Basic Feng Shui Rules and Tips for the Bedroom

Basic Feng Shui Rules and Tips for the Bedroom

What’s the Best Bed Placement for Feng Shui?

As the main feature in the room, the bed should always take a commanding position right at the center of your bedroom.

It should be flanked by two nightstands and should have an equal amount of space on either side. This arrangement creates symmetry and emphasizes the main theme of the bedroom: partnership. Everything, including the nightstands, area rug, and night lights, should either be in pairs or shared equally between the two sections of the room.

The bed should be in an open space, with nothing looming above it or cluttered underneath it. Looming objects like fans, chandeliers, furniture, and even paintings not only disrupt the flow of energy but also introduce threatening energy to your sleeping space. Your subconscious tends to remain aware of this even as you sleep, which may cause you to have bad dreams or sleep fitfully.

How to Arrange Your Bedroom for Feng Shui

The bed should not be in direct alignment with the door. Feng Shui experts believe one of two things might happen if your feet align with the door while you sleep: evil spirits may feel that they’re welcome to your bedroom, and negative energy may flow in uninhibited, affect your sleep, and disrupt your romantic partnerships.

The most important thing to consider when arranging your bedroom is symmetry. Creating balance in the bedroom is all about pairing items. There should be a balance between the two halves of the room (assuming the bed is the central feature).

If you put a pillow on one side of the bed, put it on the other one too. A shared Ottoman at the foot of the bed should be centered so that both sides get equal lengths. Symmetry in the bedroom enhances partnerships and relationships.

Why Your Bedroom Needs a Rug

Area rugs can help with the symmetry of a room, but they serve another purpose in the bedroom. The Yin (soft material) of the plush rug balances the Yang (hard surface) of your bedroom floor, thereby the energy of these two materials and creating a balance.

Whether you settle for a large rug or two small rugs on either side, this balance of Yin-Yang energy can create a peaceful environment, one where you can sleep restfully.

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Prefer Neutral, Soothing, or Muted Colors

When considering wall paint in your bedroom, you should remember not to overstimulate the energy around you as that will make it harder to fall and stay asleep.

Muted colors such as beige, cream, and earth tones like brown and grey create a sensual, sacred vibe, especially when they go on large walls. According to Feng Shui consultant Lauren Cerrano, it’s okay to incorporate smaller accent colors such as whites, pinks, and reds, just to help along with the universal rendering of good Feng Shui. You can add these colors through artwork, crystals, sheets, and candles.

Choose Artwork that Depicts Pairing or Partnerships

Artwork in the bedroom must serve a purpose that conforms to the use of the room. For example, if you’re single and looking for a partnership, images depicting pairs or couples can heighten romantic interest between you and potential partners.

Of course, your preferred tastes matter just as much when selecting bedroom artwork. However, bedroom Feng Shui dictates that abstract art, particularly soothing colors or serene locations, can bring positive energy and promote a relaxing aura in the room.

In any case, you should avoid hanging up movie or celebrity posters. Not only do these bring unsettling energy into the calm bedroom environment, but showing that you idolize people and franchises could portray a bad impression to a potential love interest.

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Avoid Having Mirrors in the Bedroom

Large mirrors are an absolute no-no in the bedroom. If you install a floor-to-ceiling mirror especially, you’ll interrupt the room’s visual balance by making it seem larger than it is.

The main issue with mirrors in the bedroom, according to Feng Shui, lies in their ability to attract and distribute Qi. A mirror in the bedroom will create the impression of movement and activity, and that’s the opposite of rest.

Crucially, you should never place mirrors in front of your bed. It could be misconstrued as inviting a third partner into your romantic partnership.

De-Clutter the Space Under the Bed

It can be tempting to throw everything that doesn’t fit in your closet under the bed. Old Christmas decorations, photos, and keepsakes belong in the attic, far away from the relaxed bedroom environment.

Clutter under the bed disrupts the natural flow of energy around the bed. The stuff you keep under there can also cause subconscious blocks in your life. For instance, if you store mementos from past relationships or bad experiences, this negative energy can affect how well you sleep.

Shoes and luggage should be far away from the bed as well since they can suggest movement or travel. This kind of energy opposes restfulness and relaxation.

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Keep Drawers Closed when Not in Use

While preventing clutter in the bedroom, always remember that open drawers can seem messy and clutter up an otherwise neat room.

Closed drawers also limit distractions when you’re trying to sleep. Your mind is only as uncluttered as your environment, and a messy bedroom will make it harder to fall asleep.

Remove Toxins from the Bedroom

There shouldn’t be any toxic energy in the bedroom. That includes cleaning products with toxic chemicals and substances that can harm you when you expose yourself to them.

These toxins create threatening energy that will constantly interrupt your tranquility and calmness. Ensure that everything in your room is made from eco-friendly or organic materials. Synthetic stuff, particularly if it contains chemicals, can block positive energy or even attract sickness to your life.

Adopt the Policy of Less is More

If it’s not important for relaxation and sleep, it probably doesn’t belong in the bedroom. Many of us make the mistake of turning the bedroom into a storage unit, and that’s where we go wrong.

When there’s too much excitability in the bedroom, at least in terms of different types of energies, it can be hard to relax and sleep. Soothing energies come from a clean, airy room, where your focus is not divided on a million things at once.

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No Electronics are Allowed in the Bedroom

Electronics are generally a bad idea in the bedroom, especially if they come with screens. Anecdotal and scientific evidence tells us that blue light can interrupt our sleep cycle, which is why doctors recommend spending at least an hour away from electronic devices before bed.

In Feng Shui, electromagnetic waves can interrupt the flow of energy through the room. Feng Shui is all about harnessing energy flow in the natural world, and technology can cause blockages in your environment, causing disruptions in your sleep. 

Let in as Much Natural Light as You Can

When we talk about natural light, most people don’t realize that the moon is also a very good source. Natural light enhances the flow of Qi. What’s more, sunlight keeps the circadian rhythm ticking as it should, whereas moonlight can improve melatonin production(sleep hormone).

The best window position is to the side of the bed. If it’s behind you, you might not get enough light, and if it’s on the foot of the bed, you might get too much light in your eyes in the morning.

Ensure that the window is not blocked by furniture or the headboard. It should be easy to draw the curtains whenever you need air and Qi to flow around the room. This is akin to welcoming positive energies from the world in the form of light and air.

Choose Accessories to Soothe All Five Senses

Your bedroom should be a sacred place. It should be a place where all your senses are soothed, where you can fully relax as you prepare to settle in for the night.

The accessories you choose should positively affect your five senses, from touch (quality beddings) to smell (incense, perfumes, scented candles, etc.) to sight (neutral colors, soothing artwork, etc.) to taste (pillow mints) to hearing (silence, soothing music, etc.).

Invest in Candles and Dim Bulbs

Candles and low-light bulbs can create an ambient sleeping environment. Paired with a muted color scheme, you can create mood lighting to generate a relaxing ambiance in your room, the sense of quiet that’s important for a good night’s sleep.

Dim lighting also improves the balance of Qi, especially if no electronics are involved. Candles are an excellent choice for the bedroom because they introduce fire energy, exactly what you need to keep the passion alive.

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What Shouldn’t You Put in the Bedroom?

Water Features

Placing water features in the bedroom is a Feng Shui taboo. A bedroom is a place where fire energy should be allowed to thrive, at least for the sake of the passion in your partnerships and relationships.

Water douses the fire of relationships, plus it can lead to a myriad of health problems if left in the bedroom. Aside from water fixtures like fountains, avoid anything representing water, including pictures of boats, oceans, harbors, and rivers.


Plants bring wonderful wood energy into the home, but there is a lot of controversy about whether they belong to the bedroom.

On the one hand, wood energy shouldn’t be paired with fire energy as one will consume the other. Plant energy is growth energy, and that could be too much excitement for the bedroom where you need to relax and be calm.

Plants could also threaten your sleep by producing too much carbon dioxide at night, affecting your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Therefore, as useful as plants are in bringing good Feng Shui to the house, you should generally avoid keeping them in the bedroom.

Home Gym

Everyone knows that putting a gym in the bedroom is the worst idea ever. For starters, a gym symbolizes a high-energy environment, which is in direct opposition to the relaxation and calmness you need in your bedroom.

Gym equipment is also unsanitary, clunky, and not very easy to store out of sight. Your bedroom should be neat, spacious, and airy to promote the conducive flow of Qi all through it. That’s why having a gym in there could cause some major disruptions, not just in your ability to sleep, but in your love life as well.

Home Office

The bedroom should be used for only one thing: sleeping. It’s tempting to add more facets to what is already a designated room, but proper Feng Shui disagrees with the addition of gyms and home offices inside your only sleeping area.

Productive energy clashes severely with relaxing energy, and if you decide to work in the same place where you relax every night, two things might happen. One, you might find it hard to switch off your productive side when it’s time to sleep, and two, you might fail to be productive due to the relaxing environment surrounding you.

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Tips for a Comfortable Bedroom

1. Invest in a large bed and eco-friendly bedding materials. Comfort is a major aspect of relaxation, so a spacious bed with comfortable beddings is essential to your bedroom relaxation.

2.  Get a bed with a solid headboard. The headboard symbolizes solidity in your relationships. Make sure it’s stable, tough (preferably made from hardwood or cast iron), and firmly fixed. A shaky headboard bodes poorly for the future of your romantic relationships.

3.  Always make your bed when you get up. This simple act of self-love can dramatically change how you treat your bedroom.

4. Choose rounded corners over sharp corners. Sharp energy is harmful energy, so keep corners rounded as much as you can. Rounded corners are also safer for kids.

5. Incorporate the five elements. If you can, have something wooden, earthen, and metallic in your room. Scented candles can add the fire element, while you can choose blue sheets to represent the water element. A clay vase is a good way to incorporate the earth element.

6. Only use the bedroom for sleeping. Using it for other activities may disrupt the ambiance and relaxation you need to fall asleep easily every night.

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