Feng Shui Bedroom Layout
What does feng shui mean?
A Chinese system of laws considered to govern the arrangement of space and orientation in relation to chi (energy flow), often considered and taken into account when designing and planning an interior. Optimising the feng shui within a room can result in better relationships, sleep, health among other things.
The benefits of a feng shui bedroom
You’re probably wondering how this style of design will benefit you? Take a look at some of the suggested benefits you can gain from incorporating feng shui into your home.
- Enhances wealth
- Finding love for singles
- Career advancements
- Health improvements
- Expanding social connections
Feng shui bed placement and layout
As the bed is generically the biggest (hopefully!) and typically the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom it is important that you get the feng shui in your bedroom right. There are particular spots in a bedroom where the feng shui is best (with different placements meaning and activating different things. Optimising the energy and space will only benefit you remember!
But how exactly do you find the best feng shui spots in your bedroom? There are pre-existing layouts for feng shui, meaning that you don’t have to leave it to guess work in order to get the best design for your bedroom. Achieving feng shui is not only about the layout of the room however, but there are also certain furniture pieces and accessories that can be added, as well as removing certain items from your presence.
While the flow of chi and energy can vary throughout each and every bedroom depending on the placement of doors and windows etc, there are still generic guides that can be followed in order to better the flow of energy. Below we will take a look at the 3 best feng shui layouts for this and discover the theory behind them, as well as defining the variations between each.
Knowing the theory behind feng shui is useful because, as previously mentioned, you will not always be able to follow the guides and sometimes you will need to stray from the written path. This is absolutely fine of course, but we want to make sure you’re prepared for this situation too.
The 3 feng shui styles of interior design
Essentially feng shui interiors boil down to 3 different types: the commanding style, 90 degree positioning and the entry position. The different styles can be expanded upon much more but in the interest of simplifying this we have chosen only the most simple layouts.
1. Feng shui commanding position
The feng shui commanding position is named due to the commanding position of the bed. The bed in this position will be placed diagonally from the entrance door and needs a solid wall behind it to as a sturdy backdrop. A solid headboard is needed with good grounding energy coming from both sides of the bed to create a supported and grounded feel (take note that the bed stands either side of the bed do NOT need to be identical, you can be creative with the different style of bed stand you use).
Something that improves the energy flow is having a rug placed in the front centre of the bed, as this will further highlight the central-commanding position of the bedroom and channel energy accordingly. Notice that the larger pieces of furniture in the image are not placed around the edge of the room but placed in front of the bed. This isn’t to say all other walls should be ignored, but try to keep a central focus throughout the room. This is very important if you want a balanced feng shui.
Of course this may not be so easy to do for all bedrooms, but try to recreate this central based style as much as possible – and even remove or replace existing furniture if possible. Quite often replacing existing furniture with less tall variants that hold a lower centre of gravity is a popular move, as this quite often does not take away from the central flow.
But I don’t want to remove my existing furniture…
Not to worry, there is one other option that can be introduced while still roughly maintaining the feng shui commanding position. The only variation that will keep this layout is is by positioning the larger pieces of furniture on either side of the bed which will creative a horizontal balance, however, it will have to be balanced also by a large piece of furniture at the foot of the bed, as this will create triangle shaped focal points throughout the room.
As long as your bed is diagonally placed from the door, has a solid wall behind it and space on both sides, you can be sure that this will better the feng shui and help with a number of different things.
2. 90 degree feng shui position
The second of our showcased feng shui bedroom layouts is the 90 degree position. Essentially the bed should be 90 degrees from the entrance door, again far away from the bed, should have a solid wall behind it and good grounding energy on both sides.
You can see that, in the diagram, is again balancing the energy well. You should visualise a triangle between the two nightstands and the large chest of drawers, as this should be use as a basic diagram for all feng shui designs.
3. Feng shui entry position
The third and final option for achieving feng shui in your bedroom is the entry position. This includes having the bed placed on the same wall as the entry door (or nearby wall at least) and again with the bed being well protected and grounded.
If this is your chosen layout then you need to make sure as much space as possible is left between the door and your bed, while still allowing enough room for the second far placed nightstand as this is a necessity.
Feng shui bedroom layout FAQs
What is a Kua number?
A kua number is traditionally used when looking into incorporating feng shui into your home or office. The number is calculated differently for both male and females.
The kua number calculations for a male born in 1965: Add the last two digits of the year of birth: 6 + 5 = 11. Bring it to a single digit number: 1 + 1 = 2. Deduct your single digit number from number 10 => 10 – 2 =8.
What direction is best for your house to face in terms of energy flow?
For feng shui it is essential to capture sunlight in your bedroom and home. In most cities it is ideal to have your garden facing West as this will mean you will have access to the afternoon sun. That then means the front of your house faces the street to the East, capturing the morning.
What is the best feng shui colour for my bedroom?
As a general experts recommend warm, rich earth and skin tones such as terra cotta, peach, coral, cream and other similar colour schemes, as these create a welcoming atmosphere to your bedroom. Other variants of natural colours like soft blues, greens and lavenders will also can make a bedroom more quiet, tranquil vibe.
What colour is best for sleeping?
To gain the recommended seven hours of sleep per night a great environment needs to be introduced and the correct colour scheme put in place. Colours like blue, yellow, green, silver and orange will help with this as long as it fits into the feng shui style.
What are the elements of feng shui?
Wood: Green, Brown.
Fire: Red, Strong Yellow, Orange, Purple, Pink.
Earth: Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy, Light Brown.
Metal: White, Gray.
Water: Blue, Black.