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Hello readers! May I introduce Tali Wee of Zillow and her tips on how to Feng Shui  small spaces! I hope you enjoy. After living in some small spaces in my time, I really appreciate what she is saying. Please leave feedback comments below on how this could work for you and share!


A small, confined room has the potential to inspire just as much as a room with high ceilings and distant walls. Studio apartments, partial basements and closet-sized bedrooms can all be dynamic spaces with the right design tactics. If done right, feng shui has the potential to transfer positive vibes to homeowners.

 

To optimize the flow and vitality of small spaces, feng shui design strategy encourages these four actions.

1. Divide

It is important to divide the room into functional sections, especially in all-in-one spaces such as studio apartments. Each area should have its own purpose, even without the separation of formal floor-to-ceiling walls. Consider purchasing room dividers so sectors are easily identifiable. Or, use existing furniture to divide up the room without compromising the open layout. For instance, put the back of a small sofa against the bottom of the bed. Try placing a media console between the footboard and couch. This way, the TV can be twisted around to face both the entertaining area and bedroom while allocating for the different spaces. According to feng shui, appointing areas for different purposes eliminates bad habits such as eating in bed or working on the floor.


2. Organize

Nothing cramps a space more than clutter. Establish organization techniques to keep things tidy; a room naturally seems more open and spacious when all essentials are in place. Incorporate hidden storage ideas such as an under-the-bed sliding bin for household supplies or electronics. Improve closet organization by adding built-ins to keep clothes and accessories systematically arranged. These feng shui strategies provoke cleanliness and structure, two important aspects of an effective and motivational space.


3. Strategize

Use the reflection of light to make a smaller space appear bigger. Hang decorative mirrors to amplify square footage. If possible, try placing mirrors opposite windows to let natural light bounce back and forth. Visually increase the size of small windows by installing curtain rods higher than the top of window frames. Give an open and airy feel to the space by using light-colored or sheer curtains. Blinds are a good option for blocking unwanted sunlight out of the room without taking up valuable space outside the window frame. Feng shui encourages bright and open spaces. Use paint with light hues to mimic and mirror natural light where windows are lacking. Avoid dark colors, as they can make the space feel claustrophobic and dingy, promoting gloom and seclusion.


4. Personalize

Even if there isn’t a lot of square footage to work with, don’t skimp on incorporating personal flair into the space. To adhere to feng shui guidelines, hang family photos, add inspiring colors and showcase special ornaments around the space. Rather than keeping a laptop out, use a desk as a display when not in use and arrange memorabilia to inspire creativity and evoke happiness. Consider applying removable decals with encouraging phrases across blank walls. These motivating accessories stimulate positivity and distract from the lack of space in the room.

 

 

Don’t let small rooms become stress-inducing living areas. Check out homes on Zillow for more examples on how to create inspiring designs in small spaces.

If you liked this article, you will also love my 6 Tips on Decorating Small Spaces.

 

2 Comments

  • Aubrey Red Willow Hopkins says:

    Extremely disappointed. I love reading about feng shui…
    I have lightly studied it over a few years… and from my small amount of experience with it. Your first two are big feng shui no-no’s
    absolutely do not have a tv in the bedroom area. period. and do not store things under your bed…. Feng shui means wind and water… under no circumstance are we to have things under the bed… even in a small space. its important for the energy to be able to move smoothly in our place of rest. Since this was a guest post, maybe you don’t know much about feng shui. I am definitely no master but these things stood out to me, and made the rest of the suggestions completely without integrity for this person is no feng shui expert. I would LOVE to read this article written by someone who is a master of feng shui and familiar with working in smaller spaces. This topic is one I would love to read- but would love more meat- more grit and more credentials. Thanks, and I hope this kind of feedback is helpful.

    • Meredith says:

      Aubrey,

      This was a guest article my Zillow. I did not write it, but I still feel like there are some solid tips in this post. You are free to express you opinion, but I respectfully disagree. 🙂