How to Use Feng Shui to Set Up Your Bedroom
Ancient Chinese feng shui theory is based on the positive flow of energy, known as chi. If your physical life is cluttered and jumbled, your mental life follows suit. A home that balances chi, especially in the bedroom, is a home that leads to a peaceful, successful life, according to feng shui principles.
Importance of Bedroom Feng Shui
You probably spend more time in the bedroom than in any other room of your home. Okay, so you’re asleep most of that time, but energy flows whether you’re awake or not. Creating an atmosphere of peaceful serenity is the goal of bedroom feng shui, and furniture placement, color choices and lighting all contribute to the positive flow of chi.
Positioning the Bed
Examine the layout of the bedroom before placing the bed. If the ceilings slope, place the headboard under the highest aspect of the ceiling, or on another wall. Be sure the bed is on a wall, not under a window, so that it’s anchored and the chi flows around, not out. A solid headboard is preferred.
Find the power position in the room -- the space that’s farthest from the door without directly facing it. You must be able to see who is coming in and out of your bedroom. Use mirrors only if the bed placement is awkward, but don’t let the mirror reflect your body in the bed.
Don’t put the foot of the bed in line with the door, which is the death position and considered inauspicious. Energy enters through the door and may keep you awake or unsettled during the night. If you have no choice except to face the door, fool the bad chi by diverting it: Place a bench between the bed and the door. The last resort is to close the door when you’re in the room.
Additional Bedroom Furniture
Open yourself up to sharing by equalizing the bedroom space by installing two matching nightstands, two matching lamps, with a bed strategically placed to allow ease of entry. Avoid putting a desk in the room; the bedroom is your retreat, not an auxiliary office. A chair or a bench is welcomed, but it isn’t to be used as a hamper for dirty clothes. Clutter doesn't belong, whether in view or under the bed. Chi needs free space to flow.
Electronics in the Bedroom
Avoid having a television in the bedroom. The sound of bombs exploding, gunshots firing or helicopters whirring overhead isn't conducive to a restful sleep, and the electromagnetic fields play havoc in the room. If possible, keep your alarm clock, if it’s digital, far from your sleeping space; a battery-operated clock is preferred. Leave your mobile phone in another room, preferably turned off, and turn off your laptop long before you go to sleep, if you’ve brought it to bed.
Warm and peaceful earth tones are recommended to help create a serene habitat. If the ceiling slopes, paint all the walls and the ceiling the same color. Work in shades and hues if the room is geometrically proportioned. If your personal life is on an even keel, stay with harmonious yellows such as marigold or honey. To attract passion, use rich corals or even red, but temper the hot colors by using them only on feature walls.
Lighting the Way
Matching table lamps fitted with three-way bulbs provide reading illumination, yet can be dimmed to set a tranquil mood. Opening the drapes and letting natural light infuse your bedroom helps promote good energy flow. Eliminate all digital lights that shine throughout the night.
Accessorizing the Bedroom
The only photographs that should be in the bedroom are of the occupants of the room; don’t invite friends and family into your private retreat. Paintings depicting restful landscapes or romantic settings promote good feng shui, as do sepia-toned photographs of nature. Don’t clutter up the tabletops or other surfaces; keep memorabilia to a minimum.
Jann Seal is published in magazines throughout the country and is noted for her design and decor articles and celebrity *in-home* interviews. An English degree from the University of Maryland and extensive travels and relocations to other countries have added to her decorating insight.
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