In this post I will share what feng shui is and how to easily feng shui your bedroom. I do want to start by saying that we will all face challenges when trying to feng shui our home, sometimes it’s just not physically possible to place the furniture (or room) in the “ideal position” or make all the changes “necessary” at once. Do not let these challenges keep you up at night. There are solutions for every bedroom challenge, and you can prioritize your decisions based on the specific challenges your bedroom presents. OK, now lets get started.
What the heck is Feng Shui?
Feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of arranging living spaces, is based on many of the same principles as alternative therapies such as acupuncture. The point of Feng Shui is to maximize the flow of energy or “qi”, pronounced chee. In this way, your space just feels good and supports what you want out of life, whether it’s a better career, new romance, improved health, or more income. Its aim is to assure good fortune for the people inhabiting a space.
“A bedroom with good feng shui is thought to strengthen the bond between a couple and attract love.”
Today we will focus on the bedroom. To start, your bedroom should be a place of rest, romance, and relaxation—and nothing else. It’s where you live your innermost life – resting, dreaming, romancing.
So Fresh and So Clean
We should try our best to make sure we are inhaling clean air when we sleep and unwind. Open the windows, during the day and consider purchasing a good quality air-purifier. Less is more. It is very hard to feel relaxed and get positive energy from a room that is full of clutter and cluttered spaces make a cluttered mind Get rid anything you don’t really need in there. This goes for under the bed clutter/storage. You want the chi to be able to circulate and if there clutter under the bed it won’t be able to. Clear out the chaos, so energy can flow easily around you while you’re sleeping. Plus, it feels SO to have a clutter free tidy bedroom.
Let There Be (Natural) Light
Warm lighting is best for bedroom feng shui as it creates a healing and homey atmosphere, to put our minds at ease and help us to relax. Natural light is the ideal and in the evening candles or salt lamps are a lovely way to bring warm light into the bedroom. A light dimmer will work great too.
Soothing Color Scheme
The best feng shui bedroom colors are considered the so-called “skin colors,” and as skin color tones vary from pure white to rich chocolate brown tones, you have quite a wide range to play with. These, skin colors help you relax and are soothing to the eyes. Active colors like red and bright pink can energize you too much and too many cool colors, such as grays, blues, or stark whites are believed to interfere with relaxation. However, they are OK in moderation and in accent pieces.
Well Placed Bed
Do Position Your Bed Against a Wall. In feng shui, the commanding position for your bed is as far away from the door as possible while still allowing you to easily see the door. This allows for a feeling of safety and protection while you rest.
Do not align the bed with the door, do not have a mirror face the bed, and do not place the bed under a window or near a bathroom door.
You can sleep under a window as long as there is some wall, and you can draw the curtains behind you. This then simulates a solid wall. However, you should never sleep against a floor to ceiling window.
You want to make sure you have a balanced and supportive bed. So make sure your bed easily approachable from both sides and that you have a headboard.
The foot of the bed shouldn’t point toward the door either. In feng shui, when your feet are in line with the door, it means that you are losing your energy at night, and your personal energy gets weaker. This is known as the “coffin” position because resembles a coffin that is taken away feet-first (eek!) and puts the bed in the main path of traffic. If this can’t be avoided, a foot board, high bench, or table at the foot of the bed can act as a buffer as long as it doesn’t block the view of the door.
Do Decorate in Twos
In feng shui, pairs are thought to promote loving, harmonious energy and help to symbolize couples. Create pairs of items within your bedroom for example, two candles, matching bedside lamps, a couple of reading chairs, identical bedside tables. This helps keeps the room and romance factor balanced. Whether you are in a relationship or not having pairs of items is a must.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Be mindful of mirrors as they are thought to bounce energy around the bedroom, which may result in restlessness and amplify worries. It’s especially important not to hang a mirror on the wall opposite your bed. Feng shui consultants say this can promote the intrusion of a third party into a couple’s relationship and possibly encourage infidelity. I know many of us have a mirror over a dresser that is on the opposite wall of our bed, right? Just move or cover the mirrors at night with fabric or a curtain and you’re good!
No TV, Computer or Exercise Equipment
You should remove all electronic items as they create EMF pollution (magnetic and electrical waves that can disrupt your energy flow), causing harm to your immune system and mental state. Also, all of that technology is stimulating. The blue light from electronics interferes with your ability to create the sleep hormone melatonin.
Move fitness equipment out of your bedroom since they’re not conducive to sleep and romance.
The best option is to remove all these items altogether, but if this is impossible cover it up whenever it’s off or not in use.
This is just scratching the surface of feng shui but these tips are the most common and effective changes you can do to change the energy of your bedroom. When I shared the image of our bedroom on my Instagram a lot of the comments mentioned how light, airy and inviting it looked. It really is so inviting and dreamy.