Feng Shui for the Bedroom: The Main Rules

Especially in the bedroom, we are looking for peace and harmony and want to start our day full of energy. The Feng Shui teachings say that the energy flow in the room should be right for a good sleep. What is there to consider if you want to design your bedroom with Feng Shui? You will learn the following.

Every household needs a neatly decorated and harmonious bedroom
Every household needs a neatly decorated and harmonious bedroom.
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The basic idea of the Daoist teaching of Feng Shui is to keep the Qi (pronounced Chi) flowing – because the Qi animates and influences everything that exists on earth and must, therefore, always be able to flow freely to unfold its potential and help people live better lives. Harmful energies that could interfere with the Qi spreading its energy and harmony must be prevented or displaced.

You can apply the so-called Bagua grid to your living space to find the appropriate space for setting up a Feng Shui bedroom – this locates the energetic flow in an apartment or room. The energy flow forms the basis for allocating the individual rooms within a living space and for positioning the furnishings within the rooms. Transferring the Bagua grid to your home exposes energetically unfavorable corners and can help the Qi flow after all by a special arrangement of furniture or furnishings.

The bedroom is a Yin room in Feng Shui, which translates to wind and water, meaning the room is a haven of peace; in contrast, yang rooms such as the study, kitchen, or living room are considered active areas.

Ideally, the Feng Shui bedroom should also face one of the defined Yin cardinal directions that ensure absolute peace and relaxation – i.e., northwest, north, or northeast – and preferably be located on the other side of the house than most active Yang rooms. En suite bedrooms with a directly adjoining bathroom do not work very well from a Feng Shui point of view for this very reason.

The Basic Rules for Feng Shui in the Bedroom

To ensure a good flow of energy in your bedroom, you important to observe the following basic rules by Chinese teachings, which we have summarized for you in a clear table:

Set up bed somehow,
risk exposure to sunlight
Bed according to the cardinal direction
west and avoid direct
prevent direct sunlight
Place bed near
Place pipes and lines
Bed in an area
without water pipes and
Place heating pipes
Headboard of the bed
under / in front of a window,
foot part in the direction of a door
Headboard of the bed against a wall,
foot part towards a wall
Large pictures behind the
Bed headboard
Hang small pictures on the wall
Heavy, solid furniture Filigree, light furniture
Bright, eye-catching colors
for walls and furniture
Gentle, soft earth colors or
Pastel shades for furniture and walls
Electrical appliances such as TV,
Stereo system, radio-controlled alarm clock,
Smartphone in bedroom
No electrical appliances!
Unless they are taken off the
taken from the mains
Cluttered room with
junk room character
and things lying around
Little furniture and decoration,
Room should be tidy and clean

Position and Type of Bed in Feng Shui Bedroom

Since we like to have a restful sleep in bed, need a lot of harmony, and recharge energy for our tasks, the bed is the focus in the Feng Shui bedroom, both the type of bed and its positioning in the room. It is important to absolutely avoid negative energy flows and guarantee the Qi as freely as possible.

The Optimal Feng Shui Bed

  • is made of wood or other natural materials
  • stands on four legs
  • has space under the bed
  • has no futon
  • has no drawers or boxes under the bed.

In the Bedroom, Aligned According to Feng Shui, the Bed Is Placed So That It Faces

  • faces west so that total relaxation can occur
  • the headboard is against a wall, and the footboard is against a wall
  • not on the line between the door and the window
  • has a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from the nearest window, or opaque curtains are hung on the window to stop the light coming in at night
  • does not have direct sunlight, otherwise, it will store too much energy
  • does not stand under a sloping roof, and if it does, the sloping roof is covered with drapery
  • is always accessible from both long sides of the bed
  • has a bedside table on both long sides to create a balance of the bedsides.
In a feng shui bedroom, the bed is placed with the headboard against a wall
In a feng shui bedroom, the bed is placed with the headboard against a wall.
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The Optimal Design for an Optimal Flow of Energy

A flowing Qi in the bedroom is supported by furnishing and design planned in every detail. Starting with the wall design: very dark and light colors are undesirable in the Feng Shui bedroom. Pastel tones, on the other hand, are optimal for ensuring a harmonious flow of energy during sleep because they are subtle, friendly, and yet muted.

If you attach importance to your bedroom, the furniture pieces should come with an interior in the sense of Feng Shui teachings, rather light and delicate, and have rounded corners. On the other hand, heavy, flashy, and massive furniture with protruding corners disrupts the flow of qi.

The bedside lamps should spread a warm light and, therefore, be equipped with bulbs with a warm color temperature. Bluish light is unsuitable for a Feng Shui bedroom.

Consider its position if you want to install a mirror in the bedroom. In no case should the mirror be placed opposite the bed. Because this reflects the flow of energy and leads to a bad, restless sleep because the sleeping body is surrounded by too much energy to relax; if there is no other position for the mirror in your bedroom than opposite the bed, hang it with a cloth at night – This will block the reflection of qi.

Plants in the Feng Shui Bedroom

Plants can improve the indoor climate, as well as the air, and also regulate the humidity in the bedroom. However, if you want to decorate your bedroom true to the teachings of Feng Shui, you should pay attention to the type of plants placed in the resting room: Hands off large plants and tall, palm-like plants. Rather, place small potted plants around the room or immediately opt for hanging plants. The leaf shape is also essential. Plants with round leaves should be placed in the bedroom, as they do not break the Qi.

More Feng Shui Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

The type and orientation of the bed, the furniture in general, the colors of the walls, the type of plants – all these points play an important role in decorating the bedroom through the teachings of Feng Shui. But other tips will ensure a good flow of qi and a restful sleep in the Feng Shui bedroom:

  1. Close the door! While we sleep, the Qi should be able to flow around us undisturbed, spreading the positive energy and harmony that helps us have a restful sleep per Feng Shui teachings. Therefore, the bedroom door and all cabinet doors and drawers should be closed at night.
  2. The optimal room temperature for the bedroom is below 20 degrees Celsius. Also, air the room well once before going to bed.
  3. Since no electrical appliances are allowed in the Feng Shui bedroom, you should go to bed without your smartphone. Or turn it off completely at night and take it off the power, just like any other electrical appliances you might want in your bedroom, such as a TV or a radio.
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