If you’ve ever felt unsettled by a messy home or desk, you know that clutter can distract the mind and put you in a negative emotional state. There’s no doubt that our surroundings affect us. You get a different feeling from a dark basement than from the lofty ceilings and filtered light of a cathedral. Feng Shui is a philosophy of harmonizing yourself with your surroundings. If you want to get a handle on the basics of how to design a holistic home, get start with Feng Shui for Beginners and begin to tap into the power of the world around you.
Feng Shui Basics
Feng Shui is about harmony and balance. It’s an entire philosophical system that incorporates all sorts of spiritual and astrological calculations to design a space tailored to the individual. However, if you want the quick and dirty version of how to design a holistic space, here are a few things you need to understand.
- The Five Elements of Feng Shui—You get a different feeling from a wood cabin than from an aquatic center or a modern metallic masterpiece. The five elements: wood, fire, water, earth, metal, water radiate different types of energy. Characteristics like colors, shapes, or durability can all represent the five elements. Employ them around your home to create balance.
- Remove the clutter—for energy to flow properly a home cannot be cluttered. Get organized and develop some streamlined storage solutions to keep things tidy.
- Soften edges— Sharp edges produce harsh energies. Use plants to soften sharp corners or slanting walls. Place curvalinear shapes like and urn or a harp in otherwise awkward corners.
- Embrace Chi—Chi is loosely translated as ‘life force.’ The energy of the sun, the power of the weather, the resonance of your environment: this is Chi. In terms of Feng Shui, you want this life force to flow smoothly your home. That doesn’t mean you have to be totally minimalist. Just try not to obstruct airflow.
- Get the low down on the rest of the primary principles of Feng Shui with The Easiest Way.
Feng Shui in the Bedroom
The bedroom is one of the most important in the house in terms of Feng Shui. The sleep process is one of relaxing and regenerating. In the bedroom, Feng Shui addresses those two elements as well as fostering romance, so whether you’re married or single, it’s critical to get it right. If you could use more love in your life, check out this five-star course on Feng Shui and Love.
Obviously, the critical piece of furniture in the bedroom is the bed. According to Feng Shui, your head needs to face one of the auspicious directions. One of the best positions for the bed is to be diagonally across from the door. In Feng Shui, the element of surprise is not welcomed in the bedroom. As such, if you can’t place the bed with a sightline to the door, you should position a mirror to reflect anyone entering. Just don’t put the mirror directly facing the bed. You want your first sight in the morning to be something like a view of the garden, not a view of your bedhead.
In an ideal world, you want your bed raised up off the floor, so air can circulate beneath it. No more hiding your mess under your bed—that creates stagnant Chi. You’ve got to keep it clear and clean. You may think that leaving the mattress straight on the floor solves that problem, but really it just makes your bedroom look kind of like a squatters’ den. It is also not recommended to position the bed between the flow of two opposite windows or a window and a door. Traditionally, having the bed interrupting the Chi between windows or doors is believed to cause illness, and we wouldn’t want that now would we?
Symmetry and Pairing
A bedroom can be a reflection of the partnership between the people residing in the home. As such, it is recommended that both sides of the bed are symmetrically appointed with matching bed tables, lamps and décor. Even in a tight space, never leave one side of a double bed pressed against the wall. The sides of the beds should be balanced and equitable like the partners who rest there. All images should come in pairs representing the harmony of the union. If you’re single, beware of single images and single beds which can both indicate loneliness.
According to the principles of Feng Shui, rounded edges on any decorative items are more restful than spiky designs. (Again keep the objects in pairs so as not to represent isolation.) If your bed has a nice line of sight to the door, position a mirror across from the window to draw in the landscape. Generally speaking, anytime you have a mirror, you want it to reflect something lovely–something well-considered and worth reflecting. When it comes to wall art, you want uplifting and aspirational images, like a rising sun or something that embodies what you want to achieve in the near future. For a number of obvious reasons, it is not recommended to keep photos of family in the bedroom.
What kind of bedframe is right for your Feng Shui bedroom? The answer is definitive: wood is best. Metal is ok, if it really suits you, but you have to keep it away from electrical stuff. Whichever you choose, ensure the headboard is higher than footboard. Keep the headboard against a wall, never a window, for a sense of security.
Whether it’s a TV, a computer, a clock radio or a space heater, electrical equipment should be as sparse as possible in the bedroom. If you have to have something, put it opposite the bed at the other end of the room. When it comes to your phone, unless you’re an ER doc, you shouldn’t be on call all night long. Turn the phone off to give yourself a true chance to relax without interruptions.
Given that all energy on earth is derived from the sun, our perception of light is critically important. Embrace natural light whenever possible and allow it to do its job of waking you in the morning and helping you power down at night. It is recommended to have a number of levels of lighting—especially in the bedroom which serves different functions throughout the day. Bright overhead lights are suitable for active morning routines while low wattage bedside lamps should be kept dim to ease the transition to night. Candles can be used as a romantic lighting solution–just try not to set the whole place ablaze.
While many of the same rules apply to children’s rooms as to any other bedroom, kids seem to breed clutter. Keep the toys and books under control by installing bookshelves and tidy storage solutions. Be vigilant about donating toys and clothes that your kids have outgrown. When decorating, keep in mind that children grow and change very quickly. Bright color schemes and cartoonish décor are neither restful nor likely to maintain interest over the years. Instead of painting Peppa Pig on the wall, frame a smaller image instead which can be changed more easily. Create a corner where your child can be creative, and foster a love of reading with a space dedicated to it. If you’re decorating for a baby, don’t forget that new paints and furnishing products give off toxic chemicals. That’s way bad for Chi. Finish decorating early and give the room lots of time to breathe before your baby arrives.
The ancient art of Feng Shui aims to maximize health, happiness and prosperity by channeling positive energy and harmony in the home and nowhere is that more important than in the bedroom. After all, we spend eight hours a night in the bedroom—and not just sleeping. You owe it to yourself to take some time to create a proper sanctuary for you and your loved ones. If you want to maximize your sensual energy, you don’t have to stick solely to Feng Shui, improve all aspects of your relationship with a course like G-School. Once you’ve mastered the Feng Shui of your bedroom, consider applying what you’ve learned to your office space with a course designed to help you get ahead. The power of Feng Shui is limited only by your imagination. Give it a go, even if it doesn’t cure your hayfever at least you’ll have a chic place to look at while you sneeze.