When it comes to bedroom décor, it's all about sleep, intimacy, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Does your sleep sanctuary reflect these words? If not, it might be time for a little refresh.
How to design your bed for max relaxation.
Let's start with the most important part of the room: the bed! According to feng shui philosophy, the way you position your bed majorly affects your quality of sleep. In short, the bed should be placed in what's known as a "commanding position" that makes you feel safe and loved. You should ideally be able to see the doorway as you lie in bed, with a wall situated behind you. If that's not possible, put a small mirror—an all-powerful tool in feng shui—at the end of your bed or in a small cabinet so that you can see the reflection of the door when lying in bed.
A good, solid headboard is a must (no holes or lattice patterns!) as it gives you a sense of being supported. Go for one made from materials like woods or upholstery, which has a nice balance of soft and strong.
And in terms of the size and style of your bed, anything goes as long as there's some room left underneath. Sorry, but hiding clutter under your bed is a huge feng shui no-no! Clear out the area under your bed and leave it empty; otherwise, you may find your sleep disturbed.
Once your bed is ready, you can style the rest of your room.
To create harmony in a bedroom, it's important to balance everything out. For example, opt for two nightstands with two lamps of equal size to ensure everything is matched and harmonious. And be sure to only display items that are relevant to you and/or your partner right now—the bedroom is no place to store mementos or trinkets from the past since you want it to promote mindfulness in the present moment.
Keep your nightstand clear of clutter, including most books. In feng shui, books are thought to carry a great deal of energy and charge, which can throw off your sleep. If you have nowhere else to keep your books, put them inside a cupboard or wardrobe, or at the very least make sure they aren't facing you as you sleep.
The same goes for guest bedrooms—keep them tidy and clear of clutter so that your guests can have a restful night of sleep.
What color and artwork is best for a bedroom?
Imagery is so important in the bedroom since feng shui philosophy says that your subconscious mind takes in all the images around you while you're sleeping. Think about making your bedroom a physical vision board for the life of your dreams, making sure the pictures you are hanging reflect what you want to welcome into your life. If you are in a relationship, add a stunning photo of yourself with your partner. Choose one that sparks joy, such as a memory of an amazing day together, your wedding, or your first date. The image should make you feel incredible so that each time you see it, you think, "I love that picture of us."
Hang images so they face you in bed instead of hanging over your headboard. The latter is thought to promote feelings of unease. Furthermore, it is not helpful to have pictures of tons of other people in the bedroom—do you really want people watching you in bed!? Maybe lay off on all of those family photos.
Color makes a real difference in your room, too. For bed linens, try out creams, browns, and other earth tones that feel grounded yet luxurious. Compliment them with small pops of brighter colors that you love.
Feng shui is based on the five elements of nature: water, fire, earth, wood, and metal, and balancing these is thought to create harmony. Water affects the emotions, which is why I suggest minimizing this element in the bedroom so that you can get a restful sleep. Remove images containing waterfalls or bodies of water from beside your bed. The same is true for adding the fire element to the bedroom: too much fire energy can disrupt sleep and create tension. Cut back on the amount of red you add to your bedroom, and focus on those earth tones instead.
A note on electronics.
You've probably heard it before, but I'll say it again: no electronics in the bedroom! They'll remind you of work, and the blue light they emit isn't great for your sleep, either. Move all computers, TV, electronics, and exercise equipment into another room. If you or your partner can't live without a TV, you can cover it with a towel while you sleep.
Keeping your room clear, clean, and organized can help it feel like a sanctuary and bring you so much more sleep and joy!
Looking for more design inspo? Here are a few other ideas on how to style your room to promote health and happiness.
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