Monday, June 23, 2014

10 Feng Shui Tips for Small Spaces

©Mary Jane Kasliner, AAS, BS, ACFSI, CP, E-RYT200

The first reaction to a small space generally sends us into the “triple D’s,” or what I would like to call the Downward, Despair, and Doldrums.  The simple truth is small spaces allow us to be closer to energy, and from a feng shui perspective, that’s golden. Just because the space is small doesn’t mean we can’t balance it. Square footage has no bearing on creating a harmonious and healthy living environment. So if you are short on square footage, have some fun delving into these ten simple feng shui tips.

1.      If you live in an apartment, determine what directional location your place falls within the larger building. This will help you with the overall elemental theme. For example, if your apartment sits in the southeast portent of the entire building, then favor wood and water elements in your designs.

2.      Incorporate floor plants, decorative screens, and curtains for faux walls.  It will look fabulous and give you much needed definable living areas.

3.      Choose a focal point towards which the energy will gravitate.  This can be done with interesting artwork, sculptures, or an exotic pillow.

4.      Keep windows clean and open for natural sunlight and fresh air. Compliment with flowing window treatment and full spectrum track lighting aimed at walls to free up floor space and create an expansive feeling.

5.      Consider removing closet doors and replacing them with curtains.  This will soften the energy while giving the illusion of more space.

6.      Think less is more when it comes to furnishings and incorporate curved designs. Qi (energy) only moves in a sine wave pattern and therefore will be unimpeded.

7.      Note the directions within the space from the center point. Then address each direction with the corresponding natural element and symbolic image to catapult the energetic ba-gua – feng shui template.  For example, placing a romantic stone statue in the southwest or a metal musical instrument in the west will effectively catapult feelings of romance while infusing the environment with delightful sounds.

8.      Arrange major pieces of furniture in command to door entry for a sense of comfort and eye appeal.

9.      Splurge on tableware and linens. Small luxuries, such as table-top water fountains, go a long way.

10.  Have fun and invite some friends over.  People actually prefer to socialize in small spaces.

It’s simple to create great style in small spaces. Allow your inner flame to rise during the process, be resourceful, and follow simple feng shui guidelines. You’ll be amazed at how you can transform your small space into an energetic, vibrant, and functional Shangri – La. For more information on how to follow simple feng shui designs see my Feng Shui Designs in a Flash CD.

About the Author:

Mary Jane Kasliner is President of Body Space Alignment & Director of Teaching Tortoise School of Feng Shui. She is the author of several feng shui books, CD’s, and best-selling author of the Happiness Chronicles: Short Stories and Recipes for a Happy Life. Mary Jane is also a nationally certified yoga teacher. She can be contacted via her websites or

Read her Blogs: Feng Shui Healthy Designs and Secrets of a Simple Life.