The term feng shui is derived from an ancient Chinese philosophical system of beliefs based on harmonizing with the environment. For centuries, the concept of feng shui has influenced the architecture and the design of construction all over the world. According to feng shui philosophies, architecture is a physical representation of the invisible forces in the universe, and the way that structures are designed effects the way in which a person will respond to the universe, the energies that will ensue, and whether that energy will be negative or positive.
Traditionally, bathroom spaces were considered to be negative spaces because of the private and personal activities that bathrooms are meant to accommodate. The brilliant feng shui architectural attention given to the rest of a building was neglected when it came to the bathrooms, which were given the bare basics, and often separated from the rest of the house.
Today, however, the attitude toward household bathrooms has changed, and large, luxurious bathrooms that you never want to leave are the new norm. Places like spas and resorts are so popular because our community has come to recognize the rejuvenating and healing powers that these places can bring with them. So, if you’re hoping to turn your bathroom into a place where good feng shui is generated, we’re here to help. Follow these 5 simple tips to get your bathroom generating some positive energy!
Barricade the Drains
Order a drain cover for your bathtub, keep the toilet seat down, and look into finding something to cover the sink drains when they’re not in use. Drains will suck the chi out of your home and cause bad energy to build up in the bathroom area. To create a truly feng shui environment, make sure that your drains are covered and/or the bathroom door stays closed.
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Use Colors that Promote Positive Energy
Use black, white, green, yellow, and red to represent the 5 elements of nature, and keep your bathroom’s energy balanced. Deviating away from these colors or having a bathroom that caters to one color over another can throw off the balance of your bathroom and foster negative chi. If you don’t want to paint the walls black or red (and we don’t blame you!), make sure that you include some other elements that feature the colors of balance, such as a wall painting, furniture, vase, etc.
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Bathrooms have been known as a breeding ground for negative chi, and there is good reason for these assumptions, as bathrooms are at one the most used and the most neglected rooms in a house. Poor feng shui can result in a series of unfortunate events, such as bad finances, health issues, and depression. Make sure that your bathroom is set to create positive chi by keeping your space clean and organized, make frequent repairs whenever necessary, clean windows and mirrors regularly, and tighten any lose door knobs or cabinet handles.
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Hang a Crystal
If your bathroom is not ideally located within your house or you are unable to perform major renovations to increase the feng shui, consider hanging a crystal from the ceiling or near a window. Crystals can suppress bad energy and keep you bathroom in a more neutral and balanced state. If you do hang a crystal in your bathroom, make sure to clean it regularly. Crystals absorb negative energy, and as they begin to develop dust and debris, they can be a source of bad energy over time.
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Cue the Lights
Lighting is one of the most powerful manifestations of energy, and the way it is used can greatly impact the feng shui of your bathroom. Aim for at least three different sources of lighting in your bathroom. One source should be a natural light, brought in by the sun through a window; but you should also have other kinds of light. Installing light dimmers can allow you to adjust the lighting in your bathroom at any given time, and they are also a great way to set a pattern of ambiance in your bathroom.
Are you a feng shui expert or do you know of any other ways to create a feng shui bathroom? Leave your feedback in the comments below, and let us know about your feng shui experience!