Feng Shui Bedroom Design
Feng Shui Deor Can Offer A Peaceful Sleeping Space
By Sharon Stajda
Color, room flow, and furniture placement are all important...
Is your bedroom a peaceful haven, is it a comfortable retreat that provides you with a place to rest as well as romance? Do you emerge from your bedroom each morning feeling refreshed, and ready for the day ahead? If you have answered no to any of these questions, a little feng shui may be just the thing you need to consider for your bedroom.
Feng shui - (pronounce fung shway) which means "wind and water" is the ancient Chinese art of placement. The goal of Feng shui is to enhance the flow of chi(life force or spiritual energy) and to ultimately create a harmonious flowing environment. An environment that will lend to support of good health, beckon wealth, and invite happiness into your life. At its most basic level, feng shui can be practiced as a decorating tool or more so a discipline based on the belief that our surroundings affect us in many ways. Feng shui can help you arrange any space in your home to support ultimate rest and connection with your partner. Whether you promote Feng Shui's philosophy or not, many of its helpful principles make good design sense.
Positioning Of The Bed - The Importance Of Sense Of Safty
In Feng Shui, the "commanding position" for the bed is as far away from the bedroom door as possible. However, you should still be able to keep an eye on the room's entrance. This placement of the bed can offer you a sense of safety which leads to relaxation and peaceful sleep.
1. Try not to position your bed under the lower angle of a pitched ceiling, a heavy beam or a ceiling fan. These room features are thought to contain depressing energy. Energies that may leave you l with the feeling that the room is pushes down on you while you sleep. If you have no optimal choices, one may use a bed canopy or lengths of fabric suspended from the ceiling to cure this problem.
2. Try to avoid positioning your bed under a window. A window lacks the symbolic support and protection of a solid wall. This lack of a solid wall behind you as you can lead to a fitful night's sleep. As it's believed energy can enters and exits through a window.
3. Headboards, especially solid ones made from wood, are considered very best of good Feng Shui because they provide additional strength and support behind your head. Footboards are seen as blocking forward progress in life. So do without a footboard or keep it very low.
4. Whatever you do, make sure your feet don't point out the door while in bed. In traditional Chinese culture, this is called the "Death Position" due to a deceased body is carried out feet first. It's also thought sleeping this way can drain your life force. If you can't avoid this problem, use a footboard or other piece of furniture at the foot of your bed. This will act as a buffer between feet and door.
5. Most importantly leave enough room around the bed for energy to flow freely, and for each person to get up with good ease.
Calm Soothing Colors
Choose Calming Colors To Promote Peace
Feng Shui "passion colors such as red and pink in the bedroom are a recipe for romance.
If you want your bedroom to be welcoming, Feng shui practitioners recommend warm, rich earth and skin tones such as terracotta, copper, coral, cream, peach, tan and cocoa to create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Prefer a quiet tranquil bedroom, that is inviting, and gives off healing energy? Choose soft natural colors like greens, light blues, and pale lavenders. These soothing colors will lend to a peaceful haven. Love bright colors? Well, keep them in your other rooms. Reds and oranges are typically associated with yang the masculine half of the yin, and yang energy is too stimulating for a room of rest.
With that said, pink and red are the colors of romance. Using them in the bedroom can increase romance in a relationship. So, it's smart to limit these passionate colors to accent pieces around the room. Try some passion colors in the form of sheets, pillows, throws and other linens. If red is just not for you, try burgundy, magenta, eggplant or pomegranate.
When Choosing Furniture Keep Away From Sharp Corners
Opt For Soft Curves - When shopping for bedroom furniture choose pieces with soft lines and curvilinear forms. It's believed square corners have pointed energy and can create a sharp environment. The "poison arrows" formed by right angles are thought to direct negative energy directly at your sleeping form, which can cause a feeling of uneasiness. Experts say, if you're decorating with your present nightstand, you can soften its corners by draping a piece of flowing fabric over the top or placing a plant on top of the nightstand.
Also, limit what's on top of the nightstand, try to keep down the clutter.
Rid The Room Of All Clutter - The flow of Chi
Chi - " The vital force believed in Taoism and other Chinese thought to be inherent in all things. The unimpeded circulation of chi and a balance of its negative and positive forms in the body are held to be essential to good health in traditional Chinese medicine."
From a Feng Shui perspective, clutter symbolizes unfinished business and impedes forward progress in life. So keep furnishings on the spare side and clear out the clutter. This will enable chi to flow freely around your bedroom.
Tip: Plants placed in corners are said to stop energy from stagnating. Never use the space under your bed to store boxes. Doing so will block energy flow, and lead to stagnation in life, feng shui experts warn.
Clutter under the bed develops its own energy and is thought to disturb sleep. Never keep work-related items in your bedroom.
A Place Of Rest At The End Of The Day
Your bedroom should provide you with a place of rest, contemplation and have intimacy. It should not be a workspace or a place of exercise.
Exercise gear, phones, a television, computer or a desk piled high paperwork will give off and take up energy. These distractions can also distract you from rest and romance. A bedroom is a place where you need to turn off the stresses of the outside world.
Have A Mate - Create A Calm Space For Two
He Has To Enjoy The Decor Too - Balance The Masculine And The Feminine
Do you have only one nightstand, or space only on one side of the bed to climb in and out? This may symbolize a condition of solitude, and may actually scream that you are single, and appear to like it that way.
Its funny - I have noted on many occasions that my single friends tend to have accessories, as well as art that depicts solitude? For a good example, a single flower in a vase. A painting with one person, instead of a crowd?
If you're single and don't wish to be, it is wise to decorate your bedroom as if a partner is already there, sharing the bedroom with you. A good place to start is by using the concept of Symmetry. Position nightstands and lamps on both sides of the bed. Accessorize in pairs. Use accessories that scream romance. A bunch of flowers in a vase or art depicting romance and oneness, which feng shui gurus say can help creates a "couples' energy" as well as a good sense of balance to the room. This balance will create good energy flow.
In the feng shui map of the bedroom, called the Bagua. In a room, the far right corner is the love center. Whether single or coupled, it is desirable to build a shrine to love in that spot. When choosing accessories to make sure to include a photo of you and your mate. Set a pair of candles, a book of romantic poetry or heart-shaped box on your nightstand. These things will help create an environment that will help affirmation of your relationship goals. Plants are also a good decorating option, make sure the leaves are rounded, never spiky. Silk plants can also be used, but keep them dust free. According to feng shui practitioners, never keep a sickly specimen or dried foliage in your home, since their symbolism is very obviously depicting aging and ill health.
A big feng shui no-no is a king-sized bed. Not only do they create a physical chasm between you and your mate, but they "are split down the middle by two box springs, which creates a symbolic division between the partners. If you're not about to give up your king size bed, a bed sheet may be placed over the box springs, this will help unify the two separate halves.
Make The Last Thing You Look At Before Turning In An Inspiration
Ones Eyes Should Fall On Objects Of Beauty
A common feng shui decorating concept is to choose art and other objects that depict things you'd like to see come into your life. Whether it be success, love or all important inner peace.
In one's bedroom, practitioners of feng shui suggest hanging your favorite piece of art on the wall opposite your bed. Making the art the last thing you see before you go to sleep and the first thing you see when you wake up. The art should be something that invokes feelings of joy and lends towards inspiration. Feng Shui practitioners will suggest strongly to keep family photos out of your couples bedroom. Family photos, such as pictures of your parents and your kids should be kept in other rooms in one's home. The focus of a couple room should be for yourself and your partner. If your view from your bed is of an adjoining bathroom or a messy closet, it is always suggested you close doors or screen these views with curtains or folding screens. Also, the toilet seat should be kept down at night, this will permit a better energy flow.
Take Care When With The Placement Of A Mirror
Keep mirrors away from your bed's direct view. Do not ever place a mirror above the bed. This is a major crime against feng shui concepts. A mirror is thought to bounce too much energy around the room, and this energy will sure to take away your good nights rest. Mirrors are also thought to thought to magnify problems and worries, that as a rule all of us have. Some feng shui practitioners even feel that mirrors in the bedroom can invite a third party to interfere in your relationship. If you have mirrored closet doors, it is felt they should be treated as a window, and curtains hung in front of them.
Bedroom Lighting Is Key
When it comes to bedroom lighting, Feng Shui experts suggest flexibility. If you love lots of natural light during the day, and soft light at night, and darkness while you sleep. Exposure to sunlight the first thing in the morning can influence serotonin levels and is said to affect you throughout the day. So it is wise to invest in window coverings/treatments that can easily open to greet the sun in the morning, and closed for privacy and darkness after nightfall. The darkened room in the evening will create a very romantic mood. When choosing your sources for artificial light, make sure to provide illumination in variety. Include overhead lighting, as well as table and wall lights. Balance light directed downward (such as from recessed cans in the ceiling) with up-lit torchieres and sconces, this softer caste light will calm yet lift your energy. It is wise to put all the lights in the bedroom on dimmers. This will give you the power to be flexible with the lighting day and night.
Nighttime Lighting Should Promote Relaxation.
Start Off The Day Together
Create a Sensual Bedroom - A place for just you two
In addition to creating a room that's beautiful in decor, take time to appeal to you and your mate's other senses. Fill your bedroom with things you love to smell, touch, taste and hear. Make sure the bedroom has all the pleasures the two of you enjoy. Light fragrant candles or use an essential oil diffuser that you and your mate find pleasing. (lavender in known to induces relaxation, and jasmine, rose, and geranium scents are associated with love). Invest in soft inviting linens, pure Egyptian cotton, smooth silk, soft velvet and cozy cashmere. Relaxing music or nature sounds is something you might consider. A simple wind chime outside your bedroom window may fill the space with soothing sounds.
Treat your senses to a glass of wine or a piece of chocolate before bed. Treat your mate to delicious flavors of freshly brewed herbal tea before you turn out the lights. In the morning greet your mate with their favorite morning beverage along with a warm, buttery croissant to share in bed. It will do your chi good, and get you both off with positive energy to get through the day.
Art That Promotes Sweet Dreams
What Should Hang Above Your Bed?
Be very careful when choosing the images you hang above your bed.
What hangs above your bed needs to connect with what you dream about at night or in your life. If you are single and interested in attracting a love partner, don't hang a picture of a single person as this is not what you are dreaming of. Instead, hang an image of a loving couple.
Some people unknowingly experience great problems with an electric alarm clock next to their bed. The electromagnetic field of an alarm clock can disturb one's energy, as this is constant fire energy close to the head and creates too much active energy for a time when you need to sleep and rest properly. Place your alarm clock at least two meters from your bed. This will give a better night's sleep.