Feng Shui and Storage Cupboards

By S.BS. Surendran

Adapting Feng Shui or Vaastu tenets for a new home or in an existing home does not confine to room positions and orientations of the plot alone but can be extended even up to designing the storage cupboards with a touch of aesthetics and space utilization.

Be it Home or office, space is required to store and cupboards become part of the interiors design, although the type of material, shape, size and positioning varies according to the requirement of the individuals.

It’s a known fact that Closed designed storage such as wardrobes, chests or drawer units often provide ideal storage solutions and are the all important place for storing clothing’s, linens and valuables especially in bedrooms. It enables you to put your possessions away neatly, and also have quick access to things you need. With the present day space constraints and cost of Real estates soaring, many homes, have limited space for storage or free standing furniture.

Generally Storage cupboards are made of wood or laminate clad and in some countries Re-inforced Plastics, Processed paper and even bamboo are used. Using the wall which has minimal windows and openings ensures a larger storage wardrobe and one could even think of using the extended areas in irregular shaped room, niche, space beneath room dividers and stairs for storing. Using lighter shades of veneer/laminate or polish would make the room look larger and also blend the cupboard into the décor than to make it “stand out” in the room. Having wealth safe in the cupboard at a higher level is preferred than to place it at the lowest shelf in the cupboard. Dresser units as part of wardrobe design are acceptable as long as the dresser mirrors do not reflect the bed or the toilet door.

The next most important area where wall units and storage exist is the kitchen. This not only calls for a design concept to put together the stove and other accessories in the kitchen but one needs to consider the ease of use for the home maker with an aesthetic presence to make the Kitchen more spacious and not claustrophobic. In the kitchen devote a drawer to store odds and ends in your house. Just make sure that your junk drawer is well organized and can open and shut easily. Most importantly do not have storage cupboards too close or above the gas stove.

Look around in your home, there may be many places where you can install suitable storage which you have not yet considered. Explore possibility of building shelves in unusual places, tailored to fit into the wall say to the side of a bay window or a niche hidden behind the door in the wall. These solutions will not take up much floor space, yet the overall effect will be sleek.

Most importantly, get the clutter out of your cabinets, cupboards and drawers. Organize your storage spaces, and keep the counters clear of any equipment that you don’t use on a daily basis.

Using the space creatively by following the basics of Vaastu and Feng Shui would be beneficial not only in terms of budgeting and planning of your homes but will ensure that the space is in total harmony and vibrant.

S.BS. Surendran is an accredited master feng shui consultant, traditional vaastu practitioner and bio-energetician based in Bangalore, India. He can be contacted via fengshui@fengshuiserver.com

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