Living in a world where everything is bustling and rustling can be downright exhausting, not just for our bodies but for our spirits as well. There might even be mornings that despite indulging in an 8-hour sleep, we still feel heavy, lethargic, and restless. If this is you, adding a little Feng shui magic to your bedroom might just do the trick.
Feng shui – which literally translates to “wind-water” in English – is a Chinese philosophical concept that centers on trying to balance the Qi (pronounced as chi or chee, which means “life force or spiritual energy”) which in turn would create harmony and positive energy. It’s an intricate art form that requires the right placement of objects inside infrastructures like houses and offices to invite good fortune, excellent health, and enduring happiness.
The bedroom, being the beginning and the end of each day should be well equipped with this “positive energy,” not only to better your rest, but possibly improve romantic relations as well. Feng shui invites all the positives and releases all the negatives. Without doubt, it will restore the balance in your life.
If you don’t know where to start, allow us to help you out.
Let’s begin with the most basic structure found in the bedroom –the bed, of course. Everything about the bed has relevance to Feng shui. We will cite them one by one:
In with the headboards and out with the footboards!
Headboards are regarded as good Feng shui because it provides strength and support. Big and sturdy is how it should be. It is also important to keep in mind that solid, wooden boards are best. Footboards, on the other hand, don’t get much praise. They are said to bring negative energy as they hinder progress in life. However, there is one exception to this rule. If you’re room is too small that a standard bed can’t fit laterally and you can’t avoid facing feet-first towards the door, having a footboard is considered good Feng shui. Read on, and you’ll understand why.
2. Built-in storage drawers under the bed are also a big no-no in Feng shui.
Qi should be free-flowing, both above and under the bed. There should be ample space separating the bed from the floor in order to achieve a better flow of energy.
3. The mattress must never come from a garage sale or any second-hand thrift shop for that matter.
This is one, if not the only, thing inside your bedroom that must be bought new. Hand-me-downs usually have an embedded Qi in them, good or bad, from the previous owner so it may be best to steer clear from them.
Next, let’s talk about the dos and don’ts of bedroom decorating for Feng shui.
There are several things you have to take note of if you really want to change the current energy circulating around your place of rest. Furniture, colors, and positioning should all be considered when decorating a room. Below you will find the most helpful tips on how to do it.
Bed position in Feng shui
- The positioning of the bed in Feng shui is very important. Avoid having it aligned with the door at all costs. This includes all doors present in your room, be it a bathroom door or a terrace door. Position your bed as far away from the door as possible, ideally against one corner wall in the room. Make it so that you are not aligned with the door but you can still see it when you climb up to bed. This away, you can avoid startling situations and it gives you a sense of preparedness.
- Going back to the no footboard exemption earlier, you will need it when you have no choice but to align yourself with the door – feet-first – because of limited space. Traditionally, Chinese culture regards this kind of sleeping position as the “Death Position” because dead people are usually exited the room feet-first. Consequently, it is believed in Feng shui that this kind of position drains the life force. That sounds absolutely creepy, so it’s better to creatively put some sort of barricade or buffer to avoid this kind of energy flowing into your room.
Bedroom colors in Feng shui
3. In Feng shui, colors are very significant in terms of stimulating spiritual energy. Considering that a bedroom is considered a place of healing and relaxation, it is important to note that dark, grim, and heavy colors like black or violet can make you feel very uneasy during sleep. Not to mention, it would be difficult to tell what time of the day it is if the interior is too dark. Warm, earthly colors like peach, cream, soft browns and pink will help create a more conducive atmosphere. Thus, they are recommended. Wild colors like red and orange is great to use as an accenting color to cultivate a romantic vibe but using too much is discouraged because they are too stimulating for the eyes.Rather than sensing a tranquil and serene vibe, you might feel restless and agitated instead.
Feng shui bedroom windows
4. If you’re sleeping with your head against a window, you’d better do something about it pronto. Qi is not confined in one place only. This energy is all around us, inside and outside our bedroom walls. Furthermore, it is important to understand that the viscosity of such energy is not the same in one place and another. When you sleep directly under a window, the Qi from outside might be meddling with your own which leads to uncomfortable, disruptive sleep. Find a nice plain wall where you can rest your head upon.
Bedroom fixtures and tables
- When choosing bedroom fixtures, especially bedside tables, opt for smooth, curvy edges. Circular tables are best because they don’t have corners at all. It is against Fengshui to have sharp objects or edges pointing to you while you sleep. This will create an attacking energy or what they call “Sha Chi” or poison arrows.
- In addition to having a round, curvy table beside your bed, you must have another round, curvy table on the other side. Yes, that means you’ll need to have a table on each side to help maintain the balance of energy. This will make you feel centered and/or create a sense of equality between you and your partner. Also, if you’re planning to buy a lampshade to go with your bedside table, make it two. Because, as mentioned above, everything should be balanced.
Decorations with water features
- If you’re running a business or looking too get promoted before the year ends, avoid decorations with water features. An aquarium, a pet fish, or a framed picture of Moby Dick hanged in your room might in turn invite negative financial energy and may lead to loss of finances or risk of being robbed.
Keep the bedroom tidy
- Clutter, Feng shui or no Feng shui, is definitely an eyesore. We are all busy in all kinds of ways and we keep working our guts out night and day that cleaning may not be a priority anymore. However, seeing and sleeping around a lot of clutter will just make us feel more tired, and maybe even sick. In everything we do, the lesser the better. This allows the flow of energy to freely circulate around us without unnecessary hindrances.
Clean out storage
9. That’s right, even those you have held on too for such a long time. Look into old boxes stuffed in your cabinet or under the bed and check if those are still relevant to you. More importantly, get rid of anything that may remind you of a bad or painful experience in the past. They may already contain bad Qi and invite negativity in your life – which you absolutely don’t need. So whether it’s a $1000 necklace given to you by a cheating ex, or a memento you have of your best friend who betrayed you, you might want to consider taking it out or putting it up in an auction.
Bedroom mirrors in Feng shui
- Like light and sound, energy bounces of reflective objects so make sure not to have a mirror near you when you sleep – especially not in front, above, or beside the bed. If it’s not really needed and you have a powder room to confine it to, better leave it there. Mirrors are said to magnify problems and worries in Feng shui; it is even believed to open up a space for a third party. Super creepy!!
- Lastly, make sure the room is used solely for the purpose of rest. Do not bring work or entertainment inside. It is not healthy and you will never feel completely relaxed. The television, laptop, and your work desk can have their own separate part of the house but not the bedroom. In case of the absence of another free room, and you really need to combine your bedroom and work space, just make sure to cover it up before you go to bed – unless you want to drift off to sleep looking at a pile of bills. And, remember to always maintain soft lighting fixtures.
After reading this, you might want to look around your bedroom for a little bit. Some of these Feng shui bedroom tips might already be in place so there is no need to change them anymore. If not, you might want to schedule a weekend off for some revamping. Keep in mind that nothing beats a hard day’s work than a good night’s sleep. Feng shui your worries away!