I recently ran into this lengthy article that discussed the topic of insomnia and other less known sleep disorders. In the article, my fellow blogger briefly touched on the subject of bed positioning in one’s bedroom, as well as some of the general rules when it comes to bedroom interior design and sleep-related benefits that could come out of those rules if applied properly. Although I wholeheartedly agreed on almost everything that was written, I felt that one short passage didn’t do justice to the importance of interior design and its connection to people’s mental and sometimes even physical health.
I wasn’t really a strong believer in any of the said things up until a couple of years ago. However, some things that I experienced convinced me to change my opinion and even my beliefs to an extent. My point in writing this post is to try to make you think about a few “little” things that would potentially change the quality of your lives for the better.
Some nine years ago we rented a house on top of a small hill in a nearby suburb. That hill actually overlooked that area but it wasn’t really the desired location since it was steep and the house was somewhat weirdly positioned. It wasn’t long before I started waking up in the middle of the night, and later even full-on insomnia. By default, I started googling, and I kid you not solved my problem in no time. Once I got rid of the mirror that was “staring” at me from across the room, I started sleeping better. Better, but not as well as I did before we moved. However, at least I knew that the problem wasn’t a haunted house, but the fact that my bed was placed under a huge window. The house wasn’t big enough for me to remedy that, so I just bought a taller headboard and made peace with it.
Later on, I did some research and found out that there was one ancient art that, if we knew of it at the time, could have helped us better understand the trouble we were in — Feng Shui. When it comes to bettering your every-day life, not many interior design techniques will work quite as well as Feng Shui. Needless to say, most of us simply don’t have the money to pay for the expert advice of an interior decorator or Feng Shui master. We can, however, make a list of some general rules and stick to them as much as we can. Here are some good pointers when it comes to interior design and Feng Shui, that you can use right now without damaging your budget.
1. Living room
The best arrangement of furniture for good energy flow in your living room is the conversational one. Chairs and sofas or couches should face one another to encourage conversation and a sense of togetherness. This kind of arrangement focuses on people rather than material things. On the same note, furniture should be placed away from the walls to allow for the energy to flow easier and more freely. Add some plants to the sunniest places in your living room and make sure they are healthy. Feng Shui can also be somewhat related to minimalism as it preaches the same “decluttering” theory, so make sure you don’t have too many unnecessary things in your living room so that the energy can be free.
Get rid of any mirrors and avoid placing your bed under a window. If you have to place it there get a solid headboard and heavy window covers. In order to get some good night’s sleep, the bed should also be placed so that the occupants can have a full view of the door. Also, avoid putting the bed on the same wall where your bathroom plumbing fixtures are. I suppose most of us avoid doing this in general, since it’s just common sense to place your bed next to the most “peaceful” wall.
One of the main rules in relation to kitchens is that you should keep your kitchen tidy at all times. Don’t let the dishes pile up, and keep the stove and fridge clean. The kitchen is considered to be one of the key elements in the so-called Feng Shui trinity which includes the bedroom, the bathroom, and the kitchen. Feng Shui wise, the kitchen is the most important room in your home, as it sustains and nourishes life and wellbeing. One of the most important placements in the kitchen is the placement of the stove which should most commonly be placed in the south or the southwest. However, each house has its own “Bagua” map — An eight-sided energy map used to map out your life starting with the front door. However, since these are just budget-friendly changes, just keeping your kitchen tidy and decluttered is already a good start.
Some general rules are that your bathroom should always be clean and the doors should be closed. It is advised that you add some air-purifying plants in it, as well as art and/or candles. Make sure your bathroom always smells nice and try to make it more beautiful with some seashells or other decorations.
There is also a variety of common-sense rules, like that you shouldn’t hang your art too low or that you should separate your work and sleeping area, but in this post, I’ve only focused on the major, budget-friendly ones. If you are still doubtful, just try applying one of these tips. It won’t cost a thing, but it may benefit your lifestyle on so many levels.