, it is recommended that you position it near the kitchen. Do not be worried about the inauspicious energy flowing from the kitchen because we will be sharing a solution to this later!
It is said that the dining area should be located in the south of your home. This area must never face the entrance door or bathroom door directly because doing so will result in a loss of vitality and appetite. In addition, it must not also be located underneath a bathroom as this is bad for your family’s health.
Define Your Spaces
Even though your open-concept living room contains several areas with varying purposes, it is important to define each zone. You can use carpets and rugs to accentuate the living or entertainment area from the rest. You may also make use of low room dividers such as credenzas and low tables or you may also opt to place plants, vases, and other low-profile ornaments.
Separate your kitchen with an island that can also be a breakfast table. Make sure that the island has its lighting fixture to emphasize this separator. See how the kitchen island separated the area beautifully in the photo above? That is because the island is low enough to let the other parts of the room visible.
Another way to define and give personality to each zone is to play with colors. However, it is crucial to remember that placing too much variety of colors in one space can be overpowering and can result in energy rage. Always make sure to select a color palette for each space that will still look good in unison. Avoid using very bright colors.
The key to maintaining balanced feng shui energies is by creating balance in your room. Sterling Homes suggest that as you are selecting furniture and artwork, also think about ways you can balance the whole area. Make sure that the furniture, colors, lamps, accessories, and artwork you pick out to emphasize each area go well together. Otherwise, the energy in this location will be chaotic and disproportioned.
Keep It Wide and Open
Preserve the sense of openness of your open-concept living space by keeping sightlines as open as possible. When you use large furniture to ‘draw the line between different areas, it will become a blockage that prevents the Chi energy to keep on flowing. Additionally, it will not look good. Use low-profiled furniture instead to increase the natural light going inside the room.
You should also note that one way of keeping the space wide and open is by making it clutter-free. One idea to avoid clutter is by keeping only what you love. You may also choose chairs and tables with secret storage compartments to store some items you need but do not want to be seen all the time.
Admittedly, cooking is messy. Therefore, ask your contractors to make a bunch of cabinets to store your cooking utensils. This will help sustain your kitchen’s cleanliness. Having enough storage will assist you to cook in an organized manner and will avoid releasing bad energy to the rest of the room.
The last technique is to use the feng shui command position. The command position gives you a kind of security and awareness which is something that cannot be compromised.
With the number of things that you need to be mindful of with your open-plan room, it might be difficult to add the “command position” rule to your list. One trick is to make use of your mirrors to let you have visionary access to your front door anywhere you are.
Having an open-concept living space is something you need not be scared of. By following the techniques that we taught you, surely good energies are flowing in this biggest room of your home. Shop our store to find furniture and accessories that might be perfect for your space!