Beams over Beds in Feng Shui


There are a lot of opinions on beams over beds across all schools of Feng Shui.


We all have some sense that it is not good, but why? It is said that beams cut through whatever is below. Sometimes, their edges form arrows, the corners facing directly at the sleeper.

Our bedroom


If the beam is parallel with the sleeper, it can set up a case of sleep disturbance, illness and depression. 


If it is between a couple and parallel to the sleeper, It can cause marital or relationship problems if it is between the sleepers. 


If it’s perpendicular to the sleepers, it can cause illness in the area it is directly over, cutting that area of the body. 
Beams are an integral part of western building and a premium feature at that.

So, what to do? 


If you can’t move, and you’re suffering from any of the above, what do you do? There are a couple of “cures” that can help. 


One is to sleep in a canopy bed with material over your head for protection. Or to cover the beams with some kind of material.

Our Skylights

What if you have skylights, like we do? There is an old cure with bamboo flutes, shown below, you can hang over the offending beams in a specific arrangement. I’ve used these before myself in a previous home. 

Bamboo Flutes


The last is to have lights pointing to the beams, essentially “burning them up.” I’m skeptical of the last as flaming wood by fire isn’t really a calming cure. 


Message us with your bed and beam pics and let us know if you are sleeping well and are healthy! 

Stay tuned; we have lots of beams in our soon to be bedroom! 

Feng Shui and Ceiling Fans


It’s getting to be that time of year! The heat is on and so are the ceiling fans. I get asked often at this time of year if ceiling fans are ok in terms of Feng Shui-especially over the bed.


Ceiling fans are good and a necessary item in many homes, so they are a good thing to have. 

ceiling fan in room


As it relates to Feng Shui, it may not be good Feng Shui in these instances: If fans are running so high that your papers are flying around.

Why? Chi, or life’s breath, does not exist in extreme winds, so it cannot move through a space effectively if it’s been completely dispersed. Same thing applies to the inside of your home; too much wind is not good.

Over your bed:

The fan blades can be “cutting chi” if the blades face you. If you have a fan and sleep well and everything else in your life is good-don’t remote the fan. If you installed a fan recently and are having trouble sleeping, you may want to pay attention to your fan activity and your sleep habits. 

Feng Shui and Master Bedrooms


One of the important areas inside the home to create good Feng Shui is the master bedroom. The bed is, of course, the most important element in the mix, so choose wisely! 


The bed should reside on an inside wall for “support.” For the same reason, you should not sleep under a window, considered a weak wall. 
The headboard should be taller than the footboard, but you don’t need a footboard. 


Solid wood is a great headboard material for stability and good sleep.
The master bedroom should be more yin than yang for better rest. Earth elements are good for a master bedroom, water is not as good an element as it is yang and may disrupt sleep.


Avoid sleeping under beams as they represent poison arrows and can exacerbate illness.


This bedroom pictured below is a good example of a good setup for good Feng Shui in a master bedroom. 

Image via housely.com

With friends like these…


Pictures of friends and family are great to surround yourself with and to aid you in your helpful people area (the Northwest quadrant). Not so great in the bedroom; even if your bedroom is in the Northwest quadrant. The bedroom should be free of images of other people. Not only does it dampen romance, but having active people in your bedroom also hampers sleep. Get these folks out and to a more active area of the home, like the East or the Northwest.

Summer is Coming Fast!


For those hot summer nights, if you desire a romantic relationship or want to stoke the romantic fire in an existing relationship, purple is a great choice for bedding. Purple, although not a primary romance sector color in Feng Shui (those are red, pink and white) is scientifically observed to be associated with more romantic encounters!

Keep Buddha Statues Out of Your Bedroom


I am a huge fan of Buddha and Quan Yin statues; in fact, I am a bit of a collector. These are great for adding elements to to a space, and for adding strong cures to specific areas. More on that later. Where they are NOT good is in your bedroom.
Though they often look peaceful, this type of statue disturbs the peaceful energy of your bedroom and interferes with ROMANCE and, by the way, sleep because of their strong representation of deity.
It’s best to keep Buddha, or any statue of any deity out of your bedroom if you want to enhance romance. 

Keep Work Out of the Bedroom


Having a desk with your bills, computer and work is one of the fastest ways to kill romance. The fastest, by the way, is to have a big tv in your bedroom.

Consider removing the desk if you can relocate it, or, at the very least, get a desk that can close up, like a roll top desk or armoire and a partition so you are not facing it while sleeping.

Seeing Red…


Red, long the color of romance, is appropriate in reasonable doses in your bedroom according to Feng Shui. If a little is good, a lot is better does not apply here. Feng Shui is about Balance.

A pair of red candles is good, but you must light them and they should burn fairly equally.

Red artwork, preferably with a pair of something depicted in it is good as well.

A pair of red pillows, great!

No red beds-that’s too much.

Too much red and somebody will get burned.

Looking for love in all the wrong places?


Looking for love in all the wrong places? You may be in need of a chi adjustment. Take a look at your bedroom and make sure that you have room on both sides of your bed to get out of the bed. It is best if you have matching nightstands and lamps or lighting. Pairs, pairs, pairs – your decor should focus on pairs of things, equal in size and look. Stay tuned; more on romance in our next FSF!