Feng Shui Design for the Master Bedroom
Good Feng Shui for a master bedroom involves a proper balance of energy. A master bedroom should be a place of respite. Your sanctuary from everything around you. It’s a place for rest and romance only. Absolutely everything in the master bedroom should support those activities. Nothing else. When decorating your master bedroom, take your inspiration from a luxury hotel room. Create a focal point of the bed. Rugs should be scaled to the room. Small rugs next to the bed are a trip hazard at night and add clutter. Use a rug that extends under the bed…at least half way…and into the room to unify the space and give it a cozy feel. Add layers of texture and sparkle. Additional pillows and throw pillows create a luxurious touch but they don’t have to add a lot to your budget. Bedside tables should be of equal “weight” while they don’t necessarily have to match. Everything should be scaled to the space but the headboard can be grand…in height/width. Everything in the space should be well balanced and have pride of place. Leave enough empty space so the room doesn’t feel cramped or crammed full. This is difficult in petite rooms, but in that case the trick is to keep all peripheral furnishings light in color to reduce the contrast between wall color and furnishings and surfaces uncluttered. If the furnishings more or less disappear into the walls it opens the space and makes it feel and appear more airy…and fewer items on surfaces opens the space visually. All the senses should be engaged in a serene way…sounds, sights, touch, and smells. This is where you can close the door and be transported to a Zen world of love (whether it’s for yourself or with a partner) and peace. If you are with or want to attract a partner, this is how you create a sacred space for that relationship.
The master bedroom should not include….
- Home office – reminders of work can disrupt your rest
- Exercise equipment – ditto #1
- TV (for those who simply MUST, it should be in a cabinet or otherwise hidden when not in use)
- Photos of family & friends. The only photos should be of the couple (if single, select serene images or of pairs of animals that mate for life such as swans)
- Artificial plants. They collect dust and don’t provide the “service” of live plants of filtering toxins from the air and delivering oxygen
- Memorabilia from a past relationship – energetic attachments to old relationships hold you back from current or new relationships
- Under-the-bed storage – keeps the energy from flowing freely and can detract from restorative sleep
- Plants that are struggling to stay alive. It’s struggling/dying energy. Find plants that will thrive in the conditions of your bedroom’s light, or lack thereof. Ask someone at a local nursery to assist you with this.
- Broken items…chipped vases/pottery, etc. – an energetic metaphor for brokenness
- Inappropriate art. Art brings energy into the space and you want either a loving or peaceful energy. No images of singles….only couples. That goes for photos as well. If you want to attract someone into your life, do not have photos of yourself in your bedroom.
- Shabby bedding…including pillows that have outstayed their bounce. You deserve better.
- Knick-knacks (dust collectors), papers, random items that clutter and serve no purpose in the bedroom.
- Books you aren’t currently reading
- Clothes you never wear
- Cell phone – phones contribute to sleep disorders
- Overflowing or open laundry basket – if you have no other place for your laundry basket it should be covered and emptied regularly so as not to spill over.
- Clothing littering the space – put all clothing/laundry where it belongs before going to bed.
- 4-legged friends (I know many find them comforting but they can actually disrupt your sleep) – a perfect example was a couple who realized their mistake of inviting their dogs into the bedroom when they were puppies, then when the dogs got older they snored so loudly the couple couldn’t sleep
- Stacks of magazines
- Chaos/clutter/dust/dirt. Keep your bedroom orderly and clean to support restorative sleep
- Mirrors positioned so you can see them from your bed…this energy is too yang and disrupts sleep
- Depressing colors. The best colors are pale or neutral. Take color cues from a luxury hotel sleeping room. If you want some punches of color, do it with throws, pillows or other decorative accessories. NEVER in bedding, drapes, or upholstery. Dark walls may feel cozy, but they are psychologically depressing. Unless you have a massive room, avoid saturated color on the walls. Especially red. It’s over-stimulating (yang) and sleep studies have found that a red room is less restful than any other color.
- The bed should be accessible from both sides…never shove the side of a bed up against the wall
- The bed shouldn’t be in alignment with the door…the perfect positioning is when the door is visible from the bed but not in alignment.
- Three should be at least two levels of lighting…brighter light for “tasks” and dimmer lighting for when you’re going to bed. Dimming the lights before you go to bed begins the process of adjusting you brain for sleep.
- A solid wood or upholstered headboard…open work or metal is not recommended since they do not fully support you. Metal has a yang energy that can disrupt sleep patterns. Also, a solid headboard protects you from the electrical wiring in the walls.
- Do not position your bed on a “wet wall” (with plumbing on the other side of the wall) or near an electrical panel
- Close all doors to your bedroom at night…especially the door to an en suite bathroom
- Use lavender essential oil spray on your linens just before you go to bed…it will help you fall asleep and you’ll rest better. An essential oil diffuser will also be beneficial not only for your sleep but for your skin/complexion
- Two bedside tables & lamps are best to provide space for a partner
- Make room for a partner by clearing space in drawers and closets
- Rose crystal is the crystal associated with the heart and love…include a pair of rose crystal hearts in your master bedroom
- Make sure the art is serene and loving. Traditionally, Peonies are the flowers that express love, not roses. A painting of photo of two Peonies is lovely. Anything that depicts love…such as a dancing couple, an embrace, or even a pair of animals who mate for life.
- Open the windows to allow fresh air as often as possible. Our indoor air quality tends to get stagnant.
- Raise the vibration with the sounds of soothing music when you’re not sleeping
- Move all electronics away from the bed. Clocks and phones should be on the other side of the room.
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