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August 8, 2014

How To Feng Shui Your Bedroom

When people redecorate, they usually start with the public areas like the kitchen, guest bathroom and the living room; then if there is room in their budget, they may get around to decorating the bedroom.

In traditional Feng Shui, there are three important areas. No surprise that the bedroom is one of them. So in Feng Shui the bedroom is one of the most important rooms to start with.

Remember, Feng Shui is about creating a supportive environment for you. If you are like most people, you spend the majority of you time at home in your bedroom.

Therefore, it is very important that this room supports you. Making it visually pleasing to others is secondary to your room supporting you.

In Feng Shui the bedroom has two functions: sleeping and romance. It’s important that your bedroom supports these functions first and foremost. If you haven’t already, you may want to consider that it’s time to out-grow what I call the everything room of our youth.

Here are some Feng Shui bedroom tips to help you create a soothing and supportive space for yourself.

Feng Shui Bedroom Layout

When considering the Feng Shui layout for your bedroom, locations of doors and windows will affect the placement of your bed, the most important piece of furniture in this room.

Here are a few tips.

a. Make sure your head, the head of your bed, is supported by a solid wall. This wall will act as a mountain in Feng Shui terms. It will provide protection and a sense of safety, allowing you to sleep more peacefully.

b. The best Feng Shui bedroom design positions the bed so that when you are lying in bed, you can see the door in front of you. It doesn’t have to be directly in front of you, but if your head is at the 6 on the face of a clock, the door should be somewhere between 9 and 3.

We call this power position.  Anyone entering will be seen by you as soon as they enter, you will be in power.

c. If it’s not possible, due to closets, doors, windows or other permanent fixtures, to position your bed with a view of the door, create a power position with mirrors.

Place a mirror or other reflective object so you can see the door’s reflection in from your bed. You just need to be able to see movement at your door, not any details.

d. If you are more advanced in your Feng Shui knowledge you can make a Feng Shui Bedroom Map by placing the Feng Shui Bagua map in your bedroom, aligning it with the wall that contains the door.

You can then place things according to the different life areas. But remember, placement of the bed in the power position is the most important step to your Feng Shui bedroom layout.

Feng Shui Bedroom Colors

Color is very important in Feng Shui, and Feng Shui Bedroom colors are no exception. The colors you use or don’t use, can affect your sleep and your romance.

a. Good colors to use in the bedroom for Feng Shui are tones that are soft and soothing. Colors that invite you to snuggle in and relax. A good guide is to follow the skin-tone test.

If the color could be found on the complexion of a healthy person anywhere in the world, then this is likely a good color for a bedroom. This can range anywhere from off-white to eggplant. The color should invite you to relax and unwind.

b. An exception to the above is if you want to bring in more passion. You may then want to add the color red to your bedroom. In Feng Shui, red represents Fire and passion.

Too much red can make sleeping and relaxing difficult for some so add it gradually. Think about adding seasoning to your cooking; add a bit at a time, tasting it along the way, until you know you’ve added enough.

c. We talked about red for passion, so it’s important that we address the opposite when we talk about Feng Shui bedroom colors. White, for example, can be too “cool” for the bedroom, and thus can have a cooling effect on passion.

Hospitals and brides, traditionally thought of as pure and virginal, are associated with white. Do you want your bedroom to resemble either a hospital or a bride? I didn’t think so.

Some other colors to be aware of, depending upon the shade,  are gray, blue, and green. These can also have a cooling effect and may not be good choices for Feng Shui bedroom colors. It’s best to stick with warm, comforting colors.

Feng Shui Bedroom Furniture

Is your bedroom still the “everything” room of your youth? Remember growing up when your bedroom was where you slept, studied, entertained, played and more?

In Feng Shui for the bedroom, there are two purposes: sleeping and romance. So the Feng Shui of bedroom furniture needs to pass a litmus test of sorts.

a. Ask if the furniture, and other objects in your bedroom, support sleep and romance. Or do they perhaps have some other function? Do you have workout equipment, a desk, a large television or other object in your room?

Is there anything romantic or relaxing about a treadmill? How about a desk covered with paperwork? If it doesn’t help with sleep or romance, best to remove it or put it behind a decorative screen or curtain.

b. Mirror mirror on the wall. Does it help with sleep? No.  In fact, a mirror actually activated the energy in a space and makes sleeping more challenging.  In Feng Shui Bedroom mirrors are not advised.

Either remove them all together, or cover them at night. This will put them to bed too, like putting a child to bed first, so you can sleep peacefully. Cover them with a blanket, towel, or a lovely piece of fabric. Even a sheer cloth covering is better than nothing at all.

c. If you have mirrored closet doors, consider hanging a curtain rod above them. You can open the curtains during the day to make access to the closet and mirrors easy, and close the curtains at night to quiet the space for restful sleep.

Follow these Feng Shui Bedroom Tips and your bedroom will be supportive and create a space of restful sleep and romantic interludes.  Remember the primary purposes of a Feng Shui bedroom are sleep and romance.

So when you look around your bedroom observe anything that doesn’t benefit sleeping or romance. Consider removing them and you’ll be well on your way to a peaceful night’s sleep.

Helen Arabanos

About the Author

Helen Arabanos is a Professional Feng Shui Consultant based in Westlake Village, CA, and the author of HE’S INTO YOU…But Is His Home? What a Man’s Feng Shui Can Reveal About Him.

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