For thousands of years, the ancient Chinese principles of Feng Shui have helped those in the Far East and West alike balance the energy in our homes and encourage good health, fortune, and happiness.
Your bedroom is one of the most important areas in your home – typically, it’s where you’ll unwind at the end of a long and, sometimes, stressful day and prepare your body and mind for the next, which is why it’s incredibly important that you embrace Feng Shui in the bedroom. Following Feng Shui principles in your bedroom will not only keep your mind clear but may also give your love life a boost.
When embracing Feng Shui in the bedroom, here’s what you need to think about:
The first step to optimum Feng Shui in your bedroom is to make sure your bed is as it should be. Your bed should have a solid headboard that is also supportive which, mentally, provides your mind with a sturdy foundation from which to heal – the same as if you were sitting on a dining chair or even driving. It is also important that you have a new, supportive mattress that will encourage a restful night’s sleep and boost positive energy – never have a used mattress in your bedroom as it may bring with it negative energy. When choosing your bed, find one that’s high off the ground and has space underneath, rather than storage, to allow for the energy in your bedroom to flow around it naturally.
When positioning your bed, make sure it’s as far away from the door as possible and that you can still see the door when you’re in bed. However, your bed should not be in-line with any doors in your bedroom, including wardrobe doors, as it will encourage excessive ‘chi’ to flow towards you. Always make sure you have a solid wall behind your bed which, just like having a solid headboard, will give your mind support. Windows are not considered supportive or protective so never position your bed against one. For a clear mind, place your bed far away from distractions such as your TV, bookshelf, or desk.
To create balance while you sleep, put matching nightstands on either side of the bed. Ideally, to ‘cut’ the chi that may flow towards you while you sleep, opt for rounded rather than square nightstands.
Avoiding Negative Energy
As well as steps you should take to encourage positive energy; there are several rules to which you should adhere to avoid negative energy and, therefore, negative Feng Shui in your bedroom, too.
Firstly, mirrors are considered disturbing and ‘energetic’ in the bedroom so, for the best Feng Shui, remove mirrors from your bedroom. If you insist on having a mirror in your bedroom, always have it facing away from your bed. For instance, you can position a mirror on the wall to the side of your bed.
When lighting your bedroom, make sure you don’t have harsh lighting immediately above your bed – bedroom lighting should always be soft and calming to promote a restful sleep and relieve stress. When decorating, avoid anything blue as, typically, water correlates with financial loss and burglary, which means no fish tanks or seascapes and, also, no nautical bedding or soft furnishings. Similarly, you shouldn’t have plants in your bedroom as they are energic, making it difficult to rest and sleep.
Clear Mind, Happy Mind
Your bedroom should be a tranquil space that encourages relaxation, which means the less clutter, the better. You should embrace space in your room to allow energy to flow freely, which means never pushing your bed up against the wall. Also, keep knick-knacks and rubbish out of your room and, consequently, the space clean and cosy. If possible, you may even want to banish your books to your study or your living room as they are a visual distraction that will take away from your Feng Shui.
Feng Shui isn’t just about the space you’re living in but also about your state of mind, which is why you need to declutter in other ways, too. For instance, if you own hundreds of items of clothing, sift through and donate anything you don’t regularly wear to reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ in your life – the same applies to ornaments, old gifts, photo frames, and piles of letters. Often, people make the mistake of using their bedroom as a storage cupboard, however, at all costs, it is to be avoided.
One of the easiest ways to brighten up your room while bettering the Feng Shui is to paint using colours associated with Feng Shui elements. Different colours refer to different Feng Shui symbols which, in turn, affect how the energy in the space correlates with your life. For instance, fire colours such as red, orange, purple, pink, and vibrant yellow will help your career and boost passion and romance in both your bedroom and life. To help keep both your personal and working relationships stable, introduce earth colours such as pastel yellow and beige. To improve clarity in your life and make decisions, add metal, such as grey and white, through both your paint palette and furnishings.
To get the most out of your room and encourage a restful sleep each night, full of positive energy, introduce pastel tones such as light blue, pink, green, and purple. To add further colour to your bedroom, add artwork – landscapes are the best choice, however, as mentioned, avoid seascapes.
To boost your bedroom’s Feng Shui and encourage positivity in all areas of your life, reduce the clutter in your room and life. Position your bed somewhere that it is stable and protected and allows energy to flow around it, and paint your room using colours associated with Feng Shui’s five elements. Consider adding low-energy artwork such as landscapes but always avoid water, including rivers.
For optimum health, happiness, and prosperity in life, love, and your career embrace Feng Shui.