Feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of arranging living spaces, is based on many of the same principles as alternative therapies such as acupuncture. The point of feng shui is to maximize the flow of "qi" (energy or life force) in the environment for utmost safety and productivity.
Being thoughtful about how you arrange and use your bedroom is especially important. It's where you sleep and adequate amounts of quality shut-eye are vital to health and well-being. So for the sake of better sleep, consider these tips for improving the feng shui in your bedroom.
Start With Your Bed
The ideal bed placement allows you to see the bedroom door while you're in bed without being directly in front of or in line with it. According to feng shui, having a view of the door from bed without being too close to it gives a sense of safety and is conducive to relaxation and sleep.
The foot of the bed shouldn't point toward the door either. This is known as the "coffin" position and puts the bed in the main path of traffic. If this can't be avoided, a footboard, high bench, or table at the foot of the bed can act as a buffer as long as it doesn't block the view of the door.
The head of the bed should be against a wall, but not under a window which could allow qi to flow outside and cause restless sleep. It's best not to place a bed under a structural or decorative beam or ceiling fan either, as this is not good for physical health.
Eliminate or Hide Electronics and Exercise Gear
Televisions, computers, exercise gear, or a workspace in the bedroom are thought to distract from rest and take up energy. If you have no choice, hide these items as best you can.
Clear the Clutter
According to feng shui, clutter is more than a distracting eyesore. It can block the flow of qi, disturb sleep, and generally prevent things in your life from moving forward.
Neatness counts where you can't see it as well. Don't use the space under your bed for storage and keep the inside of your closet tidy and weed out clothes you don't wear periodically. Close the closet door at night. Keep the insides of drawers organized and don't pile books on top of your nightstand or dresser.
According to feng shui, if you aren't sleeping well, a mirror in your bedroom could be the culprit. Mirrors are thought to bounce energy around the bedroom, which may result in restlessness and amplify worries.
Be Artful About Artwork
Any images you hang on your bedroom walls should be inspiring, uplifting, or relaxing. One of the best places to hang such an image is on the wall opposite your bed so that you see it first thing when you wake up and the last thing before you turn off the lights to go to sleep. Don't bring sad or upsetting images into your bedroom, or paintings or photographs that feature just one person: This symbolizes solitude. It's also best to avoid images in which a lake, waterfall, or river is the dominant theme. In other parts of the house, water symbolizes money, but in the bedroom, it may promote financial or relationship losses.
In general, try to have two of everything you can. Ovals and circles, whether it's the shape of your nightstand or the type of accessories you select, are better than furniture and accessories with sharp corners or edges.
Select Relaxing and Balanced Paint Colors
According to feng shui, warm colors reminiscent of skin tones, such as cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan or cocoa, are ideal on bedroom walls because they're thought to be soothing.
Light blues, greens, and lavenders are considered restful and conducive to sleep. But too many cool colors, such as grays, blues, or stark whites are believed to interfere with relaxation. Aim for a balance of 50 percent warm skin tones and 50 percent cool blues, greens, or lavenders.