According to a study conducted by clinical psychologist Pamela Thacher, a super-cluttered bedroom may affect how well you sleep and can derail your relaxation. In reality, a dark, quiet, cool, and calm room without clutter is the perfect setup for sleeping. Her findings probably aren’t a surprise to feng shui enthusiasts. The study supports the idea that creating a zen bedroom with a focus on feng shui principles can enhance your sleep and overall well-being.
Fortunately, creating that zen look isn’t difficult to achieve. It’s all about minimizing your stuff and clutter and adding a few enhancements to draw out positive chi, or energy. Going zen also doesn’t have to be a time consuming or expensive process and can turn your bedroom into your new favorite place in the house. Here’s how to get started.
Simplify Your Bed
A zen bedroom requires a comfortable, calming place to lay your head that dismisses the idea you need dozens of throw pillows and blankets. Eliminate the distractions on your bed from piles of blankets and discarded tissues and magazines. Next, choose soothing earth colors and just the things you need for a good night’s sleep. Focus on simplicity with a comfortable and firm mattress that sits on a low-rise bed frame. You can also either choose a simple headboard or just skip it altogether.
However, going simple doesn’t require foregoing creature comforts. You can still have the zen bedroom you’re looking for and feel like you’re sleeping in luxury. Try a memory foam mattress topper to maximize your comfort while retaining the simplicity you’re looking for.
Nurture Your Green Thumb
Green plants can enhance the calm of your bedroom environment while improving the air quality of your home at the same time. Choose plants that are easy to care for and don’t have a strong scent that could irritate your senses. Instead, a bonsai tree, succulents, or bamboo shoots can give you the green feel you’re looking for that turns your bedroom into a natural oasis.
Embrace The Power Of Water
Water fountains provide positive chi energy in your bedroom and create a sense of a soothing meditation studio or spa. The sound of a fountain also has the added benefit of reducing outside noise like traffic and leaf blowers and provide a soothing calm instead. You may even find yourself falling asleep faster and rest easier instead of waking up from every noise inside and outside your home.
The type of furniture in your bedroom and how you arrange it can both negatively and positively impact the energy flow in your bedroom. If your bedroom feels cramped or claustrophobic, add low furniture like a short nightstand or natural, unfinished looking crates to store your small plants and a few books. You can also use a low flower pot to house some leafy green plants and place them in negative space in your bedroom to keep the flow going.
With a flowing bedroom and zen atmosphere, you’re likely to see improvement in your quality of sleep and relaxation. And once you’ve mastered your bedroom, you can look to the rest of your home to create the zen presence you’re looking for.