It’s now been some time since I’ve settled in my new place and I wanted to share some pictures with you. I’m going to start with my bedroom since I’ve finally got all all the furniture and fixings in place. I’ll share pictures of the rest of the place soon, I’m just waiting on a few pieces of furniture to complete my living room.
But before I show the pics I’d like to explain a little bit about Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the art of placement that helps you to arrange your home so that your life is harmonious.
According to Jayme Barret, certified feng shui consultant and author of “Feng Shui Your Life,”
“The Chinese characters for the words “feng shui” represent “wind” and “water.” They are symbols for creating a gentle flow of energy in your environment. In the same way that blood and oxygen must flow freely and purposefully in your body, so must energy and life force circulate throughout your daily environment. The rooms and spaces you inhabit influence your well being and your opportunities in life.”
I’ve always been a believer of the affects feng shui can have on one’s life and overall energy of the home. I noticed a difference right away when I simply rearranged some furniture, my home just felt better and I felt more relaxed when I walked in. Even those that didn’t believe in feng shui would say how loved the feeling of being in my home. They couldn’t put their finger on it, but they mentioned that they just had a ‘good’ feeling being in my place and they felt at ease.
While I’m not going to get into an in depth discussion about feng shui (there’s too much to cover in one post), I’m going to share some tips for creating a harmonious bedroom and show you what I’ve done with my new place.
One of the most important elements of a feng shui’ed bedroom is the placement of the bed. Ideally, the bed would be on the opposite wall of the door. Someone in bed should have a clear view of the door, but not have his/her feet in line with it or be in the door path-this is called the “Command” position. Being in a command position will create a feeling of power and security for the person sleeping in the bed. The other thing to note, is that your bed should be against a solid wall and not under a window if possible.
One of the challenges I faced with my bedroom was that I could not place my bed in a ‘command’ position because the opposite wall from the door had a built in vanity and mirrored closet. The only other solution would be to place it under the window or on the opposite wall where it would be in line with door, neither of which is ideal.
I had asked Elisa Cashiola, a certified feng shui consultant and the voice behind “The Blog of a Placement designer,” what would be the best position to place my bed, given that neither choices were ideal. Her recommendation was that I place my bed under the window, but get a solid headboard from the window energy.
I followed her advice and here’s the result and this is the result. The picture below was taken while standing in the doorway looking into my room.
I ordered an upholstered headboard, to combine the strength of something solid, while adding softness from fabric.
I absolutely love my bed and feel like I’ve created the perfect haven for me to get restful sleep.
Another thing to note, is that the vanity area had a very large mirror that was reflecting the bed. Mirrors reflecting the bed are a no no in feng shui as they are energizing and can cause restless sleep.
I removed the mirror and replaced it with two large art prints that I found. I loved the color and the relaxed french vibe of the paintings.
I also bought some furniture for extra storage.
Unfortunately my closet didn’t have much space to house my shoes and I didn’t want them to be out everywhere, so I found this wardrobe (Ikea) and shoe rack (The Container Store) to organize them.
Having everything organized and tucked away enables me to keep with a clutter free space.
The last thing I did was to put up some shelves to hold my jewelry and bought a small dresser to store extra clothes. I’m a girly girl at heart and love having all of my beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings on display. It also makes getting ready easier and allow me to accessorize my outfits in a snap!
All in all I’ve very happy by how everything turned out.
Before I end this post I thought I’d share with you some quick feng shui bedroom tips.
Feng Shui Bedroom Guidelines
- Bed placement – Have your bed approachable from both sides, have two bedside tables (one on each side), avoid having the bed in direct line with the door, avoid having the bed under a window.
- Minimize all mirrors in the bedroom. If there is a mirror reflecting the bed, either remove it or cover it with curtains or a scarf while sleeping.
- Avoid having a TV, computer, exercise equipment or bills in the bedroom.
- Clear out clutter-especially under the bed
- Choose art work that is uplifting or you want to see happening in your life. Do not use sad and lonely images in your bedroom.
- Bedroom colors should consist of skin tones from pale white to warm peaches and tans.
- Keep all bedroom doors closed at night to allow for the most nourishing flow of energy to strengthen health.