It’s rare these days that I share traditional feng shui tips, but some are just so important you need to see them, and way more than once.
The basics are fundamental, you know? You can’t build an empire on quicksand. I’m willing to bet you cant build an empire without sleep, either!
Today we’ll review the fundamentals to creating a bedroom with feng shui.
Have no fear: If you can’t change certain things in you room, don’t panic: do your best to get the rest of the room feeling soft and refreshing.
How to Create a Sleep Sanctuary by Carol M. Olmstead
You would be amazed at how many clients call me for a consultation because they can’t sleep. Sometimes they’ve already spent a lot on a new mattress with the perfect magic number that’s supposed to take care of all of their sleep problems. But from a Feng Shui perspective, the arrangement of the room is most important in assuring a good night’s sleep.
Here are 10 things to consider in creating your bedroom sleep sanctuary.
Bed Placement. The ideal location for a bed is positioned so you can see out the door without directly facing it. This makes you feel grounded in the room. Avoid placing a bed for two people in the corner, against two walls, where one partner feels “trapped” and literally has to climb over the other to get out.
Linens and Mattress. Treat yourself to luxury sheets, and always buy new sheets after a relationship breakup. Avoid sleeping on a mattress from a failed relationship because it represents sleeping with all of the problems from your former partner.
Headboard and Footboard. The Feng Shui recommendation is to use a solid headboard for protection. If you absolutely hate headboards, hang a rug or fabric artwork on the wall behind the bed. A footboard is only essential if your bed is located directly across from the door to the room, which is considered the most inauspicious location. If your bed must be placed in this location, you can also place a small piece of furniture at the foot of the bed to help you feel more secure.
Room Color.The most restful colors for a bedroom are warm “skin tones,” ranging from creamy beiges and butter cream to pinks, reds, coral, raspberry, burgundy, aubergine, and chocolate. The least restful colors are pure white, black, gray, and cool blues and greens, since they will make the bedroom chilly and less inviting.
Artwork. Art for an adult bedroom should feel romantic, coupled, and paired – the definition of “romantic” is up to you. Display a current photo of the two of you if you’re in a relationship, or of a romantic setting if you’re not. Don’t display photos of your children, parents, friends, because you don’t want them “watching you.” You should also avoid hanging heavy pieces directly over the bed – heavy in theme or heavy in actual frame weight. Avoid any art with sharp edges pointed at the bed.
Night Tables. The Feng Shui recommendation is for two night tables to represent equality in a relationship, or to invite a partner into your bedroom if you are not already in a relationship. The tables don’t need to be “cookie cutter” matches, but they should be equal in stature and height. Keep only the book you are currently reading on your night table, because a stack of unread books symbolize “falling behind” and can negatively affect sleep.
Rug. Choose a rug that fits under the bed so that both partners have something soft under their feet when you get up in the morning. If you can’t fit a rug under your bed, choose matching area rugs for both sides of the bed.
Electronics. The Feng Shui recommendation is to keep computers, cell phones, and anything electronic out of your bedroom so you can avoid negative electromagnetic energy. I know this is impossible for many people, so my more realistic request is that if you must have electronics, try to keep these items as far away from the bed as possible. And try to avoid having a huge TV in your bedroom.
Work-Related Items. Remove all work-related items from your bedroom. If the bedroom is the only place for your home office, then screen off your work area before you go to sleep with a floor screen or natural “wall” of standing plants. It’s especially important to avoid keeping work items on your night table.
Under-Bed Items. Avoid storing anything under your bed because it restricts the positive chi from flowing all around you. It’s especially important not to store exercise equipment under your bed or any sharp metal objects. If you absolutely need the storage area, store only soft items like out of season clothes or linens under your bed.
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Thanks for sharing these tips, Dana! I agree that sometimes we all need to go back to the basics, especially when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.
you are AMAZING carol!!!!
This article was such a great reminder. I’m still hesitant about moving the t.v. out of my bedroom but I am working on it. =)
Hi Dana, love your site! I have a quick question – I’m moving into a new 3-bedroom apartment tomorrow with two roommates and I need to choose which bedroom I want. Two of the bedrooms are small and would have to have the bed squished up against two walls, so I’d have to climb into bed from the foot (there might actually be 6-10 inches on each side of the bed, but it’s still a tight fit). The other bedroom is a tad bigger, but the bed would be placed between the window and the door. It also has two windows instead of one (a plus!). Since neither of these are preferable, could you suggest which you find more favorable?
so sorry this one is your preference!!!
Is it ok to use mediation cusions as nightstands?
I meant “meditation” cushions
if it feels good it should be good for you!