I read somewhere that paintings of water were bad feng shui. Is this true?
Magalie R., Los Angeles, CA
I have been taught that there are no feng shui issues with having images of water in the bedroom. Actually, I personally have a photograph of water very similar to the image above in my bedroom above my bed. I am a water person and love being near and seeing water. It is calming. In four pillars I am yin wood, so water also nourishes me in five element theory.
I have been taught that water elements like fountains and fish aquariums are not ideal in the bedroom. Perhaps this is where the question comes from. The moving water may be too active from some people, and a bedroom is a yin space where we seek out rest and relaxation.
As with most objects in the bedroom, be thoughtful about what the images represent. If you have trouble sleeping, a painting of a rushing river or surfers riding waves might not be so calming. Use your intuition to determine if that piece of art is appropriate for the type of mood you want for your bedroom. A bedroom is there to support and nourish you while you sleep in a passive yin state.
If there is a particular piece of art you are looking to add to your bedroom, please feel free to submit it for the next question of the month!
Note: I have many questions in my “question of the month” queue, so I will be answering a few questions per month until I’m caught up!