Friday, October 23, 2009

How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom

By Elwood Bradford

Feeling chaotic? It's time to get funky with Feng Shui. Really, if there's one room in your house you should Feng Shui, it's your bedroom. The world outside is chaotic and your bedroom needs to be a sanctuary.

Feng Shui is the ancient art of harnessing "good"energy so the vibes in your bedroom stay positive. In Feng Shui energy falls into two opposite categories - yin and yang. It's necessary that you have some "yang"energy as you'll need to perk up in the morning and get started on the day. However, Feng Shui experts believe that too much "yang"can be overstimulating and frazzling.

You may not believe all the Fung Shui hype. But you spend 1/3 of your time in your bedroom. It should be an inviting, peaceful place where you can achieve a good night's rest. A little Feng Shui never hurt anyone, so why not give it a try?

Tip: Use Soothing Colors. Vibrant, citrus hues like orange do not belong in the bedroom. The best Feng Shui colors for the bedroom are neutrals, pastels, and "skin colors"- ivory to chocolate brown. Avoid grey, black, and other "winter"colors.

Keep bedroom doors closed at night. This helps keep the nourishing energy in and the bad energy out. Keep all your bedroom doors closed: your ensuite bathroom, your entry door and any other doors.

Shining, happy pictures. Your bedroom needs to portray positivity. Artwork in your bedroom should project happiness. Leave out stormy or lonely pictures. If you want your room to represent romance, pick pictures that display things in a pair - two birds, two apples, two roses. Anything that makes you think of past relationships should be removed.

Furniture. Your bed should not be directly in line with the door and you should keep your bed as far away from the door as possible. Position your bed so that you can view the door, but don't have your feet pointing toward it. Some people believed the souls of the dead are carried out feet first! Get two night stand tables, with round, not sharp edges. These should be set up so you can still walk around your bed.

Bedding. Don't forget to Feng Shui your bedding. Remove all stuffed animals, lacy pillows, and other dcor bedding. You want your bed to be clean, comfortable, and not complicated! Pick bedroom linens that are soft and made from natural materials, like wool or goose down.

Keep a balance of "Yin" and "Yang" in mind when you decorate your bedroom and end insomnia forever! See, Feng Shui can be fun.

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