Your bedroom should be the most relaxing room in the house, a place where you can unwind after a long and stressful day. However, you also need it to be hi-tech. You’re a tech geek, after all. So, what’s the solution?
You should turn to Feng Shui. It has five elements: water, fire, wood, earth, and metal. Mix these principles with smart home technology and you’ll create the perfect 21st Century relaxation space.
Here’s how you can easily turn your bedroom into a high-tech oasis of calm.
1. Water: The Relaxation
Nothing says soothing relaxation quite like the gentle sound of running water. Just close your eyes, lean back, and let your imagination transport you to an isolated waterfall in the jungle or the peaceful shore of a tropical beach.
Unfortunately, most of us aren’t lucky enough to live next to a natural source of running water. The closest you’ll get is hearing a 40-ton lorry splash through a puddle in the middle of rush hour. It’s a far cry from a tranquil paradise.
But don’t worry, you can still create something special.
Firstly, you’ll need an indoor fountain. There are lots of variations on Amazon. To maximize its “chi” (the flow of energy from the universe), put it in the north, east, or southeast corner of your room and make sure the water flows towards your bed.
Next, buy a smart plug. You need one that pairs with a motion sensor. The D-Link DCH-S150 Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor and the D-Link DSP-W215 Home Smart Plug are a good combination. You can pick them both up for less than $70.
Put the motion sensor just outside your bedroom door and pair it with the plug using the accompanying app. Every time you go into your bedroom, the fountain will automatically start. Heaven.
2. Fire: The Lighting
In Feng Shui, fire is represented by red, yellow, orange, purple, and pink light. Luckily, they’re perfect colors for a bedroom. Warm light below 3,000 kelvins helps to create a peaceful environment that’s ideal for relaxing.
But which smart lights should you turn to? There are countless options on the market.
Check out the Flux Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb. You can control it using a smartphone app, it supports Amazon Alexa voice commands, it syncs with your music, it only uses seven watts of power, and it’ll run for 20,000 hours.
Most importantly from a Feng Shui standpoint, it has a color palette with more than 16 million choices.
Feng Shui experts believe you should have at least three sources of light in a typical room. So, buy three of these bulbs on Amazon, set one to each of the colors associated with fire, and you’ll have something the Yangshao culture would be proud of.
3. Wood: The Plants
The wood element is represented by tall, vertical, green or brown columns and can be found in shrubs, bushes, and trees.
Any living plant would theoretically bring the element into your room. But although placing a bonsai tree in the corner might look nice, it’d certainly be boring — this is supposed to be a hi-tech bedroom!
I’m going to give you two options.
The Daisy.si is a small electronic device that sits in the soil around your plant. It measures the humidity, temperature, and brightness before delivering the precise amount of water your plant needs. It would satisfy the wood element and introduce smart home technology, but it’s not visually pleasing.
For an altogether more impressive installation, consider the Plug and Plant from Mexican firm, Vertical Green. It creates modular, pre-seeded, soil free panels that you mount on your wall. Each plant is in its own unique “plug”. The plug sends information about the plant’s well-being to an app on your smartphone.
Tall? Check. Vertical? Check. Green? Check. Feng Shui achieved? Check!
4. Earth: The Decoration
Earth is the most important element to have in your bedroom. It’s closely linked to the concepts of calm, protection, stability, care, and support. As you might expect, the associated colors are light browns, yellows, beiges, and taupes.
Aside from your bed, the most important decorative-cum-functional item in your bedroom are arguably the blinds. You won’t get a very good night’s sleep with the sun streaming through your window at 5 AM.
Smart blinds fall into two categories: motorized and retro-fit. Motorized blinds are more expensive and require you to purchase new units. Retro-fit products try to turn your old “dumb” blinds into smart ones.
The three biggest names in the motorized sector are Lutron, Somfy, and Pella. They don’t just make interior blinds for rooms. They offer products to control everything from your garage door to your front gate. You can expect to pay around $200 per blind. Needless to say, you can choose the color to match the earth element.
If you’re looking for a retro-fit solution, consider Smart Shades. It’s a small solar-powered box that attaches to your blind’s roller. You can control it from your smartphone and pre-program it to open or close at certain times of the day.
5. Metal: The Centerpiece
“It will improve your productivity, eliminate distractions, and bring precision and efficiency to your life. It’ll act as a transmitter, unifying everything together.”
What do you think I’m describing in the above sentence? It’s the qualities of the metal element, but doesn’t it also sound like the perfect description of a smart home?
Metal is most closely linked with smart home technology. Its colors (white, gray, black, and silver) are the colors of most technology, and its shape (a circle) is also often found in our devices.
Best of all, almost all the other devices I’ve recommended in this piece work with it. It truly does “unify everything together”.
Ready to Relax?
If you want the perfect hi-tech Feng Shui environment, it won’t come easily. You need to be prepared to invest time and money.
However, the end results will be worth it. Picture the scene: you walk into your bedroom and the fountain turns on automatically. You take a deep breath of plant-purified air and tell Alexa to activate the warm lights and shut the blinds. You lie on the bed and slip away into a world of relaxation.
You’ve done it! The perfect 21st Century bedroom.
Have I inspired you to try any of the ideas I’ve covered in this article? You can leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.
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