Feng Shui Bedroom Support: Beyond the Mattress

BedroomIn Feng Shui, your bedroom is the most important room in your home. This is the place where you sleep and dream.  This is the room of intimacy, of dressing for the day and undressing for the night.  It should be a sanctuary, a place that makes you feel safe, a haven that supports you on all levels.  It should be a place that when you enter, you immediately feel relaxed and welcome.  If you walk into your bedroom and don’t feel grateful and blessed, some changes need to be incorporated.

One of the most obvious suggestions for achieving a supportive and protective bedroom environment is to keep clutter to a minimum.  Make sure that things aren’t piled in corners or on dressers and that stuff hasn’t been shoved under the bed.  Little by little all of these items can disturb your sleep.  Overcome the belief that “it’s just my bedroom” or “no one else sees it but me” to the belief that you’re important enough to assure yourself a good night’s sleep and a space that supports you so intimately.

Here are three additional ideas for creating a beautiful bedroom. . . .

1.  Paint the walls a beautiful color that is restful, soothing, and comforting. The color of your bedroom walls can make the difference between sleeping well and not sleeping at all.  There are many ways it can do this, but color is the most obvious.  Don’t use the color left over from the previous occupants of the room (unless you positively love it and would have chosen it for yourself anyway).  Take the time to incorporate an ambiance that you love.

2.  Keep your artwork simple and serene. With a dramatic or inspirational color on the walls, you may find you don’t need any artwork.  If, however, you have hung some artwork, make sure it is pleasing to both you (and a partner if you’re sharing the space).  If only one of you loves the piece, then remove it and hang something else that you both love.  The artwork should continue the theme of being peaceful and inspirational.  This typically means a painting or photos from nature which are healing and soothing.

3.  Don’t install a low-hanging ceiling fan over the bed.  Some Feng Shui experts say fans do not belong in bedrooms at all.  I have found that many people enjoy the air circulation which the fan provides.  If you are not using the fan, then by all means remove it.  Otherwise, make sure the fan doesn’t loom heavy over the bed.  One way to make the fan seem less oppressive is to paint the paddles white or to replace it with a smaller version that is the same color as the ceiling so that it “disappears.”

Take a look at your bedroom and see if the word “sanctuary” comes to mind when you enter.  If you don’t love this room, spend a few minutes to figure out what specifically you don’t like and then determine what can realistically be changed to make it better.  Sometimes small changes have huge effects so it may not require a complete overhaul.  Just start somewhere, anywhere, to create a supportive location where you can blissfully drift off to dreamland counting ch’i.