Feng Shui is a common practice amongst many households around the world. But that’s not the same as knowing about it. So what exactly is Feng Shui? And why is it relevant in our lives?
It is a Chinese knowledge system that dates back to 6,000 years ago. It supports the idea that our physical environment not only has a bearing on our material existence but also on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Feng Shui doesn’t entail a complete overhaul of your interiors. The trick lies in making small changes in your surroundings and optimizing them to ensure balance and harmony. And we help you master the basics through our series of Feng Shui-centric blogs.
This blog focuses on optimizing your bedroom.
Given that one spends a good 7-9 hours sleeping, it becomes crucial to get the placement of the bed right. The ideal position to place your bed is against a wall diagonally across from the door. Known as the ‘commanding position’, it offers a vantage point from which you can clearly see what’s happening, or who’s entering your room.
Area around the bed
For the space above the bed, anything other than a headboard is a bad idea. Shelving units, chandeliers, beams are all unsuitable from an energy perspective. Additionally, ensure that your bed is accessible from both sides. If one of the two people sleeps against the wall, the flow of energy is blocked and they feel trapped.
Placing large furniture like a bookshelf next to the bed also doesn’t make sense. While it may seem like a convenient option, the bulkiness of the furniture can induce an oppressive feeling in the habitant. Small bedside tables that match the height of the mattress are ideal.
Choosing colours thoughtfully promotes a healthy energy that nurtures you both personally and professionally. In Feng Shui, each colour is categorized into one of the five elements wood, earth, fire, water, and metal. What you also need to remember is that different directions favour different elements. South facing rooms, for instance, are in sync with the fire element. So colours like reds, purple, pink will help bring good energy.
Bedrooms, in particular, are meant to have a calm aura that helps one relax and rejuvenate after a long day. To create a soothing environment, warm, earthy hues work best. On the other hand, vibrant pinks, oranges and yellows tend to have the opposite effect. They release excess energy, making you feel restless. It’s best to incorporate bright colors as accents and not base themes.
Use of Electronic equipment
Ideally, you’re better off eliminating all electrical appliances from your room. But if there’s no escaping them, then try to minimize their presence. Your bed, for instance, must be positioned as far away as possible from walls that have electrical appliances. Other small changes include replacing your electrical alarm clock with a battery operated one and switching of your cell phone and I-pads while sleeping. Aside from causing stress, the artificial light from these gadgets postpones the release of sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.