A good feng shui bedroom should promote harmony and peace. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice of decorating that has developed over 3,000 years. The title feng shui, meaning wind and water, is practised as a way to channel the earths energy, or chi, in order to bring a healthy balance to life.
To create a good feng shui bedroom you can use a variety of simple feng shui tools, these include removing the TV, computer and exercise equipment and opening the windows regularly to keep the air fresh and full of oxygen, so large windows are ideal. Ensure curtains are kept open in daylight hours to allow as much light in as possible.
A feng shui room should have a bed that is easily approachable on both sides, and should have a high-quality mattress and bedlinen made from natural fibres. A wooden headboard is also recommend, ideally upholstered and any furniture and accessories should have curved angles as sharp corners promote unpleasant energy.
The positioning of your bed is also important for a feng shui space to avoid the release of negative energy. The bed should not be positioned under a window and you should be able to see the bedroom and cupboard doors from your bed, but they should not be directly aligned with them. All doors should be closed at night and the room should be kept clutter free.
The colours in a bedroom also fall into feng shui categories, and the hues you choose relate to the energy and element you want to promote:
Water: freshness and ease blue and black Fire: Passion and high energy bold yellow, orange, purple, pink and red Earth: Nourishment and stability: light yellow and brown Metal: Health and vitality green and brown
Candles are key for creating a good feng shui in your bedroom as they are seen as representing a fire feng shui element, so burning candles can heat up energy non-toxic soy and 100% beeswax candles maintain a balanced energy.
Mirrors are also important for drawing in and expanding energy, especially water elements but large mirrors should be avoided as water elements can be drain energy. And If you can see the bed in your mirror you are encouraging someone to share your relationship with you and your partner
The positioning of your bedroom furniture is important to allow energy to flow through the room. You should be able to see the door clearly from your bed, but it shouldn't be aligned directly with it. This is also the case with cupboard doors. Close all doors at night as open ones will allow energy to flow out. Also avoid placing the bed under a window for the same reason.
Water: Freshness and ease - blue and black
Fire: Passion and high energy - red, bold yellow, orange, purple and pink
Earth: Nourishment and stability - light yellow and brown
Metal: Clarity and preciseness - white and grey
Wood: Health and vitality - green and brown
It may seem obvious, but it's essential for good feng shui to have a comfortable bed and bedlinen. A good quality mattress as well as soft and soothing bedlinen will help your body repair from the days slog. Choosing furniture and accessories with curved angles, particularly near your bed, is also helpful as sharp corners will promote sharp and unpleasant energy.
Candles are a fire feng shui element that is associated with purity and inspiration. Burning them in your bedroom can heat up the energy and increase its beneficial properties. Be careful of what colour you go for though, as well as the type of wax you are burning; soy is generally better for you than paraffin.
Mirrors are good for drawing in and expanding energy, especially the water elements. However, water energy can be draining to energy in the bedroom, so large mirrors should be avoided. It is also believed that if you can see your bed in your bedroom mirror you are encouraging someone to share your relationship with you and your partner!
In feng shui it's a belief that a sturdy headboard will help increase your energy levels while you sleep. Upholstered wooden headboards are ideal as they combine solid support as well as comfortable padding.
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