The Feng Shui Home: how to get a Feng Shui style bathroom
The West surrenders to Asian culture with Feng Shui style. This Eastern tradition emphasises the importance of tones, the layout of the space and the direction in which each element points when maintaining and enhancing the positive energy of the environments.
This philosophy requires special expertise in the bathroom, as according to experts it is a space where energy can leak due to the large amount of drainage and moving water.
With this post we will help you to get a Feng Shui bathroom, offering simple suggestions that will bring balance and peace to your bathroom.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an age-old Chinese philosophy of Taoist origin based on the conscious and harmonious occupation of space to make environments have a positive influence on the lives of their occupants.
We can use it to turn the bathroom into a "haven", a "temple" of self-care and pampering for your body and mind. That is the basic concept behind the importance of Feng Shui in the bathroom.
It's without doubt one of the most important rooms in our homes. And it isn't just about cleanliness and body care, it goes deeper: it's sometimes the only place where you can take time out and relax, disconnect with the outside world, (re)connect with yourself, and let your mind (re)connect with your emotions.
Feng Shui in the bathroom: practical style advice
When it comes to decoration, natural elements must be included such as plants, ceramic vases and fresh flowers; as well as pieces that evoke good memories, such as photographs or scented candles.
This is a style where every element counts, so let's go over some brushstrokes:
Feng Shui WC
When it comes to Feng Shui, it is very clear: doors always closed to keep the energy from escaping. The same applies to the toilet lid, which must be down without exception.
If we are thinking about avoiding obstacles, wall-hanging toilets could be a good option.
Feng Shui furniture
Feng Shui bathroom furniture must be rounded and made from natural materials (wood, stone, for instance) to balance good energy. A good option for this would be the Espiga Lounge furniture with maple details.
Feng Shui mirror
It has to be quite large and of good quality, to make sure that the image is not at all distorted. You must be able to see yourself with complete clarity.
Feng Shui shower
We will explain a little later how important safety in Feng Shui, so avoiding slips is essential. We can achieve this in the bathroom with extra-flat shower trays at ground level.
The five philosophies of Feng Shui applied to the bathroom
One of the foundations of Feng Shui style is that the bathroom door cannot be in front of the mirror. Also, drains and doors must always be closed so that energy does not rebound or escape.
1. Location matters
Did you know that having your bathroom in the north position of your home is the best option, linking it closest to the water element? When you're planning a bathroom renovation or house build, this is definitely something to think about. And there are more considerations, including locating your feng shui bathroom as far from your front door as possible.
2. En-suite bathroom?
Feng shui dictates that you shouldn't locate your bathroom adjacent to the master bedroom. This layout in effect mixes relationship energies with cleanliness and hygiene energies. If you can't avoid it, make sure you always keep your bathroom door closed.
3. Separate your toilet from the rest of the bathroom
Symbolically, it's advisable to isolate the toilet from the rest of your bathroom elements if at all possible. You could do this with a screen or a pony wall, for example.
In terms of energy, feng shui considers bathrooms to have the lowest flow.
4. Adjust your mirror
You want to see a good reflection of yourself, so make sure you hang your bathroom mirror correctly and pay attention to lighting. It should be a decent size, be high quality and not distorted in any way.
The lighting must be soft and harmonious to create a calm atmosphere. It also needs to be more direct around the mirror so that the person can see clearly.
5. Water as a representation of wealth
Finally, one of the five philosophies of Feng Shui is to interpret water as an exponent of fortune. In the bathroom, water - a symbol of wealth - is in abundance. Beware of leaks, as they could symbolise your cash flow.
Feng Shui colours: chromotherapy showerheads for ever-changing colours
Feng Shui style is characterised by colour. It avoids cooler tones such as black and grey, opting instead for vibrant colour palettes and earthy hues. You should also steer clear of colours that represent the fire element (red and orange) as they work in opposition to the water element, which of course reigns supreme in this space, as we mentioned.
Colour guide for your Feng Shui bathroom
Many of the pastel shades in our Finish Studio colour palette can be great allies to create a Feng Shui bathroom as beautiful as it is harmonious.
Yellow: inspires communication and sociability. Combined with white to avoid overloading the space, this is a blend that radiates positive energy.
Green: represents hope, and is linked with relaxation. This is a cooler colour, so it should be combined with warmer tones, through your bathroom furniture for example (wood) or towels and other textiles.
Purple and lilac: always soft, these are particularly appropriate colours for a Feng Shui bathroom. They originate from the mixture of red and blue, thus combining both warm and cold palettes. In other words, they balance the best of both, marrying to perfection with decorative accents in shades of green, such as plants.
Blue: forget about very strong hues, and go for much softer pastel shades. This is the perfect colour for a Feng Shui bathroom as it's intrinsically linked to water and purity. As with green, you should introduce warm or earthy versions of this colour.
White: it comes in so many shades, and ones with ochre pigmentation are perfect for a Feng Shui bathroom. They have a welcoming feel, and are the perfect option if you want to go for a white bathroom but don't want it to feel cold or sterile. Combining wood with wicker or plant accessories is also a winning choice to make this tone fit for a Feng Shui bathroom.
Feng Shui bathroom plants
Due to the humid condition of bathrooms and the ability of plants to purify the air, choosing the right varieties will allow you to achieve a harmonious and healthy space in the purest Feng Shui style.
The plants you choose need to be species that can grow practically without sun and in very humid environments. For example:
- Orchids: a symbol of fertility and beauty, these delightful plants with unique flowers fit perfectly in a Feng Shui bathroom. This is because they originate from hot, humid and poorly lit jungle environments.
- Pothos: this Feng Shui bathroom plant not only likes indoor lighting but can grow without soil, as a hydroponic crop. It is worth noting that its main feature is its expansive energy, or, in other words, its ability to multiply good vibrations.
- Ivy: these extend vertically naturally and bring vitality to the atmosphere, creating a unique space.
- Fern: According to Feng Shui, the fern represents abundance and prosperity, so it is one of the most popular decorative plants in Chinese homes. It is ideal for the bathroom because the humidity favours flowering.
- Bamboo: this is one of Feng Shui's favourite plants, thanks to its ability to activate good energies and abundance. They can also remove energy drains created in corners.
Feng Shui decoration
One of the goals of Feng Shui is to live in harmony with the environment. You can achieve this by following the above tips and the following. The key is to help balance the energy of the environment in general, and in this case the bathroom, for greater harmony.
According to Feng Shui, a balanced space can be a magnet of prosperity and fortune, which you can create by drawing inspiration from these ideas:
Rounded bathroom furniture, accessories and fixtures help calm the space. This is why Feng Shui style advocates for rounded designs such as those found in the Architect, Lounge, Form, and Tono collections, or the comprehensive Vitae collection. Architectural elements made by Zaha Hadid that manifest dynamic and fluid forms inspired by the movement of water. An organic energy dance where the mirror, basin, bath, taps, shower or even toilets create a climate of exclusivity and well-being.
Safety at every step
To contribute to the flow of Chi, spaces must facilitate the life of the people in them. Places without obstacles or steps that could compromise safety. To do this, shower trays level with the floor are ideal, with infinite and integral designs that blend in with space, offer a pleasant, safe and functional experience free of any gaps that break the energy of space.
Materials: wood and metal
Wood and metal are the two main materials in every Feng Shui style environment. Metal is traditionally used to manufacture coins, which is why for Feng Shui it represents prosperity. Wood also symbolises growth and life; and it promotes the existence of fire, an element that, together with water and earth, must be present in all spaces to achieve balance.
Choosing wooden bathroom furniture with sinuous shapes and metal appliques is one of the best options for achieving the perfect harmony of Feng Shui style in your bathroom.
Light that radiates energy
An element that can create a pure energy climate in the bathroom are our chromotherapy showerheads, for the ultimate wellness experience in the shower.
Another important aspect of this discipline is to use effective lighting - day and night - using indirect or mood lighting to create an intimate, harmonious ambience. This is why LED light fittings for mirrors are ideal. They give the room just the right amount of light to create a tranquil, soft atmosphere, as well as giving you sufficient light for your daily bathroom rituals.
If you want to know more about how to light your bathroom, you are just a click away from discovering it.