What is Feng Shui and How Can it Help My Apartment?

Author: Alecia Pirulis


Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese theory that believes in harmonizing one’s space by selectively placing objects within the home that can enhance an individual’s well-being. It literally translates to “wind and water” and the goal is to promote positive chi, or spiritual energy. Most people mistakenly assume Feng Shui is only used in single-family houses, but you can achieve a beautiful, comfortable apartment with positive energy flow, as well. Here are some useful tips to get you started:

Incorporate the element of water

Water is said to bring a calm and refreshing energy as well as good luck. If your apartment is situated near a natural body of water, like a lake, ocean, or stream, or if it’s by the community pool or fountain, you’re already in an advantageous position. An indoor fountain or aquarium will work just fine if you do not live near a water source. Shades of blue throughout the apartment will help improve spiritual growth and knowledge, according to the Feng Shui Octagon.

Focus on good lighting

Energy is the primary focus of Feng Shui and light is the essence of energy – so it’s no coincidence these two go hand in hand. In order to improve emotional responses and to have maximum visibility in an apartment living scenario, you must have various sources of light – especially natural light if possible.

Avoid harsh lights like fluorescent bulbs. Aim for calm, soft and relaxing sources of light, while utilizing vibrant colors around your apartment.

Get organized to welcome positive energy into the home

It seems easy enough but decluttering is one of the most challenging steps when introducing Feng Shui into your home. But if you’re serious about developing harmony in your apartment, tidying up and getting rid of unnecessary items is a crucial part in enhancing happiness and prosperity. You may hold onto certain things for sentimental value, but if an item doesn’t serve a meaningful purpose, throw it away or donate it to someone in need.

Whether you are aware of it or not, Feng Shui is present in your life at any given time. The energy of an environment influences how you act and think, so how you set up your furniture and décor while apartment living may determine the fortune of your personal energy flow. If you value personal as well as professional success, along with your overall well-being, there’s no harm in giving Feng Shui a shot in your apartment!