We all want to feel restored and relaxed in our own bedrooms, don’t we? I mean, who doesn’t love entering a serene sanctuary that is their bedroom at the end of a long, hard day. Sadly, some of our bedrooms may not be as harmonious or restorative as they could be. This is where feng shui, the ancient art of arranging our living spaces, comes into play.
Feng shui aims to improve the flow of chi around individuals. When chi energy is improved, so, too, is health. Thus, the position, layout, and décor of people’s bedrooms can not only affect the quality of their sleep, but the quality of their health and life. If you’re interested in how you could change up your whole space or simply tweak a few things to improve the feng shui of your bedroom, read on for lots of ideas and tips.
Choose the location of your bedroom to be as far away from the front door of the house as possible. Feng shui reminds us that our prehistoric ancestors did not sleep in the mouth of their cave; why should we? Also, try to avoid a bedroom at the end of a long hallway, the “dragon’s mouth.”
Avoid having the bed align directly with the door. In fact, in feng shui, it’s best to position your bed as far from the door as possible.
Position your bed so that it’s easily approachable from both sides equally. This exemplifies harmony in the relationship and promotes a positive flow of energy in the space itself.
Position your bed in the bedroom so that you can see the door from it. In feng shui, this position will give you a feeling of security.
Position the bed so that the head of the bed is against a wall. Avoid placing the bed under a window or away from the wall. In feng shui, sleeping with your head close to a window causes your chi to exit through the window and results in restless sleep.
Make sure the bed is not underneath a ceiling fan or structural or decorative beam. In feng shui, this is good for neither one’s health nor relationships; the position cuts chi and forces pressure downward, directly onto you as you sleep. If no other options are available, consider painting the beam, hang fabric over them, or soften the load by hanging angled bamboo flutes.
If applicable, make sure that the door to your en suite bathroom, toilet, or shower is closed while you are asleep. In feng shui, this prevents restorative chi from escaping during your sleep.
Remove the TV, computer, or other electronics from the bedroom altogether. If this is not possible, feng shui recommends you “hide” these items in an armoire or behind a curtain during your sleeping time.
If your home office is located in a corner of your bedroom, feng shui recommends having a folding screen on-hand. Move this screen in front of your home office to block the view of your office during your non-working hours.
Remove exercise equipment from the bedroom altogether. The good feng shui energy in your bedroom is destroyed when these items are present in your bedroom.
A feng shui bedroom’s ideal colors are relaxing, balanced colors. In feng shui, soothing colors help to achieve a positive balance in the bedroom.
The best colors in a feng shui bedroom are those that are considered the “skin colors.” These warm, possibly pastel hues are reminiscent of skin tones – think cream, beige, yellow, peach, coral, tan, and cocoa.
Other appropriate colors for the bedroom are light blues, greens, and lavenders because they are considered peaceful hues and are conducive to sleep. But beware of too many cool tones in the bedroom, as they are thought to interfere with relaxation. Feng shui suggests a balance of 50% warm skin tones and 50% cool tones.
Let your bed and bedding work with the colors of the room and be of the best quality you can afford, including your mattress, headboard, and linens. Making the bed look well and balanced is important in creating harmonious feng shui energy.
Use ovals and circles in your décor and on your furniture – in feng shui, they are much better than sharp corners in the bedroom. Square edges on bedside tables, for example, cut the chi that is focused on the sleeping inhabitants, so rounded edges are better.
Accessorize in twos. The bedroom is meant to be a space for two, so treat it as such. Regardless of whether you’re single or not, choose pairs of accessories – two bedside tables and two lamps, for example.
If possible, use several levels of lighting in your bedroom. This includes candles, bedside lamps, and other soft lighting. (Candles are the best for feng shui lighting.) Placing candles in the back right-hand corner of the bedroom, which is known as the “Romance/Relationship Area” in feng shui, is said to add a spark to your love life.
Get rid of your mirrors. In feng shui, mirrors cause poor sleep and/or restlessness because they bounce energy around the bedroom and amplify stress and worries. If you do have a mirror in the bedroom, consider covering it at night with some pretty fabric or arrange it so you aren’t sleeping with your image visible in the mirror.
When choosing art for the bedroom, feng shui recommends you avoid sad, upsetting, or upsetting images. Instead, in feng shui, you are to choose artwork that inspires you or that depicts what you want to see happening in your own life.
When you choose your inspiring pieces of art, consider hanging your favorites on the wall opposite your bed. In feng shui, this benefits your life’s energy, being the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before you sleep.
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Clear the clutter. This isn’t ground-breaking news, but clutter can disturb sleep. In fact, in feng shui, having clutter around can block the flow of chi and prevent the good things in your life from moving forward.
Keep books on your nightstand neatly stacked. The odds and ends you like to keep on-hand should be housed in pretty, covered boxes or baskets.
Incorporate a strong and stable headboard. In feng shui, this helps to protect, internalize, and recharge your chi as you sleep because chi energy enters and exits the body through the top of the skull, feet, and hands.
Choose bed linens carefully, and make sure your bedding is something you love. In feng shui, circular designs on bedding can be both soothing and harmonious.
Although it’s tempting to use the area for storage, the area under your bed should be kept as clear as possible. If you do store things, make sure they are organized.
Keep your bedroom’s closet clean and organized. In feng shui, this creates a feeling of serenity and calm in your bedroom and life overall.
Keep the top of your nightstand, any drawers, and dressers neat and organized. Avoid piling stuff on them throughout the day. This helps maintain the flow of positive energy around your bed.
During the day, open your bedroom windows or use an air purifier to keep the air fresh and full of oxygen. Feng shui recommends closing the windows (and window treatments) at night while you sleep, though, to keep the chi enclosed.
In order to create a feng shui-based bedroom that is truly restorative, all of your senses should be considered. You might want to pamper your feet with an ultra-plush rug, or have a luxuriously soft chenille throw handy.
Whether you’re single or married or somewhere in between, make your bedroom a space for two. Have two pillows, two bedside tables, even two reading lamps. In feng shui, it’s important that the bedroom says that it’s a place where two people love each other.
Bring in bits of nature. The earthy greenery provided by plants and flowers indicates new growth and life. In feng shui, this exemplifies a positive, peaceful outlook – perfect for the bedroom.
If plants aren’t your thing, consider incorporating other natural things such as a rock garden on your dresser, mini fountain on the wall, or nature-inspired artwork or photography.
Close your closet doors (or closet curtains, whatever the case may be) at night as you sleep. Do the same with your en suite and main bedroom doors. In feng shui, sleeping with doors open exposes you to lost chi and depletes your energy.