Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Feng shui -- which literally translates to "wind and water" -- is the ancient Chinese art of placement. Try these nine feng shui principles in your bedroom to promote rest and relaxation.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionLight from a variety of sources, such as the bedside pendants and custom-headboard uplights in this room designed by Andreas Charalambous, let you adjust bedroom illumination to suit your mood.
8. Light It Right

When it comes to bedroom lighting, feng shui experts say that flexibility is key: You want lots of natural light during the day, soft light in the evening and darkness while you sleep. Aside from the positive energy it imparts, "Exposure to sunlight first thing in the morning influences serotonin levels and can affect you for the rest of the day," says David. So invest in window coverings that can easily be thrown open to greet the sun and pulled closed for privacy and a cocoon-like ambiance after nightfall.

When choosing sources for artificial light, make sure to provide illumination from a variety of them, including overhead, table and wall lights. Balance light directed downward (such as from recessed cans in the ceiling) with up-lit torchieres and sconces, "which cast a softer light and lift your energy," says Jayme. Finally, "Put all the lights in the bedroom on dimmers to that you can calm the energy of the space at night."

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