How much do you know about Feng Shui? You may have heard that it’s a method of interior decorating, but it’s much more than that. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese concept based on natural laws related to the flow of energy. It’s an art, science, and spiritual practice, and its purpose in interior design is to create balance and harmony in our living spaces. Feng means wind in Chinese, and Shui is the Chinese word for water, so the two words together symbolize an aspirational flow of life. Practicing Feng Shui involves assessing and adjusting your environment to enhance the energy around you. Does this all seem complicated and confusing? It can actually be a fun and easy way to create a balanced home using the principles of Feng Shui. As the first installment in a three-part series about Feng Shui, we’d like to start by focusing on the bedroom.
Start with the bed. Your bed should be in a position of power, a comfortable distance from the door, facing it while not directly in line with it. No doors should open directly in line with the bed, and the bed should not be under any low beams, sloped ceilings, or soffits. The head of the bed should be against a solid wall, or at least a partial wall with a closed window, and curtains that can be drawn for optimal sleep. Keep the area under the bed clear, and use a well-made, solid, supportive headboard, like the Cheyenne or the Briar.
- Balance the bedside tables. There should be space on each side of the bed and, if possible, a nightstand on either side. If you don’t have room for nightstands, that’s fine, as long as the room is balanced. It’s best, though, to have a nightstand for each partner in a relationship, or for a future partner. These bedside tables don’t have to match; they just need to be complementary and balanced. We have a beautiful selection of nightstands to fit every taste.
Carefully choose what goes on the walls. The colors in a bedroom should be chosen based on what you need in your life. For peace and relaxation, go for earthy neutral colors. Blues and greens boost health and vitality, while pink and peach can help attract a partnership. If you’re trying to bring a spark to your relationship or revitalize your life, consider vibrant colors like red and other fiery colors in small doses. As to artwork, consider what it says about your life. If you’re looking for a partnership, don’t keep images of single people or objects in your bedroom, instead invite a partner with artwork depicting pairs. To promote romance, keep family photos in other rooms. If you tend toward depression, keep artwork at eye level or higher, to lift your life force energy.
Detoxify and discard distractions. Reduce the toxins and chemicals in your bedroom by switching to green cleaning products and organic mattresses, linens, and sleepwear. For example, a mattress from Natural Elements is a great way to detoxify your bed, since they use all organic and natural materials. You probably know that keeping electronics out of the bedroom will clear electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) from the room and help your quality of sleep. What may surprise you is that books in your bedroom can also disrupt your sleep. It’s ok to have a book or two, but avoid stacks of books on the nightstand or a bookshelf in the bedroom, because the active energy of books can stimulate your mind.
- Keep it clutter-free. Clutter anywhere in your home can cause stress, but in the bedroom, it’s especially impactful. When you clear out the clutter, you can greatly improve not only your sleep quality but also your frame of mind.