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Feng shui in the bedroom

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The Chinese phrase Feng Shui literally translates to English as wind-water and we know it as a form of design philosophy when we want to put ourselves in harmony with the environment; balancing the right energy in and out of our homes. This philosophy has traditionally focused on (landscape) architecture in connection with the placement and orientation of buildings, especially tombs, but is equally important for inside spaces. You can imagine that harmony within your environment is particularly relevant in a room such as the bedroom, where peace and serenity are essential elements for sleep. Although the idea of feng shui comes across as very spiritual, and maybe even sounds like nonsense to some, the tips we will show you in this ideabook are remarkably logical, and in some cases even obvious. Some of these rules you may have even already applied intuitively, without even knowing that you have done so. Take a look…


The first tip we can give regarding feng shui is to tidy up! Nothing disturbs your sense of tranquility more than clutter and the presence of untidiness. In feng shui terms, decluttering does not mean that you should throw away all your belongings: some simple, inconspicuous cabinets in which everything can be placed and remain out of sight may be the perfect way to create optical peace and increase space. 

Headboard positioning

Another feng shui tip that is specific to the bedroom, is the placing the headboard of the bed against the wall. Many of us already do this automatically, as it often makes the most efficient use of the available space. However, modern interior design now sees a lot of rooms that highlight independent central objects, such as a free-standing bath in the centre of a bathroom, or the bed sitting alone, or even against a space divider in the case of a studio apartment. However, the philosophy of feng shui strongly recommends against this, as feng shui is about the use of metaphors in mentally visualising a space. So, imagine in the bedroom you have the power and protection of the hills (the wall) behind you when sleeping, while the water and the rest of the landscape (the room, wardrobe etc.) lay at your feet. In more mundane terms, you could say that the nicest layout ensures that you are protected from behind, while you subconsciously can feel mentally and physically protected, and at peace. This will help to induce a relaxing sleep. 

World at your feet

This metaphor also means that the best place for the window and the corresponding outside world is at your feet. From here, you can view the outside world with the bed against the wall, especially if it offers a beautiful countryside view, such as this one. Although this layout is ideal in regards to feng shui, do not lose any sleep (pardon the pun), if your room simply does not allow for this layout. As long as the bedhead rests against a wall, and ample light is available, you will wake up naturally with the sun; the most natural way to begin the day.

Subtle colours

When it comes to colour in the bedroom there is a lot of variation possible within feng shui, although it is advisable to stay away from too much of any one tone. Nothing too bright, nothing too dark or not too much of any one highlighting colour. Many people know that light,neutral colors are visually quieter and therefore ideal tones for the bedroom. As we can see here, this does not mean that the bedroom must be pure white or beige; colours like this soft yellow can bring a pleasant relaxed atmosphere to the bedroom.

Follow the line

 Bedroom by Koubou Interiors
Koubou Interiors

Private Residence, Master Bedroom

Koubou Interiors

Finally, we see how colour and lines can be used without the serenity of feng shui being disturbed. A bedroom using organic materials such as timber and indoor plants, fits in perfectly with the feng shui style. With the hills in the back (in the form of the head and the wall), and the metaphorical natural landscape at your feet, this image is beautifully rendered by material and orientation. Note also the position of the window: although not facing the headboard, it has clearly been given a place in the natural landscape. The direction of the wood grain in the floorboards subconsciously draws your eyes in the direction of the lines on the far wall, which in turn, draw your eyes to the outside world via the window. 

Although the deeper you delve into feng shui principles, the more rules there may be in order to obtain complete relaxation and harmony. These 5 examples are simply a few basic elements to help you be more at peace in your home. A serene and relaxing bedroom is essential for mental health, and if you feel more at peace during sleep, you will find your overall happiness is bound to increase, and you may want to apply the theory of feng shui to other parts of your home, as well as your life in general.

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