May 3, 2012 · 7:01 am
Photo from Open Spaces Feng Shui
People are most interested in the feng shui of their bedrooms. I’m not surprised since we spend a third of our lives in there! Let’s analyze the bedroom shown above that I got from the Open Spaces feng shui website:
GOOD FENG SHUI:
*The canopy of draped fabric is a good feng shui solution that neutralizes the sloped ceiling. This is also a great solution for too-high-ceilings, creating a cozier sleeping space for you. However, see below for negatives about this particular canopy.
*Pretty, soft colors and expensive bedding are feng shui enhancers. That being said, the sheets could be improved (see below).
NEEDS FENG SHUI IMPROVEMENT:
*There’s only one bedside table and lamp. There should be one on either side of the bed for optimum feng shui balance.
*The canopy has a split down the center of it. It’s better feng shui if the fabric used was all of one piece, symbolizing unity for the couple sleeping here.This canopy could easily be corrected by sewing the two panels together.
*The bed seems to be pushed into the corner/wall. There would be more ch’i circulating if you had the second bedside table and that would act as a spacer between bed and wall.
*The circular metal wall art to the right of the bed is hung too high.Make sure it’s at eye level for best viewing and perfect feng shui.
*Too much yang energy created by square shapes. Bed is square and its posts are also squared, the bedside table is a square, the lampshade is a square. More circular yin energy is needed for balance.
*The bedding color is white and it’s linen. White symbolizes metal and unlike in Western countries, white is the color donned at funerals. The sybolism of sleeping between white linen sheets is akin to a burial shroud. If you are a single person looking for love, avoid this type of bedding. Instead, go for shades of peach, pink, red or a print using these colors on white to break up the white.
For the record, Feng Shui By Fishgirl believes that king sized beds get a bum rap and are misunderstood by feng shui newbies. It is true that queen sized beds are recommended as a feng shui cure for those couples needing more romance in their lives as it brings a couple closer together due to the smaller sleeping space provided. It’s also true that many king sized beds are atop twin boxsprings with a divider down the center–a feng shui no-no that can be cured easily with a device like this one. But the real reason feng shui practitioners did not recommend king sized beds is because it used to be that a king sized bed was as big as you could get, thus you already had achieved the best and there was no room left to expand. That was a problem for attracting wealth opportunity from the universe. If you had a king sized bed you were proclaiming to the universe that you already had attained all the wealth you needed. We now have even bigger sized beds: the California King and even custom mattresses. A regular king sized bed is fine (and provides a better nights’ sleep! Always good feng shui) unless you are a singleton looking to find a mate. Upgrade after you find yours!
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Tagged as bedroom feng shui, bedroom makeover, bedside tables, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, king sized beds and feng shui
September 5, 2011 · 11:59 am
There are at least 5 feng shui flaws with this bedroom photo. Can you find them? Do you want to know why they are considered problems?
I saw this photo on Apartment Therapy, one of my favorite places to hang out in the blogosphere. At first I was attracted to it but then I looked closer and noticed that there are a lot of feng shui “no-no’s” depicted here. Try to find them yourself with YOUR feng shui eyes and then check your answers against what I’ve written below.
* There is no headboard to ground the bed. No doubt the owner thought they were counteracting that problem with the cure of putting the round twig thing over the bed…
*The circular twig thing over the bed is shooting pointed sticks (“Poison Arrows”) all over the room but also directly into sleeping heads. I wouldn’t mind it in another room…
*The gigantic mirror placed against the wall by the bedside is not good placement. It also will stir up a lot of energy that makes for a less than restful night’s sleep–remove it!
*There is one wall sconce on the wall. If you like wall lamps, you should put one on each side for balance.
*There are dead seed pods in a vase on one side of the bed and a cut flower arrangement on the other. One says death, one says life. Which one do you think is good for feng shui?
* There is only one bedside table and one bedside lamp. Unless this is a guest room where you’re not encouraging someone to stay a long time, get a matched pair of each.
January 29, 2010 · 5:05 pm
This photo that I lifted from Apartment Therapy gave me a perfect illustration of “beams over the bed” feng shui problem. What we’ve got is a gigantic wooden beam crossing over the bed at about chest position. Then we’ve got support beams coming from the walls up to the cross beam that would be positioned over the sleeper’s head. What’s wrong with this picture?
Beams carry a lot of weight (that’s kind of their job, actually). In feng shui terms, the weight is then energetically pressing down on you if you are immediately under the beam. That’s fine if you’re in a temporary sitting area such as a dining room or living room. But it’s not fine for working at a desk all day or sleeping in a bed all night. Sooner or later it will give you problems with headaches, lack of sleep, pressure in your relationship and other problems.
It appears obvious to me that this bedroom is set up to enjoy the view out a window opposite the bed as well as the fireplace. This is where the bed has to go. No worries, Feng Shui By Fishgirl always has a solution. A classic feng shui solution would be to hang a firecracker under the beam. Doesn’t seem like that would work into the decor or add to the romance, does it? No. Therefore I would suggest painting the beams white. White is the feng shui equivalent of metal and metal cuts wood. In addition, I would create a canopy of fabric coming up from behind the bed and draped across to attach to the beam. This would transform the bed into a custom made canopy bed, bring down the ceiling height for a cozier sleeping experience, add some yin (feminine) energy, and solve the problem of the beam.
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Tagged as beams, bedroom makeover, canopy bed, Feng Shui, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, rustic architecture, solution for beams over bed, solution for too high ceiling
October 11, 2009 · 3:33 pm
Dead bodies should NOT be stored under your bed.
Feng shui is about Qi/chi (energy) being able to flow and circulate freely. Storing anything under your bed blocks this process. But if you’re limited in space, underbed storage may be necessary. What to do? Feng Shui By Fishgirl recommends your optimum feng shui is to keep the underside of your bed clean and clutterfree. But if you must store something there…..
DO store soft items (ie: more bedding, linens, comforters, soft clothing) in organized containers or drawer systems under your bed.
DON’T store electrical items and appliances, negatively charged items (weapons, for example), sharp items, things that don’t belong in bedrooms, items associated with past love relationships (photo albums of exes).
What’s under your bed? Do tell!
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Tagged as bedroom makeover, ch'i, clutter, energy, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, Katy Allgeyer, master bedroom feng shui, relationships
June 12, 2009 · 8:27 pm
Marni's bedroom is less cluttered, the art is hung lower, and she's brought in some solid color bedding.
The addition of the rounded leaf plant is good feng shui for the bathroom.
For the “before” photos and my analysis, see original post.
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Tagged as bedroom makeover, change, clutter, Feng Shui, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, home, Interior Design, master bedroom feng shui, yin yang
May 11, 2009 · 7:12 pm
“Marni” was the winner of the Feng Shui Bedroom Makeover that was my giveaway prize at the Ultimate Blog Party. Posted here is my partial analysis of Marni’s bedroom’s feng shui. The idea was to offer simple solutions that won’t cost a lot or take much time to achieve but would add a great deal of feng shui impact to enhance the Qi (energy) and strengthen the love area. For example, what could Marni do that doesn’t require repainting the entire room? Removing clutter and organizing her space was the first step I encouraged Marni to make.
Marni’s still working on implementing my suggestions and will get back to me with more photos at some point. The above bagua map overlay shows that Marni’s bedroom was already fortuitously located in the Love & Marriage area of her home. The Love & Marriage sector is naturally enhanced by the colors white, red, pink, and peachy tones. Marni’s room is already a deep lime green color. However, she can inexpensively bring in accent tones of pink/red that are already found in the fabric of her bedding and curtain valance.
The artwork in Marni’s bedroom was placed much too high. I also discovered that Marni did not LOVE the art. It’s always a good feng shui idea to remove things that you absolutely do not LOVE (especially from important areas like your Love & Marriage area/ master bedroom). Until she can afford to replace it, I suggest she lower the paintings. Replacements that would enhance the romance in feng shui terms would include pictures of happy couples, mated animals, roses or peonies, or hearts. I wouldn’t be surprised if Marni ends up liking her tropical paintings more if she rehangs them and then adds the other touches I offered.
I would also like to see Marni replace the bedside lamps with two matching lamps that have substantial round bases. The candlestick lamps are too spindly, too matchy-matchy to the wooden bed, and add too much yang to an already very masculine feeling room. Globe shaped ceramic lamps will bring in feminine energy and can also bring in the love enhancing color accents to offset the lime green walls.
The sliding doors were covered with a skimpy valance that did not make a lot of sense. Since the doors are also aligned with another pair of French doors (unseen in the photo), it’s creating a “Poison Arrow”. My solution is to add some soft, puddled curtains swagged to each side and then released at night. I suggest a gauzey white fabric or something that brings in the romantic accent colors discussed above.
A large potted palm with rounded leaves would also be nice to the left of the slider, capturing the palm tree theme in the art and the bedding as well as disarming the Poison Arrow effect.
BTW, a Poison Arrow is when you have two or more doors or windows in direct alignment. The energy is said to whoosh straight through instead of meandering gently around a space.
The bathroom entry is viewed from the bed. Not too sexy. I want Marni to swag a curtain (same fabric as she’ll use on the sliding doors) and drop it down at night so the bathroom is hidden. Again, this will add yin energy to the harsh architectural cut of the doorway as well as add visual appeal.
Marni received my full analysis which included some other tips.
Do you think these simple suggestions will be enough to give the room a much more romantic energy?
April 26, 2009 · 9:11 pm
Here’s a very glam bedroom from manufacturer “Oly” as seen at High Point International Furniture Market this weekend. The combination of shapes includes round and square, soft and angled, great relaxing colors all add up to great feng shui.
March 29, 2009 · 11:30 pm
Marni has won the Feng Shui By Fishgirl Master Bedroom Makeover Advice to Enhance Romance mini-consultation that was part of the Ultimate Blog Party 2009. Thanks to all of the 81 people who entered the drawing. I will be publishing Marni’s bedroom photos and my suggestions for enhancing her feng shui in a future post so please subscribe to the blog or keep checking back.
March 27, 2009 · 9:18 pm
The lucky winner for the Ultimate Blog Party 2009 Giveaway will be posted on Monday! Check back to see who won the Feng Shui By Fishgirl Master Bedroom Makeover Advice to Enhance Romance Giveaway consultation.