How to Apply Feng Shui Decorating Rules for Small Apartment

Updated on January 25, 2018
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Born and raised in Malaysia, Mazlan is proud of his Malaysian and Asian heritage and likes to share its mysteries, culture & current issues.

Feng Shui Home Decorating

The biggest challenge of a small apartment is to turn it into a livable area that is appealing, comfortable and functional. You can take several approaches when planning for this change.

Using Feng Shui decorating rules is one approach.

How to Use Feng Shui for Home Decor
How to Use Feng Shui for Home Decor

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice to balance the energy called chi in your home, office or garden.

It will correct negative energies and creates energies that are more positive in order to improve, among other things, your wealth, health and relationships.

For an accurate assessment of how to achieve the optimum Feng Shui for you; you need to consult a Feng Shui master. He will study your date of birth, the home environment, and home design before offering solutions to your problems.

This can be expensive and you may not have access to this master.

Feng Shui Home Decor

I have compiled a list of 'cures' to transform the energies in your small apartment to your advantage. It covers most aspects of 'cures' that can be applied and used by most people.

The apartment's modification will not cost much and will add real and desired changes without major remodeling. This is done by applying several natural chi, which is light, color and scents.

Use Feng Shui when decorating your small apartment to create harmonious living
Use Feng Shui when decorating your small apartment to create harmonious living | Source

How to Feng Shui Your Home

You want to create an environment with the good vibration. A home with positive energies that your visitors can feel the moment they walk into your home.

An environment that is free of clutter and the scents are pleasant. Where the colors and lighting will give that harmonious “feel” to the place.

Your living area is the best place to achieve this as it set the tone for your daily living. Go for design simplicity and let your emotion has its way. Let your small apartment be a warmly personal space.

So, follow these feng shui decorating tips:

Clutter is bad energy in Feng Shui and for small apartment, be selective when choosing furniture and decorative items
Clutter is bad energy in Feng Shui and for small apartment, be selective when choosing furniture and decorative items | Source

Simplicity for Good Feng Shui in the Home

In Feng Shui, simplicity and minimalism encourage harmony and contentment.

When you decorate an apartment with too many furniture and decorative items it can create clutter.

Clutter in Feng Shui is energy that is stagnant and confusing. It continuously drains energy from you. Declutter your home and you will experience simplicity.

In a small apartment, space is limited. So, be very thorough and rigorous in selecting what furniture and decorative items you want.

Go for simplicity in your decor for good feng shui in the home.

White in feng shui color represents purity and innocence and brings harmony to the home
White in feng shui color represents purity and innocence and brings harmony to the home | Source

Feng Shui Colors

Color is one of the most effective tools in architecture and interior design. It can transform a space to look bigger, define volumes and can even transmit light and add warmth to dark corners.

In Feng Shui, color is used to cure the energy and change the mood for success. It also represents the five basic elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. And each of the eight directions (North, NorthEast, NorthWest, South etc.) is governed by one of these elements.

These all sounds confusing but what's important is to know colors, if used properly can change for a positive energy.

White Color in Feng Shui

In a small apartment, white color will visually expand your living space. White also belongs to the Metal element. This is excellent to ward off negative energy. It also disperses illness and bad fortune.

White is a great color to emphasize the shape of a furniture. So leave your walls white.

In Feng Shui, the use of colors can create positive energies and the choice of color is important
In Feng Shui, the use of colors can create positive energies and the choice of color is important | Source

One Decorative Wall in a Dominant Color

If you want to avoid a dull all-white look, you can apply a dominant color to one decorative wall. (See above photo). This application of accent color for a small apartment will add depth to your interior space. This can also be the apartment's focal point.

To choose a suitable color for your decorative wall, check out this Feng Shui Bagua Color Chart or check out the video on ' Feng Shui Living Room Color' below.

If you don't like the recommended color, choose one you are comfortable and happy with. The color chart serves as a guide. If your instinct tells you it is not your color then that color is not Feng Shui for you. Feng Shui is about emotion and a good Feng Shui space is a happy space. You have to be happy with the results.

Aromatherapy and essential oil diffusers or burners to vaporize beautiful scents around your home
Aromatherapy and essential oil diffusers or burners to vaporize beautiful scents around your home | Source

Feng Shui Scents and Smell

When space is small use scents to lift the spirits and bring a relaxed level of comfort that can be soothing.

In Feng Shui, scents are subtle energies that can 'cure' and create good energy to give a favorable response.

Feng Shui Essential Oils

Although it is a good practice to develop a familiar scent, you can use different scents for different purposes. For example, you can use chamomile or lavender essential oils in an oil burner when kids are too active. The smells will help to calm them down.

Experiment with different scents and choose those that you like.

Lemongrass, ginger or cinnamon oils are some examples of 'eastern scents' that you can try.

A good feng shui bedroom will promote a harmonious flow of good energy to relax, heal and de-stress. This will improve your health and vitality.
A good feng shui bedroom will promote a harmonious flow of good energy to relax, heal and de-stress. This will improve your health and vitality. | Source

Feng Shui in Master Bedroom

In Feng Shui, bedrooms are one of the three most important parts of your home. It affects your personal energy relating to emotional and mental capacity, your wealth, creativity and fertility.

Follow these basic Feng Shui principles and it will bring balance to the room. It can also create a quiet place or sanctuary, should you need it.

Bed Position in Feng Shui

  • Position your bed in such a way that it is not in line with the main door. Ensure there is sufficient space of at least 12 inches on each side of the bed for easy access.
  • Your bed headboard must be solid and fixed firmly to the bed. Avoid buying slatted headboard or those fancy designs with cutouts, etc. A solid headboard symbolizes stability in your marriage or relationship.
  • Avoid placing the bed under a ceiling beam.
  • Get a reasonably sized bed that will fit both of you comfortably.

Bedroom Colors in Feng Shui

  • Room color scheme should be subdued and not too bold or dark

Bedroom Decor

  • Bedroom is strictly for sleeping and rest. So, do not place television, children's toy area or study area in master bedroom
  • If photographs are part of your room decorative items, then limit it to only photos of the couple that sleeps there
  • Create a balance room with two of everything that you intend to have. Examples are two armchairs and two bedside lamps

Light, whether natural or artificial, is important in Feng Shui. It creates positive energy.
Light, whether natural or artificial, is important in Feng Shui. It creates positive energy. | Source

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Importance of Lights in Feng Shui

One cannot doubt the importance of light especially natural lights. It is used in light therapy to treat depression and other seasonal affective disorder.

In Feng Shui, light is energy and has great influence on the quality of your home energy. This will then influence your well-being and health.

Hence, ensure all rooms have at least one window for natural light and ventilation. Hearing morning birds sing can lift your spirits and even if the view from the room is not that great, the important thing is, you have access to direct sunlight.

In your bedroom, position the bed to get the most from morning daylight. Natural light is the most auspicious kind of wake-up call.

The main entrance is another important space that must receive proper ventilation and light. Make sure it is airy and well lighted.

Feng Shui small kitchen with good lighting, storage space and color
Feng Shui small kitchen with good lighting, storage space and color | Source

Kitchen Feng Shui

The kitchen is another important part of the home as it is a symbol of wealth. Creating positive energy will also create a harmonious place to prepare meals.

White or yellow is a good color for a kitchen. Keep it clean, bright and well ventilated. Do not clutter the kitchen area with gadgets.

For a small kitchen, finding storage space can be challenging and in Feng Shui, you can have a combination of the closed and open shelve. This will allow better flow of energy but keep the open shelve clutter free.

It is good to add some fresh energy by planting aromatic herbs or flowering potted plant in the kitchen area.

Small bathroom creates many challenges, but most important is not to clutter the space. Keep it clean and introduce natural lights and good ventilation, for good Feng Shui
Small bathroom creates many challenges, but most important is not to clutter the space. Keep it clean and introduce natural lights and good ventilation, for good Feng Shui | Source

Feng Shui a Small Bathroom

In Feng Shui, the bathroom is a space that has the potential to sap energy from other rooms. In addition, it tends to be cluttered.

Follow these simple tips to eliminate the negative effects of a bathroom:

  • White is a good Feng Shui color for bathroom and it will also make it look bigger
  • Always keep the toilet cover closed after using
  • Bring natural chi to your bathroom from natural light and good ventilation. If you do not have a window, then ensure the space is well lighted with artificial lights and fan extractors for ventilation
  • Have a potted plant to bring in good chi and to cleanse the space of bad chi or energy
  • De-clutter your bathroom with good storage space or keep items organized in baskets
  • Avoid heavy rugs, wet towels or bathrobes hanging in the bathroom as it tends to trap bad chi. Keep towels and bathrobes in the storage cabinet or outside the bathroom. If you need heavy rugs for the bathroom clean it regularly
  • Fix any leaking pipes or faucets as this tends to create bad chi
  • Always keep the bathroom clean and use scented candles or essential oil burners for fresh scents

Using Feng Shui on Small Apartment

When you apply the above tips based on basic Feng Shui principles; it gives you material and mental comfort. These minor changes and additions to your small apartment spaces will bring about major changes.

Changes that will translate to a harmonious life. Give it a try.

If you like this article on Feng Shui, then check out my article on Simple Feng Shui Tips for Home Interior Designs. It offers simple changes to your house when redecorating your home.

On non-Feng Shui articles on redecorating, learn how to decorate with throw cushions, and to remodel homes for our old age, check out Home Design for Our Old Age

Happy living!

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      • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR

        Mazlan 

        4 weeks ago from Malaysia

        Adam, thanks for dropping by and for commenting.

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        adam 

        4 weeks ago

        Hi Mazla! A nice article. This small apartment set tips useful for those of us who have a small apartment to a spacious look fixed, thanks. kuhlhome.com

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        Mazlan 

        4 years ago from Malaysia

        @Sage, thanks again for stopping by and I hope you have fun re-arranging your deco

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        Mackenzie Sage Wright 

        4 years ago

        Great ideas here to keep in mind. I can see I'm making a few mistakes and need to do a bit of re-arranging in the house, I'm going to give it a try. Nice hub, voted up.

      • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR

        Mazlan 

        5 years ago from Malaysia

        Nell, when it comes to Feng Shui, there will be people that are skeptics and those that are fanatics. The fanatics will go through such length as to arrange and organize their stuff to improve their health, relationships, and financial status. That's where your friend belonged. It is good to believe in something and the Chinese have practiced this for the last 5 centuries and I guess there must be some truth in it!

        Thanks for dropping by and for your continuous support; really appreciate it.

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        Nell Rose 

        5 years ago from England

        Fascinating look at how Feng Shui works, I had a friend who swore by it, she would change her room around at least ten times to make sure she got the right 'vibes' as she called it! lol!

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        Andrew Webber 

        5 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

        No problem greatstuff. It brings to mind the ancient Hermetic axiom, as within, so without.

      • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR

        Mazlan 

        5 years ago from Malaysia

        Andrew, yes you are right. In fact, Feng Shui is about having good energies and one example is clutter. Even without Feng Shui, a cluttered room tends to give us a negative feel to our environment. It is all common sense. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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        Andrew Webber 

        5 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

        It's so easy to overlook the positive effect that your environment can have on your psyche. I should maybe look into this.

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