Design a Bedroom with Feng Shui
If you’re new to feng shui, we generally recommend starting with the bedroom. It might be tempting to feng shui every single room in your home right away, but it’s not necessary. We spend a lot of time sleeping and recharging in our bedrooms, so the energy in that part of our homes really affects us. It’s best to start with a few simple changes that will create big shifts, instead of trying to tackle everything in your home at once.
Optimal Feng Shui Bedroom Layout
When it comes to the feng shui of your bedroom, you’ll want to start by looking at the layout and flow of the room. Most importantly, where is your bed? A well-placed bed can alleviate many persistent issues. Ideally, your bed will be in the command position. This means that you can see the door to your bedroom while you’re in bed, without being directly in line with the door. This will help you to feel like you’re in control and at ease in your space, and can help you to experience more restful sleep and less anxiety. Putting your bed into command might sound like a simple shift, but there’s really a lot of power behind it.
If you can’t move your bed into command, you can place a mirror that allows you to see the door from your bed. If it’s possible to move your bed, though, that is preferable!
After you’ve placed your bed in command, do an audit of your bedroom. Here are a few things to look out for:
The flow of qi
Another important thing to look at in your bedroom is the flow of qi, or life force energy, in your bedroom. A good rule of thumb is that if you are having trouble maneuvering around your room and getting into bed, then the qi is also having a hard time flowing freely. If you have any furniture or large items blocking your path to the bed, it’s a good idea to remove or rearrange them so that they are not in the way.
Also, if you have a tendency towards depression or low energy, notice if you have a lot of furniture that is heavy or low to the floor. If you do, it might be helpful to lighten things up a bit and switch out some of these items
Above and below the bed
Is there a shelf or something heavy hanging above the bed? Do you have items below the bed that are charged with certain types of qi, like exercise equipment or letters from an ex? If so, you might want to remove those things! Be selective about what you keep above and below your bed, and make sure anything stored there is restful and soft, like extra bed linens.
Balance yin and yang
In order to get restful sleep, you’ll need to make sure your room has enough yin energy at night. Is it dark, cool, and quiet? If not, think about some changes you could make. This could be adding blackout curtains or tunable lighting that gets warmer in the evening, or removing electronic devices from your room.
You also want to make sure there is a balance of yin and yang. One way to invite in yang energy during the day is to open up the blinds and let in light.
Are your bed linens clean and in good condition? We would encourage you to get the highest quality bed linens that you can. Your sheets are right next to your skin, your largest organ, for many hours each night, so it’s a good idea to choose something organic and nontoxic. We also recommend replacing your bed linens annually if you can, and donating or repurposing your old ones.
Invite Supportive Energy into Your Bedroom
Once you’ve taken care of your bedroom layout and done an audit of your bedroom, you can start to think about what type of energy would most support you, and how to bring that in through natural elements like plants and crystals. To do this, start thinking about what you want to cultivate in your life. Think in broad strokes. You may want to do some journaling to get more clarity on this.
Once you know what you want to work on, read through the list to see which type of energy most resonates with your intentions, and how you can incorporate that in your bedroom decor.
If you want to feel energized, active, creative, and revitalized, add:
- Living green plants
- Imagery of plants
- Green quartz or moss agate
- Green and blue decor
If you want to feel warm, loving, passionate, and inspired, add:
- Red crystals like carnelian
- Pink salt lamps
- Red items (these can be small — red is a very active color so you might not want too much in the bedroom!)
If you want to feel stable, grounded, and nurtured, and have a sense of overall well being, add:
- Earth tones like yellow and brown
- Warm lighting
- Earthy essential oils like vetiver
- Brown crystals like tiger’s eye
If you want to feel clear, calm, simple, and focused on what’s essential, add:
- White paint
- Crisp white linens
- Plants with white flowers like peace lilies
- Clear quartz, snow quartz, or selenite
If you want to feel quiet, cool, and reflective, and invite more depth, add:
- Blackout shades
- Images of water
- Plants with very dark leaves
- Black tourmaline or labradorite