Where you place your bedroom furniture can be something that makes or breaks the flow of the room. Easy changes can drastically change the appearance of your bedroom. The bedroom should boast an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation. The words "feng shui" are thrown around so often it has lost some of its meaning.
Feng Shui was developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a concept that reveals how energy balances any given space. Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with health, thus excellent feng shui came to mean good fortune.
When you want to sleep or unwind, the bedroom should provide you with the peace of mind that you need. Sometimes the way the room is arranged makes a big impact on your perception. Subtle changes can drastically alter the atmosphere of your bedroom.
The largest piece of furniture is the bed and is the focal point of your bedroom that everyone sees as you walk in. According to the feng shui principle:
- You should not sleep with your feet facing the door; this is known as the “coffin position”
- Although rare, do not place the bed with the entrance on either side of the bed
- The bed should sit far from the bedroom door as possible.
- The further the bed sits from the door, the more control you can feel over your space.
- The bed should not sit in the direct path of the door.
- Do not place the bed under a window- constant noise or weather fluctuations can disrupt the peace
- Don’t place the bed in front of the mirror; the belief is that when you sleep at night, your soul leaves the body and can be startled by its reflection and causes nightmares and restless sleep.
Some of the most famous celebrities that utilize "feng shui" in their personal and business matters are Oprah, Madonna, Cher, Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Richard Branson.
Donald Trump uses feng shui to protect his investments and create more business success. For example, Mr. Trump hired feng shui master Pun-Yin to work on Trump Tower. Following some of the principles, the main entrance was placed facing Central Park to allow positive energy to flow in. New entrances were built and old ones were closed off to assure it's in harmony with feng shui rules.
There are many books on feng shui and what is perfect for your room. Creating a peaceful environment is not a complicated endeavor but can be obstructed by a few other obstacles. Here are a few more items in arranging your bedroom according to the Feng Shui school of thought:
Feng Shui Design Guidelines for Your Bedroom
The following guidelines lead you through some of the factors in creating a bedroom using feng shui. Using these tips, you can create an atmosphere that is peaceful and comfortable.
Keep books, magazines and tools for self-development displayed. Instead of having a TV or radio having items that represent knowledge is a great addition to your bedroom.
Place mirrors and reflective items to help improve your self-image. Being able to check your appearance before heading out the door builds confidence as you head off to work.
Place pictures of places you’ve visited or want to visit. These pleasant memories elevate your mood as you reminisce about memories from a trip or look forward to that big vacation getaway.
Have family photos, heirlooms, portraits and plants placed throughout the bedroom. Keeping items and pictures that represent stability is regarded as positive energy and should flow throughout the bedroom.
The state of wealth is not limited to your financial standing Placing items such as fish and flowing water represents and ever growing state of abundance. Placing items that represent growth offers an atmosphere of positive energy.
Place items such as awards and accomplishments visible and at eye level. Reminding yourself of your accomplishments will only encourage you to achieve more.
Relationships are important and an integral part of everyone’s life. Keeping pictures of loved ones in oval mirrors helps keep you connected while the oval shape of the frame represents the flow of energy.
If you don't have a lot of room in your bedroom, using closet space to store excess items is a great alternative. When there is more floor place in the bedroom, it appears as if you have more room in the bedroom, thus making it look larger. As stated earlier, placing the bed in front of the door will greatly reduce the perception of how big the room really is and disrupt the flow, or "sheng chi" of your bedroom. Following these tips and suggestions won't bring you to enlightenment but they will help create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.