The bedroom is the most important room of the home in feng shui philosophy. It is the room that you spend the most time in, and it's the most personal to you. Besides that, you spend many hours sleeping in this room. Therefore, you’re in a more passive state when sleeping so you’re really affected by all the energies in the bedroom.
9 Layout Ideas for Better Feng Shui in Your Bedroom
The bedroom symbolizes you. So, any feng shui changes you make in the bedroom are closest to you so they affect you the most significantly. Here are nine tips to feng shui your bedroom.
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Here are guidelines for your best bed placement for good feng shui:
Be sure your bed is in commanding position. This means that in bed you’re facing the door, while not directly in line with the door.
You don’t want any doors to open up directly in line with the bed. Especially avoid the “coffin position” where your feet point out the door.
Place your headboard against a solid wall, with space available on the other three sides of the bed (left, right, and foot).
Avoid placing your headboard against a wall that has a toilet on the other side.
If possible, don’t place your bed under any low beams, soffits, and sloped ceilings.
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Get a Headboard
A headboard represents stability and support in your life, and especially your romantic relationships. The best headboards are solid, without any perforations. A headboard of bars? You, or your partner, may feel like you’re a prisoner with this setup.
Be sure to fasten your headboard securely to the bed so you can feel the most support and strength.
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Declutter Underneath Your Bed
Take a good look at what you have stored under your bed. The items under our beds affect you while you’re asleep in a passive “yin” state. Whatever you have under there may also represent or create subconscious blocks in your life.
Letters from ex-partners may keep you stuck in your current relationship status. Shoes can keep you feeling like you’re moving rather than resting. Luggage might keep you on the go and never feeling quite at home.
It’s time to clear out the space under your bed. If possible, it’s recommended to have no storage at all under the bed. Then, the qi (life force energy) can flow freely all around and heal you while you’re sleeping. If you must utilize it for some kind of storage, stick to soft, sleep-related items like linens, blankets, and pillows.
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Reduce EMFs in the Bedroom
EMFs are electric and magnetic fields created by electronic devices and power lines (among other things). They can be harmful and affect our well-being, including influencing our quality of sleep.
On a practical level, we all know that the presence of devices in our bedrooms disrupts our sleep and circadian rhythms. If you have trouble getting a good night’s rest, try your best to keep electronics out of the bedroom. Buying an alarm clock and reading only books are two ways to keep you entertained and on top of your schedule without needing a phone or other electronics.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Set Up a Pair of Nightstands
As mentioned before, be sure to have space on each side of the bed. Two nightstands are better than only one, as the asymmetry can be off-putting. It also allows for each partner (or future partner) to have their own space and storage.
They don't have to match, but rather they should be complementary and balanced. It helps create space and harmony for you and your relationship.
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Incorporate Feng Shui-Friendly Colors
In a nutshell, the best colors for your bedroom greatly depends on what you need. If you desire a little more passion in your bedroom, try adding some splashes of red. Earthy and neutral colors provide more support and relaxation. If you’re looking for healing and vitality, try blues and greens. Pinks and peaches are ideal hues for attracting a partnership.
Most importantly, sense and pay attention to what colors you’re attracted to. Sometimes we know exactly what we need if we just listen.
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Be Selective About Your Art
The artwork in our bedrooms can say a lot about and affect our personal lives.
For romance, family photos are best saved for the other rooms in the house. If you’re single and looking for a partnership, avoid images of single people or objects. Instead, invite partnerships with artwork that depicts or comes in pairs. Of course, your style and taste should always come into play—respect that.
Finally, if there’s a tendency towards depression, make sure your artwork is at eye level or higher to lift your qi, or life force energy.
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Move the Books Out
We love books, but if you have trouble sleeping, it’s time to find a new home for them.
The book you’re currently reading on your nightstand is okay. We're talking about having stacks and stacks of books or a bookshelf in the bedroom. Books are active energy and stimulate our minds. For a more restful night’s sleep, try moving the books out.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Keep Your Home Gym Out of the Bedroom
Workout gear is very yang, meaning it is a source of active energy. While this can be great in other areas of your home, it’s not very helpful in your bedroom. You want the bedroom to be more yin to help you rest and sleep, so it’s best to keep exercise equipment in another area of your home.
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Keep Your Work Life Separate
Similarly to home workout equipment, the bedroom is also not the best place for a home office. Having your desk and work materials right next to your bed can make it harder to wind down in the evening, and can also make it harder to stay focused and alert during the day.
If you don’t have the space elsewhere in your home to create a dedicated office, do your best to create some separation within your bedroom with a curtain, folding screen, or bookshelf. If you don’t have room for that either, try covering your desk at the end of each day with a beautiful piece of cloth.
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Consider Your Bed Size
If you’re hoping to invite a partner into your life, make sure there is space for both of you. While twin beds are fine for children, they’re not ideal for an adult in a relationship, since there is no room for another person.
There is such a thing as too big, though. King beds generally require a box spring that comes in two separate pieces, which isn’t the best when it comes to creating connection and harmony between two partners. Look for a bed that doesn't need a split box spring.
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Add Vibrant Green Plants
Living green plants add vibrant life energy to a space, and they can also help to improve indoor air quality. Keep in mind the lighting, heat, and humidity of your bedroom and choose a plant that will thrive here.
Plants invite healing energy and growth in all areas of your life. Be sure to choose a plant that works with the light that is available. Also if you're new to plants, try one that's easy to care for like a pothos.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Choose Bed Linens Intentionally
You spend a lot of passive hours resting and sleeping in your bed, so it’s a good idea to consider what you’re surrounding yourself with during this time! Look for organic bed linens to reduce the amount of chemicals in your home and the likelihood of allergic reactions and skin irritation.
You can also choose the color of your bed linens based on what you would like to invite into your life - see our above tip on feng shui-friendly bedroom colors for some inspiration!
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Bring in Fresh Flowers
For cut flowers, choose blooms that you are attracted to. It can be fun to look up the meanings as well and select them that way. Be sure to keep the water fresh and dispose of the flower when they are expired.
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Detoxify Your Bedroom
Last but not least, make sure to take time and detox your bedroom. There are two common ways you can do this
First, reduce the number of toxins and chemicals in the bedroom. Start with switching to green and non-toxic cleaning products. If it’s within your budget, upgrade to organic furniture, linens, and sleepwear. These items release gas and leach toxins into our bodies through our lungs and skin.