Why you should never hang art vertically in the bedroom – Feng Shui experts explain why you should avoid this layout

How does your choice of artwork impact your sleep space? Holistic designers why its size, shape, and color matter

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The art of creating a Feng Shui-friendly bedroom comes down to a host of factors – from your bed placement to your use of mirrors in the space. While all of these factors are believed to influence the energy of your space, experts have warned that your bedroom art ideas are equally impactful – and vital to get right. 

Whether you're exploring above-the-bed decor ideas or want a focal point above your dressing table – bedroom art is not a decision that should be taken lightly. The piece (or pieces) knows how to exhibit your personality while making an instant statement – but its power doesn't end there. Instead, your chosen piece has an influence over your bedroom Feng Shui and, consequently (quite possibly) your sleep schedule. 

Therefore, when it comes to the biggest Feng Shui mistake to avoid, the shape of your chosen artwork matters. Here's what the experts want you to know. 

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Why you should never hang art vertically in the bedroom

'Hanging art vertically commands more presence and feels more active,' warns Kimberley Garner, the founder of the School of Holistic Design. In a bedroom, the expert recommends avoiding portrait art – and choosing a horizontal piece with a calmer presence and greater gravity. 

'If you're looking to create a relaxing or serene space, such as in a bedroom, you may find a wider piece of art to evoke these feelings,' she says in her discussion with art brand Green Lili. 'Whereas a portrait piece may work best in a space that needs more action, such as an entryway or office.'

Alongside this, Feng Shui consultant Suzanne Roynonexplains how the color of your artwork similarly impacts your bedroom's energy. 

'Traditional Feng Shui harnesses the elements to support a home. Each has a swathe of colors that enhance the energy of a space,' she says. Therefore, 'choosing artwork that contains the colors of the element you're trying to increase can help to bring harmony to your space.'

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The best bedroom color ideas are those that promote feelings of stability and serenity – so you should look to incorporate these shades into pieces. Suzanne Roynon recommends looking toward light browns, yellows, and neutral hues. 

'Earth is the element of stability and nurture and can be brought into a space in the form of light browns, yellows, and neutral tones,' she says. 'All of these colors are very grounding and calming, and nature-inspired art is a great way to bring feelings of serenity and re-connection into your space.'

What kind of art is good for bedroom?

The best artworks are those that are landscape, as they will promote the calming feng shui energy in your sleep space. Feng shui consultant Suzanne Roynon suggests opting for neutral browns and yellows as they promote a feeling of serenity which is needed in the bedroom. However, she explains that blue and green are also great choices. 

'Water is the element of tranquility, wisdom, and wealth and should be brought in with plenty of blues and sea greens,' she says. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.