RELAX WITH FENG SHUI APPEAL TO ALL SENSES
THE bedroom should be a place for rest and romance, feng shui expert Jenny Blume says.
But Blume admits leaving our worries at the bedroom door to drift away in sweet dreams is easier said than done.
“Understanding feng shui can help,’’ Blume says.
Feng shui is an ancient art developed in China which teaches how to balance energies for good health and fortune. Feng means wind and shui means water.
“For example, the way you arrange basic furniture (such as a bed in the bedroom) may have a lot to do with your sleeping — or lack of it,’’ Blume says.
Blume says that according to feng shui, disrupting the energy flow can cause chaos.
“Feng shui doesn’t just deal with trinkets and furniture placement; it’s about creating a flowing, feel-good environment that appeals to all senses,’’ she says.
Blume shares some good energy tips: Bed placement: Kids love snuggling up in cosy corners but for adults, space on either side of the bed is best. Diagonal from the door is ideal; try not to have your feet facing directly to the door or you’ll be up and down all night. Bed and linen: Wooden or bamboo beds are preferred in feng shui, preferably with a bedhead for a sense of safety and support. Invest in good quality, comfortable mattress, pillows and linen. Soften room: To encourage relaxation, bedrooms should be more yin (soft and warm) than yang (hard and cold). Get the look with cushions, throws, curtains or rugs. Lamps and diffused lighting can help. Stay away: Spiky plants are very ‘yang’, so not recommended for bedrooms. Opt for a lucky bamboo or sensual orchid instead. Shift the furniture: Regularly moving and rearranging furniture will draw fresh energy into the bedroom. Consider seasonal changes (lighter, brighter colours for summer; deeper tones for warmth in winter).
In the feng shui world the proper placement of the bed makes the difference between calm and chaos, expert Jenny Blume says. Don’t forget accessories like the Heart Me LED Marquee Light (twogirlsandacontainer.com.au) and Koziol Sissi display which can be suspended or mounted as a key/jewellery holder (optocoonline.com)