Feng Shui Bedroom Examples

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Bed Placement

Bed Placement in Feng Shui

When you make the decision to design and decorate rooms in your home based on feng shui, don't skip the bedroom. Follow guidelines for this room when you are choosing colors, placing furniture, and adding accents.

The design for a feng shui bedroom begins with the bed placement. The position of your bed is vital to good health and a happy life. Feng shui rules and principles are very specific about where to place the bed, which is on the wall diagonally across from the door. This allows you to see anyone who enters the room.

coffin position of bed

The Coffin Position Is Bad

You ideally want the bed diagonally across the door -- but not directly across the door. Don't place your bed directly across from the door, as pictured. This position is called the "coffin position"; when people died at home, they were carried out feet first.

Avoid Doorways

Place Beds Out of Pathways

The bed in this photo is placed on the correct wall opposite all bedroom door pathways. Never place your bed in the natural pathway of doors or you will have a restless sleep.

Solid Wall Bed Placement

Solid Wall Bed Placement

Place your bed against a solid wall, never a window. Chi flows in and out of windows and is too much energy for sleep.

column poison arrow

Columns Create Harmful Poison Arrows

Poison arrows is a term used in feng shui for furniture or architectural features that create sharp angles. Wall corners are some of the most common harsh edges and angles that interrupt the natural flow of chi. Other types of poison arrows include pillars and columns; pictured is the square column poison arrow.

Poison Arrow Cure

Three Cures for Poison Arrows

You can remedy or "cure" a poison arrow by breaking up harsh angles.

  1. A recessed ceiling light or lamp softens harsh angles, as depicted in the photo.

  2. Suspend a multi-faceted crystal in front of a poison arrow.

  3. Hang a metal six-hollow rod wind chime in front of a pillar or column.

Avoid Overhead Beams

Avoid Overhead Beams

It's best to avoid overhead beams since they symbolize cutting across your body as you sleep and cause disease. However, some feng shui practitioners like Lillian Too advise that only unfinished beams have a negative impact.

Canopy Overhead Beam Cure

Three Overhead Beam Cures

Use any of these cures for a bedroom with overhead beams:

  1. Use a canopy bed to interrupt and block poison arrows created by overhead beams.
  2. With red ribbon, suspend a pair of flutes with the open end pointing up from the overhead beam.
  3. Stain or paint beams so they have a finished appearance.
feng shui element compass

Compass Directions and Elements

Each compass direction is assigned one of the five elements used in feng shui. Introduce appropriate elements based on which sector your bedroom is located. For example, the bedroom pictured is in the south sector. The addition of a candle element helps support the fire element of the south sector.

Sectors and their associated elements include:

  • North (Water): Metal furniture, objects or picture frames
  • South (Fire): Lamps, candles or fireplace
  • East and Southeast (Wood): Wood furniture, floors or objects
  • West and Northwest (Metal): Metal furniture, objects or picture frames
  • Southwest and Northeast (Earth): Ceramics, tile flooring or crystals
use color that symbolizes elements

Colors Symbolize Feng Shui Elements

Choose colors based on the compass direction of your bedroom and its assigned color. For example, this bedroom is north, so it is bathed in blues and silvers.

  • North: Blue, black and silver
  • South: Red, orange and pink
  • East: Green and brown
  • West: Gold, white, gray and silver
  • Southeast: Blue, red and purple
  • Southwest: Red, pink and white
  • Northeast: Blue, green, aqua and black
  • Northwest: White, gray and black
Keep bedroom clean

Keep Bedroom Clutter Free

You aren't limited to Zen-styled bedrooms. You can make your bedroom design as elaborate and elegant as you wish. The most important feng shui rule is no clutter or dust.

  • Make the bed daily.
  • Clean regularly.
  • Don't leave clothes on furniture or floor.
  • Place dirty clothes in laundry room.
  • Close drawers and closet doors.
  • Don't over decorate. Keep it balanced.
never place an aquarium in bedroom

Water and Bedrooms Don't Mix

The water element in a bedroom can cause all types of loss in your life.

  • Never place an aquarium in your bedroom, like the photo.
  • Do not use a water fountain in your bedroom.
  • Never display photos or paintings of water scenes in bedroom.
double happiness symbol above bed

Bedroom Design for Happy Marriages

Feng shui rules to enhance and ensure a happy and faithful marriage:

  • Place happy marriage symbols, such as pair of mandarin ducks, a dragon and phoenix, or a double happiness symbol above the bed, as shown.
  • Place an amethyst crystal in southwest corner of bedroom.
  • You can use mirrors in bedrooms, just never place one so it reflects the bed. This placement invites a third party into the marriage.
  • Many king beds use twin-size box springs. This creates marriage separation. Remedy by placing a fitted pink sheet over box springs to reconnect as one mattress.
boutique style bedroom

Your Best Sleeping Direction

You kua number (based on birth date and gender) provides best sleeping directions for activating areas in your life. For example, to activate your health sector, sleep with your head pointed in these directions:

  • Kua 1: East
  • Kua 2: West
  • Kua 3: North
  • Kua 4: South
  • Kua 5 (female): Northwest
  • Kua 5 (male): West
  • Kua 6: Northeast
  • Kua 7: Southwest
  • Kua 8: Northwest
  • Kua 9: Southeast
Mattresses should be off floor

Follow Three Major Don'ts Rules

Design features and elements used in other sectors of your home don't always belong in a bedroom. Just a few things to avoid include:

  1. Don't place plants in your bedroom. They create too much yang and sleepless nights.
  2. Don't keep exercise equipment in your bedroom. This creates too much yang energy and overstimulates the body.
  3. Don't sleep with your mattress directly on the floor. You should sleep off of the floor to avoid too much chi movement.
good feng shui bedroom design

Good Design Example

Feng shui principles are followed in this bedroom design in the following ways:

  • The bed is placed against a solid wall.
  • The sturdy headboard further supports a sound sleep.
  • The bed is not directly beside or underneath the row windows.
  • The dresser with mirror does not directly reflect the bed.
  • No sharp angles from architectural features, walls or furniture create poison arrows with the bed.
Personal style mixed with feng shui

Balanced Bedroom Feng Shui

For a north sector bedroom, the use of black and metal elements will stimulate wealth and career. The combination with other colors and elements maintains a balance for auspicious feng shui design.

Design your room to reflect the purpose of the bedroom rest and making love. This requires a balance of both yin and yang energies. Too much of either can create an imbalance in your life. You can also add yin yang art to your bedroom as a symbol of balanced chi energy and harmony.

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