Decorating Your Bedroom the Feng Shui Way

Written by Emmie Sahlan
Updated February 13, 2016
organized bedroom with window view
Placing the bed against a solid wall and keeping the room clear of clutter are two examples of good feng shui. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Sandra R. of Palm Springs, California)

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When decorating your bedroom, consider hiring a professional interior designer or decorator who possesses feng shui certification. This expert can offer advice on how to decorate your bedroom to make it aesthetically appealing as well as how to promote a harmonious relationship and general well being.

Using the ancient Eastern philosophy to decorate the bedroom involves the arrangement of living spaces to enhance positive energy flow. This, in turn, promotes a harmonious and romantic relationship between couples and peace and relaxation to the occupant.

Here are some recommended practices for designing your feng shui bedroom.

Declutter

The bedroom should be free from clutter to allow positive chi energy to flow through the space in the promotion of harmony and prosperity. Hence, the space under the bed should be clear of clutter and closets should be neatly arranged and kept closed after you retrieve items from them.

Bed position

Experts recommend that the ideal positioning of the bed should be diagonally opposite the entrance. Bear in mind that the foot of the bed must not point toward the entrance because this hinders the energy flow. If you have no other options for orienting your bed, place a tall table or stool between the bed and the entrance to allow better energy flow to occur.

Avoid placing the headboard under the window because this may cause the energies to enter and leave, resulting in sleep disruption. Also, you should place the bed against a solid wall. If it's arranged away from the wall, it should come with a solid headboard. This represents security and well-being to the occupant.

In addition, it is essential that you place the bed in the power position, which refers to the spot opposite the door where you can see anyone entering the room.

Function of the bedroom

You should use the bedroom solely for sleeping and relaxation. Refrain from using it as a workspace or a makeshift gym. Therefore, computers and exercise equipment should not be kept in the bedroom because such equipment can break the flow of positive energy within the room.

If you need a television in the bedroom, the ideal place to store it is in a cabinet, which you should keep closed when the TV is off.

Position of mirrors

You need to be careful when placing a mirror in the bedroom because wrongly placed mirrors can break positive flow within the room space.

Never place mirrors near the bed, on a wall above or in front of it. Your reflection must not be visible when lying on the bed because it is believed to cause infidelity in relationships and sleep disruptions.

Feng shui accessories in the bedroom

Paintings that are favorable in the bedroom are those that celebrate life. They should evoke feelings of joy and happiness and should be brightly colored, such as those depicting nature. Another ideal wall decoration exhibits abstract art with splashes of bright colors. 

Furniture or figurines in the bedroom should always come in pairs to promote positive relationships. An example is two side tables with a lamp on each one.

Feng shui colors

Color plays a significant role in feng shui philosophy. Recommended colors reflect skin or earth tones and contain warm hues. According to Suite101, "These include rich earth colors, such as terra cotta, copper and coral, as well as softer shades of cream, peach, tan and cocoa." Using these colors result in a relaxing and rejuvenating effect.

You should also consider other recommended colors and their benefits:

Lavender and light shades of purple • bring about physical and mental healing benefits• are soothing and calming• diffuse stress and evoke a spiritual feeling

Whites and metallic colors • signify purity and focus• create a calming atmosphere

A hint of black • helps to absorb negative energy

Blue• is a calming, soothing color• mimics the appearance of water and the sky• reflects feeling of peace, love and trust

Light green• calms your nerves• improves your health

Pink • connotes romance• brings a loving energy into your bedroom• heals the heart

Yellow • is better for children's bedrooms• creates a feeling of stability and increases self esteem• helps to brighten up rooms that don't get very much natural sunlight

Because the bedroom is a sanctuary for rest and rejuvenation, you should take careful consideration when decorating it. Hiring an interior designer or decorator with feng shui expertise will help you make the right choices and gain better personal outcomes.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on Aug. 23, 2013.

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