Feng Shui: Preparing for Visitors this Winter
The nights are getting darker, the mornings are bright and chilly and we’re kicking our way through piles of leaves on the way to work – winter is definitely on its way. With the changing of the seasons comes the need to prepare your home for the colder months, and all they bring with them. In winter, that means an inevitable influx of visitors keen to share the cheer of the festive Christmas and New Year period. There are many ways to make your home more inviting to guests. You can help make people feel at ease by prepare the room they are to stay in with the principles of feng shui in mind.
Feng shui allows you to utilise the natural energy flow of a room in order to improve wellbeing. When used properly, feng shui will entice and excite, while also creating a calming and relaxing environment. These principles are perfect for your primary bedrooms, but they will help you to open your home to guests, confident in the knowledge that they will feel at ease.
The first thing – and one of the most essential – to consider is the bed. A good bed should have a strong headboard, in order to provide protection and support when you are at rest. The mattress should be chosen carefully in order to promote comfort and stability to the body. Bed height is also important to consider. Divan bedframes (with storage drawers underneath) are considered bad for feng shui, as they are too high.
Placement and appearance also play a huge part in the feng shui of a bed. One of the basic principles is that the bed should be easily approachable from both sides and should be supported by the symmetry of a bedside table on each side.
If possible, the bed should be located in the area of the room diagonally opposite the door, so that your guest can see the door but are not in alignment. There should also be a strong supporting wall behind the bed and no sharp angles – either from walls or other pieces of furniture – pointing towards your visitors as they sleep. Mirrors opposite the bed also disrupt the flow of energy and should be avoided.
Next, consider how to dress your bed. Choosing an appropriate colour scheme is also another way to promote energy in your bedroom. The best tones are those that are soothing and calming, in order to promote relaxation. Feng shui colours are linked to the elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood.
Skin tones, ranging from pale cream to deep brown, support restorative sleep. Therefore the best colour palettes are the earth and wood elements. A range of shades will provide aesthetic variety, but lighter colours may be most appropriate in order to give an open, airy and reflective atmosphere.
Your guest bedroom should be well ventilated – although in winter this can be difficult to achieve due to the combination of cold weather and central heating. Make sure that the temperature can be adjusted to a comfortable level (remember, we all have different ideas of what that may be) and that there are enough bedding and blankets to layer up or remove as necessary. Lighting is also essential. Dimmers on main lights, lamps and candles are ideal to create an ambient levels.
Finally, while curling up in bed watching TV or a DVD may sound like bliss to most of us, electrical appliances are terrible for disrupting the feng shui balance of a room. Remove all unnecessary electrical items from your guest room to help them be at ease.
If you follow these feng shui tips, your guests will feel welcomed into your home and can properly relax, in order to make the most of the festive period.