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Five Steps to Feng Shui Your Bedroom

February 08, 2016


Feng Shui yourself to peaceful sleep with these five tips

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that works on the principles of harnessing natural elements in conjunction with spatial arrangements to create the right energy flow in your living and working environment to create peace, harmony, prosperity, health and wealth. This energy (sometimes referred to as an electromagnetic field)  is referred to as Chi, and is said to be the life force that joins mind, body and spirit.

Put very simply, Feng Shui works on the idea that we are affected by our surroundings and therefore it sets out a few sound design and decorating principles that when put into practice make the flow and feel of a space make sense.

The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home in the practice of Feng Shui. It is where we go to sleep, to rest, to connect with ourselves and our partners. The bedroom should be a haven of calm and tranquility. There are some fundamental principles based on the ancient art of Feng Shui that can be applied to create such a space.

1) Bed Placement

The most important part of a bedroom is the bed. In Feng Shui, where you position your bed determines so much more than the quality of your sleep.

  • Never place your bed directly in front of the door. This position is known as the coffin position, and as the name suggests is bad luck.

  • Don’t place your bed directly under or in front of a window.  Chi, or life force is said to come and go from a room through the window, and if your bed is under the window your Chi will disappear.

  • Don’t place your mattress on the floor - this prevents the flow of Chi.

2) Cut out Clutter

A messy, overly cluttered bedroom is said to create feelings of unease and anxiety. Clutter represents unfinished business and a resistance to change and progress. The more furniture and clutter there is in your bedroom the more the energy flow is blocked. Keep your bedroom tidy and well organised. Make sure there is a place for everything - don’t have clothes lying on the floor or on furniture. Keep dirty clothing in a laundry basket. Make sure your bedroom is a dust free environment too, as this will affect the Chi.

3) Calm Colours

Colour has a huge effect on how we respond to our environment. As the bedroom is a place of quiet and tranquility, it is very important to choose calming colours. Muted tones, pastels and natural colours are best. They will enhance the Chi and keep your mind at ease.

4) Gadget Free Zone

Chi is destroyed by electricity. It is vital to keep computers and cell phones out of the bedroom as these completely deplete and destroy the natural life force that you have worked to hard to enhance by applying the principles of Feng Shui. The bedroom should be a place where you go to switch off from the stresses and strains of the world, therefore make sure that apart from lights there are no other electrical devices plugged in.

5) Air Flow

Chi is the flow of energy, and air is the flow of life. It does not matter how many Feng Shui principles you apply, if you don’t have fresh free flowing air in your bedroom all that Chi will cease to exist. Make sure you have plenty of fresh, natural air. Open windows and let yourself breathe.

Feng Shui has been around for centuries, and is as popular today as ever. From celebrities, to interior designers, from spiritual gurus to everyday people, the principles of Feng Shui are simple and make total sense. Enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep by applying the fundamentals of Feng Shui.

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