Feng Shui is the Chinese philosophy of arranging your living space harmoniously to promote the flow of positive energy known as ‘qi’. The one room in your home that could benefit most from Feng Shui has got be the bedroom! It’s the room you spend most of your time in and during that time
you’re mostly asleep, which means you’re easily affected by the energy within the room. So, read on to bring some Feng Shui-style serenity into your bedroom and aid a blissful night’s sleep!
1) Your Bed
Your bed should be in the ‘commanding’ position, facing the door. However, it should not be directly in line with the door. It is also important for your bed to have a headboard and for it to be solid (not bars or perforated) and securely fastened to the bed. Fancy making your own? We’ve got all the materials you’ll need here.
Your headboard should be against the wall with space on the right, left and foot of the bed. It’s also advised that you declutter underneath your bed as it makes it easier for the ‘qi’ (life force energy) to flow around you and heal you while you’re sleeping.
Outfit your bedroom for two, even if you’re single! Symmetry is important in Feng Shui and promotes harmonious energy. This means you might also want to have two pillows, two similar lamps and two night stands on either side of the bed.
You want colours that are soothing and attractive. Light, neutral colours promote a restful night’s sleep. Blues and greens in particular are good for healing and vitality. Check out our range of tranquil colours and give your bedroom a lick of Feng Shui zen here.
A bit of bedtime reading works wonders for resting the mind so there’s nothing wrong with having a couple of books on your nightstand. However, a massive bookshelf is to be avoided as books are active energy and stimulate our minds.
Our hectic modern lifestyles mean it can be difficult to switch off and that’s especially true when it comes to tech. However, you might be wise to do so as electronic devices create EMFs (Electro & Magnetic Fields), which can disrupt our sleep. Instead of scrolling through your phone in bed try reaching for a good book!
Mirrors are up for debate in Feng Shui. Some recommend not having them at all as they are considered to be an activation cure, which promotes ‘Yang’ (movement) energy, as opposed to ‘Yin’ (restfulness) energy. However, if you must have a mirror, it shouldn’t be directly facing the bed, try facing mirrors towards an outside window instead.
If your bedroom resembles the enchanted forest then we’ve got bad news: the energy of plants is thought to be too ‘Yang’ (strong and growth oriented). So leave nature for other rooms in your home. This also goes for artificial plants!
Family photos and pictures of friends are best left out of the bedroom. Instead, you might want to choose abstract artwork or maybe a natural landscape that means something personal to you. It’s also a good idea to make sure your artwork is at eye level or higher to lift your ‘qi’.
If you have a ceiling fan, beams, a skylight or an angled or slanted ceiling design it’s best to avoid sleeping directly under them. They could cause problems with sleep as they relate to ‘Sha’ energy (which drains a person’s energy).
The powerful and active ‘chi’ energy created by water disrupts the relaxing aura of the bedroom. This even applies figuratively, so if you’ve got a painting of a waterfall hanging-up you might want to take it down to ensure you get some quality shut-eye! So now you have all the knowledge you need to be a Feng Shui master! Just remember, not all the ‘rules’ of Feng Shui are set in stone and it’s open to interpretation. So, trust your instincts and do what feels right for you!