Design Principles: The Bedroom

Design Principle : Bedroom

People spend an average of eight hours a day in their bedrooms – it is one of the most important rooms in the house. The Feng Shui of the bedroom affects the health, emotional state, quality of relationships and fertility of the people who sleep there.

In contrast to other rooms, the bedroom is meant purely for rest and renewal. Therefore, it is essentially a yin room. For this reason, an ideal bedroom is quiet, with adequate light, good air circulation, a wholesome shape, a simple floor plan and a neutral color scheme.

The bed should be at standard height, neither too low to the floor nor raised up too high. Bedside tables should not be taller than the bed itself. A ceiling beam that cuts horizontally over the bed, especially over the upper part of the occupant’s body, may cause health problems. The bathroom and closet doors should be as far as possible from the head of the bed.

If the ceiling is too high or if the floor plan is too big then the energy of the room becomes scarce, possibly resulting in low energy or chronic disease for the occupants. Too low a ceiling can cause depression. If the room is too bright or too dark, the occupants may suffer from insomnia or stress. Placing the bed in front of a window or on the wall with the door may negatively affect the occupants’ health and/or the relationship of a couple. Skylights that are too numerous or too large can also have a negative impact. Mirrors are best placed where they can be used by choice and not in direct view from the bed or doorway. Other area to pay attention to:

  • The head of the bed should be against a solid wall, diagonally opposite the door to the room.
  • The bed should have good support from solid walls on either side.
  • An ideal window provides light from the side, and not directly next to the bed. For the average room, one window is adequate.
  • A dresser should not be directly beside the bed unless the room is very wide.
  • The entry should be visible from the bed and also on the diagonal from it. It should not be behind, to the side of or immediately in front of the bed.
  • The closet door is as far as possible from the bed.
  • Healthy plants can be placed in the corner diagonally opposite the entry, or in front of or to the sides of a window. Don’t use too many plants and avoid varieties with spike-shaped or jagged leaves.