How Not to Feng Shui Your Bedroom

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Your bedroom is one of the most important areas to look at in feng shui. In fact, we often recommend that beginners start with the bedroom before moving on to the rest of the home. It’s generally more manageable to focus on one room when you’re just starting out with feng shui, and looking at the bedroom can be a powerful way to adjust your personal qi. You spend a lot of passive hours in bed, so you’re very receptive to any energy in the room. It’s also a more private area of your home that you usually have more control over, especially if you share a home with roommates or family. 

Here's our list of feng shui guidelines on what to avoid in order to make your bedroom as relaxing and rejuvenating a space as possible.

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    Bed out of Command

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    The commanding position is one of the most fundamental concepts when it comes to your bedroom. A bed in command can help you to feel safe, secure, and well-rested. When your bed is out of command, you may have trouble relaxing.

    In order to place your bed in the commanding position, you’ll want to locate it so that you can see your bedroom door while lying in bed, without being directly in line with the door. This gives you the widest view of the room, so that you can see anyone who might be approaching. This also represents your awareness of all the opportunities that are available to you.

    If you can’t put your bed in command, you can correct this by placing a mirror somewhere that allows you to see a reflection of your door from your bed.

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    A Bed Without a Headboard

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    It may be trendy and less costly not to have a headboard, but it’s not the best choice from a feng shui standpoint. A headboard provides support, as well as connection between you and your partner (or your future partner, if you would like to invite one into your life!).

    Look for a solid wooden or upholstered headboard, as those are the most supportive. Avoid headboards that have holes or perforations. Watch out for headboards with bars, which can give you the feeling of being trapped.

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    A Mattress on the Floor

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    In general, you want your mattress on a bed frame, instead of directly on the floor. It’s best to let the qi flow under and around you freely, as this encourages health and prosperity. Having your mattress so low to the ground can also lower your qi, while a mattress on a higher bed frame is more uplifting energetically and emotionally.

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    Clutter and Storage Under the Bed

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    If you have clutter under the bed, this also prevents qi from being able to flow freely. It’s especially important to avoid anything emotionally charged, like anything that belonged to an ex, and anything sharp. If you must store items under the bed, stick to soft, sleep-related items like linens and extra pillows.

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    A Library of Books

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    Books are great, but your bedroom isn’t the best place to store them. Books are mentally stimulating, and aren’t ideal for a room dedicated to rest. Instead, move the books to a more active (yang) part of your home, and stick to more calming (yin) items in the bedroom. 

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    Your Home Office

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    Ideally, it’s best to avoid having your home office in the bedroom.We understand that having a separate room for an office is a luxury, but if possible, find another area in your home to set up your desk and work supplies. This will help you to really leave work at the end of the day, and truly relax when it’s time for bed. 

    If you must have your office in your bedroom, do your best to create separate spaces for work and rest within the room. You could use a folding screen or bookcase to divide the space, or even cover your desk with a beautiful cloth at the end of each work day to signify the transition from work time to personal time.

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    Dying Plants or Flowers

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    This applies to dried flowers, too. If you love dried flowers as a decoration, it’s okay to have them in your home, but they do not enhance your home energetically from a feng shui perspective. 

    Healthy, living plants and freshly cut flowers can be a beautiful additional to the bedroom. They represent the wood element, which is connected to healing and vitality. However, you want to avoid dying plants or flowers that are past their prime. Dead or dying plants are not a source of healthy qi, and you especially want to keep them out of your bedroom. Make sure to keep your plants healthy, the water in your bouquets refreshed, and compost anything that’s no longer fresh and living. 

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    Family Photos

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    Your bedroom is a place for you to rest and also to connect with your partner, so consider what kinds of decor lends itself to romance and connection.