Feng shui is well known in many areas of the world and we here in the west are now catching onto the benefits in a big way.

Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms (if not the most important) room in your home and it’s a perfect place to put the principles of feng shui into action. Proper use of Feng shui in the bedroom puts you in contact with all the positive energy leading to a more rested, invigorated and in-touch you – sounds good? Then read on.

Feng shui is open to interpretation depending on the theme you choose to follow but regardless, here are common traits you can put to use:

• If you like me, a TV in the bedroom is a must but feng shui principles state that electronics like televisions and computers or even less complex things such as exercise equipment will disrupt the energy flow. It’s a bit of an adjustment but, well worth it. The bedroom should be about rest and relaxation; most of the time anyway!

• Keep your windows clear of any darkening treatments and whenever possible, keep them open to allow a constant flow of fresh air. If, like me, you live a cold winter climate, you not sleeping with the windows open but you can use an air purifier to clean the air and keep the energy flowing.

• If possible, have a way to vary the amount of light in the room. Natural light is a one of the biggest forms of positive energy and nutrients. In short, it’s vital to our health and happiness so take all the advantage of it you can!

• Candles are a wonderful way to gather the energy surrounding you and your room but please take the obvious safety precautions and make sure your candles are clean burning.

• Most feng shui experts will tell you pictures in the bedroom are a no go. Pictures of family can lead you to concentrate on worry or anxiety, pictures of single people can indicate loneliness while a picture of a relative who’s possible failed in business introduces a negative energy into the room, so avoid them if you can.

We in the West think that Feng Shui is strictly an Asian phenomenon used only in far away countries and “strange” cultures but in reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.