From modern lighting to cozy rugs, there are endless possibilities for designing your bedroom. Between the four walls of your bedroom, you can create a sanctuary for easy dreaming with an organic mattress and bedding to match.
But designing a bedroom that actually promotes better sleep takes a little extra care and consideration—starting with the principles of feng shui.
If never thought about applying the principles of feng shui to your home before, your bedroom is the perfect place to start. Feng shui essentially means living in harmony with the principles of the natural world, and there are many design elements you can incorporate into your sleep environment to promote mind-body wellness and balance.
These ancient Chinese spatial laws allow you to examine how the placement of objects in a room affects the energy flow in your living environment. In your bedroom, this is especially crucial, as you spend many passive hours asleep in this space, making the room’s energies all the more important.
Here are 4 simple ways to feng shui your bedroom for better sleep.
1. Rethink The Position of Your Bed
If your bed is not in the “commanding” position, the balance in your bedroom might be a little off. The “commanding” position in feng shui principles means that your bed is not directly in line with the door, and that you can readily see your door when lying down. The “commanding” position gives you a greater sense of stability (both metaphorically and physically). This allows you to feel like you’re in a safe space when you’re sleeping, which will pave the way for more peaceful rest.
2. Repaint The Walls a Calming Color
Backed by the National Sleep Foundation, neutral earth tones are the best colors for the bedroom. Blues, greens, and browns are all safe bets, as they are soothing to the eye. When your ganglion cells — or the receptors in your eyes — see the color blue, your heart rate and blood pressures actually slow down, which prepares your body for sleep. By repainting your bedroom a calming color, it will be easier to relax and let the balance of feng shui flourish.
3. Invest in Better Bedding
If you’re too hot or too cold when you sleep, it’s almost impossible to get a full night’s rest. This is why sleeping cool is so important, and investing in better bedding is the perfect solution to any temperature concerns. Choosing organic bedding, including sheets and pillows, that are made with natural materials will help to regulate your temperature at night. Switching to an organic mattress, too, will promote better breathability as you sleep. In combination, your bedding should always feel comfy and look inviting for ultimate mind-body wellness.
4. Reconsider Mirror Placement
Mirrors are one of the most common items in bedrooms, but many people hang them without applying the principles of feng shui to their placement. Many feng shui experts claim that you shouldn’t have a mirror directly in front of your bed, as this may be jarring if you wake up in the middle of the night. The most ideal mirror placement for optimal feng shui is a full-length mirror away from your bed, so that it does not reflect light onto you while you’re sleeping. Choosing an oval or round mirror is the best option for couples, symbolizing continuity and harmony.
By rethinking the design of your bedroom and adding feng shui elements, you can encourage better energies and balance in your sleep environment.