Feng Shui for Small Spaces

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What is Feng Shui? 

(Updated 10/18/2018)

The easiest definition I’ve found is in the Cambridge British English Dictionary.

Feng Shui is  “an ancient Chinese belief that the way your house is built or the way that you arrange objects affects your success, health, and happiness.”

Feng Shui FountainThis philosophy is especially important in small spaces.

I know for sure that when I’m disorganized, or my living space or office space is messy, I feel restless and have a difficult time concentrating on whatever task is at hand.

I’ve always been that way and it wasn’t until I started reading about the practice of Feng Shui that I recognized it as a solution to this dilemma!

Sometimes we think that we need more space and that will solve our problem or messiness or disorganization.  That’s simply not the case.

“Less is more” is a valid theme for small space living.

So here are 6 tips that help me and I hope will help you

1. Keep the room clear of clutter by putting things away in their proper places when you’ve finished using them.  That’s the number one tip that keeps me sane!

2. Use mirrors to reflect the things that you love and to bring more light into your space.  Keep the mirrors clean, by the way, so the positive energy flows easily.

3. If your space is an open loft or studio apartment, it’s beneficial to separate the various areas for working, relaxing and sleeping, for example. Area rugs are great for defining a living or dining space. Living plants are also good choices. A tall plant or two not only will define a space and offer privacy, but living plants also help improve air quality.

4. Keep pathways clear of clutter, especially the entry. Good energy needs to flow throughout your home.

5. Use one important piece of furniture or artwork as a focal point which will give the positive energy or chi, a place to rest.

6. Try to incorporate the five elements of feng shui into your decor.

The five elements are fire, water, wood, metal, and earth.

One simple way to do that is by using their corresponding colors in your decor.

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Fire: reds, oranges, etc. 

Water: shades of blue

Wood: greens or purples

Metal: silver, gray, black, white

Earth: shades of brown or beige

 

 

Living Color BookMy Go-To Book for Answers to Color Questions

Living Color – Feng Shui and the Art of Color

This book is a beautifully illustrated 176-page guide to colors for pretty much everything in your home. You’ll find answers to all of your questions about the best color for your sofa or wall colors and what colors should you feature in your garden? What colors should you wear?

Add a little Feng Shui here & there in your home. How about a Money Toad?

Etsy has lots of fun accessories with a Feng Shui flair. One of the most popular accessories is the three-legged Money Toad or Money Frog. Here’s how Wikipedia describes this good luck feature:

The Jin Chan, also called Chan Chu or “Zhaocai Chan Chu”, is most commonly translated as “Money Toad” or “Money Frog”. It represents a popular Feng Shui charm for prosperity. This mythical creature is said to appear during the full moon, near houses or businesses that will soon receive good news.
I have a money frog just like this one in my house! I’ve had it for years and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Some of them have a coin in their mouth as an offering to the homeowner. Mine doesn’t but I love it, anyway. Frogs and toads are symbolic of water in Chinese folklore.  And water is symbolic of wealth. I can use all the wealth feng shui I can get!

Rules for Money Frog placement

There are some important “rules” for placing your money toad in the most auspicious spot in your home.  And there are places you should NEVER put this good luck symbol.
  1. Place it in your money or wealth area which is typically the corner diagonally opposite of the front door.
  2. You can also have a second money frog closer to the front door but you must have it facing the inside of the house.
  3. Never put a money frog in the bathroom, bedroom or kitchen
  4. Always have it placed upon a raised surface and never on the floor.
  5. Don’t place your money frog in the middle of the room or in a traffic path or under a window.

Are you ready to learn more?

If you’d like to learn more about the peace and harmony you can achieve using feng shui, here are some sites you might want to visit:

You might want to read my post on Wabi Sabi Decorating in 2018.  Wabi Sabi is a Japanese design philosophy that’s hugely popular now. It’s a fun read, too.

Your thoughts?

Do you have a favorite feng shui practice? Please let us know in the comments and do include photos if you like!

Thanks for stopping by!

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2 thoughts on “Feng Shui for Small Spaces

  1. I didn’t know much about Feng Shui until reading this, so this was very informative and fascinating. I have a messy bedroom, so I can definitely utilize this information.

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