The way you design your apartment can make an impact on your overall well-being. So, sometimes it’s necessary to change up your style and incorporate new things into your life and living space.
To start, keeping your home clean, organized and clutter-free is essential to making positive changes in your life. Not only that, but it makes your apartment feel homey and stress-free. Next, try a style or practice that helps you keep your home clear and organized – like feng shui.
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that seeks to find balance and harmony between the elements. In simpler terms, feng shui is often referred to as the art of placement. The goal is to position the elements in order to optimize “Chi.” This positive energy flow places an emphasis on physical and mental health, success and healthy relationships.
To incorporate the feng shui design into your apartment, you must first declutter your space and open the windows to let in fresh air and natural light. Next, follow these steps to achieve balance and harmony feng shui provides.
Use the five elements
Each element symbolizes various meanings of life which should all be incorporated into your design.
Wood: The symbol of growth and vitality. Incorporate this element through furniture or plants to promote personal growth.
Metal: The symbol of logic and intelligence. Integrate metal into your design with frames, sculptures or beams to support knowledge and mental sharpness.
Earth: The symbol of stability and balance. Bring elements of earth indoor using stone, crystals and landscape imagery to help you stay grounded and stable.
Water: The symbol of wisdom and serenity. Add the element of water into your apartment using aquariums, fountains or reflective surfaces like mirrors to help with clarity and relaxation.
Fire: The symbol of passion and energy. Using candles, fireplaces or even the color red will add the element of fire to your space which represents transformation and volatility.
Use the Bagua map
The bagua map is the most common tool used in feng shui home design. It helps analyze energy in a given space and suggests which element to implement to enhance the flow of energy. There are nine quadrants on the bagua map, each tied to a specific element:
Helpful People: Metal.
Not only is the bagua map tied to elements, but it’s tied to colors that are inspired by different energies. It is recommended that you choose three life areas you want to enhance, so choose which colors speak to you the most.
Family: Green, blue and teal
Health: Earth tones, browns and yellows
Wisdom: Dark blue and indigo
Helpful People: Gray
To use the map, overlay your floorplan on top of the bagua map to determine which elements and colors to incorporate in each space.
Determine the commanding position
The commanding position is the spot that is the furthest from the door and out of direct line with it. This position puts you diagonal to the door. You should determine your commanding position and then arrange your furniture in diagonal alignment if at all possible.
To determine the commanding position, find the spot in a room where you spend the most time. Good examples include your bed in your bedroom or your stove in the kitchen. These would be ideal places to determine your commanding position.
Cultivating good feng shui in your home will help you obtain a peaceful and balanced atmosphere. To help guide you create the perfect feng shui apartment, check out ApartmentGuide’s infographic below.