Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of harmonizing your surroundings. A very spiritual practice, it goes a lot deeper than how you arrange things in your home: but for the sake of this article, letâ€™s keep it simple.
Youâ€™d be surprised how much the simple things in your room can affect the way that you relax inthere. So hereâ€™s what you should be doing to ensure that your bedroom is the perfect retreat at the end of the day.
Get rid of the TV
If you use anything with a backlit screen, like a computer, iphone or TV in your room, youâ€™ll find it much harder to relax and get to sleep. If thereâ€™s a TV in your room, remove it. Your bedroom needs to be for sleep only.
Banish work from the bedroom
Donâ€™t bring your laptop into the bedroom and work in bed. Donâ€™t pile up spreadsheets or files and folders in your room â€“ you need to let go of the dayâ€™s stress in order to have a good nightâ€™s sleep.
Choose calming colours
The design of your room should be calming, and the right decoration and shades can look great.
Blue, green and yellow bedrooms (pale, pastel shades of course) can help you get the most sleep. Try to avoid colours such as purple, as these can encourage creativity and make it harder for you to drop off.
When choosing smaller accessories thereâ€™s no harm in a few mismatching colours, by try to go for bedspreads and curtains that match.
Where should I put the bed?
As a rule of thumb, arrange the bed in a place where you can have a clear view of the door â€“ but not directly in front of it. Try not to put the bed under a window or drafts could disturb your sleep cycles.
Donâ€™t squish your bed into a corner â€“ try to make the room as symmetrical as you can in this respect. And donâ€™t put your bed directly underneath a chandelier; this causes a so-called â€˜poison arrowâ€™ that according to Feng Shui, passes negative energy to you as you sleep.
If you store a lot of stuff under the bed, why not try clearing it out and seeing if you get a better nightâ€™s sleep for it? According to Feng Shui, sleeping on top of the stuff youâ€™ve crammed under the bed doesnâ€™t let the energy flow.