Feng Shui Q & A: Feng Shui And Plants In The Bedroom

A reader asked the question:  ” I currently have a few plants in my bedroom and I feel like they enliven my space while being relaxing at the same time. I was thinking about adding more! Is there a reason why I shouldn’t?” 

My answer:  

Houseplans are tricky business in bedrooms.  Yes, nature is a beautiful thing.  And a small plant or two can certainly enhance just about any environment and clear the air.

However, plants are active.  They are growing, synthesizing, stretching, catalyzing… and this is not the greatest energy to sleep with in close proximity.  It is very positive and creative to add wood (and plants!) to a space, but too much of that energy contradicts the calm, serene, rejuvenating energy of a bedroom. When you have things growing while you are sleeping, you are contradicting your calm.

So, if your plants now make you feel serene, go for it.  But be careful about adding too many.

The good news, though, is that you can always take a few away!

One last note: no cactus ever, ever, ever in the bedroom.  And I’d avoid spiky-leaved plants too- very very aggressive!!! African violets, actually, are the only plant allowed in my bedroom. (here’s more about why!) …xoxo Dana

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Feng Shui April 23, 2012 at 9:18 am

Thanks for such a nice post……..

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Nell May 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hi Dana, Great site! If you do have plants, in a bedroom, what kind would you recommend?

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danaclaudat May 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm

thank you!!! and i would say that if you must have growing plants, try forced bulbs, paperwhites, orchids, or greens with smooth and rounded leaves that are very hearty. remember that with plants in soil come bugs in greater force, so do this with that in mind!!!

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Bianca September 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I live in an apartment where my bed is under someone else’s bathroom toilet above me. Help :( i dont know what to do.

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danaclaudat September 28, 2012 at 4:13 am

You know, there are lots of “magic-type” feng shui “cures” for this, put pragmatically speaking, I would move the bed so its not directly under the toilet and get or make a canopy, perhaps, to “seperate” yourself from that energy!

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randa October 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm

hi , i love your site ! it is very inspiring. my bedroom is right above my kitchen and my bed in specific is right on top of my stove. would like to know if that ‘s good or bad!

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danaclaudat October 8, 2012 at 5:31 am

Thank you so much!!!!
Tough to say if something is good or bad in this sense; do you have trouble sleeping? Health problems? Trouble with relationships? These are the kinds of questions that spring to mind to decide if its working for you or not…but it’s still not conclusive. Ultimately nothing is all good or all bad, it’s about how it affects you!

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Christine November 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

Good Morning Dana..
I am working a traditional newly built oak English new build. There are oak beams exposed internally in every room. I am new to this, but can you give me some general hints please – perhaps what to enhance and avoid.
Best wishes. Christine x

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danaclaudat November 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I am going to blog this one for you, just a little overview…. :)

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Ruby November 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I think fung shui is cool!

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LuLuBelle December 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

Hi there – I love your modern take on Feng Shui! I just got two small plants that have dark green leaves with pink markings, and put them in a small, oval, woven twig basket – 2 together as 1! Is that too much for the bedroom?

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danaclaudat December 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

thank you! and while plants are “controvesial” feng shui items for a bedroom (I half the time agree) this sounds lovely & well done! Great intention! xx

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Jaquie April 3, 2013 at 6:13 am

Hi Dana love your site and your work!

I was just wondering if its bad to have a bouquet of flowers in your room?

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danaclaudat April 3, 2013 at 6:16 am

omg thank you sooo much Jaquie!
its awesome to have a bouquet of flowers in your room!!! (so long as you aren’t alergic & they don’t stay there when they wither!)
xxx

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