Welcome to the Feng Shui Your Life series! This week we are talking all about how to Feng Shui your bedroom.
If you haven’t read Choosing the Best Feng Shui Bedroom Colors in 3 Easy Steps, you can read that: here.
Because good Feng Shui always starts with your health and well being, the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is where you sleep, rest, romance, and recharge.
Here are 9 tips to help you Feng Shui Your Bedroom!
- The bedroom should be for sleeping and bedroom activities — nothing else! This means that if possible, you should remove electronics and anything that would interrupt your sleep. Yes, that means you should remove your office from your bedroom. If you can’t do that, then it is helpful to hang a curtain or use a room divider to block the office space from your bed/sleeping area.
- The best Feng Shui bed placement: The command position. In Feng Shui, being in “the command position” means that you are facing the door. In this position, you can see everyone who enters the room. If the door is behind you and you can’t see everyone who enters, your nervous system is on high alert at all times (even if you don’t think it is.) If it is not possible for your bed to be in the command position, then you can “cure” this problem by placing a small mirror across from the bed so that it reflects the door and you can see who is entering. Other tips for Feng Shui Bed Placement: If possible, don’t place the bed directly across from the door. You want to be able to see the door, but not be directly in it’s path. The bed should also have a solid wall behind it – so don’t have the bed floating in the middle of the room, and don’t set it directly under a window. Also don’t have a ceiling fan directly over you — this also represents danger to your nervous system, and can even cause health problems like pain in your feet and legs.
- Your bed should have a headboard. Just like having a solid wall behind your bed is ideal, having a solid headboard also represents support and stability. Choose a soft headboard or a solid one — metal slats can break up the solid energy and cause energetic chaos.
- Remove books, clutter, and electronics from the bedroom. In Feng Shui, everything is energy. Anything that holds a lot of energy, like books and electronics, can disrupt your sleep. Your body is absorbing the energies of those items, even if it doesn’t feel like it is. Clutter also holds a lot of energy — especially under the bed! If possible, keep the area under your bed empty.
- Have pairs of items in the room. Pairs represent strong relationships. Having two nightstands, two lamps, two pillows, two chairs mean each person has their own space. Even if you are single, having two of everything means you are holding space for your future partner. It also brings balance to the room. The pairs do not need to match each other, so it’s less important to have two matching nightstands than it is to have two nightstands that compliment and balance each other.
- Avoid having mirrors directly across from the bed. If you find that you’re having trouble sleeping and you have a mirror facing the bed, try covering it for a few nights and see how you feel. Mirrors bounce energy, which can be too active in a bedroom. If you do want a mirror in the bedroom, make sure it reflects something you love to look at. Mirrors in the bedroom aren’t “bad Feng Shui,” you just want to ensure that you are sleeping peacefully and they aren’t bothering you.
- Bedroom Art: Should be calming, not too active, and not too heavy. Avoid having super active art above your bed, or anything hanging over you while you sleep. Shelves full of photos and/or books shouldn’t be above you. Choose calming art with soothing patterns that hangs flat against the wall and doesn’t hang over you while you’re sleeping.
- Your nightstand should be the same height as the bed, and not have sharp corners facing you while you’re sleeping. Sharp corners are poison arrows in Feng Shui, which means they point right at you (and in bed can be pointing right at your head!) Choose a nightstand with rounded corners, and if possible, one that is shorter than the mattress so nothing is blocking you while you’re sleeping.
- Keep water features and fish tanks out of the bedroom. The moving water is too active and will keep energy moving, which disrupts your sleep. This also goes for art or pictures that have water scenes in them. Water also slows the fire element in the destructive cycle, which will dampen romance!
Other tips to help you feng shui your bedroom:
What is the best direction for your bed to face?
As I stated above, in Western Feng Shui, bed placement should always be in the command position. In other Feng Shui philosophies, such as Compass School, the cardinal direction your bed is facing is important as well.
In the Compass Schools, the lucky positions for your bed to be facing are: West, East, Southwest, Southeast, and you should avoid your bed facing North if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere.
In Western Feng Shui, however, we don’t worry about directions as much, as long as the bed is in the command position.
What are the best colors for my bedroom?
In short: consult the bagua for the best colors and elements for the space. Remember the bedroom should be peaceful and not “active,” so use intense bagua colors and elements sparingly. Neutrals with pops of color are usually best for your bedroom.
How do I get positive energy in my bedroom?
If you want more positive energy in your bedroom (or any room, for that matter) some ways to do this are:
- Declutter. Keep everything fresh and calm.
- Clean and smudge the space, removing negative energy.
- Open the windows to help the air and chi circulate.
- Bring in a few plants to keep the air fresh and clear.
- Stick to light, fresh colors to raise the vibrations.
- Decorate with things you love, so that you are happy when you look at them. Don’t live with things you hate!
- Make your bed so that you start each day with a fresh, clean slate.
- Open the curtains in the morning to let the light in. This invites in new, happy energy and helps cleanse the space.
- Play your favorite music to raise the vibrations of the space. I love to play energetic music while I’m smudging to help break up negative energy!
- Change burnt out light bulbs right away. Light bulbs represent fire energy, so burnt out light bulbs are extinguished chi!
- Bring in light fixtures that beam light upwards — this represents upward, positive energy!
- Burn a candle in your room for a few hours — this will help the room smell good and also stir up the fire energy!
- Vacuum under the bed. This will remove the stagnant energy that can build up under there. Also dust bunnies are just like clutter — they stop the flow of energy and can interrupt your sleep! 😉
Talking about how to Feng Shui your bedroom is one of my favorite things because it can bring about the most change in your life.