We can’t discuss how to Feng Shui your bedroom without first defining what Feng Shui is.
What Is Feng Shui
The Chinese word ‘Feng’ translates to mean ‘wind, while the word ‘Shui’ translates to mean ‘water’. While there are several Feng Shui theories, they all include the essential principles of a) the commanding position, b) the Bagua, and c) the five elements. Very briefly –
- The Commanding Position is the spot in a room that’s furthest away from the door; however, it must not be in direct line with the door. It should put you on a diagonal, with a clear line of sight to the door.
With other rooms, simply determine the dominant position in that space, then place your stove or desk in diagonal alignment, if at all possible. Note that your bed represents you, the stove represents nourishment and wealth, and your desk represents your career.
- A Bagua is the Feng Shui energy map that’s superimposed on the floor plan of your home.
- The Five Elements are water, metal, earth, wood, and fire. These are used to balance both your home and your Bagua, which is each of your life areas.
It’s essential that your bedroom is a place of relaxation, rest, and romance – and nothing else. We typically spend at least eight hours each day in this space, which means that Feng Shui should be maximized to its fullest potential.
Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy of arranging items in living spaces to create balance with the natural world. The idea behind Fen Shui is to establish harmony and harness energy forces. So, let’s take a look at how we can create perfect Feng Shui in our bedroom.
Bed Positioning the Feng Shui Way
When we’re asleep we enter a passive ‘yin’ state, which makes us very susceptible to the energy surrounding us. Both our conscious and unconscious states are affected by where we lay in the room, which is why it’s so important to get bed placement right.
Your bed should be placed in the ‘commanding’ position, which means it should be facing the door but not be in direct line with it. It should never be lined up so that your feet point out the door. This is what’s referred to as the ‘coffin position’. In addition, your bed should not be placed under a window, which, according to Fen Shui experts, may lead to weakness and sadness.
A Bedhead Is Important
In Feng Shui, a bedhead represents support and stability in your life, especially your romantic relationships. Upholstered or solid wooden bedheads with soft edges are preferred over bedheads with built-in storage or bedheads with metal bars. Your bedhead should be securely fastened to the bed, then placed against a solid wall, while the bed should be kept as close to the wall as possible.
What do you have stored under your bed? Be aware that these items affect you while you’re in a passive ‘yin’ state (asleep), and could also create or represent subconscious blocks in your life. Ideally, you will clear out the space under your bed to allow the life force energy (‘qi’) to freely flow and rejuvenate you while you’re asleep. However, if you need this storage space, stick to sleep-related items like blankets, linens, and pillows.
If clearing underneath your bed means storing it all in the closet, perhaps it’s time to let go of the items you really don’t need anymore. Decluttering your bedroom is vitally important before you start making any changes.
Use Symmetry To Create Balance
In Feng Shui, it’s believed that pairs promote harmonious and loving energy, which means you should create a bedroom for two people regardless of whether you have a partner or not. For example, have two similar bedside tables with two similar lamps, two seats, and two pillows. They don’t necessarily need to match but they need to complement each other. If you do have someone sleeping next to you, this symmetry will promote harmony in your relationship.
Dividing Your Space Into Zones
Mirrors are an obvious and practical addition to any bedroom, but good Feng Shui decorating suggests not placing a mirror in this space. It’s believed that mirrors reflect energy and disrupt sleep. It also says that a mirror in front of the bed invites a third party into the relationship. However, if you must have a mirror in your bedroom, ensure it faces and reflects something you love looking at. It must not directly face the bed.
With Feng Shui, the aim is to remove all items that bring active energy (‘yang’) into the space. This could be work-related items, exercise equipment, lots of books, and so on. If your space is limited and these items must be kept in your bedroom, try to separate your sleeping area from these other objects by using a room divider or perhaps place a cover (blanket or tablecloth) over your work desk or exercise equipment. This will help turn your space into a restful state.
The Power Of Positive Décor
Décor is very important when trying to maintain a balanced life. If you’re looking for love, avoid wall art that features single objects or single people. In addition, if romance in the bedroom is in short supply, move your family portraits into another room.
Don’t’ keep objects that remind you of who you used to be in your bedroom. These can have a negative effect on your dreams, your aura, and your emotions and subconscious thoughts.
Fire is a vital element of Feng Shui, and using fire through candles is one of the best ways to introduce this element into your space. Candles introduce a warm glow and purify the energy in the room.
The Relationship Between Colours and Energy
Don’t choose colours for your bedroom simply because you like them. Feng Shui places a lot of importance on colours because they represent what you need in life. Colours should match the energy mapping (‘Bagua’) of your home.
If you would like to attract a partner, go for subdued peaches and pinks, whereas a little red will invite passion into your space. Skin and earth tones are soothing and offer support, while blues with a touch of green promote vitality and rejuvenations. The colour green in bedrooms should be kept to a minimum, though, because in Feng Shui green represents the wood element, thus detracting from the earth element that’s very important in a bedroom.
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