Improve the Comfort of a Basement Apartment With Feng Shui

Create good feng shui energy with your design and decor choices

Small, open kitchen
Photo: (c) Robin Utracik

Feng shui—the ancient Chinese art and science of balancing energies in the spaces you inhabit—is particularly challenging in a basement apartment for three reasons. First, basement apartments are often lacking in natural light. Second, air circulation in a bedroom may also be less than optimal. And finally, basement apartments generally are at least partially underground, which can be difficult to balance the elemental energies. In this case, the earth element may overpower the other elements.

The specific feng shui energy quality of a basement apartment will also vary depending on the room located directly above it. A bathroom, a cluttered storage space, a busy home office, or even a busy kitchen can certainly contribute to a denser or busier quality of energy as compared to a basement apartment below a main entry or living room.

Despite several challenges, it is still possible to enjoy good feng shui energy in a basement apartment, although it does require that you put your mind (and your energy) into creating and maintaining good quality energy.

Explore some feng shui basics to help improve your basement apartment.

Improve Air Quality

Do your best to improve the quality of air in your basement apartment. You can easily achieve this with air-purifying plants (choose plants that tolerate low levels of light). Bamboo is one plant that grows well in limited light. You can also use good essential oil aromatherapy diffusers to cleanse the air. And, open your windows as often as possible to aerate your space. This is a good daily habit if you live in a basement apartment. A dehumidifier can improve your health in a basement apartment by preventing mold and mildew and getting rid of the dankness.

Improve Light Quality

Be aware of the quality of light in your basement apartment and do whatever you can to improve it. This is especially important if your apartment gets little or no natural light. Ideally, you should have at least three layers of lighting—this type of lighting scheme will make any space feel cozy and more relaxed. Use lamps with bulbs that mimic the sun's rays to make up for the lack of natural sunlight in the apartment.

If you can, paint the walls with light, bright colors to give your basement apartment a more open feel. Color is light, so draw upon a vibrant colors palette.

Make Use of Art

Bring in vibrant art pieces with good feng shui, or photos and other various high-energy images or sculptures to raise the energy quality of your basement apartment. High-energy wall murals are ideal for a basement apartment, especially the ones that feature open skies and vast, expanded natural landscapes.

Your energy work should not end with these three basic feng shui tips. Within your basement apartment, you should also strive to create well-balanced energy between each of the all-important feng shui trinity—the bedroom, the kitchen, and the bathroom.

If you focus on creating joy and fresh, clean energy in your apartment, then you will soon notice a shift in your own well-being.