The Biggest Feng Shui Bedroom No-No’s…!

GREAT FENG SHUI!!! image: Jean Randazzo, designer: John Willey, stylist Dana Claudat

Feng Shui Bedroom Rules are daunting if you read the many lists of do’s and don’ts, but only several of those feng shui “rules” apply across the boards to everyone.  Each of you will need a little something special tweaked in your bedroom to make it truly shine for you in a feng shui sense, but eliminating a few less-than-optimal situations can get you on the right path.  I know its a biased thing to do to start a post about feng shui bedroom no-no’s with a picture of a bedroom that I styled as an example of great feng shui, but its very very hard to find an image of a balanced bedroom that meets even basic feng shui requirements.  How exciting that soon your bedroom can be one of the rare few!!!

Here are some of my universal pet-peeve Feng Shui No-No’s:

A bed squashed in a corner unnecessarily creates a lopsided room.  Lopsided rooms affect or prevent relationships symbolically.  Also, a lopsided room suggests only one side of your brain will be stimulated.  That is definitely not what we want in any room, especially not a room where you body restores itself!

Chandeliers over beds create a “poison arrow” like a skewer poking through you while you sleep.  Sounds pretty bad, right? Well, its not great!  If you can centrally hang a chandelier in a non-intrustive, non-over-the-bed place in a bedroom, bravo! Go for it!!!

Super red,orange or other primary colors on the walls are generally too caustic and loud for a bedroom, as they are too YANG (loud) in a YIN (quiet) room.Splashes of fire colors and patterns are fine, but go too crazy and so will your sleep and feeling of peace.

Black or near-black walls and floors in abundance create an overall morbidity.  Severe pointy furniture like the night table edges above in the dark bedroom photo create “poison arrows” like those lovely chandeliers do directly over beds. Any POINTY upbeats or corners that point toward where people will be spending time should be avoided.

Avoid ceiling fans overhead in the bedroom, especially over the bed.  The severe “chopping” and slicing” of energy overhead- no matter how hot it may be in your bedroom- is just plain bad news.

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Don’t situate your bed directly under ceiling beams.  In cases like this, a trick like a canopy can help reduce the weird “room slicing” that the beams manage to do visually and energetically.

And don’t use the space under your bed to store things, especially old junk.  Sleeping atop “stuff” doesn’t let energy flow.  I have never heard of a person feeling better with stuff under their bed as storage.  I have, however,  heard of miraculous better rest and clearer minds when people have cleared out the storage under their beds.

Ok, I’ve been specific but general! Questions, comments…bring’em on! xoxo Dana