4 Feng Shui Tips for the Bedroom

Elegant bedroom interior with big comfortable bed with blue bedding, paintings on the wall, and patterned carpet on the floor.

The bedroom ties closely with one's 'qi' (energy flow), so it is important to consider the feng shui aspects of the room. (Image: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz via Dreamstime)

The bedroom is a highly private and personal place. It ties in closely with one’s “qi” (energy flow). With bad feng shui, once the “qi” is broken, courses of things — such as relationships and even health — will plunge.

Avoid these 4 things in the bedroom

1. Ancestral tablet or portrait

Feng shui says it's bad to have an ancestral tablet in your bedroom.
An ancestral tablet is not good for your bedroom’s feng shui. (Image: Hkchan123 via Wikimedia)

An ancestral tablet or portrait is normally placed in a special cabinet in the living room. The gesture is to show respect, and in return wish for protection from the deceased. As the item is “yin-qi” oriented, placing it in the bedroom can cause sleep problems and mood swings. In the long run, it harms the relationship between couples, and causes depression or emotional problems for the elderly.

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2. Antiques

Antique furniture.
Keep antiques out of the bedroom to improve its feng shui. (Image: Sbringser via Pixabay)

Antiques excavated from tombs are especially bad to place in a bedroom. They are something belonging to the deceased and thus full of “yin qi.” In addition, they bring bad luck by striking against the “yang qi” of a living person when placed in the same room day and night.

3. Big fish tank

Big colorful Koi carp in an aquarium.
A big fish tank can be a wonderful decoration in your home. But don’t put it in your bedroom. (Image: Mikhail Gnatkovskiy via Dreamstime)

A fish tank symbolizes the inward flow of money, that is why they are common in shops and homes. Nevertheless, putting a fish tank in the wrong place can cause big trouble. Normally a bedroom is relatively small, so a big fish tank will obstruct the passage, and it generates dampness, which can affect the bedroom occupier’s energy field, therefore causing health issues.

4. Hanging inappropriate pictures

Antique Chinese painting of white jade orchids.
Since a bedroom is a place to rest, the pictures hung on the wall need to be warm and peaceful. (Image: Vyychan via Dreamstime)

Many people like to hang pictures in their bedroom. They are a common decoration and can show one’s good taste. However, not many people know that a picture’s theme is very important for a bedroom’s feng shui. A bedroom is a place to rest, so the pictures need to be warm and calm. Overly stimulating themes, such as animals fighting, are considered inappropriate.

Research by Monica Song and Alan C

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