Feng Shui is the art or harmonizing the energies in any give space. To put it simply, arranging your home properly can bring good fortune to those who live in it, while “bad Feng Shui” can potentially bring misfortune. But these basic principles of Feng Shui are certainly nothing new to you. What might surprise you, though, is that there is a room in your home that could greatly benefit from the positive energy… and it probably does not. Many articles and Feng Shui books completely ignore the bathroom, which is considered to be somewhat a negative place, where energy gets lost, and which should best be isolated from the rest of our home. Through the pipes the energy can drain, and Feng Shui aims at recirculating the energy throughout your home, not let it go to waste.
Well, this might have been true in the past (and keep in mind that Feng Shui is a thousands of years old art), when the bathroom was only used for our daily necessities. Lately, though, it has become a room for relaxation and wellness, the place we go to when we want to unwind – either by taking a long hot bath, enjoying a hydro massage or pampering our skin with a nourishing amazingly smelling mask. And, before running to buy a bathroom chandelier and a Swarovski engraved lavatory, first think about the best ways to minimize the loss of energy and transform your bathroom into a vibrant space, dedicated to wellbeing and relaxation. Here are some useful tips and tricks:
Save the energy!
How to prevent energy from draining out of your bathroom? It’s quite simple! Use a drain stopper for the bathtub and the sink. If you have a shower curtain, keep it closed at all time. The toilet lid should also stay closed – for Feng Shui reasons, but also for health reasons. According to Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of microbiology at University of Arizona in Tucson, quoted by www.webmd.com, flushing the toilet with the lid up is not wise. “Polluted water vapor erupts out of the flushing toilet bowl and it can take several hours for these particles to finally settle — not to mention where,” he says. “If you have your toothbrush too close to the toilet, you are brushing your teeth with what’s in your toilet.”
Also, if your bathroom door is facing the entry door, keep the bathroom door closed at all time. The energy you have when entering your home is extremely important and should not be lost whenever you walk through the door.
The bathroom door should also stay closed if you can see the toilet from your bed. Watching the toilet is never pleasant and it’s important that you focus on something nice/inspiring/relaxing before going to sleep.
For obvious reasons, you should also keep the bathroom door closed at all times if your bathroom is very close to your kitchen.
Balance the water element with some earth
In the bathroom the water element predominates, through the water in the pipes and the mirrors (which also represent water), so you need to balance it by adding the earth element. You can do that by using darker, earthy colors, terracotta accessories, fluffy towels and carpets in the colors of earth.
Hang a crystal from the ceiling
Now is the moment to think about that chandelier. However, if a crystal chandelier is too much for your taste, just hang a simple crystal from the ceiling. It will help guide the energy upwards instead of letting it drain down the pipes. Also, crystals are used in Feng Shui to bring balance.
It’s a great way to bring the fire element to your bathroom, fire being believed to have the ability to keep negative energies under control. For instance, you can use a ceramic diffuser and enjoy your favorite essential oils at the same time with harmonizing the energy in your bathroom by bringing together all the elements.
Fight negative energy
Place wind chimes in the North-Est and South-West areas of your bathroom. The sounds they produce help dispel negative energy. However, do not overdo it! Avoid buying wind chimes that are very complex, colorful or painted with various symbols. Opt for the simplest ones you can find.
Other useful Feng Shui tips:
- The bathroom floor should not be higher than the rest of the house.
- Besides earthy colors, the best colors to use in your bathroom are blue and green. They attract peacefulness and prosperity.
- Decorate your bathroom as you would any other room. Use paintings, decorative items and anything that makes you want to spend more time there.
- Keep your bathroom clean and organized at all times. Use baskets, wooden boxes and anything that helps you better organize the (usually) small bathroom space.