This Lunar New Year, bring in more prosperity and happiness by making a few small changes to your apartment’s Chi. Follow these handy tips to take advantage of the Ancient Chinese traditions of Feng Shui.
Applying Feng Shui in an apartment can sometimes be challenging, as often there can be little or no separation between your living, working and sleeping space.
The two main skills you must master if you wish to achieve good feng shui in your apartment:
- Good organisation skills to de-clutter.
- The subtle skill to create harmonious division between open spaces.
Basically, you need to create pathways of energy in your small space and provide as much privacy as possible for your bedroom.
Let's look at some of the main feng shui priorities in a small apartment or studio.
Front Door & Entry
In Feng Shui, the main door and entry is called the mouth of Chi – energy. If your apartment is small, it becomes especially important to have a clear and open entryway, thus allowing more energy to enter and nourish your living space.
Space saving solutions, good lighting, uplifting art, vibrant or soothing colours and objects of beauty all make a positive change of energy.
Put extra effort into having the entryway as clean as possible, with no shoes, clothing or unnecessary items lying around in plain view.
One of the biggest feng shui challenges is to create a bedroom space that feels (and functions) like a bedroom. Be mindful of creating enough separation between your living and sleeping areas, ensuring it is as restful as it can be. Feng shui-wise, focus on the place you see first as you wake up and last before you go to sleep, and be sure this is not the TV, the computer or the laundry basket. Have some inspiring energy to greet you every morning. Make sure that under your bed you have no clutter as that collects negative energy and may adversely affect you and even your sleep.
Use of Mirrors
Mirrors expand the space, attract more light, as well as bring the water feng shui energy. Definitely one of the best feng shui cures for a small apartment or a studio, mirrors will help you visually expand your space and create more breathing room. Best to choose big mirrors that go with your decor and place them to either bring more light or to reflect something beautiful.
Bring the Outdoors In
Nature creates a sense of peace. In fact, research shows that viewing nature reduces anger or anxiety and enhances feelings of pleasure. So flood your home with natural light, open windows and doors to let fresh air inside, and bring plants indoors. Decorate with bamboo, wood, or wicker and use stones and rocks to add texture. You can also adorn the walls with paintings of nature to heighten the sense of serenity. A great option is to look for winter gardens in new apartment developments.
In multicultural Australia, we like to borrow from the many cultures that surround us, so why not give feng shui a go and reap the positive rewards.
Kung Hei Fat Choi, may you switch the Chi into the right direction this year!