Using Ceiling Height regarding to the principle of Feng Shui
If we are constrained by the given footprint, another method is to play with the vertical element of the space. By designing your living area to accommodate a double height volume, you can experience an explosion of space through its volumetric effect.
In this example, the upper seating area offers a more private experience while the lower living area is more open and public.
This energetic environment allows the family to interact on different floors of the home and allows the architecture to create a visual barrier between private and public zones, all without the use of walls or partitions. This design method impresses with the concept of a fluid flow of energy that resonates throughout the house and spatial freedom.
Design and Feng Shui – the space dimension – the open plan
One of the key elements in Feng Shui is understanding the concept of space. By using formulas, instructions, and charts, we can see which areas of the home are right for each of us. However, to maximise the potential of these areas, we must be able to create a “space” that evokes a positive emotional response. How we feel, how we act, and even how we live is directly attributed to what we see and experience around us.
The Open Plan
Through the spatial dimension of Feng Shui, we explore ways to create spaces that help promote a sense of freedom and harmony. One of the key elements in the space dimension technique is the concept of the open space plan. Through an open concept we are able to arrange different areas (living, dining, entertaining or reading) of the house in a single space, allowing each area to stand independently but still being held together by the overall space.
This allows the room to “grow” exponentially, creating the illusion of a room that is larger than it actually is. This allows us to breathe easier and experience the true concept of abundance and growth. It helps promote family values and allows each individual family member to do their own thing and still be connected, making every mundane task a social family event.
Another great benefit of an open plan is the ability for the energies of the home to flow freely and unhindered from one corner to the other. It is therefore important to recognise which areas of the house are promising based on the Flying Star natal chart. By organising your open housing right, promising star combinations can be further increased, allowing the household to benefit maximally from its powerful energy.
For example, look for sectors within the house that contain either the Water or Mountain Star #8 and make those sectors the center of the open plan layout. This allows the energies of the #8 stars to overwhelm the other corners, increasing their influence on the neighbouring flying star combinations.
Another method when designing an open plan is to break up the spaces through the use of dividers to emphasise a sense of privacy from one room to another, yet leave it open enough for the seamless flow of energy to be maintained. In this example, the living and dining areas are divided into distinct zones with a feature cabinet, but the window facade and floor pattern emphasise the open concept to tie the two areas together.