Bathrooms are where water flows out. Did you know bathrooms are renowned in Feng Shui for contributing to a loss of wealth and opportunity in your life? Do you want to know how to make your bathroom a more positive space?
If you’re interested in applying a bit of Feng Shui around your home, then the bathroom deserves your attention as much as the rest of your living space. The bathroom is a much under-rated part of our lives. It’s often the place we either retire to for a relaxing bath at the end of the day, or go to for a reviving shower in the morning. And not to forget the undeniable necessity of life – the toilet.
Bathrooms have a bit of a reputation in the world of Feng Shui as being not particularly easy to influence. It’s based on the idea that any positive “Qi” or energy entering the bathroom is flushed away. But all is not lost. We’ve put together a simple Feng Shui guide, with the help of The Bathroom Discount Centre – featuring top tips to help you create a more positive bathroom space.
Feng Shui – an overview
It’s important to have a little bit of understanding about the principles of Feng Shui before you embrace the practice around your home.
The translation of Feng Shui literally means “wind-water.” Wind and water are natural elements that flow, move and circulate. Air and water are also largely what constitute living organisms. Feng Shui practice looks at architecture in terms of invisible energy. This energy is known as Qi or Chi. Feng Shui is the study of energetic relationships between the environment and human life.
In the home, Feng Shui examines how the placement of objects within it affect the flow of Qi or energy, and also how the placement of objects affect your personal energy flow.
In the world of Feng Shui bathrooms tend to leak energy and accumulate lower vibrations. As well as performing a necessary function, by the very nature of their process, bathrooms and toilets flush positive energy away. The goal of Feng Shui is to invite vibrant energy into our homes and encourage it to circulate freely and evenly.
Feng Shui directions
In Feng Shui, every aspect of the home is related to an aspect of life. That includes the direction of your home and the positioning of rooms within the house (north, north-east, south etc). Whatever part of the house the bathroom is placed in, the luck benefits of that part of that of the house will drain away.
For example, in Feng Shui, the south-east direction is related to wealth, so a bathroom in the south-easterly part of a house drains away money from the house. The north-west is associated with helpful people, so a toilet in this part of the house will drain away help from anyone.
Feng Shui can help to minimise or even eliminate the draining of ‘good’ energy from within the home.
Feng Shui colours
According to Feng Shui principles, the colours representing the elements outlined in Chinese astrology can be used to influence the negative impact of directions. This is good news for the bathroom, as colour can be used to modify any negative effects of where the bathroom is positioned in the home.
In Feng Shui, colours represent the five basic elements; fire, water, earth, metal and wood. The elements also have a positive or negative influence on one another, so it’s important to blend colours that are enhancing, rather than harmful to each other.
For example, north direction is associated with the water element. This governs career success and finances. Favourable colours for a bathroom in the north of the home are blue and black. The water element is weakened by the wood element so colours such as tones of green (representing wood) should not be used in conjunction with blue and black in a north direction bathroom.
Whereas, the metal element has a creative influence on the water element. Favourable metal colours are gold, silver, grey and white, so for a bathroom in a northerly position in the home, black and blue colours can be enhanced by white, greys and silver or gold.
Feng Shui can seem a bit complicated, but it’s not a religion and you can pick the bits that work for you. Give it a try and see what it brings. It’s never a bad idea to give your home a bit of attention anyway. So why not start in the bathroom.
16 Magical Feng Shui tips for the bathroom
Here are our top 16 Feng Shui tips for creating a better bathroom space:
- Keep the bathroom door closed.
- Keep the toilet lid closed.
- Keep the drains plugged.
- Keep the window treatments (blinds or curtains) in good condition.
- Keep the bathroom clean and clutter-free. Bathrooms can be small spaces, so keep the bathroom organised with necessary objects in baskets. Add an attractive soap dish and toothbrush holder.
- Freshen up your towel collection in appropriate Feng Shui colours.
- Get rid of old or worn out toothbrushes.
- Make sure your bathroom is well lit and if possible gets ample sunlight and fresh air.
- Keep windows, vents and doors clean.
- Hang a mirror on the outside of the bathroom door. This can push energy away and prevent it entering the bathroom (but only do this if it makes sense in your home décor, and you like it. And make sure it’s not opposite the front door).
- Use relaxing essential oils in your bath – they are a soothing bath-time treat and they counteract any unpleasant smells.
- If your bathroom is in the northeast or southwest have a wind chime (metal element). It helps keep bad earth energy at bay, but never have a wind chime in your bathroom if its positioned in the north, north-west or west of your home.
- Don’t put photographs of yourself, friends or family members in the bathroom.
- Add some lush, live plants to purify the air.
- Hang a healing crystal from the ceiling. Choose a crystal most appropriate for the bathroom’s direction.
- Avoid leaking or dripping taps – fix or turn off immediately.