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.
A great use of art for auspicious feng shui!
Take a look at the artwork of Jessika Cardinahl. Jessika paints gorgeous large canvases of animals.
The bedroom above is from her facebook page and the wolves painting is hers, too. I love how the art takes up nearly the entire wall over the bed, bringing balance to the room and raising the ch’i. (A pet peeve I have is when there is no headboard and/or no art or textiles on the wall over the bed…) When I found this pic on facebook, the artist had written below it “I feel so protected”. Some people would find wolves scary but Jessika obviously understands shamanic Animal Wisdom and identifies with this powerful totem. In Native American lore, Wolf is symbolic of a Teacher or a Pathfinder. Placing your animal totem over your bed can protect you during dream time, too.
Note that the two bedside tables are mismatched (a feng shui no-no) but that the two matching bedside lamps more than make up for it. And if you’ve got a space like this one where you might not be able to fit two matching tables, paying attention to the lamps and the artwork is a viable solution.
See more of Jessika’s artwork at her website. Her zebra painting below is spectacular, isn’t it?
I love this image! I recently saw a bison at a zoo rolling around the grass like this zebra
Bedroom by Brocade
One of the big trends getting stronger the past couple of seasons is out and out GLAM. Shine. Glitz. GaGa. Sometimes it can be hard to live with unless you have a penthouse in Vegas or a pied a terre in Hollywood because you can end up with a beauty parlor look if you’re not careful. But when it’s tastefully done, as it is here by Lisa Versacio at Brocade, glam can be very soothing and peaceful. Note how the printed bed linens pick up the cutwork on the headboard? And the touches of this season’s favorite green color make a nice accent. See more pics at their facebook page for inspiring ways to incorporate glam into your home. I also love the bead curtain–a classical feng shui cure when used properly. And orchids always add ch’i to any room. Well done!