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Q: Feng shui ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   6 Comments )
Subject: Feng shui
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: khristena-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 17 Jul 2006 11:24 PDT
Expires: 16 Aug 2006 11:24 PDT
Question ID: 747106
Can you give me some ideas on decorating master bedroom with good feng shui?
I am looking for specifics about choice of color scheme, pictures/
objects to hang above headborad, placement of night stand, dresser,
how a couple should sleep in a bed (eg, husband on left, wife on right
or vice versa), etc.
Subject: Re: Feng shui
Answered By: boquinha-ga on 18 Jul 2006 13:57 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello khristena-ga!

We just happen to have ?The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui? by
Gill Hale in our own home library (available at,
It has sections on the fundamental principles of Feng Shui, as well as
specific instructions for different rooms. Unless otherwise indicated,
the suggestions I?ve listed come from this book. Here is what I found!

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Here is a list of colors that are recommended for bedroom use.

* Blue: peaceful and soothing; liked with spirituality, contemplation,
mystery, and patience; positive associations include trust,
faithfulness, and stability.
* Purple: promotes vitality; characterized as impressive, dignified,
and spiritual; positive associations include excitement, passion, and
* Pink: promotes purity of thought; positive associations include
happiness and romance.

Here are some colors whose use is discouraged in bedrooms.

* Red: it is useful as an accent, but not usually as a primary color. 
* Orange: avoid it because of its negative associations with rebellion.
* Brown: it is negatively associated with depression, dinginess, and aging.

Other colors are somewhat neutral as far as their associations with a
master bedroom.

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The bed should be placed so that the head is in one of your
?auspicious directions.? Naturally, with two people in the same bed,
compromise. The book suggests that if the house?s front door faces the
wife?s auspicious direction, be sure that the bed faces the husband?s.
The overall ?feel? of the room is more important than which side of
the bed you and your partner use.

To find your auspicious directions, you need your Kua number. It is
calculated using your birth date. You can visit this site to determine
your number and then locate your auspicious directions.

Ideally the bed should be placed diagonally opposite the door so there
is a clear view of the door. If this is not possible place a mirror on
the wall so that from the bed you can see who is entering the room.
Incidentally, orienting the bed so that the foot is in a direct line
with the door is called the ?mortuary position? in China because
coffins are placed in that position when they are waiting to be picked
up. A bed should not be situated such that Qi (vital life energy)
flowing between a door and a window (or two windows) crosses over the
bed. This is thought to cause illness. Nightstands or small tables are
fine, as long as there is one on either side of the bed to promote

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Pictures or other images should be in pairs. This dispels the notion
of loneliness and will promote harmony within a couple. A corner is a
particular place where this is important. (Note: corners are extremely
troublesome in Feng Shui since they impede the flow of Qi.)
Photographs or portraits of the couple are also appropriate wall
decorations. Photos of other family and friends are fine in other
rooms, but not in the bedroom.

Mirrors are used extensively in Feng Shui to promote circulation of
Qi. They should not face the bed. In Chinese tradition the soul leaves
the body during sleep so it would be distressed to come across an
image of itself. Also, seeing our post-sleep self first thing in the
morning may not be the most conducive to a positive attitude. Images
of a sun rising or of a beautiful landscape are more inspiring.
Strategically place mirrors to draw a wonderful view into the room.

Above all, reduce clutter! Put things away when you are finished with
them, and clear off the tops of dressers and tables. Do not let the
bedroom become a storage area.

Electronics in the bedroom should be kept to a minimum. They not only
detract from the true purposes of the bedroom, but the electromagnetic
waves they give off can disrupt the flow of Qi. Electrical items
(including alarm clocks) should be placed across the room from the
bed. Telephones are a definite ?no-no? in the bedroom in the modern
tradition of Feng Shui.

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Here are some excerpts from an interesting article called ?Mapping
your bedroom.? It describes how to place objects within the room to
strategically improve your life.

?1. First, draw a roughly square outline of your bedroom on a piece of
paper. The wall that has the primary entrance to your room in it
should be the lower line of the square.

2. Divide the square into nine equal squares, three rows of 3 squares each.

3. Start with the lowest row of squares, that describes the area when
you first walk into your bedroom. The far left corner of the room . .
. is the area of Knowledge. The center square relates to Career, and
the right-hand square is Helpful People/Travel.

4. Now look at the central row of squares. . . . The far left square
relates to Family/Health. The central square is the Tao, or Center,
and the right-hand square is Creativity/Children.

5. Lastly, look at the top row of squares. The far left square relates
to Wealth, the central square to Fame/Reputation, and the far right
square to Relationships/Romance.

6. Here are some objects that will work best for each area of your
room, helping you to attract more of what you need.

* Knowledge: Bookcase, books, tools for self-development.
* Career: Mirrors or water-related items. Images to support your career goals.
* Helpful People/Travel: Pictures of your helpers.
* Family/Health: Family photos, heirlooms, plants.
* Creativity/Children: Art supplies, artwork, computer.
* Wealth: Money, jewelry, fish, fountains, anything red, purple, or gold.
* Fame/Reputation: Candles, awards, plants, anything red, orange, or purple.
* Relationships/Romance: Round or oval mirrors, anything pink,
pictures of loved ones, paired objects (like two candlesticks or two

Here is another interesting website all about Feng Shui.

This is the site for an online magazine devoted to Feng Shui.

Here is a link to another interesting site on Feng Shui.

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There is a myriad of information out there about Feng Shui. I hope
that you find this summary useful. If you have any need of further
clarification, please let me know how I can help.


Search strategy:

Online search
Reference material in home library

Search terms:

Feng Shui
Feng Shui color bedroom
Feng Shui sleeping arrangements couple
auspicious direction feng shui

Request for Answer Clarification by khristena-ga on 20 Jul 2006 11:55 PDT
My house is not in the auspicious direction acording to my kua number.
 Can you use decoration to compensate for good feng shui?

Clarification of Answer by boquinha-ga on 20 Jul 2006 12:40 PDT
Having a home that faces in an inauspicious direction seems to be a
fairly common problem. In general, sources indicate that simply
arranging furniture and sitting areas in more auspicious directions
can help counteract this problem.

This article discusses just this problem. It mentions that you can
compensate by adjusting sitting and sleeping positions, and that this
is far more desirable than changing houses because of its direction.

The Eight Mansions branch of Feng Shui divides a home into eight
different directions and then depending upon your Kua number, defines
areas of the home that are auspicious and inauspicious. Mapping your
home in this way can target areas that need to be addressed. Here is
an article dealing with this.

In the end, improving the flow of Qi will end up being one of the most
important things you can do. Mirrors can help to "reflect Qi" from
doors to windows and through rooms so that it continues to
"circulate." Also, softening corners will promote the flow of Qi.
Place plants and other decorations in the corner, use round corners if
possible, etc.

I hope these tips help. Good luck!


Request for Answer Clarification by khristena-ga on 24 Jul 2006 10:45 PDT
You mentioned about night stands, one on each side.  Can one be much
larger and taller than another?  For example, a lower night stand on
one side, and taller chest on the other.  Would this cause unbbalance
chi in the bedrrom setting?
Please advise, thanks.  

You have presented lots of useful info in your response.  Thank you very much.

Clarification of Answer by boquinha-ga on 24 Jul 2006 11:32 PDT
This excerpt comes from the book "Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life:
How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happiness" by
Karen Rauch Carter.

"Two matching nightstands are best, even -- and especially -- if you
are single. Don't take one of the matching tables and use it in
another part of the house. This will cause imbalance in a

Hope this helps!

khristena-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
excellent explanation, Thanks a million.

Subject: Re: Feng shui
From: rajiv1-ga on 23 Jul 2006 05:40 PDT
That was very thorough.
Subject: Re: Feng shui
From: boquinha-ga on 25 Jul 2006 12:26 PDT
Thank you for the comments and the 5 stars! 

Subject: Re: Feng shui
From: ladymaggic-ga on 03 Aug 2006 04:09 PDT
I set up a site for fengshui when I was selling Real estate, and have
put some really great page links on this site..

Add mirrors and hang crystals around for a great effect and feeling..
Subject: Re: Feng shui
From: boquinha-ga on 06 Aug 2006 05:32 PDT
Oops. And thank you, rajiv1!
Subject: Re: Feng shui
From: masterfeng-ga on 11 Sep 2006 08:19 PDT
In classical feng shui systems, the location of the bedroom, the
location and orientation of the bed with the bedroom is important. It
must harmonize with the person as well as the qi that comes to the
house (and bedroom) from eight dirctions.

Here are three webpages that are highly relevent to your questions on
bedrooms and bed.

I hope you find them useful.
Subject: Re: Feng shui
From: boquinha-ga on 02 Dec 2006 19:38 PST
Fun interesting diversion! :)


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