Redecorate your Master Bedroom and Restore Your Energy
by Cheryl Grace, copyright © 2005-2012
Since every part of your life is interconnected, the quality of rest and rejuvenation you receive is crucial to your happiness, productivity and overall health. In Feng Shui, the master bedroom has become the most important room in the house, as you live at least 1/3 of your life in this room, just by sleeping! Add the daily routine of getting ready for work; reading a book, and communicating with your family, you now use this room in your home more than any other room in the entire house.
The beginning of the New Year is the perfect time to redecorate your master bedroom into an oasis that provides maximum comfort and serenity. The goal is to create a peaceful and uninterrupted sleep environment, spa like surroundings for quiet reflection, and a place that comforts you at the end of a busy and stressful day. No room becomes more important to your overall well-being.
Here are some simple feng shui enhancements that you can adapt to your master bedroom over a weekend and enjoy the benefits all week long.
Begin with the placement of the bed. The ideal location is where you would have a view of the door, without being directly in front of it. This positioning of your bed is called the position of power in Feng Shui. Few people are comfortable when they can’t see the door. It can create an uneasy feeling of being vulnerable if you cannot see a person entering a room.
Avoid positioning the bed on the same side as the door, causing one of the individuals in a relationship to have to journey all the way around to the other side to get into bed. To nurture equality in relationships, you must honor the instinctual need for comfort and safety by creating easy accessibility to both sides of the bed.
If you are single and don’t want to hang onto that status indefinitely, create a bedroom that accommodates more than one! Add an end table and lamp on each side of the bed to build the prospect of relationships. Choose a lamp that has a three-way switch and this will automatically give you more options to create an ideal atmosphere for reading, relaxation and romance.
The impact of color can affect our mood and energy level. For a restful sleep, try a hue with warm tones for a calming effect. Select colors that are found in the skin tones of people around the world, such as pink, beige, tan, yellow, and caramel. Cooler colors, such as blue and green, may take away from the coziness of a bedroom. When cool tones exist, choose accessories with warmer tones to balance the room.
Be aware of your view from the bed to observe what will be your first and last impressions as you wake up or before going to sleep. Anything that carries unwanted associations and memories should be taken out. This includes office desks, workout equipment, laundry baskets, and books used for study and training. Return your bedroom back to its original purpose. If you have a TV in the bedroom, then most likely you are not spending quality conversation time with your partner, creating intimate settings, or allowing your mind to void of distractions, reminders, or stressful images.
If the view from your bed includes a sea of photos of family members and friends, remember that every object is alive and is talking to you all the time. Imagine the conversations each person in the photo is having with you prior to going to bed. Instead, choose artwork and accessories that engages and delights each of your senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. This includes your choice of pillows, candles, fresh flowers, and decorative pieces that restore your energy and create sensual, serene and romantic images. The master bedroom is the place to renew mind, body and spirit.
If you have any trouble sleeping and you have removed all of the active electronics from your bedroom, the next thing to consider minimizing or removing all mirrors. The function of a mirror is to enhance the size of a room, amplify existing light, and restoring balance to lop-sided architectural features. While a mirror doubles the abundance of any room, they are active energy and can disturb your sleep. You can cover a mirror at night with a beautiful scarf or shawl, or “curtain” off the mirror if they line your closet doors. You want to minimize as much as possible the “awake” energy a mirror can stimulate.
To honor your need to recharge your batteries and wake up energized to start the day, turn your master bedroom into your personal paradise.