Feng Shui 101: The Bedroom
Feng Shui is a Chinese system of ideas meant to create harmony in your home and the surrounding environment. As this is the first post in our Feng Shui series, where better to start than the place you spend eight hours a day? Your bedroom is the ideal place to add a little positive energy so let’s take you through a few feng shui bedroom basics.
1. Move Your Bed
One of the most important things you need to do to create some good bedroom Feng Shui is to ensure you have the right bed placement. That being said, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to get everything just right. Here are a few tips to help you get your bed bearings.
Orient your bed in such a way that it doesn’t face the door and your headboard doesn’t lean against a window. The theory behind this is to prevent losing the energy you build up in your sleep. Doors and windows serve as energy connectors in the feng shui philosophy, so if you find yourself lacking energy in get-up-and-go in the morning, you may want to give this one a try.
Another thing to think about is maintaining balance around your bed. This means you should have two nightstands and two bedside lamps to create a sense of equal space. You want your bed and it’s surroundings to appear equal as this is thought to help you have a wider, more balanced view on life.
2. Choose Calming Colours
Feng Shui colours carry a specific life force vibration – also known as level of chi. In some teachings, they’ll tell you to keep your bed linens skin toned in colour (true to your tone) as this is said to evoke calm, comfort and sensuality. As for other colours in your bedroom, you’re going to want to use colours that induce a calming effect but that’s not to say you can’t include a few bright accents, here and there.
3. Open Your Windows
To further your bedroom’s Feng Shui feel, you’re going to want blinds and curtains that are easy to open and close. Open your blinds at bedtime and let the darkness of the night cascade through. Nighttime creates a yin balance that is said to ease you into sleep.
During the day, you’ll want to keep your blinds and windows open so the outside air can breeze into your room and produce good energy. You’ll want to keep them closed at night, however, as yours isn’t the only energy that can escape out the window.
4. Adjust Your Lighting
You want to create a perfect environment for sleeping and that means ditching any bright LED lighting. Instead, consider installing a dimmer switch or using lamps with adjustable lighting (although the ultimate Feng Shui recommendation is to use candles for their soothing effects). You’ll also want to make sure there are no large lighting fixtures directly over your bed as this is considered ominous.
5. Stow Away Electronics
It’s scientifically proven that electronic light negatively affects our sleep. This is especially the case for those who look at their phones right before bed (this must mean there’s a lot of tired people out there!). As well, if you have a computer in your bedroom, you’re going to want to cover it at night – even if it’s turned off. You want to keep your bedroom specific to the things you would typically do in that space. Lastly, we recommend a wind-up alarm clock instead of using a digital one or your phone.
Having a clean, clutter-free bedroom is an important principle in Feng Shui. When you have a cluttered space it can distract you from sleep and disrupt the flow of good energy. If you have a ton of clothing or other stuff hanging around your bedroom, give it a designated place. This will alleviate stress, leaving you free to get a good night’s sleep.
Now that you have all these tips to create the best bedroom environment, you too can be a Feng Shui guru. Be sure to stay tuned for our next post on how to create some serious Feng Shui in your bathroom.