Feng Shui for Cramped Space

By S.BS. Surendran

Feng Shui can be adapted to make your space look larger as your house reflects your personality and you will enjoy everyday your space if it is comfortable, cozy and beautiful.

Even if your living space is cramped and tight, you don’t need to sacrifice on your style and utility but make it multi-functional and beautiful by adapting the techniques of Feng Shui.

Every person, place and thing is alive with the universal energy called “Ch’i”. Everything is connected by this vital energy which is always changing. When we integrate the Feng Shui principles into our live, we see and interact with the world in a new powerful way.

Practiced for more than 3000 years in China, helping building up the most appropriate environment for harmonious life. The art of Feng Shui is the art of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with your environment.

This tradition, called Feng Shui, is both, an art and a science that aims to ensure that all things are in harmony with their surroundings. Its application ranges from planning entire cities and empires to placing a guest at the dinner table; from the orientation of high-rise office buildings, to the interior decoration and furnishing of a house or a room.

If you have space constraints and need to do something about it all you can do is re align the space, re-decorate and make the space look larger aesthetically.
• Low rise furniture wherein you can store or display belongings, freestanding shelves help in making the space look bigger.
• Maximize unused spaces with attractive storage and shelving.
• Bring in more light, adding more light fixtures like rope lights; book self light, floor lamps, and wall sconces.
• Use mirror opposite a light source such as a window to maximize the natural daylight and enlarge the space and to cover your couch and sofa
• Enhance “dead alcoves”, niches, corridors, corners, and highlight them effectively through lighting or artifacts and décor.
• Demarcate each area of the space by using floor finishes like a rug, installing screens or sliding doors, or carefully position the furniture.
• Use lighter hues like icy blues, pale green, white and cream, butter yellow, pale lilac, the color palette is exhaustive and large so need to choose on the right shade and ensure it matches with your accessories and furnishings.
• Use fabrics, and patterns, which are more towards monochromatic as tone on tone will make the space bigger.
• Avoid blocking view to windows and doors.
• Clutter tends to visually accentuate the potentially cramped look of small spaces. Work out your storage needs incorporating built-in storage designed to fit.

Aligning your interiors and space can simulate a feeling of largeness and counter the ill effect of cramped space and Feng Shui enables you to achieve it in a simple and intelligent way.

S.BS. Surendran is an accredited master feng shui consultant, traditional vaastu practitioner and bio-energetician based in Bangalore, India. He can be contacted via fengshui@fengshuiserver.com

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