Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Enlightened bathrooms - Serene and Clean

I've always been very intrigued by feng shui, but it seems so hard to figure out, so I never get too deep into instructions. I'm trying to give it another shot, as quite a few aspects of my life feel like they are in shambles right now - and I'm in serious need of some grounding. Have any of you employed or tried using feng shui in your home? If so, do you have advice for beginners like me?

For simplicity's sake - I'm taking small steps by starting with the bathroom.

Here are some simple starter tips I found on MessageNote.com (I had to do some editing as I believe it was translated from another language):

• Close your bathroom when you use it and even when you don't use it. It keeps negative chi energy from the bathroom from spreading across the house.

• If you have an opportunity to make a window in your bathroom, then do it! If you already have one, then you are lucky) Use your window and open it when it is possible.

• Toilet seats and doors should always be closed

• The bathroom is the place where you clean yourself, so it is important that your bathroom is kept clean. You will surely see positive response in your life.
*on a personal note - this so hits home for me. I cannot feel clean in a dirty shower...makes sense to me!

• Get rid of magazines that you don’t read, and organize those that you do. If it's clutter that you don't use - get rid of it! Rid the space of fashion magazines or tabloids that make you feel that you’ll never be rich, thin or beautiful enough. Replace them with books and journals that make you laugh, dream and rejoice.

• Aromatherapy. Why do you like some smells? Because they influence you and increase your mood. Put aroma oil or some good smelling candles in the bathroom. You can use different scents to feel different emotions. For example, if you chose floral scents like jasmine, rose, and carnation, it will invoke romantic mood. Green scents like rosemary , pine, and cucumber invoke courage. Citrus aromas like orange , lemon, and grapefruit stimulate the imagination. Spicy scents - ginger , cinnamon, and frankincense encourage self-expression. Do you want to explore your sensual side? Introduce musky scents like sandalwood, musk, and cedar to your bathroom.

• Repair anything broken in your bathroom. Fix the leaks or invest in a good plumber.

• The bathroom has a lot of water element and this is a vivid fact. You should balance it by adding earth elements, like stones, candles, rugs, earthly colors (sandy colors, terracotta, orange, ochre, yellow). The element of wood will also be a good addition. Soft colors are advised in Feng shui.
*another note - I read somewhere that candles are bad in bathrooms because water and fire are opposites, but I love candles in the bath! Any thoughts?

• Choose good textured rugs and towels.

Additional advice

• Clean the mirror. It reflects yourself. You don’t need to have low self esteem, so clean your mirrors. Don’t place a bagua mirror inside of your house. It has a very big power and can give you only negative effects if you use it inside of your house. (Bagua mirrors are to be placed outside your door to reflect negative energy away.)

• Clean out your medicine cabinet. Old, outdated medications are subtle reminders of unhealthy times. Rid your shelves of any expired pills, powders and potions. Keep only the ones you need, and stow those where they won’t be the first things you see each time you open the cabinet. Put preventative health treatments like vitamins in a more prominent place, so that you’ll feel a greater sense of control over your health.

• Add plants. The more natural objects in your house, the better you will feel. Choose a water-loving plant for the bathroom.

via Ideal Home

via Real Estate Co.

via Message Note

via Bathroom Gallery


Jane Flanagan said...

I adore the top bathroom. I'm a big fan of wallpaper in bathrooms.

Sarah Arkanoff said...

Love the wall paper in that first one!

chicforcheap said...

The mirror in the second photo is so pretty!

Rachel Follett said...

So lovely! That first one is my favorite!

Room design studio said...

very very inspiring.. Now i have newer ideas for my bathroom ! thanks !

ness lockyer said...

So, so true...all of it. That stone bathroom is beautiful. I imagine the stone would be good grounding for all the water...and I agree with you, a bathroom is not complete without loads of candles!
Ness xx

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

This is the greatest post ever! I am going to mark this as my favorite and refer to it often. As I am desperately trying to turn this horrible house into a home, each and every piece of advice you shared can be applied to my spaces. LOVE it. I am eternally grateful.

Cathie said...

I love how some of these bathrooms are bigger than my apt. Great post!

TheDecoDetective said...

I've read somewhere that there are different directions in Feng Shui and that one needs to get a Feng Shui horoscope as well, so I sort of gave up on the idea (too much work...)
I totally agree with the toilet lid rule! And cleanness, of course. Other than that, I think it's important to look into what works for you personally there and then. I use Feng Shui as an inspiration source, but most of all, I let my feelings tell me how to decorate.
I absolute love the photos you've found for this post!

lucyatfourwallsandaroof said...

Beautiful pictures - I'd love being in any of those bathrooms, Feng Shui or not. I agree with everyone that the wallpaper in the top one is stunning. I think it's Nostell Priory by Zoffany (I spotted it on a site the other day - what are the chances?!) I also found out that chinoiserie became particularly popular in the west when Thomas Chippendale bought some for Nostell Priory in England - hence the name. Who knew?

Anyway, if this is the same one, then I think it's a sign that I just have to have it! Is that a Feng Shui rule?

Ashley said...

Yes, lets deem it as a feng shui rule!

christina said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bathroom with the botanical wallpaper!

Down Comforter said...

You make some very valid points. And, yes, I agree that candles in the bathroom are wonderful :)

Bridget said...

I love these thoughts, but if you don't have a fan like me (I've lived in older homes before), it's really important to leave your door open to avoid mold/excess moisture...which is a lot more zen-killing than an open door!

Diana said...

I read a book on feng shui, and I can't handle some of the stuff about putting things in certain corners to bring wealth. That sounds stupid. But one thing that I thought was really good is that every object has an energy--not in a New Age way, but that when you see an object, it either fills you with happy thoughts or negative thoughts--either memories of something or worries about something. That makes total sense to me. So even if something is pretty, if someone you don't like gave it to you, you should purge it. I think it is great advice that you should be able to look at something and say, "I absolutely love it!" If you can't, then you don't need it.


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