Feng Shui for Small Spaces

Feng Shui isn't just for big spaces. The practice and purpose of feng shui is to create balance in any environment. You can apply the principles of this ancient art to areas as small as a desk or even a small space like an office, or a home of less than 1,000 square feet.

What Is Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the ancient art of arranging elements, colors and light in such a way to attract and hold "energy" or "chi." This energy or chi can be related to romance, wealth, family, or health. It's all in how you place your furniture, doors, mirrors, lights and objects. By combining things such as the five elements (wood, metal, fire, water and earth) with direction and the flow of energy in an area, feng shui practitioners say you can change your life, career and fortunes. There are many styles of feng shui, with each emphasizing different aspects of the art - such as directional elements, mirrors, lighting and the five elements placement. You can get as complex or simple you like to see how it works for you. It's not a religion, only the practice of moving energy in a space. If you've ever uncluttered a room and felt the difference when you walked into it afterwards, you've experienced what practitioners call "chi" or energy.

Feng Shui in Small Spaces

It's not the size of the space, but the balance of items that enhance the flow of energy through the space that makes feng shui effective. Basic feng shui practices such as uncluttering a space, removing stacks and piles of items like books, clothes, files, papers, tools and knick-knacks make a tremendous difference quickly.

Feng shui is all about command positions. Your bed, stove, desk should all have commanding positions - meaning a view of the door. If you have an efficiency or studio apartment, that means the bed is king of the apartment. It should occupy a position on the opposite side of the room from the front door, but not directly in line with the door. Don't put the bed against a window however. Headboards should always be placed against a solid wall, or a heavy curtain if no wall is available. Avoid placing the headboard on a wall on which a toilet is placed on the back side!

Declutter small spaces by using furniture that does double and triple duty to eliminate clutter. Examples - a Murphy bed, an armoire that opens to reveal a small office, a coffee table or hammocks that double as storage, and futons or day beds for extra sleeping space.

Light, both from lamps, natural sources like windows, and reflected light from mirrors will also increase the positive energy in a small space. If you're not sure what else will move the chi along, come in your front door and imagine you are a stream of light, water or energy. Can you move freely through the space or are you blocked by chairs, bookshelves, stools or items? Clear them out!

Add candles, plants, color (paint), art, mirrors and a water feature to complete the feng shui in your small space.