Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese methodology of designing spaces based on the concept of Qi. Chinese culture believes that a certain arrangement of a built environment, Feng Shui, has a considerable impact on the different aspects of one’s life.
You can easily subscribe and redesign your bedroom to fit in with the concepts of feng shui. This will require spatial rearrangement, redecorations, and renovations. There are varying degrees on how much or how well you can redesign your bedroom to subscribe to the given guidelines from feng shui.
Read more if you want to learn about feng shui, its different concepts, how it’s applied in architecture, and of course, how you can apply it to your own bedroom. We will be going in-depth to each of these topics to understand better how feng shui works and how it could improve your life.
What Is Feng Shui?
Before we get into feng shui, we must first better understand where its origins came from.
Feng shui originates from Chinese culture, and it has been used since ancient times as a basis for designing their built environments. We need to look at the context as to how feng shui was developed as a response to the Chinese environment.
What separates feng shui from other architectural theories is the deeper meaning assigned to the different attributes of physical space. Certain arrangements may promote stability, while other arrangements may end up creating chaos.
Feng shui works with the principle that the relationship between your space’s different parts and aspects plays a role in a certain cycle. Just as in traditional Chinese medicine, each role (aspects) reacts to one another.
For our purposes, the main point of feng shui is to arrange the space to allow two different aspects to balance and synergize with one another. This means that relative to the other, each object should promote the flow of Chi and energy within a space.
Go Into Chi
Chi plays a very important part in the rationale and the appeal of feng shui as an architectural theory.
Chi is described as the life force y and the flow of energy within all living beings. What’s important to note about Chi is how it’s affected by its relationship between things and its different types (Ex. active Chi (fire) vs. calm Chi (water)).
Feng shui attempts to control and manipulate how Chi flows within a space. As mentioned earlier, different aspects derived from the space’s physical attributes will have different reactions to each other.
A Bagua map is a guideline used in feng shui to divide the space into different themes. These themes are usually different aspects of life, such as wealth, health, love, etc.
The Bagua map is useful because it can help designers redesign your space to personalize what you want to get out of feng shui.
A Bagua map is divided into a 3×3 grid, with each square representing a different aspect of life( wealth, children, fame, love, etc.). The squares formed from that grid each represent a room. It’s recommended to only actively control the flow of Chi for around 2-3 squares (2-3 rooms), depending on what aspect you want to improve.
For our purposes, which is to feng shui your bedroom, we will be focusing more on the placement of objects rather than the forms and shape of the physical space itself.
Feng Shui In Architecture
Feng shui, with all its rules and guidelines, can be considered as its own architectural theory. Since ancient times, most Chinese structures have been designed based on the philosophy of feng shui.
We’ll be doing a brief coverage of the fundamentals of feng shui for you to understand the reasoning behind the bedroom design implementations we’ll be going into.
- Openings and closing
Perhaps one of the simplest applications of feng shui that can be applied is the concept of how spaces are regarding the openings in the spaces. Feng shui believes that the entrances and the openings within a space play a vital role in the flow of Chi as it serves as its entrance and exit.
Feng shui is a big proponent of curved architecture. It’s a staple in Chinese architecture because they believe that curves serve as a physical representation of vitality and help in the flow of Chi. By observation alone, you should see how the roofs of most Chinese establishments are curved.
- Spatial Orientation
Feng shui places a heavy role in spatial orientation and structural organization, which can be attributed to its historical origins, based on the concept of having a “mountain” in the back and a “river” at the front. An application of this concept entails that the balance of land should be so that the back part of the lot should be higher than the front part and more spacious.
In terms of practicality, this is an excellent concept to apply because it allows all the collected water from your lot to flow towards the street and into the drainage.
Colors have certain embedded meanings. This applies to feng shui and in Chinese culture in general, and this can be observed in Chinese decorations, Chinese fashion, and even Chinese food. The type of color you use all will affect your Chi and the Chi of the space.
How To Feng Shui A Bedroom
The essential part of any bedroom is, of course, the bed itself. Feng shui subscribes to this philosophy, and there are certain implementations and rules that they have regarding how the bed should be positioned and the layouts of furniture around your bed.
Here is a list of ways on how you can feng shui in your bedroom.
- Feng shui requires that you design your bedroom’s layout so that your bed is accessible from both sides and can fit bedside tables on each side.
- Feng shui requires that your bed is not in line with your door opening directly as the door is the main entrance of Chi, making its Chi active. Feng shui also requires that your bed is not adjacent or indirect contact with any windows as this will reduce your Chi.
- The separation between rest and work. As such, your bedroom should not have any work-related items. Feng shui discourages that you mix the usages of spaces. As a result, your bedroom should be designed entirely for leisure and relaxation.
- Feng shui that your bed and everything underneath is decluttered as this interferes with the state of Chi within your bedroom. Messes are interpreted as interrupters of Chi. In terms of practice, you should always have a clean and organize bedroom either way.
- The colors that you choose should be something closely resembling pale or lighter colors. The bedroom should not have bold colors. Going back to Chinese culture, different colors have different meanings. Bold and strong colors have a more dynamic type of energy, while lighter colors have a more relaxed type of energy.
- Feng shui believes that there should be no corners pointed towards your bed. This subscribes to the belief that the objects are attacking your Chi since it’s orientation is direct. Instead, the flow of energy from these objects should be parallel or away from your bed.
- There should be no mirrors inside your bedroom. Mirrors are perceived to have active Chi, based on their properties of mirroring movements and reflecting light, which should be avoided in a room of rest and relaxation.
- Adding more organic material, such as simple as plants, accentuate the room and helps in the vitalization of Chi within the space.
Remember that adding such design changes will not be the same per bedroom. You should assess how you can implement the principles of feng shui for your specific bedroom set-up and layout.
Hiring A Feng Shui Specialist
As much as the internet can provide all the information related to feng shui. It is also helpful to hire a specialist who knows the concepts of feng shui inside and out. As each home is different, and so is each space, different mechanics and applications are needed based on your current spaces.
Remember that feng shui is based on the concept of controlling the flow of Chi within your space. A specialist can design how that flow of Chi will go about your house based on what aspect of life you want more of.
In conclusion, feng shui and its concepts, aside from its superstitious beliefs, have good architectural applications that are practical, functional and improve the space as a whole.
Practicing such philosophies will require subscribing also to certain design principles. Some of these design principles may conflict with what you want from your space. Remember to prioritize and ask yourself what you need from the space to assess if feng shui can work for you.