Serviced apartments are internationally defined as furnished apartments which are let out for short-term stays with amenities for daily use. Many of us are starting to consider these when travelling, given that they are often less expensive than hotel suites and often also provide more space and privacy.
If you're staying in one of these units for an extended period of time, you may be concerned about good feng shui to achieve a balanced flow of energies. A substantial period of time, for feng shui arrangements to have a discernible effect, would be anything over two to three months though. Anything less would not bear effect.
Size, however, doesn't matter. Small may be an understatement to describe some of the serviced apartments out there, but feng shui is applicable to all sizes. As long as there are people staying in it, you can feng shui it!
Here are some tips to achieve a bright, comfortable and calming environment in your serviced apartment:
Scary yin qi
There's nothing scary about yin qi (negative energy), really. While they can accumulate in units that have been unoccupied for a long period of time, claims that they are harmful to occupants perhaps lean towards the fictitious side. Ze ri, or "date selection", is more important if you want to have a smooth transition into your serviced apartment. Remember, yang qi (positive energy) is not solely derived from sunlight; it can stem from the occupants' energies as well.
The trail of food
The sight and smell of food in the kitchen may be saliva-inducing, but having a main door that opens directly onto one is not exactly a good idea. If the kitchen is aligned to the main door, the health and harmony of the home's occupants (the kitchen represents these two elements) will be jeopardised.
Never ever place your bed directly aligned to the bedroom door. Qi that enters will hit your bed directly, causing disrupted sleep. Some serviced apartments, unfortunately, don't have the luxury of space to allow any other arrangement. Try your best at least to avoid placing the head of the bed directly aligned to the main door.
Bathroom and stove: a face-off
Have you noticed how in certain units, the stove is located against the wall of the toilet bowl? This is essentially not a major problem, but to stay on the safe side, opt out of it. The stove should always be placed against a pure yin wall. If the wall behind your stove is a really solid one, that would be an extra reassurance.
Ideally, the balcony should overlook positive features like mountains, curving rivers or lakes of clean water. If you spot any negative features from your balcony, it is advisable for you to go back to the drawing board.
Car park frenzy
Some serviced apartments tend to have the car park positioned in the middle of the building. Do not favour this design as a car park causes wind to blow through, which causes too much yang energy circulating within the apartment. Qi flow in such buildings may not be balanced compared to those with underground parking.
Room behind another room
Such unconventional arrangements may exist when there is a lack of space. Generally this is fine, unless the pathway to the second room (the hidden one) is obstructed. If there's nothing but a clear path, it's green light all the way.
This list aims to provide a general idea of what to expect when it comes to the feng shui of your serviced apartment. Whatever type of house you're residing in, there are feng shui rules involved, and it is important to consider all these guidelines.