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11 Fun Ways to Feng Shui Your Bathroom

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A feng shui bathroom will help to create positive energy and improve its atmosphere for users. Learn how to balance positive and negative energy in this overlooked space.

Feng shui refers to the ancient Chinese belief that the energy (or “chi”) provided by wind and water can be embraced to live a healthy lifestyle. It is the belief in the balance and harmony between things such as heaven and earth. But how does this relate to modern life? The principles of feng shui can be applied to the home, to optimize energy flow and improve its atmosphere.

The water element of feng shui is related to wisdom, socializing, and wealth and can be applied to the bathroom of the home. These days we often use our bathrooms to unwind and rejuvenate, as well as to relieve and clean ourselves. Applying feng shui to the bathroom can improve your connection with this space and facilitate better relaxation and self-love. We’ll look at eleven ways to feng shui your bathroom.

Why Feng Shui Your Bathroom?

A feng shui bathroom balances energy.
A feng shui bathroom balances energy. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / manbob86)

Bathrooms have traditionally been simple places to relieve ourselves and were often seen as dirty and unhygienic. As a result, as feng shui developed, bathrooms were considered to have the lowest energy flow. These days our bathrooms at home are often clean, hygienic, and special places to relax and unwind in a hot bath or shower and pamper ourselves with cosmetics.

Water constantly flows in and out of our bathrooms, and in feng shui water flow is connected to wealth and prosperity. So a first step to ensuring good feng shui in the bathroom is to fix any dripping pipes and leaks, to avoid losing prosperity and improve positive energy.

Traditional feng shui recommends that bathrooms are not positioned in a bedroom, close to the front door of the house, or near the kitchen. The best location for the bathroom in the home is in the northeast, which belongs to the earth element and can neutralize negative effects from the water element, improving family health. It’s recommended that the toilet is not placed in the south of the bathroom, due to its unstable energy.

Don’t worry if your bathroom doesn’t meet these specifications. In this article, we’ll focus on eleven simple steps to feng shui your bathroom.

1. Colors Bring Balance

Add light colored towels or blinds to feng shui your bathroom.
Add light colored towels or blinds to feng shui your bathroom. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / Nicholas_Demetriades)

Wastewater is considered negative energy in feng shui, its downward flow represents a loss of wealth. But this can be balanced out by using soft and warm tones in the bathroom to encourage wealth, such as light blue, turquoise, white and pastel peach, green and yellow. If it’s not possible to paint the walls of the bathroom, think about the color of accessories such as drapes or blinds, bath mats, and towels.

Artwork can also be used to add warm colors to the bathroom such as a landscape in yellows and light oranges or warm textures can be found through natural materials such as a wicker laundry hamper or teak towel rack and mirror frame.

2. Install a Mirror to Improve Feng Shui

The toilet should not be seen in the mirror.
The toilet should not be seen in the mirror. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / Lisaphotos195)

In feng shui it is believed that mirrors allow energy to flow freely, making them a great addition to the bathroom to balance out the negative energy from the wastewater. The first option is to hang a full-length mirror on the inside of the bathroom door, ensuring that the toilet does not reflect into it, which will create negative energy. It is important that any mirrors placed in the bathroom do not reflect the toilet. Round and oval-shaped mirrors provide soft, curving shapes which encourage energy flow, just ensure you know how to clean mirrors naturally to keep this space tidy.

3. Regular Cleaning is Essential in Feng Shui Bathrooms

Cleanliness is essential in feng shui bathrooms and other rooms.
Cleanliness is essential in feng shui bathrooms and other rooms. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / Filmbetrachter)

In feng shui, it is believed that dirt blocks the flow of positive energy, so to feng shui your bathroom, keep it clean and tidy. Not only does this mean regularly cleaning the toilet, bathtub, and shower, but also taking the time to deep clean other areas like the floor, window sill, and walls. Ideally, use eco-friendly products which are less harmful to the bathroom and to you. Did you know it’s possible to make bathroom cleaning products at home? You can use homemade toilet bowl cleaners, clean tile floors without chemicals, and remove soap scum naturally.

4. Close the Toilet Lid to Improve Feng Shui

Keep the toilet lid closed to avoid losing energy.
Keep the toilet lid closed to avoid losing energy. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / sferrario1968)

As previously mentioned, bathrooms have negative energy due to the amount of water that is wasted. This is particularly true for the toilet which uses gallons of water per flush, which in feng shui, means a loss of prosperity. To reduce this negative energy in feng shui it is ideal to keep the toilet lid closed when not in use this is more hygienic anyway, according to research. Another way to combat this is to find a water-efficient toilet.

Energy is also thought to be lost if the bathroom door is left open, so close the toilet lid and the bathroom door after doing your business.

5. Declutter the Bathroom

Recycle any almost finished products.
Recycle any almost finished products. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / huyenxu94)

It is common for toiletries and cosmetics to pile up in the bathroom. Start by going through what you already have and recycling any expired products or those which are almost finished. Find a way to store the remaining items that will keep them tucked away from view, and use a feng shui-friendly container such as a wicker basket or a wooden vanity unit.

6. Lighting is Important for a Feng Shui Bathroom

Ceiling lights provide better feng shui than hanging lights.
Ceiling lights provide better feng shui than hanging lights. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / AdrienVillezPhotography)

Dark bathrooms are a no-no in feng shui, as is harsh bright lighting. To find balance in a feng shui bathroom avoid having a hanging light in the center of the ceiling which will bring negative energy, instead go for fitted ceiling lamps with a low-watt bulb. Use the sun’s natural light as much as possible by having large windows and light-colored blinds which allow the sun’s rays into the bathroom.

7. Plants Improve Energy Flow

Aloe vera brings positive energy.
Aloe vera brings positive energy. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / Birgit_H)

Plants can help to balance the wastewater flow energy in bathrooms as they can transform this into positive energy. Plants also assist in keeping the air in the bathroom clean and fresh and can bring some much-needed light, and green colors — both of these points will improve energy flow. Some good plants for the bathroom include aloe vera, the Chinese money tree, and the peace lily. Ensure that you know how to keep your houseplants alive, if they wilt and die this will create negative energy.

8. Ventilate the Bathroom

Open windows to improve ventilation.
Open windows to improve ventilation. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / ErikaWittlieb)

Dirt is counterintuitive to feng shui, as are bad smells. In the bathroom, this doesn’t only mean odor from the toilet, but also from other areas such as black mold or mildew which are caused due to a lack of ventilation. To improve energy flow in a feng shui bathroom, it is therefore important to have good air circulation – ideally from an open window. Alternatively, an extractor fan can remove steam from the bathroom, which can prevent the growth of mold and mildew and improve ventilation.

9. Bring Balance Using Wood and Earth Elements

Feng shui your bathroom by using floor tiles to add earth elements.
Feng shui your bathroom by using floor tiles to add earth elements. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / shannonrphillips)

The negative energy from wastewater in bathrooms can be balanced using wood and earth elements. Consider using sustainable or recycled wood furniture, such as a vanity table, mirror or picture frames, or even a wooden toilet seat. It is believed that the wood element brings energy upwards and away from drains. In feng shui, it is also believed that the earth element can block wastewater and reduce the outflow of energy. Rustic colors like oranges, deep yellows, and browns can be used in accessories in the bathroom such as towels, or on the shower curtain — square and rectangular shapes can also improve the earth balance.

10. Hide the Toilet in a Feng Shui Bathroom

Tuck the toilet away in the corner of the room.
Tuck the toilet away in the corner of the room. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / ChaoTechin)

It is not good feng shui if the toilet is visible through the open bathroom door, so the best location is in the corner of the room. However, there’s no need to rip out your current toilet to feng shui your bathroom, consider hiding it instead. Use a small partition wall or screen to conceal the toilet, the screen could also incorporate earth elements to the bathroom if made of bamboo, wood, or rattan.

11. Use Water Wisely for Good Feng Shui

Keep showers short as a way to conserve water.
Keep showers short as a way to conserve water. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / PublicDomainPictures)

Wastewater is not good feng shui, so it goes without saying that conserving water in the bathroom is essential for good energy flow. Aside from fixing leaky faucets and pipes, water can be conserved by changing our habits, for example taking showers instead of baths, keeping them short, and turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth. There are many questionable habits and products to ban from your bathroom. It’s also worth considering the environmental impact of flushing every time you use the toilet.

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