Some Feng Shui practitioners believe the Chinese science of harmonious home living was adapted from India’s Vaastu Shastra, a book of architecture written in Sanskrit in the 10th century AD and practiced by the Vedic civilization.
The principles of Vaastu harness the power of the Earth in addition to other surrounding celestial bodies to bring health, wealth and good fortune. Vaastru Shastra’s tenets help define building layouts so positive and negative forces are in balance to naturally ensure general prosperity of the owners.
Vaastu Your Kitchen Since the kitchen deals with the health and nourishment of the family, inappropriate placement or design can directly cause illness or loss of health. Techniques to Vaastu a kitchen include placing it on the southeast side of the home with the pantry in a southern location.
The stove should be placed on the southeast side allowing the cook to face east. A stove in the north or east side of the kitchen may cause possible accidents. The dishwasher and toaster are preferred on the south side due to their heat production. The refrigerator should be placed in the northwest, southeast, south or west. Faucets are most beneficial on the northeast side; placement on the south or west side is believed to increase illness in the person consuming the water.
The kitchen should be painted yellow, rose, red, orange or chocolate brown. If possible avoid painting walls white or black. Red is the preferred color for countertops.
It is much harder to find information on Vaastu than Feng Shui so you may want to hire a Vaastu consultant to analyze your space and make recommendations to correct Vaastu anomalies.
With the current downturn in the housing market many homeowners are looking to remodel their kitchens and bathrooms either for their own enjoyment or for selling their home in the near future.
Especially here in Naples where builders once offered only white melamine cabinets and white laminate countertops; they are now offering granite and wood-look cabinets as a standard. This means all the homes and condos that are just a few years old are having a tough time competing with all the incentives builders are offering to unload their inventories.
So what is a homeowner to do? When budgets are limited it is always a good idea to incoporate storage aids such as lazy-susan corner cabinets and pull-out trash bins. Bathrooms can also be improved by adding linen cabinets. According to a recent survey they are the number one requested item and are sure to help improve the value of your remodel.
I always suggest my clients look at a 5-piece glazed thermofoil door. It’s similar to what the builders offer but it looks like a glaze has been applied. The glazing makes these cabinets look more expensive than they really are – a great selling bonus.
Here’s a picture showing two of the 4 finishes available through Kitchen Studio of Naples, Inc.
If your bathroom is dark or the lighting is unflattering, follow these tips from the American Lighting Association.
Shower Power. Shower lights should be bright enough to help avoid spills while making shaving and shampooing easier. Shower lights also help an enclosed stall feel bigger.
Tub Tips. Tubs, like showers need good general light, which can be provided by a recessed fixture. To avoid glare, aim the light’s beam at the outside edge of the tub.
Night Light. A night light can be created by illuminating the floor in the toe-space below vanities with a linear light system.
Mirror Mirror. A single sconce. Set at eye level, should be located on each side of the mirror to provide even facial illumination necessary for eliminating dark circles and shadows. Look for fixtures that light downward, allowing heat to dissipate more easily from the socket and creating longer bulb life.
Vanity Fair. Adding a recessed halogen light over a vanity provides cross illumination, when used in conjunction with wall sconces, filling in gaps. Layering light is also beneficial in reducing glare.
Table Topper. Table lamps add a soft personal touch to bathrooms. Remember to place them away from water sources
Potty Panache. Focused flood or halogen fixtures over the commode provide good light for water closet reading.
Get Glowing. Bulb selection is as important as choosing and placing the right fixture. Colored and coated bulbs enhance facial features. Avoid clear bulbs and fixtures with exposed bulbs.
Twice as Nice. As we age we need more light to see well. By 55 years old, people need twice as much light to see as well as they did when they were 20.
In Control. Don’t be afraid of having too much light. You can easily install dimmer controls to adjust lighting levels and create moods.
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