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Feng shui bedroom design

15th December 2018
Image credit: Rachel Laxer Interiors

You can’t help but notice the increase in home design tv shows, particularly clearing out spaces and reorganising. Every now and then the Ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui reinvents itself and reappears at certain times to help us take control.

For thousands of years people have adopted feng shui to transform their environments and eliminate negative energy so they could experience peace and harmony within their lives. You can follow the guiding principles of this ancient science in your own environment. The following feng shui tips will help you create a harmonious bedroom layout that promotes peace, health and wellbeing.

Good feng shui bedroom layout tips

Any type of feng shui room layout relies on achieving balance between the energy flows within the room, and bedroom design is no exception. Feng shui energy consists of Sha chi, which is an aggressive, attacking type, and Si chi, which is low energy. Achieving balance between both energies is essential for the creation of harmonious energy flow. This means you need to carefully place all pieces of furniture and objects in your bedroom.

Where should I put my bed?

There are three basic feng shui tips for positioning your bed.

  1. Ensure the bed is in the focal point in the room and can easily be accessed from both sides.
  2. Create balance at either side of the bed with a bedside table and lamp on either side of the bed.
  3. Don’t position your bed directly in line with the bedroom door.

You should also ensure your headboard is against a solid wall, and it should not be positioned under a window. The foot of the bed should be clear and its command position should allow a view of the bedroom door.

The design of the bed itself should be pleasing to you. A good quality mattress that you feel comfortable on, a solid headboard and preferably all in natural fibres. Good quality sheets are a very easy way to increase comfort too. Together, these recommendations will increase levels of harmonious and good energy. Be careful not to over clutter the room with bedroom decor, particularly in a small bedroom.

Bedroom shape and size

Aim to create a cosy space in your bedroom. Large bedrooms can cause you to feel more vulnerable and reduce restful sleep, use screen dividers or strategically placed furniture to zone a large bedroom to make it feel cosy.

Slanted or sloping ceilings are not recommended as they can build unease and increase levels of negative energy within the room.

Creating loving, harmonious energies

It’s very important to remove all electronic devices from your bedroom as these build negative energy. You should also remove any mirrors, water features or images of water from the room. Soothing colour palettes in skin tones, such as cream, off-white, chocolate brown or peach, are ideal for bedrooms and will promote maximum levels of peace and heightened sensuality. Stark and crisp white walls should be avoided. Sharp corners or edges on furniture, closet doors, or objects should also be avoided and the room should remain clutter-free at all times.

Placing pairs of objects within the room is a good way to build loving and harmonious feng shui energies. Even if you’re not currently in a loving relationship, matching pillows, chairs, lamps or bedside tables will all promote the loving and healing energies in the room. Think about the five senses, and make sure that nothing in the room provokes any of these senses, you want each sense to be soothed in the space. Essential oil blends are great, and I love to use NEOM Organics room spray in my bedroom.

Using principles from this traditional Chinese way of living is really useful in today’s modern world. Do let me know how you get on if you decide to implement these recommendations.

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