Feng shui is an ancient concept that continues to play an influential role in interior design. Whilst some are sceptical about the principles and theories of feng shui, others have felt the benefits first hand. In any case, everyone can appreciate the importance of a good night’s sleep.
Whether you’re looking to dive into the subject or simply keen to try anything that will improve your sleep quality, let’s take a look at the basics of feng shui, and how it can help you sleep better.
What is Feng Shui?
In the context of interior design, feng shui is the art of arranging a room to create a positive environment that improves your energy and wellbeing. Although an old concept, today it has never been more relevant as a growing number of people struggle to get a sound night’s sleep.
Simple things such as de-cluttering your room and keeping electronic devices away from your bed can all help to create a relaxing space on a day-to-day basis. However for anyone really seeking to realise the potential of feng shui, a few changes to the layout and design of your bedroom can make a big difference:
1. Position Your Bed
Feng shui is all about commanding good energy; in your bedroom, the best ‘commanding position’ is a spot far away from the door, and not directly in line with it. Ideally, your bed should face the door from the other side of the room.
2. Minimise Clutter
You’ve no doubt heard the saying ‘tidy house, tidy mind’ before. Mess doesn’t just clutter your room, it clutters your thoughts too. Ensure that you have ample storage for your belongings, to keep your bedroom organised and give you space to think when you go to bed.
Don’t settle for storage under the bed – it can block energy and cause restlessness according to popular belief!
3. Dim Lighting
When you’re trying to unwind on an evening, lights on full beam will make it hard to switch off. Dim lighting is more conducive to relaxation, so install a dimmer switch for your bedroom light or choose lamps to create a relaxing ambience.
4. Light and Airy
That said, it’s important to harness the power of natural light during the day, so maximise the window with curtains or blinds that let the daylight flood into the room, but block out excess light on an evening.
Red may be romantic, but in feng shui it’s also chaotic. Colour plays an important role in feng shui – stick to one or two neutral colours to create a calm environment. There’s a reason why magnolia is such a firm favourite!
These are just a few of the many ways in which feng shui can influence your sleeping patterns. So if you’re redecorating your bedroom, you may want to bear them in mind when planning the layout and décor.
A furniture specialist can help you tweak the design of your bedroom to improve sleep quality, with a no-nonsense approach to the basics of feng shui and bespoke solutions that will help you get around the obstacles of harnessing it.