Get better rest and optimize your space with this ancient Chinese design practice
Do you dream of the day you can walk into your bedroom, let go of the day’s drama, and fall into a serene sleep with ease? If you’re struggling to find that sense of peace in your bedroom, it might have something to do with the energy of your space.
While it may sound a bit mystical to some, the practice of Feng Shui has been used for centuries to improve the energy of a space and has, in recent years, become a go-to for designers looking to bring harmony and balance to a home.
So, think of today’s blog as Feng Shui 101. We’re sharing the origins of the concept and offering 10 ways you can Feng Shui your bedroom and get the rest you deserve. And don’t worry, if you aren’t into harnessing energies, you can still use feng shui to bring balance and visual harmony to your bedroom space.
Origins and popularity
Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient Chinese practice that dates back over 3,000 years. The term itself translates to "wind-water", and it centers around the idea of harmonizing natural elements to create positive energy, or "qi" (pronounced chee), in your living spaces.
Originally, Feng Shui was developed to align homes and environments with the surrounding natural landscape but, over the years, it has evolved and adapted to contemporary lifestyles, making it wildly popular in modern home design across the globe.
Bringing feng shui to your bedroom
Your bedroom should be a place for rest, restoration, and intimacy, and applying Feng Shui principles to this sacred space can create happy and serene energy.
Here are our top 10 tips for creating a harmonious and balanced bedroom:
- Practice organization
Feng Shui emphasizes the importance of decluttering and keeping an organized space. Remove any unnecessary items, especially under the bed, since they can disrupt the flow of energy.
Make sure everything is ordered and has a place….and, yes, this includes your bedroom closet.
- Choose soothing colors
Color plays an important role in Feng Shui. Choose calming colors like soft blues, gentle greens, or tempered earth tones for your bedroom walls and decor. These colors promote relaxation and balance, helping you unwind after a long day.
- Position your bed wisely
The placement of your bed is one of the most important aspects of Feng Shui in the bedroom. Ideally, your bed should have a clear view of the bedroom door while also being far enough away to allow for easy movement. This positioning symbolizes safety and control in your life.
- Incorporate natural materials
Embracing natural materials is a fundamental aspect of Feng Shui. And it just so happens that our Cotton TENCEL™ Sheet Set is the perfect choice for a balanced bedroom. Crafted from US-grown cotton and eco-friendly TENCEL fibers derived from sustainably-farmed, carbon-neutral eucalyptus plants, these sheets are not only eco-conscious but also incredibly soft and breathable.
- Balance yin and yang
Feng Shui revolves around the balance of Yin (passive, soft) and Yang (active, bright) energies. Balance both in your bedroom through a blend of soft textures and gentle lighting paired with vibrant, energizing elements. A beautiful, eco-friendly plant, a piece of artwork, or an eye-catching Double Stitch throw can help achieve this harmony.
- Remove electronics
For some, this is the most challenging tip on our list. Electronics in the bedroom disrupt the flow of energy and can interfere with your sleep quality…and it’s not Feng Shui practitioners who feel this way. Both the CDC and the National Sleep Foundation find electronics in the bedroom to be problematic.
Try to remove TVs, computers, and other electronic devices from your sleeping space. If you must have them, consider placing them in a dedicated entertainment area.
- Use soft lighting
Soft, ambient lighting promotes relaxation and intimacy. Choose warm, dimmable lights or use candles for a cozy atmosphere. Avoid harsh, overhead lighting that can create tension and discomfort.
- Reflect with mirrors
Mirrors can be powerful tools in Feng Shui. They can amplify light and energy, making a space feel more open and inviting. Just make sure that mirrors do not directly face the bed, as this can disrupt your sleep.
- Personalize mindfully
Incorporate personal items and artwork that hold positive and meaningful associations for you. Surround yourself with items that bring you joy, comfort, and inspiration.
- Embrace fresh air
Good airflow is essential for positive energy in your bedroom. Regularly open windows to let in fresh air, and use air-purifying plants to enhance the quality of the air you breathe.
Incorporating even a few of these principles allows you to Feng Shui your bedroom and create a tranquil and balanced space that promotes well-being and restorative sleep.
At Double Stitch, we firmly believe that creating harmony in your surroundings can have a profound impact on your quality of sleep, and we hope these tips help you transform your bedroom into a serene space that nurtures your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Sweet dreams from your friends at Double Stitch!