While I’ve already given you many posts on bad feng shui bedrooms, there are many generally less-than-great things that can affect your bedroom feng shui. Here are 5 more offenders in the bedroom feng shui arena!
Although I don’t want to be perceived as a hater on interior design (I loveeee interior design!), I do want to help you to understand why certain decor elements can affect your life feng-shui wise and how to spot them in a space. Many of my long-time readers and clients will start to guess things that might be generally wrong with certain rooms before reading what I have to say, and I love that!
#1- Overhead, over-bed shelving. No one needs storage badly enough to take this risk. This past summer I lived n Brooklyn and I woke to the sound of what I thought was an explosion. Turns out the professionally-installed and graded shelves in a boutique down the block just mysteriously collapsed overnight. If you were sleeping underneath them, what would have happened? Exactly. Avoid this one!
#2- Mirrors over the bed. It is a rare and strange occasion that I recommend this to anyone, and if I do, the mirror is both lightweight and practically glued to the wall. Not only does it present similar problems to #1, mirrors over the bed tend to toss energy away from the bed rather than welcoming you into the bed. (if you have no choice but to put your bed along a wall shared with a bathroom on the opposite side, it is one reason I might suggest it to you, but this is rare and strange for me to suggest!)
#3- Headless mannequins. Or mannequins in general. Soooo scary. If you are a designer living in a studio apartment, at the very least keep this clearly in your work area. I once entered the bedroom of a man with one of these “headless mannequins” that he used to decipher what outfit he would wear the next day. He is still very much single, 7 years later!
#4- Slanted walls over/ toward the bed. In these situations, I would suggest a very well-done canopy to lessen the severity of the sloping walls which make you feel smushed and pull your attention toward them. Our eye gravitates toward the strongest verticals in a space, and this is not what you want to focus on…!
#5- Ok, this one’s a trifecta of non-optimal stuff, so consider it a bonus image. Giant sofas in a bedroom (again, unless you live in a studio, and will need to keep it separate), non-substantial canopies (looks like an afterthought. not at all serving a purpose and somewhat weak in construction) and an open hamper-looking trunk at the foot of the bed… not to mention the crazy-busy walls full of patterned wallpaper, make this room difficult to get comfortable in, feng-shui wise as well as aesthetically.
Questions, comments, bedroom concerns… I’m all ears! Have fun setting up a bedroom that glows & flows! xoxo Dana