Tips for Bathroom Feng Shui


When most people think of a bathroom, the element that immediately springs to mind is of course, water. Pure water is essential to our ecosystem, bringing vitality and abundance. However, when it is impure for example, in drains, sewers and stagnant ponds, it can have a detrimental effect.

Bathrooms are more associated with cleansing and waste, rather than life, and although we use pure water in the bathroom, it becomes impure through activities performed there. It is essential therefore, not to overstimulate the water influence in the bathroom, by decorating it in the colours of blues and white which reflect it.

In Feng Shui, water is also supported by the metal element with colours of white, chrome and silver. Therefore, in addition to the colour blue, these colours should be avoided. The water element in the bathroom can be reduced by bringing in the Feng Shui wood element colour of green.

You may find the article, How to Balance your Environment using the 9 Sectors of the Bagua helpful in applying the following tips:-

Feng Shui Tips

  • Bathrooms are often painted or tiled white for easy cleaning and to emphasize space. The colour green can be introduced with towels, bath mats, shower curtains, and plants.
  • Odd numbers are considered lucky in Feng Shui, so an odd number of plants would be an ideal choice for any bathroom. The peace lily and ferns are considered very suitable for bathrooms that only have filtered light.
  • The flowing effect of water has a tendency to allow things to either flow to you, or away from you. Although Shui means ‘water’ in Feng Shui, in Chinese it is also the slang term for money. Therefore, in terms of Chi energy, any faulty taps etc in the bathroom which allow water to be wasted are symbolic of money trickling away from you.
  • If your bathroom is positioned close to the entrance of your home, or within view of your kitchen, keep the door closed at all times. Bathrooms near the front door can indicate a loss of opportunity, and those close to kitchen can be connected with health problems. Remedy this by placing a small mirror to the outside of the toilet, to deflect away any negativity.
  • The south east sector of any property is associated with luck, wealth, prosperity and abundance. This is also not the ideal place for a bathroom as a bathroom is a place from which things usually drain away. The remedy here is to always keep the door shut, and ensure the lid of the toilet seat is down when not in use.
  • Like your bedroom, a bathroom should reflect the Yin qualities of peace, quiet and seclusion; a place to escape from life’s stresses. It needs to feel like a sanctuary, where you feel safe and secure, and the whole ambience should be restful. Soft lights, candles and darker shades are calming additions.


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