How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of organizing and arranging a person’s surroundings to achieve harmony and balance. It helps improve the flow of chi (energy) into your home and balances the traditional Chinese elements of yin and yang. The Chinese words “feng” and “shui” translate to “wind” and “water“. This concept iterates how human life is connected and in flow with the surrounding environment. People in China also associate wind and water with good health and thus bringing good fortune to your home.

Feng shui bedroom


Bed placement is monumental in having good Feng Shui – your bed should be in ‘command position’, which means it should be in sight of the door when you’re lying on it. Proper etiquette would also mean not placing the bed directly opposite the door or underneath a window.

Colour also play a large part in receiving and maintaining good health. Traditionally, neutral and soft tones and colours are seen as soothing and thus ensure better rest. These would include off-whites, pastel grey/peach/brown etc. We tend to associate certain colours to certain emotions so choose a colour that denotes peace to you.

Good airflow into the room will enhance your air quality so try opening some windows – if you live in a cold climate try setting a time of day where you keep the window open for a while, and maybe keep a humidifier in the bedroom to further increase air quality. Natural light during the daytime is also the best and is the most powerful form of energy, according to Feng Shui. So open your curtains and let that light flood in. At night, it’s advised to light candles to ‘clean’ the air of impurities and create a healing vibe.

Another important aspect of this geomancy is the five elements – earth, air, water, metal and wood. It’s essential to keep all 5 of these elements in your room for balance. As well as having pairs of things, and keeping thing in symmetry. All of which are necessary for balance and unity. When decorating, keep in mind the artwork you choose. Imagery is important and you want to choose art that will create good vibes and a tranquil atmosphere in the bedroom.

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Mirrors are a no-go in bedrooms as it is thought to reflect energy and can amplify worries. which can lead to restlessness. Plants are also a no-go even though some people believe they are the epitome of growth and life, in Feng Shui it can affect air quality and so its not advised.

Keeping your door open at night is also on the don’t list as it allows energy to escape. Keep all doors closed to optimise energy flowing through you.

Last but not least, keep electronics out of the bedroom! This is not only heard of in Feng Shui lore but also in western society because of how disruptive devices can be to our inner rhythm (aka circadian rhythm). The light from our devices can cause delay in our sleep cycle and ruin our sleep. Have a box outside the bedroom to keep electronics in or simply store them away in a drawer an hour or so before bedtime.

More tips to Feng Shui your bedroom:

  • Decorate for the five senses
  • Don’t place artwork above the bed
  • Keep bed clutter to a minimal
  • Add a natural element
  • Make use of crystals
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Anekha Pillai

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