There are many factors when it comes to the effectiveness of good room design; the ability to offer style without affecting the use and circulation around each area of your home. A good designer will be able to add a certain degree of style and unique layouts or touches, whilst maintaining the effectiveness of a room and its ease of use. Whilst the majority of people would consider the kitchen, bathroom or lounge to be the rooms that would need the most effective space planning and re-configuring, there is a surprising amount of work to be done in a bedroom environment.
Often a bedroom layout is determined by the shape and features of a room, whether it is the window, radiator or door positioning, as well as possible ingress from pitched ceilings or storage options within the room. Often, not a lot of thought is put into the effectiveness and ease at which the layout and functionality of a room promotes a good night’s sleep or the atmosphere that a room provides for the user. The design and layout of a room can easily become a failure if the ability to produce a relaxing and calming environment is not made a priority or disregarded in favour of space and storage.
When it comes to the ability to rest and promote a relaxing night’s sleep, the ancient Chinese practice of Feng-Shui has proved to help many people solve their problems and improve their sleeping habits. Often used in the designing of buildings and workplaces, the way in which furniture, circulation and access within a room or building is arranged can be used to enhance the well-being of the users and improve productivity. Often dismissed as a novelty approach to design or a less important factor, those who ignore the discipline and practices Feng-Shui promotes are often made to regret their decisions once the workers or end users inhabit a workplace or home. Many a business or company actively source Feng-Shui experts in order to make sure that their building will ensure a healthy work environment and will ensure productivity and better results.
The same ethics can and should be applied to the design of spaces in your home, especially due to the importance of the bedroom. Many people are at a loss when they find that they are unable to sleep at night, and although it might seem like nonsense to some sceptics, the results from a remodel or rearrangement in your home following Feng-Shui principles often speak for themselves.
The following Info-graphic, created by Charles Clinkard from information provided by Feng-Shui expert Sarah McAllister at the Feng-Shui Agency , shows how the practice can be used in the design of your home, in particular in the bedroom. Although some of the information may not seem to everyone’s taste or beliefs, you will find that the majority of it, when put into practice, not only improves the functionality of the room, but also creates an atmosphere that is more relaxing and hence promotes a better night’s sleep.
Many designers overlook the factors that contribute towards the Feng-Shui beliefs and practices, yet if it is important enough for major corporations to consider, it must be able to provide an effective solution in the home too. A lot of people struggle to sleep at night and although it may be the stresses or strains of modern living, if your bedroom is providing the perfect serene environment, the whole experience and effectiveness of the design will improve matters no end. No matter how much you believe the theories behind the ancient Chinese system, it may also just be the very remedy you need in your home.