Challenging Feng Shui Bathroom Locations

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    Understand the Feng Shui of Bathrooms

    Bathroom tips

    If you've been exploring feng shui for a while, you know all about the bad reputation of bathrooms in a home or office. While in many ways this bad feng shui reputation is justified, there are certainly better and worse feng shui areas to have a bathroom. As with everything feng shui, there are many layers to consider when assessing the bad feng shui of any bathroom; there are also many good feng shui tips you can implement to shift the energy and neutralize any negative impact of a challenging bathroom location.

    Here are the worst feng shui bathroom locations along with feng shui tips to help neutralize the potentially negative energy.

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    A Bathroom in the Center of Your Home

    Feng shui bathroom in the center of the home
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    A bathroom in the center of the house is usually considered bad feng shui. As the center of the house is the heart of the space in feng shui, also called the yin-yang point, you want to have it open, light and with a sense of beauty to it. Take these steps to fill your center home bathroom with good feng shui:

    • Keep the bathroom clean and tidy
    • Add art, candles or flowers to the room
    • Position several air-purifying plants in the bathroom
    • Be aware of the light quality in the room and add a dimmer switch to adjust the light if the room has no window
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    A Bathroom Facing Your Front Door

    A black bathroom

    The reason a bathroom door facing the main door is considered bad feng shui is simple: the Universal energy, or Chi, comes into the house through the front door. If your bathroom is facing the front door, most of the good energy will escape through the bathroom, leaving little or no good feng shui energy to nourish the house. Use these practical tips to improve the potentially bad feng shui situation of a bathroom door facing your front door.

    • Keep the bathroom door closed
    • Create good feng shui in the bathroom 
    • Create a focal point near the entry to direct energy away from the bathroom
    • Focus on good feng shui in the entry area to enhance the energy in the area
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    A Bathroom in Your Money Area

    A bathtub with rose petals
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     A bathroom in the feng shui money area can certainly be a challenge. The first thing to do when you are dealing with any challenging feng shui area is to commit to keeping it very clean and orderly. There can be no good feng shui without cleanliness and order, and this especially applies to a challenging bagua area. Next, you can explore feng shui money area decorating tips and see which ones are possible to apply in your home. They include:

    • Decorate the area with lush green plants
    • Use pleasant scents, fresh flowers, and candles in the area
    • Decorate with images of natural landscapes 
    • Add a water feature or mirror for good feng shui
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    A Bathroom Door Facing Your Kitchen

    A kitchen
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    Having the kitchen and the bathroom doors face each other is very bad feng shui. You don't need to know much about feng shui to intuitively understand that this is not a good setup for a healthy home. When two doors are opposite each other, the feng shui energies flow faster in and out of the spaces guarded by the doors. The solution is to create as much division between the two areas as possible. Use these tips:

    • Keep the bathroom door closed
    • Keep the bathroom clean and filled with good feng shui energy
    • Use a divider screen, bamboo curtain or a tall plant to define the boundary between the two rooms
    • Use different paint on the kitchen door wall and the bathroom door wall to define the areas
    • Create a focal point between the two areas
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    A Bathroom Above the Bedroom

    A bedroom
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    A bathroom located above the bedroom is not good feng shui. An important factor to consider in looking for feng shui cures is how busy the upstairs bathroom will be. Combat the bad feng shui using these tips:

    • Limit the upstairs bathroom to occasional use, such as a guest bathroom
    • Relocate the bed if it is situated directly beneath the bathroom
    • Use very light colors in the upstairs bathroom
    • Use design features on the bedroom ceiling such as crown molding or a decorative medallion around the ceiling light
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    A Bathroom Over Your Front Door

    Feng shui bathroom
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    If you have a bathroom above your front door, it is very important to take care of its good feng shui, as the quality of energy that comes through the front door determines the quality of energy in the house. Use these tips to address the challenging feng shui of a bathroom over your front door:

    • Keep the bathroom clean and tidy
    • Strengthen the bathroom feng shui element and keep the door closed
    • Create a separation between the two spaces with a bathroom rug or deep color floor
    • Position a crystal chandelier in the main entry 
    • Strengthen the feng shui of the main entrance with tall vertical elements
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    A Bathroom Under the Staircase

    Stairs have a bad reputation in feng shui, although it isn't as bad as the reputations of bathrooms. If you have a bathroom located under a staircase, you'll need to take steps to address this challenging feng shui situation. Both areas require special attention to enhancing good feng shui.

    • Keep the stairs well lit and in good repair
    • Use light colors for the staircase
    • Position a crystal chandelier at the bottom of the staircase for good feng shui
    • Move a bathroom located under a staircase if possible
    • Keep the feng shui elements of the bathroom strong
    • Keep the door to the bathroom closed at all times
    • Decorate the bathroom in colors appropriate for its sector
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    A Bathroom in the South-East Sector

    A bathroom in the South-East sector in not particularly challenging feng shui-wise. For bathrooms located in the South-East sector of your home, follow the basic recommendations for good feng shui in any bathroom. Keep the door and toilet lid closed and keep the bathroom clean and tidy. In addition, these tips can improve the feng shui of the room:

    • Position several air-purifying plants in the bathroom
    • Hang a mirror on the bathroom door (following feng shui mirror guidance)
    • Use metallic colored gold, silver or gray rugs, preferably in circular shapes 
    • Hang a metallic wind chime in the area
    • Burn candles in the room frequently
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    A Bathroom in the North-West Sector

    North-West sector bathrooms should follow the basic recommendations for good feng shui. Avoid clutter and don't position a mirror to reflect the toilet seat. Replace any leaky faucets to prevent them from flushing away money. In addition:

    • Use lush houseplants in the bathroom
    • Put a container with water in the room
    • Use a blue rug on the bathroom floor
    • Never use metallic chimes in a North-West bathroom