In this post, we introduce you to feng shui bedroom design. The application of this ancient Chinese art will result in a good night’s sleep in the most important room in your life. After all, you spend a third of your life in the bedroom.
And it should come as no surprise that the bedroom is also the most important room in the art and philosophy of feng shui.
Importance of feng shui and the bedroom
The purpose of feng shui is to optimize the choice and placement of things in our home in order to promote the flow of chi energy. Chi is the hidden life force that is everywhere around us.
And the bedroom is particularly important for two reasons. The first is that we spend so much time there. And the second is that we are in a passive state in our bedrooms. We are relaxing or sleeping. So we are particularly affected by the positive and negative energies that may flow within the bedroom.
This in turn means that we need to be very attentive to the application of the principles of feng shui bedroom design. And we’ll lay it all out here.
The bed and feng shui
Unsurprisingly, the bed is the key to feng shui bedroom design. So we cover it in detail here. We then cover other aspects of the application of feng shui to the bedroom that, taken all together, have a strong, beneficial cumulative effect on the promotion of chi energy in the bedroom.
The commanding position
By far the most important precept of feng shui bedroom design is the proper placement of the bed. It must be in the bedroom’s commanding position. We discuss the commanding position in another post but detail its practical application to the bed here.
The easiest way to understand the commanding position is in terms of situational awareness and taking up a defensive position. We need the bed to be placed in the bedroom in such a way that our deep primal instincts of fight or flight are assuaged. After all, it is in our beds that we are at our most vulnerable.
So we locate the bed where we can see the door from a prone position on the bed. But we don’t want to be directly in front of the door or to the side. This is because too much energy is coming directly at you from the door.
In fact, having your feet point directly at the door is called the “coffin position” in feng shui. If this is unavoidable, make sure that the bed has a footboard but not so tall that it blocks your view of the door.
So, ideally, we want the bed to be diagonal to the door. But, in case that is not feasible, there is a workaround. Use a tall mirror placed in such a way that you can see the reflection of the door.
You want to make sure that your commanding position is protected from the rear. So arrange the bed such that the headboard is against a solid wall, not floating in the middle of the room. And you especially do not want a window behind the bed.
Open lateral space
Having open space on each side of the bed goes to our deep “fight or flight” instincts. We want flexibility in our escape routes. If we don’t have an escape route on both sides of the bed, we can, in our subconscious, feel trapped. And this can make us anxious.
Besides, this arrangement is best for both us and our partner, or future partner.
Feng shui tells us that a solid wood headboard and bed frame is best. Wood is associated with positive energy. We should avoid metal and avoid open bars and any kind of built-in storage or shelving options.
Bed not against the toilet wall
Avoid placing your bed against the wall with a toilet on the other side. In feng shui, pipes and the draining of watery energy will channel positive chi away from us. Besides, you don’t want the noise of flushing so close to you. It’s disruptive.
If having the bed against a toilet wall is unavoidable, place a mirror on the wall behind and above the headboard. This will help keep chi within the bedroom.
Ceiling beams and sloped ceilings
If you can, avoid placing the bed under ceiling beams or sloped ceilings. If you have no choice but to place the bed in a room with sloped ceilings, make sure the headboard is under the highest part of the ceiling.
And if you can’t avoid ceiling beams, paint them so that they do not appear to be a feature.
Get a bed with legs
Your bed should be elevated above the floor to allow for the circulation of chi below it and around your body.
Avoid storage under the bed
Anything stored under the bed can create disruptive vibes that may affect our subconscious while asleep. It is best that this space is kept entirely clear in order not to disturb the flow of chi around the bedroom.
If lack of storage space is an imperative that requires you to utilize this space, use it to store soft items that relate to sleep. These would be things like bed linens, comforters, and blankets.
Invest in high-quality cotton sheets and pillowcases. Ease, comfort, and softness are important to a feng shui bedroom design.
And do not use a second-hand mattress. You do not know what negative vibes you might be importing into your life.
Other elements in feng shui bedroom design
In another post, we discuss other elements of feng shui that can be applied generally in any interior design project. But here we focus specifically on the bedroom. This is because, with bedrooms, there are exceptions to the general rules of feng shui.
No electronics in the bedroom
Electromagnetic fields interfere with the immune system and can disturb one’s sleep and circadian rhythm. So, either ban electronic devices from the bedroom or be sure to turn them off before going to sleep.
And be aware of electrical or electronic devices that may be close to the bed’s headboard in an adjoining room. These can have a disturbing effect. Examples would be a circuit breaker box or refrigerator. So be conscious of this when it comes to positioning the bed.
No photos of friends and family
Keep photos of family members and friends out of the bedroom. They can give you a negative feeling of “being watched.” But by all means, have photos of you and your partner taken in happy moments.
Limit the use of mirrors
The general rule is that you should not have mirrors in the bedroom. This is because they promote active yang energy. And in a bedroom, you want to promote restful yin energy.
However, we have already mentioned that there are occasions where the use of mirrors is recommended.
No plants in the bedroom
Ordinarily, feng shui encourages the use of plants. This is because they promote the positive flow of chi energy. But it is for precisely this reason that you should not have plants in the bedroom.
In the bedroom, you want to promote calm and passivity. Plants are considered too yang, or aggressive for the bedroom.
No water features in the bedroom
Water in the bedroom meets the same objection as plants. Water exudes too much energy in a space where calmness is paramount.
In addition, water extinguishes fire and passion, which you definitely want to avoid when you are in a relationship.
So you don’t even want to have imagery of water in your bedroom artwork.
The importance of pairs and symmetry
In feng shui, things in pairs generate positive, harmonious, and loving energy. Feng shui likes symmetry.
So, even if you are not in a relationship, furnish the bedroom for two. Have a pair of nightstands, a pair of lamps, a pair of pillows, and a pairing of artwork.
Nightstands should have rounded corners, and so should any other bedroom furniture. In feng shui, “poison arrows” are pieces of furniture or architectural features that have sharp angles or edges. Avoid having any sharp “poison arrows” pointing at you.
Choosing artwork for bedroom feng shui
We just mentioned the pairing of artwork. And in your selection of pieces of artwork, look for those that feature pairings of objects in their subject. These pairings reflect the union of the people who sleep in the bedroom.
Choose artwork that is calming and charming. Avoid pieces that contain violent or aggressive imagery. Abstract pieces make a good choice.
Bedroom colors, materials, and the Bagua Map
We discuss the Bagua Map elsewhere. But here’s a quick recap of how to use it to maximize your bedroom feng shui.
Place the Bagua Map over the floor plan of your home with the North edge over the wall containing the front door. Then find the location of your bedroom. It should fall under one of the perimeter Bagua squares since all bedrooms have windows.
Within that square, you will find the corresponding elements, colors, shape, and materials. Use these in the selection of furnishings, accessories, and artwork for the bedroom.
And when it comes to paint color selection, avoid stark primary colors and instead go for warmer colors like cream, yellow, coral, beige, and tan. In feng shui, warm colors work well on bedroom walls because they are calm and soothing. And light greens, blues, and lavenders are restful too.
No clutter in the bedroom
Eliminating clutter is an important general precept of feng shui. But nowhere is it more important than in the bedroom. Clutter in the bedroom blocks the flow of chi energy and will disturb your sleep.
And you can’t relegate clutter to “out of sight out of mind.” Even if you can’t see the clutter, it is still there and will still obstruct the flow of chi.
So keep your closets and drawers free of clutter.
No home office in the bedroom
Avoid having a home office in the bedroom or a lot of books and reference material. You do not want reminders of your work life in this space. It distracts from the purpose of the bedroom as a restful refuge.
If lack of space requires you to have a home office in the bedroom, then screen it off. And turn off your computer at night.
No exercise equipment in the bedroom
Exercise is associated with yang energy. So banish any exercise equipment from the bedroom. Everything in the bedroom should foster calming and restorative yin energy.
Feng shui uses scents and aromatherapy to elicit emotional responses and encourage balance and harmony. And in the bedroom, you want to trigger feelings of relaxation and calm. You want to use aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety.
The best way to do this is with an essential oils diffuser. And the best scents to use for relaxation and sleep are lavender and jasmine. And you can use cinnamon or ylang-ylang essential oils for a little romance.
Natural light and circadian rhythm lighting
Maximize the natural light entering the bedroom. This is a source of yang energy and is appropriate for daylight hours. Install window coverings that make windows easy to open to maximize fresh air. The thickness of the material of the coverings should be such that natural daylight enters the room as the sun rises in the morning.
Put lighting on dimmers to enhance romantic moments. And introduce circadian rhythm lighting.
Conclusions on feng shui bedroom design
If you suffer from sleeplessness, give a thought to your bedroom environment. Whatever your personal view of Chinese geomancy and feng shui, a very great deal of it is rooted in common sense.
Especially consider the concept of placing the bed in the commanding position. If you are in command of your environment, you feel greater self-assurance and less anxiety. This is pretty easy to understand just on its face. It naturally reduces anxiety and promotes feelings of rest and calm.
So allow just this one thought to give feng shui the benefit of the doubt. Apply the principles of feng shui bedroom design to your life and get ready for a better night’s sleep. You will be pleasantly surprised!