While you might know how to use the basics of Feng Shui in your bedroom, do you know how to create a sleep space that exudes good energy?
We spend more time in our bedrooms over the course of our lives than we do any other room of the house and with most of that time spent in the passive Yin state, having a room that manifests good energy could make the difference between a rejuvenating slumber or troubling sleep disturbances.
There is more to creating a bedroom for good energy than simply finding a Feng Shui bedroom layout or your Feng Shui bed placement. Here, we look at seven ways Feng Shui experts believe could help make your bedroom a positive space for you to rest.
How should I arrange my bedroom for good energy?
There are many ways you can create a Feng Shui bedroom for good energy. Besides avoiding the Feng Shui death position and learning where bedroom mirrors should go in Feng Shui, you can also create good energy through smaller details and decor pieces. Here are seven ways experts recommend.
1. Balance Feng Shui elements
Feng Shui philosophy rests on five elements that should be balanced in the home for good energy. Promoting harmony in the bedroom should start with creating equality between wood, earth, metal, water, and fire.
Decorate with gentle earth tones to bring the self-nourishing, grounding element of earth into your bedroom, recommends Holistic designer Anna Lippett. Couple this element with Feng Shui plants to encourage the growth element of wood.
Metal can come into the space through decor pieces or carefully placed Feng Shui mirrors to represent the element of joy and beauty alongside the wise water element.
Anna explains that the fire element is important in the bedroom as it represents passion, emotional expression, and inspiration. Try adding candles or pops of red and pink to bring these into the bedroom without overwhelming the space and making it too energizing.
Balancing these elements can help to create a Feng Shui bedroom for good luck too.
2. Embrace natural light
Natural light during the day is a positively energizing force and is proven to help boost your mood. What’s more, light channels the Feng Shui fire element so can boost passion in the bedroom during the day when you might not have your candles lit.
Embracing natural light in the bedroom as well as throughout the house indicates the flow of life and energy throughout the space bringing good fortune and harmony. If you have a smaller or naturally darker room, consider playing with Feng Shui bedroom colors to take advantage of the light the room does get whilst simultaneously channeling Feng Shui's meaning through color.
‘Windows are there to bring in light and energy into your space, and your bed is for you to get rest.’ explains Feng Shui consultant Jessie Kim, also known as Ms. Feng Shui. Because of this, the bed would be positioned away from the window with the window covered at night, but there is nothing stopping you from throwing the curtains wide open in the morning to embrace the flows of energy.
3. Clean your bedroom windows
As well to embracing natural light by opening your curtains each morning, Feng Shui suggests that you should maintain clean windows too.
Feng Shui philosophy believes that windows are the eyes of the home and are related to our ability to see clearly in life. If your windows are not clean you will be less likely to see clearly in the life and may miss opportunities coming your way and bring negative energy into the home.
To improve the flow of good energy in the bedroom keep the windows clean both inside and out. Feng Shui expert Melissa Waite Stamps also recommends that you ‘open windows once a day to let in sunlight and fresh air’ as this can refresh the room and allow positive energy to flow inwards.
4. Remove or cover your bedroom TV
Much like Feng Shui TV placement in the living room, when a TV is in the bedroom it should be covered when not in use. Ideally, TVs should be omitted from the bedroom space because of the high amounts of Yang energy they are thought to create in a room. Because the bedroom is a relaxing sanctuary, this high-energy object is best left outside warns Melissa, ‘to strengthen love and romance, you should never have a TV or computer in your room. TVs and computers are discouraged from Feng Shui design in bedrooms.’
If you do have a TV in your room, however, try covering it up overnight when you are asleep to prevent any possible sleep disturbances. Whilst you could do this with a blanket or sheet, consider incorporating a TV hide into your bedroom storage ideas and shutting the electronic behind your wardrobe doors for a more stylish and convenient solution.
‘To strengthen love and romance, you should never have a TV or computer in your room. TVs and computers are discouraged from Feng Shui design in bedrooms’ warns Melissa.
5. Use rounded furniture
When planning out your bedroom Feng Shui it is wise to consider using curved furniture with rounded edges to remove any sharp energy from the room.
Creating harsh energy is one of many common Feng Shui mistakes that can occur accidentally in design and can be avoided by planning in advance. Opt for rounded headboard shapes, circular bedside tables, and curved lighting fixtures to prevent sharp edges and limit negative energy in an otherwise relaxing space.
6. Close any ensuite doors
In Feng Shui it is recommended that bathroom doors throughout your house should remain closed, however, this is especially important if you have an ensuite in your bedroom.
Whilst it is advised to leave your bathroom door ajar after a show to allow excess moisture to escape and prevent mold, the door should remain closed otherwise as it is believed that good Feng Shui energy can escape through the bathroom drainage. Closing the door will minimize the possibility of good qi flowing away from you as you sleep as well as concealing the toilet from view.
7. Create a cozy space
With the bedroom's main priority being rest and relaxation, it is important to create a space that feels personalized and cozy as well as one that follows Feng Shui principles.
‘Use different sumptuous textiles in cushions, throws, and wall hangings to create a cozy, cocoon feeling in your bedroom,’ suggests Anna, ‘textural layering is really important for a soft space.’
'Have a White noise machine with the sound of ocean waves, rain, or birds,’ adds Melissa. Incorporating pieces that appeal to all of the senses is a great way to ground yourself in your own space and improve your mental wellbeing.
How do I clear energy in my bedroom?
You can clear the energy in your bedroom by opening windows to allow positive energy to flow in and negative energy to escape, and try burning sage. Sage has been used as a purifying tool for hundreds of years and is believed to clear negative energy by releasing negative ions.
It is also recommended in Feng Shui to add Feng Shui friendly plants to a space to reduce negative energy, but it is important to add and remove things from your space with intention in mind. Throwing Feng Shui elements together haphazardly can still result in negative energy, so it is important to consider its philosophy and use balance in your design.
Chiana is a junior writer for Homes & Gardens having joined Future plc as a new graduate in 2022 after achieving a 1st class degree in Literature at university. She first became interested in design as a child after spending her summers helping her parents redecorate her childhood home. As a long-time reader of Future’s homes titles, Chiana is constantly finding new inspiration at work as she focuses on emerging trends, how-to’s, and news pieces.
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