How to Feng Shui your Bathroom
Decorating a bathroom can be more complicated than you might think. While bathrooms are utilitarian spaces, they’re also much more. Your bathroom can be an oasis, a spa-like space in which you can relax and recharge (if you take some time and make good decisions about your décor). One way to do this is to follow the tenets of feng shui, and ancient Asian practice that can be utilized to make the most of the flow of energy in your home.
Why would one use feng shui in the bathroom? It makes sense, because one of the energies used in this practice, related to wealth, wisdom, and social networks, is water. Of course, when feng shui was developed, bathrooms were not as pleasant as they can be today. While honoring the traditional approach to feng shui, we suggest these tips to adapt that wisdom to the modern bathroom.
- Save water. Part of the philosophy of feng shui has to do with connecting the home to the environment and nature, and that includes preserving precious resources like water. When you carefully conserve water in the bathroom, you create good energy, and your mindfulness will pay out in other areas of your life. Install water saving devices, limiting shower time, and promptly repairing leaks. As an added bonus, conserving water will reduce your energy costs.
- Keep the door and the toilet seat closed. The toilet can be seen as a negative aspect of the bathroom, as it flushes away water and waste. Keeping the toilet seat closed helps protect the resource of water, and it also keeps humidity from inviting mold and mildew into the space. As to the bathroom door, keeping it closed prevents positive energy from leaving the bathroom. Some experts even suggest keeping energy from going down the drains by plugging them when they’re not in use.
- Use vertical lines in your decorating. Vertical lines are considered a way to direct energy upward, counteracting the downward energy of draining and flushing. Decorating with wallpaper that has vertical lines, and choosing wall décor that creates a feeling of upward movement to maximize your feng shui.
- Bring in the wood element. The five elements of feng shui are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, and balancing these elements is one of the practice’s key concepts. Of these elements, wood is one of the best to use in the bathroom because it is an element enhanced by water. A material that is warm and naturally beautiful, wood brings a touch of spa-like luxury into your bathroom. There are many ways to incorporate it into your bathroom décor, whether by bringing in a timber fronted vanity or a small wooden stool, or a wooden towel rack. You can also bring wood into the bathroom in the form of wooden accessories like an oak shelf with plants, wooden picture frames, or even wood effect tiles on the floor.
- Ground the bathroom with the earth element of stone. The earth element is believed to enhance nourishment, grounding the home and its inhabitants, You can easily incorporate the earth element into your bathroom by using solid stone like marble or quartz for your countertops.
- Limit your use of metal. Metal is conductive to water, so in feng shui, bathrooms shouldn’t have much metal in their décor. You won’t be able to eliminate metal, of course, but try to avoid mental-enhancing décor or at least balance it with wood or earth-inspired elements. One exception to the no-metal rule: put a mirror on the bathroom door. In feng shui terms, placing a mirror on the door will energetically erase the bathroom. From an interior design standpoint, a mirror can make a bathroom look larger by bouncing light around the room.
- Give everything its own place. In order to keep the bathroom tranquil, you must have adequate storage to tuck all of your things away. Consider integrated storage so that you don’t disrupt the flow of energy through the room.
- Choose the right colors. White is a great feng shui color for the bathroom, because it represents cleanliness and clarity, along with purity and new beginnings. It can provide a wonderful blank canvas in the bathroom, making it feel spacious and bright. Cool blues and deep navy tones, too, make a bathroom not just aesthetically pleasing but also a calming space.
- Bring plants into your space. The living energy of a houseplant transforms water’s downward energy into life energy, growing strong when fed with water. Additionally, plants lend the bathroom a calming, spa-like feel. One good option for incorporating feng shui bathroom plants is bamboo. Bamboo stalks are considered lucky, and they not only purify the air, but also create vertical lines.
- Keep the bathroom uncluttered. Don’t hang on to expired products, or things you’re not using, because the things you store in your home affect your health, your energy, and your well-being. Declutter bathroom counters and linen closets, getting rid of anything old and broken, and keeping your bathroom organized.
- Deep clean regularly. The bathroom is meant to be a cleansing and purifying room, so keeping it clean is a must. If you can’t get your towels clean, replace them, choosing sustainable, organic, non-toxic products as you add new linens into your space. Along the same lines, use non-toxic and sustainable cleaning products whenever possible, to create good energy.
- Install good lighting. At the beginning of bathroom remodel, decide on lighting that is more than just a functional element. Think of lighting as an energy booster and go for at least two different types of lighting in the bathroom. Recessed lights can be good for general lighting, and integrate lighting into your cabinet or mirror, or with wall lights near the sink. If you have a freestanding tub, consider enhancing it with a pendant light.
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