How to Apply Feng Shui Decorating Rules in a Small Apartment

Updated on July 31, 2019
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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, and this article will show you how to do just that.

This article will break down how to apply feng shui principles to your living space.
This article will break down how to apply feng shui principles to your living space.

What Is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice to balance the energy, called chi, in your home, office or garden. It attempts to correct negative energies and awaken 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, consult a feng shui master. He or she will study your date of birth, home environment and home design before offering solutions to your problems.

This can be expensive, and you may not have access to this master. So I've included all the information you'll need to know to DIY.

Transforming the Energies in Your Small Apartment

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

These modifications for an apartment should 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

What Kind of Environment Are You Seeking to Create?

You want to create an environment with good vibrations—a place with positive energies that your visitors can feel the moment they walk into your home.

You're seeking to craft a space that is free of clutter, where the scents are pleasant. The colors and lighting should give that harmonious 'feel' to the place.

Your living area is the best place to achieve this, as it sets the tone for your daily living. Go for design simplicity, and let your emotions have their way. Let your small apartment be a warmly personal space.

Clutter is bad energy in feng shui. Especially for small apartments, be selective when choosing furniture and decorative items.
Clutter is bad energy in feng shui. Especially for small apartments, be selective when choosing furniture and decorative items. | Source

Simplicity Encourages Harmony and Contentment

In feng shui, simplicity and minimalism encourage harmony and contentment. When you decorate an apartment with too much furniture and too many 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.

Avoid Clutter for Better Energy

Clutter in feng shui is energy that is stagnant and confusing. It continuously drains energy from you.

In feng shui, white represents purity and innocence and brings harmony to the home.
In feng shui, white represents purity and innocence and brings harmony to the home. | Source

Color Can Facilitate Better Moods and More Positive Energy

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, etc.) is governed by one of these elements.

Though this might all sound confusing, what's important to know is that colors, if used properly, can help your living space be more conducive to positive energies.

White Expands Living Spaces and Wards Off Negative Energy

In a small apartment, white will visually expand your living space.

White also belongs to the metal element. This is excellent to ward off negative energy, and it also disperses illness and bad fortune.

It's also a great color to emphasize the shape of furniture. So leave your walls white if possible.

In feng shui, the use of certain colors in certain ways can help foster positive energies.
In feng shui, the use of certain colors in certain ways can help foster positive energies. | Source

Paint One Wall 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 an 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, however, 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.

Trust Your Instincts

If your instinct tells you that a particular color is not for you, listen to that intuition—even if a guide suggests otherwise. Feng shui is about emotion, and a good feng shui space is one that makes you feel good, regardless of what others might say.

Consider trying aromatherapy and using essential oil diffusers (or burners) to vaporize beautiful scents around your home.
Consider trying aromatherapy and using essential oil diffusers (or burners) to vaporize beautiful scents around your home. | Source

Use Scents and Smells to Foster Good Energy

If your space is small, consider using scents to lift the spirits and bring a relaxed, soothing level of comfort to your apartment.

In feng shui, scents are subtle energies that can 'cure' and create good energy.

Try Different Essential Oils in Your Home

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 might help calm them down.

Lemongrass, ginger or cinnamon oils are also 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 can 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 can improve your health and vitality. | Source

Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sanctuary Through Balance

In feng shui, bedrooms are one of the three most important parts of your home. They affect your personal energy relating to emotional and mental capacity, your wealth, creativity and fertility.

Follow these basic feng shui principles to help bring balance to the room. These principles can also help create a quiet place or sanctuary, should you need it.

Bed and Headboard Positioning

  • 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 headboards or those fancy designs with cutouts. 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 Decor

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

Bedroom Colors

  • Your room color scheme should be subdued and not too bold or dark.

A Bedroom Is Strictly for Sleeping and Rest

Do not place a television, children's toy area or study area in the master bedroom. That space should be reserved solely for sleeping and rest.

Light, whether natural or artificial, is important in feng shui. It helps create positive energy.
Light, whether natural or artificial, is important in feng shui. It helps create positive energy. | Source

The Importance of Lighting

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

In feng shui, light is energy and has great influence on the quality of your home energy. This will then influence your wellbeing and health.

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

Apply feng shui in a small kitchen through good lighting, storage space and color.
Apply feng shui in a small kitchen through good lighting, storage space and color. | Source

Declutter and Organize Your Kitchen

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. In feng shui, you can have a combination of closed and open shelves. This will allow better flow of energy—just be sure to keep the open shelves free of clutter.

Note: It is also good to add some fresh energy by planting aromatic herbs or flowering potted plants in the kitchen.

Small bathrooms create many challenges, but the most important one is not cluttering the space. Keep it clean, and introduce natural lights and good ventilation.
Small bathrooms create many challenges, but the most important one is not cluttering the space. Keep it clean, and introduce natural lights and good ventilation. | Source

Keep Your Bathroom Clean and Free of Clutter

In feng shui, the bathroom is a space that tends to be cluttered and has the potential to sap energy from other rooms.

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

  • White is a good color for the 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 lit with artificial lights and fan extractors for ventilation.
  • Include a potted plant in your bathroom to bring in good chi and to cleanse the space of bad chi or energy.
  • De-clutter your bathroom with good storage space and keep items organized (perhaps in baskets).
  • Avoid heavy rugs, wet towels or bathrobes hanging in the bathroom, as they tend 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 them 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.

Cleanliness and Organization Can Do Wonders for Your Bathroom

Keeping your bathroom clean and free of clutter is essential for fostering positive energies.

Minor Feng Shui Tweaks Can Lead to Major Changes in Your Life

When you apply the above tips based on basic feng shui principles, it can give you material and mental comfort. These minor changes and additions to your small apartment spaces can truly bring about major changes. Changes that can translate to a harmonious life. Give it a try.

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      • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR

        Mazlan 

        14 months ago from Malaysia

        Adam, thanks for dropping by and for commenting.

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        adam 

        14 months 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 

        5 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 

        5 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 

        6 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 

        6 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 

        6 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 

        6 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 

        6 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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