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How to Lay Out Your Bedroom According to Feng Shui

How to Lay Out Your Bedroom According to Feng Shui

Whether you’re big into energetic practices and ancient rituals, or have just heard about feng shui in your favorite interiors magazine or TV show, it’s been a design staple for so many years, with households all over the world putting it to good use in their homes. But, what exactly is feng shui, and how can you harness its principles to create a calming, functional and enjoyable bedroom?

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice concerning the arrangement of furniture and other items in your living space, rooted in the concept that everything and everyone possesses energy, that, when configured correctly (or incorrectly) can affect our mood, sleep, and more. There are so many benefits to arranging your bedroom furniture with feng shui in mind, especially if you’re a spiritual person, feel really affected by your environment, or simply like to live in a space that’s chic, clean, cohesive and clutter-free.

Make feng shui work for you in a realistic way with nine of our top bedroom ideas – they’ll guarantee good energy in your space, and will help you to create a space that looks stunning, and feels just as good.

Use a symmetrical layout

In feng shui, symmetry equals balance and stability, and also denotes equality in a space and in your relationships. So, having a symmetrical feng shui bedroom layout is key to interpreting this concept in the bedroom. It’s also central to the principles of bedroom design, so it’s pretty likely you’re already seeing some kind of symmetry in your space as it currently stands.

Bring this tip to life by centring your bed in the room (more on that in a minute) and adding matching bedside tables on either side. The same goes for bigger pieces in the space – pretend there’s a line running down the middle of your bedroom, and use this to influence where you position your items, such as chests of drawers, wardrobes and mirrors.

Feng shui at its core is all about neutral=tranquility
Feng shui at its core is all about neutral = tranquility
Feng shui at its core is all about neutral=tranquility
Feng shui at its core is all about neutral = tranquility

Neutralise your colour palette

At its core, feng shui is all about creating tranquillity in the space, which is especially essential in the bedroom – a place designed almost exclusively for relaxation. Keep the energy quiet while you’re sleeping or winding down by using neutral colours to decorate the space, such as white, cream, tan and beige. In particular, these colours should be utilised for your walls and floors to create an abundance of calmness. Of course, colour isn’t totally out of the question, but feng shui dictates it should be soft and serene – potential accent options include olive or sage green, pale terracotta, or sky blue.

Make your bed the ‘commanding’ centerpiece

If you’re in any way familiar with this ancient Chinese concept, you’ll know there is an ideal feng shui bed position that enhances the right kinds of energies. This is called the ‘commanding position’, and it sees the bed facing the bedroom door so it’s in full view. However, the bed is not permitted to be completely aligned with the door frame – this usually means the bed will be in the centre of the room, using the symmetry principle. What this means is that you can (literally and figuratively) ‘see everything that’s coming into your life’, which encourages abundance and positivity. If you have an en suite bathroom, you’ll also want to ensure the bed is not directly aligned with the bathroom door to maximise your feng shui

Avoid these bed configurations

Before you lug your bed into a new position, there are a few other configurations to be wary of. For peak feng shui, you’ll also want to ensure your bed is placed against a solid wall for maximum support – this establishes a ‘grounded’ feel that is tied to safety and security in your home. You’ll also want to avoid placing your bed underneath a window, as doing this can encourage energy from the outside to find its way in, disturbing your sleep, peace and mindset.

Soft and luxe, upholstery or timber is the best material for a feng shui-friendly headboard.
Soft and luxe, upholstery or timber is the best material for a feng shui-friendly headboard.
Soft and luxe, upholstery or timber is the best material for a feng shui-friendly headboard.
Soft and luxe, upholstery or timber is the best material for a feng shui-friendly headboard.

Anchor the space with a headboard

To continue the stability and unwavering roots you have created by placing your bed against a solid wall, you’ll want to invest in a feng shui-friendly headboard. A headboard or bed head is not only a fantastic choice from a spiritual perspective, but it’s also an opportunity to style your bedroom up in a way that suits you, and that will undoubtedly be stunning. Pair a bed base with a headboard to create a comfy and unique-to-you bed that espouses your personal style. According to feng shui, the best materials for your bed head are either timber or upholstery, and sharp corners should be avoided where possible. If a soft, luxe material headboard takes your fancy, we love the curves of the Sky King Size Bed Head.

Go for purpose-built storage

Another no-no in a feng shui bedroom is probably something we’ve all done – storing items under the bed. According to this principle, under-bed storage is seen as an obstruction of energy that prevents proper flow and ‘breathing room’. If using the area under your bed is totally unavoidable, that’s okay – try to limit what you keep there to softer items like bedding. However, if you have space in the room, you’re best to instead select purpose-built bedroom storage items like bedroom drawers and dressing tables to house your must-have items. The neutral, clean look of the Ethan Wide Chest of Drawers will be the perfect addition to your bedroom.

Minimise, and minimise again

There are so many elements of feng shui that tie directly into the minimalism ‘trend’, which actually has centuries of history beyond our recent Marie Kondo obsession. Keeping your space super clutter-free, and removing any furniture pieces that don’t serve a genuine purpose, will be central to establishing good feng shui. While some of us love a good bedroom chair or even a desk in the bedroom, these bigger, bulkier furniture pieces should be steered clear of if possible.

Once again, it’s all about your situation – if these items can’t live anywhere else in your home, then there’s no point in removing them just to cause yourself extra stress (which in itself is anti-feng shui!). But, if you have the means, relocate desks, armchairs and more to other areas of the home, such as the office or living room, to keep your bedroom a place solely designated for rest.

Create a tech free sanctuary to ensure you have clarity of your thoughts.
Create a tech free sanctuary to ensure you have clarity of your thoughts.
Create a tech free sanctuary to ensure you have clarity of your thoughts.
Create a tech free sanctuary to ensure you have clarity of your thoughts.

Take out the tech

We live in a world where separating work and our personal lives is becoming increasingly harder, and that, in part, is due to technology. Feng shui denounces the idea of having your phone, laptop or tablet in the bedroom and instead promotes a tech-free space to ensure you have clarity of your thoughts and can fully dissociate from stress. If this isn’t a possibility for you, there are subtle ways to mitigate the effect that feng shui suggests technology can have in the bedroom. Put your phone away in a drawer at night, or leave it across the room so you can’t touch it. Do the same for laptops and any other devices

Focus on the five elements with decor

Feng shui classifies everything in the world into five core elements – fire, earth, metal, water and wood. Each of these elements holds different qualities, which can then be translated into design through colour, shape and more. To create balance in a space, feng shui says that perhaps you need to balance your elements more effectively, dialling one up or bringing another down until you reach equilibrium. Here’s a little more on each of these elements and how they can be translated into your homewares

  • Fire: Fire denotes power and passion. Brought to life through colours like red and orange, this element should be used sparingly as to avoid an overabundance of wild, active energy. Small items like candle holders, cushions and plant pots are a great way to incorporate fiery colours.
  • Earth: Associated with that safe, secure feeling, dial up this element in your home with natural tones like brown and green, as well as materials such as rattan, jute or cane. A jute rug will give the space that grounded feeling, anchoring earth tones and materials to the floor for lots of stability.
  • Metal: Metal brings about a clear, concentrated mindset – the perfect element for increasing your productivity, it’s a must-have in your home office. In the bedroom, keep this element light on with touches of metallic tones (brass and gold are great), and one or two small metal pieces such as lamps or candlesticks
  • Water: Calming and tranquil, water should be a very present element in your bedroom, as it really exemplifies the vibe you’re going for! Use subtle tones of blue as well as soft, flowy furnishings like curtains and bed linens in bright, clean whites to increase your water presence.
  • Wood: Finally, the wood element differs from earth as it’s directly associated with actual nature – plants, flowers and trees. It symbolises growth, evolution, good health, creativity… the list truly goes on. Adding plants to your bedroom is an ideal way to create balance with the wood element. The more greenery, the better – and it’ll look beautiful, too!

Whatever decor pieces you decide to bring into the space, try to be as mindful as possible, and avoid clutter at all costs. The airier and cleaner your space, the easier it is for good energy to flow through it, according to feng shui.

Encourage natural light

Finally, feng shui recommends introducing as much natural light into your space as possible, and supplementing this with a few lamps with daylight bulbs. So, raise those blinds (or switch them out for sheer, flowy curtains) and dot your space with pretty and functional lighting options – a good mix is one centrally-placed floor lamp and two matching, symmetrical table lamps on the bedside tables.

Ultimately, feng shui isn’t for everyone, but if you have the space and the passion to make this a priority in your bedroom, it can be done in a few simple steps. Always remember to encourage a light, bright and airy feel in your space, prioritising light, neutral tones and balancing your use of each of the five feng shui elements.

If you need a little bedroom inspiration on your feng shui design journey, don’t forget to check out our Brosa Journal articles, or speak to one of our expert stylists onlin or at our Melbourne or Sydney Studio spaces.