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Feng Shui is about balance and harmony in our environments. The bedroom is a significant room (we spend most of our day there), so many people naturally ask how to improve their bedroom using color selection, according to Feng Shui. As we discuss bedroom colors, it is imperative to recognize the importance of the other rooms in your house. Enhancing your bedroom without improving the other beneficial areas of your home does not provide you with the full benefits of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is about balancing the energy in your complete and total environment.

With that said, here are some Feng Shui tips to consider for your bedroom

Don't overdo the bright colors in your bedroom. Bright colors are alive and moving, so the more brilliant colors used, the harder it will be to stay asleep. This also applies to plants and especially water. Plants and water manifest yang energy and cause the same issues in the bedroom as bright colors. The colors associated with plants and water are green, black, and blue. Bright colors to avoid are reds, intense oranges, or sunny yellows. Florescent colors are out of the question!

Pictures of moving water can also cause problems. If you've got a view of a waterfall, river, or ocean in your bedroom, it's wise to move it. Unfortunately, aquariums in the bedroom can also cause sleeping issues and should be moved. Although you should avoid red in the bedroom, a little red can spice up your sex life! (Red is fire, so lit candles count as red.)

Dark colors (shades of brown) should be used in the bedroom's d├ęcor, but not on the walls. Painting the bedroom walls a dark color might help you sleep but won't help you feel rejuvenated in the morning. Darker colored decor should be used to the point of tilting the room's ambiance yin without making you feel like you're party to a funeral. You don't have just browns; pick darker colors and designs that are relaxing for you.

If your room is already very dark (wormwood panel, for example) and you can't make changes to it, you might want to consider changing any "yellow light" producing light bulbs to brighter, whiter ones. Opening the blinds during the day will also dramatically improve the room's feeling. If it's dark at night, balance it with brightness during the day. (Clearing any space occasionally by opening all the blinds is highly beneficial.)

In painting the bedroom, using pastel colors is your best bet. The best colors to use depend on the compass direction of the room's location. To determine the compass direction of your home, draw your house's outline on a piece of paper, and split the home into nine equal sections (3 down, three across). Use a compass to find which direction is north, and label each box according to that compass direction (North can be in a corner). Here are the color combinations:

- NE, Center, or SW: Rooms here should be painted earthy pastel colors, including a light shade of yellow.
- NW or W: Rooms here benefit from metal, so use a shade of white.
- SE or E: The SE and East benefit from the color green, but you may want only to use these colors if the room is used as a study. Then a shade of green would be perfect. Otherwise, use earthy pastel colors, including shades of yellow. White is not helpful here, as it destroys the productive properties of the SE and East. These directions are associated with wealth.
- S: The South benefits from red. If you want to use red here, use it sparingly, as too much will cause restlessness in bed. Use shades of white for the walls.
- N: The north benefits from blue and black (water). Since you can't use water, try white instead, as white (metal) will help with the benefits of water without using water.

I know this might be a letdown, but as some of you are reading this were hoping to hear painting a florescent room orange would make you an international movie star overnight! But Feng Shui is about balance and harmony, so using light, pastel colors are your best bet when painting the walls.

There are some other critical Feng Shui tips that you should be aware of, including determining which compass directions will bring you the most luck - and which ones you should avoid at all costs.

 

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