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 Feng Shui Bedroom Design

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of aligning spaces to work in harmony with the universe. The practice dates back as early as 4000 BCE, where dwellings were found in Banpo that were aligned for proper solar gain, or passive solar heating. While useful for practical items like this, Feng Shui is about aligning the Qi, or "chi" as it is more commonly known in Western culture.

Feng Shui tells us that we must have a purpose for each room in the home, and the room must be designed to meet that purpose. This ensures that the Qi flows in the proper manner. Anything that is at cross-purposes in the room blocks the Qi and in the bedroom this can lead to serious consequences, such as lack of sleep or sexual dysfunction. Take away the TV, computer, and anything related to work and open the windows and let in as much fresh air as possible.

The bed should be the largest object in the room and the focal point of the room. It should be balanced, meaning rather than one nightstand you should have two, although they do not need to match. The bed should have an aesthetically pleasing headboard made of wood or be upholstered.

The bed should also be easily approachable from both sides, and not be in a direct line with the door. High quality sheets from organic materials will also help the Qi alignment of the room.

For lighting, use candles or a dimmer switch if that is not practical. There should be several levels of lighting, from overhead to small lamps to candles so that you can easily control the lighting from the bed.

Art should be pleasing and upbeat - the art that you have in your bedroom is representative of scenes you want to manifest in your life. Abstract is fine as long as it is exciting and makes you feel good. Plants, as a general feng shui rule, do not belong in the bedroom. Photos of friends and family belong in other areas of the house, not here. Ceiling fans and heavy light fixtures should also be avoided, as these cut through the abdominal areas of you and your partner, and may interfere with fertility.

The best color scheme for a bedroom is white to dark brown tones, neutral colors that promote relaxation and earthiness. If you prefer different colors, try to stick to colors that are soothing, such as muted blues and greens, rather than bold color statements.

When you are sleeping at night close all of the doors so that you have a sense of privacy while sleeping - this includes the ensuite bathroom and closet doors. Keep mirrors pointing away from the bed - you should never have mirrors over or facing the bed.

As more of an intangible quality, you should feel nurtured when you fall asleep and refreshed when you wake up in the morning, and be made happy by what you see in your bedroom. By following these guidelines, you should be well on your way!

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