If you live in a small apartment, condo, or studio, you know how challenging it can be to create a sense of spaciousness. Packing too much life into a tiny area can easily grow overcrowded, chaotic, and disorganized. With so little square footage to work with, every inch needs to count!
Can an environment that just feels too small ever become your most sacred space?
The answer is “Yes.”
You just need to know how to use your limited space effectively. So, apply these feng shui techniques and see your small home come alive with positive energy and good vibes.
Here are nine tips that will help you honor your small space — or that of someone you know — with “enlightened Feng Shui.”
1. Place The Most Significant Piece of Furniture In The Command Position
There is a reason why this Feng Shui small room tip is at the top of the list. A command position is a place in the room that is on the opposite side of the room entrance. You can keep the main furniture in this place with its back facing the wall.
Let’s take an example. The bed in the bedroom is the most vital piece of furniture. Keep it in the command position of the room. As a result, you can always look at who enters and exits the room through the door. This knowledge will give you a sense of security and control over the environment.
We can apply the same principle to the couch in the living room, the desk in the study room, and so on. Check out some more tips for arranging the furniture from here.
2. Ensure Clear Divisions in Multi-purpose Rooms
Keeping each area's purpose in mind when designing a multi-purpose room is essential. For example, a TV room could be used for watching TV, playing games, and hanging out with family members. Keep the room's different areas separate so they can be used as intended. To visually separate the area, you can use
- Freestanding Bookshelves
To create a functional and comfortable multi-purpose room, it is vital to have the correct size. All rooms should be large enough to accommodate all activities without running into each other. If there is not enough space to fit everything, try arranging furniture or using storage boxes to maximize space.
Another critical factor when designing a multi-purpose room is ensuring enough ventilation and heating/cooling options. This will ensure that all areas stay comfortable throughout the day and night.
3. Create An Open and Clear Entryway
The first thing people see when they enter your home is the entryway. We have all heard, “The first impression is the last impression.” Make sure to make the most out of that phrase. Keep the entryway clean and clear. The clutter that usually accumulates in this space can make your home feel smaller, so remove the mess before it can negatively impact your area.
Try adding a beautiful piece of art that you love to your entryway. A small selection of art can make a massive impact in a narrow space.
4. Enhance The Room with The Bagua Color Chart
Bagua color chart
Consider ways to employ Feng Shui’s Bagua and Five Elements with color, texture and shape, rather than with physical objects. Bagua is an 8-sided chart that is an energy map used systematically to evaluate the energy field of the environment. Hence, this concept indicates that there is more to colors than most people think. If you need a suggestion for wall color for your bedroom, you can go with pink, red, white, or any related color. You can add different contrasting elements to enhance the view of the room further.
Fun Fact: Bagua means “8-sided” in Chinese!
5. Minimize The Number and Variety of Keepsakes on View
We understand the personal importance of all the souvenirs and keepsakes we find and collect in our journey called life. Unfortunately, the room, sometimes, can’t be big enough to display all of them together. But there is a Feng Shui tip to make the most out of this condition.
You can rotate your momentos and keep things fresh by displaying a few close-to-the-heart items at a time. For example, consider removing the ten-year-old deteriorating flower vase sitting on the same spot for two years with a small and cute statue of a flower you found from a shop down the street yesterday!
6. Make The Most of Every Inch of Storage
Most people overlook the significance of the room's vertical space. Vertical spaces are the valuable treasure in your small room waiting to be discovered and used. Use long cupboards and shelves to store your valuables and other stuff in them. You can embrace and go with the open shelf concept and display your souvenirs as discussed in the previous heading.
In my tiny apartment, for example, I took advantage of a narrow hallway by installing shelves just 5” deep. I was astonished at how much stuff those shelves could hold!
7. Enlarge the Space with Mirrors
Due to the cure the mirrors bring to the room, they are called the “Aspirin of Feng Shui,” and it can’t be more truthful. The mirrors can reflect the Chi energy and spread it around, making the room seem bigger. You can effectively use the mirror by
- Hanging it at an angle that it reflects the natural view outside
- Putting it in a dark hallway where light usually doesn’t reach properly to brighten up the space
- Using a big mirror in which you can see yourself from head to toe gives a feeling of completeness
8. Keep The Chi Energy Circulating
The Chi energy doesn’t only circulate through our body. It flows in our homes too. We can meditate to increase our chi energy, but how will we make our house meditate?
Fortunately, there are a few tips to keep the Chi energy flowing in our habitat. Hang or keep an energizing crystal (Ruby, Citrine, etc.) on the ceiling or fixture as near as possible to the center of the room.
9. Clear Clutter Daily
Clutter can accumulate very quickly in small spaces. If you want to keep your room clean and open, you need to clear away the clutter daily. Create a daily cleaning routine, so you don’t let the mess pile up and make your home feel smaller. If you notice that a particular area of your apartment is getting cluttered, clean it up immediately. For example, leaving your kitchen sink piled up with dishes every day will make your kitchen feel cramped and cluttered. Wash those dishes and arrange them in the cupboard to give a sense of cleanliness and openness to the space.
When you make a point of cleaning your private sanctuary every day, you’ll be proud to see the welcoming environment when you enter your home.