Going with the flow: Feng Shui your bedroom!

Last week we looked at the definition and basic principles of Joey Yap’s Classical feng shui. We learned about sheng qi (growing energy) and sha qi (killing energy) and their roles in creating harmony in our homes. This month, we’re taking a closer look at one of our most lived-in spaces: the bedroom.

Ah, the bedroom. Not only is this the space in which we spend a third of our lives sleeping but it’s also the space in which we hide, play, dream, kiss and cuddle. This highly personal area of our home reflects who we are, which is partly why it’s a key focus area when it comes to classical feng shui.


Possibly the most important aspect of achieving good feng shui in the bedroom is having more Yin features (receptive) than Yang (active). Too much Yang in the bedroom will result in restlessness – bad or interrupted sleep – which will eventually cause health issues (insomnia, anyone?). Yin features, on the other hand, promote stability and recuperation which is important for health and longevity (otherwise known as beauty sleep).

Below is a list of rules to follow to ensure optimal feng shui in your bedroom;

  1. Shape

“The basic shape of the bedroom is important and in feng shui we tend to stick to

squarish or rectangular shapes as they represent the Earth element (stability) and is good for activities like sleeping and working,” says interior designer and feng shui practitioner Lisa Keighley. “Other shapes of bedrooms cause an imbalance with the qi which would affect sleeping, resting and feelings of safety in your bedroom.”


2. Placement

Sleep is a Yin activity so the bed should be placed against a Yin feature like a solid wall. Back it up with a headboard and you’re good to go. However, if placing your bed in front of a window (Yang feature) is the only option, then Lisa suggests keeping the window shut and covering it with thick curtains.


3. Door

Ever heard of the ‘coffin position’? It is sometimes said that if you sleep with your feet directly facing the bedroom door then you are sleeping as though inside a coffin. Although this is merely an old wives tale that has nothing to do with coffins, it is in fact bad feng shui. “This position means that the qi entering the room through the door crashes into the bed causing interrupted or bad sleep. The solution is to move the bed so that you are not sleeping with either your feet or head directly facing the bedroom or bathroom door,” says Lisa.


4. Ceiling

A bed positioned under a slanted ceiling causes an imbalance in the qi which in turn affects your sleep. Lisa advises straightening out the ceiling (if you are able to renovate). An easier and more affordable option is to move the headboard end of the bed to the higher end of the ceiling rather than the lower end.


5. Décor

We wish we could give you a definitive list of beautiful items to scatter delicately throughout your home to promote good qi in the bedroom, but the truth is, none of that matters. “Feng shui is not interior decorating. So, don’t worry too much over ‘cutting’ qi or sha qi emitted from open shelves, pointed edges of furniture or plaster ceilings, or even miniature cacti or decorative sculptures. Worrying about these features only causes paranoia,” writes Joey Yap.


So there you have it folks. Remember, sheng qi is the one we want to encourage, so when in doubt, just make sure there is nothing blocking the entrance of a room. You want to ensure that qi can flow smoothly throughout your home, from the front door right into the scared space that is your bedroom.

Lisa Keighley is a qualified interior designer who has studied and practiced feng shui since the early 90’s. “It has been a long journey as there are many types of feng shui out there. A few years ago I settled on Joey Yap’s teachings to be the most logical, no nonsense and an easy way to improve all areas of our life,” she says. 


Photo Credits: Bedroom 1: / Bedroom 4:  / Lisa Bedroom 3: Lisa Keighley

Mignon van Zyl
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Journalist, hiker and design enthusiast with a mild form of OCD and a love for storytelling. After completing my degree at Rhodes University, I moved to White River to work for a lifestyle magazine called Lowveld Living. Thanks to my job, I’ve visited some of the most glamorous game lodges and homes, met wonderfully weird but inspiring artists, fed and kissed a tame hippo, hiked the ‘sentinel of the Lowveld’ and realised my devotion to nature. Most happy when I’m writing, walking or road tripping.


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