Feng Shui Your Bedroom

image-41. Use Welcoming and Calming Colors

Its cultural and spiritual symbolism aside, “There’s no doubt that color impacts our psychology and our physiology,” says David Daniel Kennedy, a feng shui teacher and consultant in Berkeley, Calif., and author of “Feng Shui for Dummies.”

Feng shui practitioners recommend warm, rich earth and skin tones such as terra cotta, copper, coral, cream, peach, tan and cocoa for creating a cozy, welcoming atmosphere in the bedroom. Soft natural colors like light blues, greens and lavenders lend the bedroom a quiet, tranquil vibe and invite healing energy. Bright reds and oranges are typically associated with yang — the masculine half of the yin and yang energy equation — and are too stimulating.

That said, “Pink and red are the colors of romance, and using them in the bedroom can increase the romance in our relationships,” David explains. Just limit these passionate hues to accents around the room — especially on the bed, in the form of sheets, pillows, throws and other linens. If pink and red aren’t your thing, try variations such as burgundy, pomegranate, eggplant and magenta.

2. Position Your Bed With Care

In feng shui, the “commanding position” for the bed is as far away from the bedroom door as possible, but in a spot which still allows you to keep an eye on the room’s entrance. “This gives you a sense of safety and protection while you rest,” says Jayme. The corner of the room diagonally opposite the door is usually best, since it distances you from the door while keeping the bed out of direct alignment with the room’s opening, which is conducive to sleep, relaxation and healthy chi.

Feng Shui-Focused Home

Try not to position your bed under the lower angle of a pitched ceiling, a ceiling fan or a heavy beam. These features are thought to contain “depressing energy” that literally pushes down on you while you sleep. If you have no choice, a bed canopy or lengths of fabric suspended from the ceiling or beams are believed to be feng shui “cures” for the problem.

Avoid positioning your bed under a window, which lacks the symbolic support and protection of a solid wall and can lead to fitful sleep as energy enters and exits through the window, David explains.

Headboards, especially solid ones made from wood, are considered good feng shui because they provide additional strength and support behind your head. Footboards, on the other hand, are seen as blocking forward progress in life.

Whatever you do, make sure your feet don’t point out the door while in bed. In traditional Chinese culture, this is called the “Death Position” because the deceased are carried out feet first. Practitioners believe sleeping this way can drain your life force. If you can’t avoid it, use a footboard or a substantial trunk or other piece of furniture at the foot of your bed to act as a buffer (this is the one exception to feng shui’s normal “no footboard” rule). Finally, leave enough room around the bed for energy to flow freely, and for each partner to get up with ease.

3. Opt for Curves, Not Corners

If you’re in the market for a new bedside table or other bedroom furniture, try to choose pieces with soft lines and curvilinear forms. “Square corners have too much pointed energy and can create a ‘sharp’ environment,” explains Jayme. The “poison arrows” formed by right angles are thought to direct negative energy directly at your sleeping form, which can cause a feeling of uneasiness, experts say. If a new nightstand isn’t in the cards, you can soften its corners by draping a piece of flowing fabric over the top or placing a healthy plant on top, leaves cascading over the corners.

Lastly, Barrett says to limit what’s on your nightstand to a lamp, a couple of inspirational books, a picture you love and a plant or fresh flowers, to create a “Zen” nightstand.

4. Clear the Clutter

From a feng shui perspective, clutter symbolizes unfinished business and impedes forward progress in life. So keep furnishings on the spare side and clutter as contained as possible to enable chi to flow freely around the room. Tip: Plants placed in corners are said to prevent energy from stagnating there. And don’t use the space under your bed to store boxes of out-of-season clothes — doing so will block energy and lead to stagnation in life, feng shui experts warn.

What’s more, “clutter under the bed has its own energy, which can disturb sleep — especially if it’s work-related clutter,” claims Jayme. The feng shui consultant was once hired by an insomniac dentist, whom she discovered stored her patients’ X-rays under her bed. As soon as the X-rays were moved out, sleep returned, Barrett says.

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