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Life is all about balance, there are times when you can’t control all the moving parts, but one thing you can control is your environment. Enter the ancient Art of Feng Shui, also known as the Art of placement. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this ancient Chinese practice, you are about to learn how easy it is to incorporate these practices into your home to create a space that is more connected and balanced with the natural world. In this blog, we will be focusing on Feng Shui in your bedroom which is a great place to start if you are new to the practice.
Feng Shui translates to wind-water in English and it involves creating a flow and harmony between a person and their environment. It’s all about creating a place that feels energized and balanced. Next question you ask, how can I do this? Feng Shui involves rearranging your furniture and pieces in your home to optimize positive energy and good vibes. Let’s start off with tips on the basic principles of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui has 5 elements, which are Wood, Fire, Water, Earth and Metal.
The commanding position is one of the basic principles in Feng Shui. The commanding position is the spot in a room that is the furthest from the door and not directly in line with it. Ensure that you can see the door from where you are positioned so as to be able to fully relax.
There are lots more to Feng Shui than you know, but we want to make it as EZ as possible. Now that you are aware of some of the basic principles let’s show you how to make your bedroom a zen, positive sleeping sanctuary.
Is there anything better than that feeling of having a great night's sleep? The main benefit of Feng Shui in your bedroom is more sleep. Getting more sleep will help improve your overall well-being. It may also improve your relationships, in Feng Shui, the bedroom is associated with love. Who doesn’t want more sleep and more love in their lives?
Place your bedframe in a command position, this means that you should be able to see your bedroom door without being directly in front of it. If you have the option, place it diagonally in relation to your door. It is important to avoid a door opening up onto any part of your bed. Ensure that there is equal space on both sides of your bed. If you have a bedside locker or bedside table, place one on either side for balance. According to Feng Shui, your bed should not be placed under a window, it should always be placed against the wall for safety and security.
It is important to have a headboard that is secure and stable. By having a solid headboard you are creating supportive energy. Attach your headboard to the bed to prevent it from wobbling and disturbing you while you sleep. Fabric bed frames or headboards can create a nice warm and inviting atmosphere. For Feng Shui, it is best to avoid headboards with bars and opt for ones with soft edges.
A huge part of Feng Shui is having a clear space. By having too much clutter in your bedroom you are blocking good energy. It also will reduce our stress levels and give us a positive boost. Don’t forget to clear under your bed and your wardrobes. Even if certain pieces are not in plain sight, our energy can be affected by the overflow of clutter in our wardrobe and under our bed.
We spoke to the colour experts in Crown paints to get expert advice on using the right paint colours for Feng Shui in your bedroom.
For bedrooms, chances are you'll want a tranquil space, so we especially love green and blues for this. In Feng Shui, Green is seen as a colour of renewal, fresh energy, and vitality, so it's a very nourishing colour that's very well suited to the bedroom. Our shade Aloe There from our MoodBoards collection with House and Home Magazine is a lovely natural green that will help create a restorative space. If you want a lighter green, Woodland Sage from our MoodBoards range is also a great choice.
Blue brings calming and peaceful energy that is ideal for rooms where you want to relax. The Crown MoodBoards shade On a Beach will soothe and subdue. If you want to go with the classic Feng Shui colour of love--pink--which is also a stellar choice for bedrooms, you can't go wrong with the shade Personal Touch from our Elle Decoration range or Shimmer Brick from MoodBoards.
Be mindful when choosing the wall art for your bedroom. Choose artwork that is relaxing and uplifting. Once you have chosen the right wall art be sure to hang it higher on the wall. Artwork that is too low, is associated with low energy. Try placing it on the opposite wall to your bed frame. It will be the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning.
A bedroom is a place where we go to sleep and relax. By having disruptors like phones, TVs, and computers you are interfering with your natural circadian rhythm. It is important that you clear your bedroom of all electronic interferences. When there are too many electronic devices in the bedroom it can totally zap your energy.
Yes, you heard us, remove your mirrors from the bedroom, if you want to practice good Feng Shui. Mirrors that are placed on the opposite wall of your bed can bounce bad energy around the room. Keep your mirrors on the inside of your wardrobes.
Too many books stacked in your bedroom can disturb your mind and distract you from sleeping. Certain books can disturb our relaxation, remove books associated with work, crime or thrillers. No need to toss the book on your bedside table just yet. Choose one book for your bedside table that brings positive energy.
By implementing Feng Shui in your bedroom, you can reinvigorate and re-energize your bedroom to make it feel and look so much better. By following these steps you create a refreshing and calming atmosphere. Not only will it benefit the look of your room but it may boost your mood and improve your sleep. If you liked this blog be sure to come back next week to learn all about how to apply Feng Shui in your living room.