Adjusting to living in a small apartment or single room can be challenging. It’s important to make the most of the small space. But particularly in large cities where space for anything is at a premium, small dwellings are something people of all ages and professions share in common. So how does one make that space feel larger, calming, and welcoming? Feng Shui may provide some ideas.
Feng Shui is a 3,000-year-old Chinese practice of arranging spaces to create balance with the natural world. It can be applied to every aspect of home planning and room set up. How does one go about applying these ancient principals? With terms like “commanding position”, “chi”, and “bagua” it might seem strange and hard to understand. However, the concepts can be pretty simple to implement.
A simple Google search for “Feng Shui for small spaces” reveals plenty of sources offering tips and helpful hints. Removing clutter is a common theme among practitioners. It is well documented that clutter can cause stress and may well be the most important thing you do. When items are in their own designated place, a small space feels roomier. Putting things in their place has the added benefit of reducing search time, and frustration, when trying to find an item. (Ever gotten frustrated trying to find a pair of scissors?)
Feng Shui is all about the flow of energy. A clear and open entryway allows energy to flow into and out of a home easily. Where walls are missing, the use of mirrors and area rugs help to delineate areas such as a kitchen and bedroom, directing this energy. Lighting, art, and color all lend beauty and are said to assist energy flow throughout the space.
No matter what design style you use, it seems the key to adjusting to a small space and being happy there, is taking the time and thought to create a space which feels good. Feng Shui is one way to achieve a harmonious space where one can relax, be creative, and uplifted.