How To Feng Shui Your Bedroom
By Marissa Lada
April 11, 2019
Implementing these practices can make a big difference!
We spend a third of our lives in our bedrooms. We may not realize the importance of this, since we're asleep, but the energy of our bedrooms is crucial for our wellbeing. Bedrooms are spaces that nourish and restore us, physically and energetically. In Feng Shui, the bedroom should promote a balanced flow of relaxing and restorative energy mixed with passion and romance. Hey, beds are for more than just sleeping!
While Feng Shui is very personal and works with your chi as well as the chi of your space, here are some basic practices you can implement in your bedroom to improve the overall energy.
Yin vs. Yang
According to the Feng Shui principle of Yin-Yang, bedrooms should contain Yin energy. Yin energy is associated with nighttime and creates a soft, slow, and relaxing energy. Avoid Yang elements that promote action, such as busy wallpapers or bold and saturated colors. Instead, opt for muted tones and textural elements like cozy throws or knitted pillows.
This is probably the most common tip for Feng Shui in the bedroom. Having any form of electronics in our bedroom disrupts our sleep cycle. You may think this only applies to when the screens are on, but these devices send out Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMFs) constantly. Studies have shown that exposure to EMFs can interfere with the production of melatonin, which affects our body’s natural circadian rhythm. The bedroom is a place to sleep, so let’s keep the energy that way, rather than turning our bedrooms into giant mission control centers for electronics.
Even if you’re not super light sensitive, blackout curtains are a must (especially if you live in urban areas where it never really does get pitch-black). Keeping your sleeping space as dark as possible helps to adjust your body’s circadian rhythm to a natural schedule.
Invest in a Good Quality Mattress & Bedding
Ever read that fairytale, The Princess and the Pea? Okay, even the super sensitive sleeper like myself might not be able to feel a pea under my mattress, but I do know a good quality bed when I see (or sleep on) one. We spend a third of our lives asleep, so having a good quality mattress is not only important in regards to Feng Shui, it’s an investment for our overall health. I’m a personal fan of memory foam that is organic (the number of chemicals in mattresses in a whole other blog post in itself). Don’t just stop with your mattress, though. Get a sheet set that is made of natural materials and feels great against your skin for a good night’s rest.
Ditch the Desk
A desk in the bedroom? It’s not as uncommon as you think. I totally get it… you don’t have enough quiet and private spaces in your house to get work done, so why not have your bedroom also function as a place to catch up on emails, pay bills, etc. Well, I’m sorry to say, the bedroom is not the place for your makeshift office. Bedrooms should be a place for rest and relaxation. Creating a workspace in an area designed for sleep disrupts the chi, meaning you won’t be as productive when you work and you won’t be as well-rested when you sleep.
What’s on Your Walls?
A picture speaks a thousand words. What do yours say? Pay attention to the symbolism of your art. Symbols trigger emotional and mental responses on a subconscious level. The imagery we display in our spaces holds a powerful association with the way we engage in our spaces. What we place in our bedrooms should be tranquil and serene. So, maybe you want to hang up that antique katana sword from your trip to Japan elsewhere, perhaps a place in your home whose energy aligns more with the power and strength of the samurai. (Actually, an entrepreneur’s home office is a good location for it.) Even paintings or photos hold subconscious meaning, so ones such as a lightning storm or erupting volcano should be hung outside of the bedroom.
Balance your Bed
Even if you don’t have a partner, having a balanced bed that is easily approachable from both sides is important for the overall Feng Shui of the room. This allows energy to easily disperse but also offers harmony for both sides. Continue this balance with two bedside tables, one for each side. This is also important if you are single and wishing to attract a partner, as this reflects that you want to create a space for this potential energy in your life. Lastly, avoid having your bed directly in line with your door. Even if you close your door at night, this is a direct path for energy to escape the room.
Ready for a change?
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