Why is this picture breaking all the rules of feng shui? If you guessed that the canary yellow bed linens might be too loud and disturbing for a good night’s sleep, you’d be partially correct. But it’s also because there’s plenty of evidence that this bedroom has been turned into a party space. Don’t let this happen! Bedrooms should be places of peace and rest.
The feng shui professionals on staff of the New York Institute of Art and Design have a few tips that will help you determine if your bedroom passes the "Feng Shui Test."
- The room should be more square-shaped than rectangular. The furniture shapes in the room should be either rectangular or square—but avoid circles.
- Bed placement is very important. The bed shouldn’t be in a direct line or at a right angle to the main bedroom door. Nothing should be on the ceiling above the bed, and that includes hanging lamps, plants, beams, or skylights. The bed also shouldn’t be under a slanted, low ceiling.
- It’s better not to have a mirror in the bedroom, but, if you need to have one, keep it to one only, and don’t have it placed on the wall near the foot of your bed.
- Low ceilings and compact walls should be painted light colors to make them seem to recede. High ceilings and distant walls should be painted darker colors to make them appear closer and more intimate. Bedrooms as a rule should feel secure and intimate, but never confining.
- Try not to have a TV or any electronic devices in the bedroom. They’re not conducive to a restful atmosphere. Other distractions to avoid: fireplaces, wet bars, and entertainment centers. You guessed it: The bedroom’s sole purpose is for sleeping.
- Use subdued, subtle tones for decorating the bedroom. Avoid electric, bold colors.
- Feng shui experts frown on buying antique beds. They prefer new beds and bedding, or at least a new mattress (and if not a new mattress, then purchase new sheets and pillows, particularly when you’re moving into a new home).
At the New York Institute of Art and Design, we teach a popular Feng Shui Interior Design Course for students who would like to add more harmony, positive flow, good health, and prosperity into their lives—and earn more money by becoming a feng shui consultant or decorating homes with feng shui principles.