Feng Shui for Basement Apartments Basements in modern homes today are a great way to add living space to a home. In the past basements were dark, dingy, mouldy and wet. In Feng shui those qualities are known as “Yin”. These basements of the past had low ceilings and poor air quality. In Feng Shui, living in a space below the ground is considered very challenging as people living there may feel ‘stuck’ as they are surrounded by the large amounts of the earth element. The remedy for too much earth is to bring in the wood and fire element in a space. Basements that have a ‘walk out’ with patio windows to the garden area can be very auspicious because they are open to the air and Yang sunlight. These ‘basements’ are usually built on a side of a property often called “side splits’ or a ‘back split’ home. One section of the basement is above ground level and the other portion may be under the ground. If you live in a basement space that is completely underground with no access to the outside area such as a garden there are Feng shui solutions to uplift and help to ‘bring in more Yang Chi”. 1. Improve lighting due to lack of natural light by installing full-spectrum lighting. Add good lighting to the ceilings, walls and table lamps. 2. Colour is an excellent way to bring in more Yang energy into a space. Decorate your space with bright, warm colours that represent elements of fire and wood. Reds, oranges, yellows and warm earth tones. The Wood element is also an asset in a basement space as it brings in nature and growth energy. This can be achieved by adding large and small plants to your space. Colours of nature such as greens and blues. The colour White is excellent also as it makes a space appear larger and is especially recommended for low ceilings. Do not paint rooms in dark colours as this will add more Yin energy that is not beneficial in a basement space. 3. Mirrors are also an excellent method to expand the energy of a space and place it in an area that will reflect the light. 4. Check the air quality and add filtration and make sure to have regular ductcleaning to keep dust and mould at bay. 5. When weather permits open all the windows frequently to bring in fresh air when possible. 6. If there are steep stairways you can add uplifting artwork on the wall adjacent to the stairs to simulate active Yang energy such as birds or butterflies. 7. Declutter- Keep the basement apartment organized and tidy as Yin and stagnant energy will accumulate in cluttered areas. Clutter has a negative effect on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Clutter can lead to depression. 8. Feng Shui all rooms and spaces of your basement apartment. If the area is completely underground had areas in the center where the energy is active. Pets are fabulous to bring in the active Chi energy! Even a small fishbowl with a few goldfish can bring in Yang energy into a space.
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