Feng Shui Q & A: Feng Shui And Plants In The Bedroom

Apr 20, 2012 | Feng Shui 101

A reader asked the question:  ” I currently have a few plants in my bedroom and I feel like they enliven my space while being relaxing at the same time. I was thinking about adding more! Is there a reason why I shouldn’t?” 

My answer:  

Houseplans are tricky business in bedrooms.  Yes, nature is a beautiful thing.  And a small plant or two can certainly enhance just about any environment and clear the air.

However, plants are active.  They are growing, synthesizing, stretching, catalyzing… and this is not the greatest energy to sleep with in close proximity.  It is very positive and creative to add wood (and plants!) to a space, but too much of that energy contradicts the calm, serene, rejuvenating energy of a bedroom. When you have things growing while you are sleeping, you are contradicting your calm.

So, if your plants now make you feel serene, go for it.  But be careful about adding too many.

The good news, though, is that you can always take a few away!

One last note: no cactus ever, ever, ever in the bedroom.  And I’d avoid spiky-leaved plants too- very very aggressive!!! African violets, actually, are the only plant allowed in my bedroom. (here’s more about why!) …xoxo Dana



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  1. Feng Shui

    Thanks for such a nice post……..

  2. Nell

    Hi Dana, Great site! If you do have plants, in a bedroom, what kind would you recommend?

    • danaclaudat

      thank you!!! and i would say that if you must have growing plants, try forced bulbs, paperwhites, orchids, or greens with smooth and rounded leaves that are very hearty. remember that with plants in soil come bugs in greater force, so do this with that in mind!!!

  3. Bianca

    I live in an apartment where my bed is under someone else’s bathroom toilet above me. Help 🙁 i dont know what to do.

    • danaclaudat

      You know, there are lots of “magic-type” feng shui “cures” for this, put pragmatically speaking, I would move the bed so its not directly under the toilet and get or make a canopy, perhaps, to “seperate” yourself from that energy!

  4. randa

    hi , i love your site ! it is very inspiring. my bedroom is right above my kitchen and my bed in specific is right on top of my stove. would like to know if that ‘s good or bad!

    • danaclaudat

      Thank you so much!!!!
      Tough to say if something is good or bad in this sense; do you have trouble sleeping? Health problems? Trouble with relationships? These are the kinds of questions that spring to mind to decide if its working for you or not…but it’s still not conclusive. Ultimately nothing is all good or all bad, it’s about how it affects you!

  5. Christine

    Good Morning Dana..
    I am working a traditional newly built oak English new build. There are oak beams exposed internally in every room. I am new to this, but can you give me some general hints please – perhaps what to enhance and avoid.
    Best wishes. Christine x

    • danaclaudat

      I am going to blog this one for you, just a little overview…. 🙂

  6. Ruby

    I think fung shui is cool!

  7. LuLuBelle

    Hi there – I love your modern take on Feng Shui! I just got two small plants that have dark green leaves with pink markings, and put them in a small, oval, woven twig basket – 2 together as 1! Is that too much for the bedroom?

    • danaclaudat

      thank you! and while plants are “controvesial” feng shui items for a bedroom (I half the time agree) this sounds lovely & well done! Great intention! xx

  8. Jaquie

    Hi Dana love your site and your work!

    I was just wondering if its bad to have a bouquet of flowers in your room?

    • danaclaudat

      omg thank you sooo much Jaquie!
      its awesome to have a bouquet of flowers in your room!!! (so long as you aren’t alergic & they don’t stay there when they wither!)

  9. summer gab

    Hi dana,i learned a lot from you…thanks !

      • jana

        I am so confused as to adding my garage to the bagua of my home! A Feng Shui consultant came to my house and stated the I am missing parts of my career and helpful people/travel area because the garage is a left/side entry garage and is my knowledge area. But I keep reading online that my garage need not be included in my bagua of my home if I do not sleep or live in my garage??? ahhh!!! please help me!

        • danaclaudat

          Hi Jana, This might help you. You include your whole home in the overall bagua map of your space. If you use it, you experience the space. If it’s where you enter, it’s the point from which you lay the bagua on the map as though it was your front door. And if you want to have the most inclusive experience, look at the bagua room by room. There’s a whole lot of stuff online. Don’t go on a goose chase with random info presented as fact… just follow how you feel. If indeed there’s an area “mssing” it’s not missing… the energy of the area is folded into the neighboring spaces. If you want to learn more… my DIY guide might be a very un-confusing, un-panicking way to get your home working best for you… simply! https://www.fengshuidana.com/core_20161207-181903/core_20161207-181903/feng-shui-101-how-to-transform-the-place-where-you-live-into-a-home-that-you-love/
          xoxo Dana

  10. Anna

    I have to ask because I went to Arizona when I was little girl with my father; Why no cacti

  11. Christian Soyo

    Hi Dana thank you for this platform its really awesome! i got a echeveria imbracata the so call blue Rose in my bedroom window is it ok to keep this there for energy to rest, i love it do, i love to look at and it and water in the when i wake up.



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