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April 24, 2014

N’Terior: Balancing Your Bedroom with Feng Shui

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Written by: Sylvester Cosby
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I’m sure you’ve heard the term feng shui (pronounced fung shway) before, but do you actually know what it means? Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art that reveals how to balance the energy in a space, making it healthier and more fortunate. Literally feng shui translates to “wind water”, two of the elements that come into balance. The Chinese prescribe the art of feng shui in everything they do, including organizing their living space.

Whether you’re a believer in the sensual and health-giving benefits of feng shui or you’re just looking for design tips for your bedroom, you’ll find many creative ways to improve your room substantially, simply by rearranging or replacing certain furnishings. 
A harmonious bedroom is one that’s welcoming to the inhabitant, while being conversely stimulating and relaxing at the same time – an ideal place for catching a nap or enjoying all manner of bedroom activities.

Follow these simple rules of feng shui and give your bedroom the perfect balance of elements.

  1. Place your bed carefully.

Feng shui is all about the flow of energies and perhaps no place in the bedroom is this flow more important than around the bed. 

The position of your bed also plays a major role, as the most prominent item in your bedroom. For the best effects, you should keep your bed easily approachable from both sides, meaning pushing the headboard against the wall but making sure the left and right hand sides can both be accessed. Removing clumsy bedside cabinets and tables can make getting in and out of bed a more pleasant experience. 
Balance the bed with two small tables or nightstands. This not only looks appealing, it allows for a yin and yang type of balance.

  1. Avoid bedroom clutter.

Although this seems obvious in any culture, the Chinese believe that clutter in the bedroom equates to clutter in your life. Having a blaring TV, exercise equipment or a desk workspace in your bedroom can destroy the good energy. Eliminate anything that is unnecessary from blocking the flow of good energy and you will achieve a good feng shui balance. Remove the TV, computer or other electronic devices from the bedroom. These objects are blocking the energy. If you think about it, it’s pretty obvious. The very presence of these objects brings other areas of our lives like work, news, worries into the bedroom, i.e, additional pressure. It is important for the bedroom to be a place where you can detach yourself from all these things and clean the head.

  1. Think about furniture placement.
    If you have extra furniture pieces in your bedroom, be careful about where they are placed. It is important to keep sharp or pointed edges of furniture pointed away from the bed where you sleep. If they must point toward you, soften the edges by placing a plant nearby. Likewise, if you place a table or shelf in the corner of the room diagonally, place a plant behind it in the empty space to avoid dead energy zones. The goal is to keep the energy flowing freely throughout the bedroom and placing plants in sharp or empty spaces can help soften the flow. Also, it is not recommended to sleep when your feet are facing towards the door. It’s called “coffin position” – so it is pretty self-explanatory.

    4. Choose colors wisely.

    To keep the balance of energies in the bedroom, it is important to choose colors that are soothing and relaxing. The best colors for the bedroom are colors that are similar to human skin colors, everything from creamy whites to chocolate browns. These colors are calming and set the mood for a balanced and stable bedroom. Equally as important is the lighting in your bedroom. Candles are the best form of light for feng shui so be sure to place many in your bedroom. Electric light on a dimmer is the second best as it can change with the varying moods and moments. Colors in the bedroom – It is better to use bright colors that are pleasant but not too bright.

    5. Decorate in balance.

    When decorations for the bedroom, choose images and photographs that represent things that you want to attain. For example, water is related to wealth in the Chinese culture, so a painting of an oceanscape or a waterfall would foster a feeling of wealth. Likewise, a brightly colored, positive image can bring about much better energy than a drab and dreary work of art. Choose pieces that make you feel good and place them in areas of openness and balance.

    Feng Shui Myths

    Flowers in the bedroom.
    In general, there is a belief that you should not have something that “was living”  (dried flowers) in the room, but in this case, what do we do with all the wooden furniture and anything else made of wood or natural materials? Flowers will always improve your mood, make a pleasant scent and add beauty to the room.

    Mirrors in the Bedroom.

    It is another myth that you shouldn’t have mirrors in the bedroom. However, this is a problem only if the your head and upper body are reflected in it. If the mirror is placed beside the bed, and you are not reflected in it, it’s ok. If your bedroom mirror does reflect you when you’re in bed, cover it when you go to sleep.

    En-Suite Bathroom

    There are various theories about the en-suite bathroom and usually, it is not recommended. Some people even do not use the bathroom in their bedroom because they’re worried it might affect their luck. Don’t worry, you can still use and enjoy your en-suite bathroom. But its door should be closed, at least when you are in the room, and you should always keep it clean.

    Although it is difficult to achieve a perfectly feng shui bedroom, following these simple guidelines can help you to have a more balanced and pleasurable space. Check over your bedroom carefully. Be sure every piece in it, whether it is furniture or decoration, has a special meaning to you and makes you feel good to look at. This positive energy will help bring forth good energy, good health and good fortune.



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Sylvester Cosby