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Feng Shui: The Bedroom

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If you had to pick one room in your home to feng shui, you’d definitely want it to be your bedroom. Samantha Wong reveals why

Feng shui says that your bedroom is the space that symbolises you the most, which means the way it’s decorated has a direct impact on your wellbeing. Besides that, you spend many hours in this room, and when you’re asleep you’re in a passive state so you’re really affected by all the energies surrounding you. The bedroom should be a place of rest, relaxation and love-making – nothing else – so it’s essential that you get the sheng chi (beneficial energy) flowing.

First step to maximising your bedroom’s potential is to get your bed in the ‘command position.’ This means placing it so you can see the entry door (anyone coming in) when you are lying in bed. But don’t place your bed so that it directly faces the door, do this and you’ll be lying in the position of the dead – you’ll be ready ‘to go feet first.’

Your headboard represents stability and support in your life, so choose one that is solid, without any perforations, and place it against a solid wall. If possible, don’t place your bed under any low beams, soffits or sloped ceilings.

If the bedroom is big enough, leave a space on both sides of the bed. This means you’ve made room for your partner or future partner. Healing energy needs to flow all around you when you’re sleeping, so keep the space under your bed clutter-free too. Know that whatever you store under your bed may represent or create subconscious blockages in your life. Letters from an ex may keep you from moving forward. Shoes or luggage can prevent you from getting a good night’s rest – you feel like you’re constantly in motion. If you must utilise the space under your bed for some kind of storage, stick to soft, sleep-related items like linens, blankets and pillows.

You need to limit the yang (male) energy and go big on nurturing ying (female) energy in your bedroom. Swap out tall, overpowering wardrobes, and choose nightstands and headboards that are discreet and curved. You don’t want any sharp angular items in your bedroom. Importantly too, the bedroom needs to be low-tech. Computers, phones, televisions and exercise equipment are all taboo – their energy is too yang, too strong. And somewhat surprisingly, it’s the same story with books. It’s OK to have one or two books on your nightstand but avoid having a full bookshelf in the bedroom. Books represent active energy – they will keep your mind overstimulated and can induce insomnia.

You’re seeking harmony and balance in your bedroom, so you’ll want to nourish all five senses. Burn essential oils to sweeten the air, play some soothing tunes, and layer soft and inviting fabrics. Treat yourself to breakfast in bed occasionally and always keep fresh water on your nightstand.

In terms of what you want to see, go with earthy tones. Avoid plain white walls because stark white brings in the metal element, which is too mentally stimulating for a bedroom. Go with off-white, cream and chocolate brown to promote peaceful vibes and sensuality.

How to boost your love life
Speaking of sensuality, getting the feng shui right in a bedroom can kickstart, boost or simply bolster your love life. So, design your bedroom for two even if you’re not currently in a relationship. Present everything in pairs to symbolise union. That means two pillows, two nightstands, two lamps and, if space allows, two armchairs.

You need to avoid any reference to water in your bedroom. This means no plants or water features, no pictures of the ocean, no shells, no fish motifs. Why? Just as water puts out fire, it quenches the red-hot flames of passion.

Likewise, the artwork in your bedroom can have a big effect on your personal life. If you’re single and looking for love, avoid images of single people or objects. If you want to reignite the spark between yourself and your spouse, display photos of the kids elsewhere. Hang your artwork at eye level or higher to lift your lifeforce energy.

Skin tones are conducive to sleep but introducing too much peach into your colour scheme is a mistake. If you’re single, you’ll find yourself bouncing from partner to partner, and if you’re in a relationship, your eye will wander. Peach is promiscuous. Note too, that if you place a mirror in front of your bed you are inviting a third person into your relationship.

The best way to erotically charge your bedroom is to make sure the fire element is present in your decor. Place a red object on your nightstand and something copper on your partner’s. Hanging a ruby or garnet over both nightstands will ensure that your bedroom radiates sex-positive energy.

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