Feng Shui for Hotel Rooms: How to Optimise Your Space for Peace and Relaxation

If you’re looking to create a relaxing and Zen-like hotel room, you should consider using Feng Shui principles.  Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of spatial arrangement, and it can be used to transform your hotel rooms. In this blog post, we will discuss how to use Feng Shui in your hotel room design and provide some tips on how to optimise your space for peace and relaxation.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of spatial arrangement and design. The goal of Feng Shui is to create harmony and balance in the environment and to optimise the flow of energy (or “chi”) in a space. This positive energy is said to lead to good luck, health, and prosperity. Feng Shui can be used in any type of space, but it is particularly well-suited for hotel rooms, as these spaces are often used for relaxation and rejuvenation.

How Can Feng Shui Be Used in Hotel Room Design?

Feng Shui is all about creating balance in your environment. There are five core elements of Feng Shui; wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each element has its own energy and qualities that can impact your space.


The wood element is associated with growth, expansion, new beginnings, and wealth. It represents the energy of springtime and symbolises the power of nature. In Feng Shui, the wood element is used to create a sense of balance and harmony in your environment.

If you want to channel wood energy into your space, use shapes that mimic tree trunks that are vertical or column-shaped, such as plants. The colours associated with wood are blue, teal and green, which can be used to select wall colours and curtains.


The earth element represents grounding and stability. In Feng Shui, the earth element can be used to bring a sense of peace and relaxation to a space.

You can channel the earth element by using browns and creams, and textures such as wood and stone. You can also add objects, such as crystals and plants, to create a hotel room that is calm and inviting.


The fire element is related to warmth, passion, vitality and energy.

Integrate this element into your space by using the colour red in your interior design scheme – either as an accent or as the dominant colour.

You can also incorporate candles or a fireplace into your room or choose furniture and accessories made from warm, natural materials like wood or stone.


The water element is associated with the energy of flow, flexibility, and wisdom. The water element can help you to create a sense of calm and relaxation in your hotel room.

You can use the water element by adding a fountain or fish tank in your room. You can also use midnight blue or black within your space to represent water, by adding throw pillows or picture frames.


Metal is another element used in Feng Shui, and it is represented by the colours white and grey. Metal represents strength, mental clarity, and precision. The metal element can be used to create a sense of orderliness and calm in your hotel room.

You can use objects, such as chairs or planters, made from iron, gold or silver to represent metal in your space. Painting your walls grey or white is also another way to embrace this element.

It should be noted that cerulean blue, mint green, fiery red and imperial yellow are the lucky colours for 2022 according to Feng Shui. 

Feng Shui for Hotel Rooms: How to Optimise Your Space for Peace and Relaxation

Tips for Optimising Your Hotel Room for Peace and Relaxation

Choose colours that promote relaxation and calm

There are a few key colours to consider when using Feng Shui in your hotel room design. First, you should try to use colours that promote relaxation and calmness. Feng Shui recommends using earth tones and softer shades to create a calming atmosphere, such as soft blues or greens. These colours can help to create a serene and peaceful atmosphere in the space. You can use pops of colour to add some energy to the room, but you should also avoid using too many bold colours together, as these can be jarring and overwhelming. Instead, focus on using a few colours that complement each other.

Add natural elements to your room

One of the best ways to create a sense of peace and relaxation in a hotel room is to incorporate natural elements into the design. This can be done by using materials such as wood and stone, or by adding plants. These elements can help to create a feeling of connection to nature, which can be very calming and soothing. Natural elements can also help purify the air and create a refreshing atmosphere in the space.

Feng Shui principles suggest to place plants in a way that promotes a sense of harmony. For example, you may want to avoid placing plants directly in front of or near the door as this can create a feeling of obstruction. Instead, try to position them in an area where they can be appreciated but not impede movement through the space.

Feng Shui for Hotel Rooms: How to Optimise Your Space for Peace and Relaxation

Use Feng Shui in the living room to create visual anchors

Another way to create a sense of peace and relaxation in your hotel room is to use furniture and décor to create visual ‘anchors’ or closed in areas. This can be done by arranging rugs, chairs, or tables accordingly.

In Feng Shui, the ideal room to decorate is rectangular, but many modern designs are missing walls to create an open-plan design. If this is the case in your room, it’s important to try to create the appearance of four corners by adding anchors. An easy way to do this is by placing a couch and armchairs in an ‘L’ shape and placing a large rug underneath to link them together.

Rugs can help ground the room and add a touch of luxury. Chairs and tables can also be used and additionally, provide a place for guests to relax and unwind. However, it’s important to make sure that tables and chairs aren’t left ‘floating’ in the middle of a room. This will create a sense of chaos and uncertainty.

Arrange bedroom furniture and decor to create a sense of order and balance

Furniture and decor can be used to create a sense of order and balance in the room. Feng Shui principles emphasise the importance of placement, so be sure to arrange your furniture and decor in a way that promotes a sense of harmony.

An example of this is the bed. It should be always be placed in the ‘command position’ (or be the focal point of the room) with the headboard against the wall and with enough space provided to walk around either side. This will promote feelings of safety and security for guests.

The bed should also face the door so guests can see what it entering and exiting their life, and there should always be a clear path from the door to the bed, to promote a sense of ease and flow.

Once you’ve positioned the bed, think about other decor you’d like to add and where it makes sense to arrange. For example, if you choose to add a TV it’s a good idea to place it in a position that isn’t directly in line with the bed, as this can create a feeling of restlessness.

Incorporate water elements into the room

Water is an important element in Feng Shui, and incorporating some water features into your hotel room can help to create a sense of balance. Water elements can include anything from a simple vase with flowers and water on the nightstand, to a more elaborate fountain or aquarium.

Be sure to place these items in a way that makes sense. For example, you may want to avoid placing a water feature near the front door, as this can create a feeling of stagnation.

Use lighting to create a relaxing atmosphere

In addition to water features, you’ll want to ensure that your room has plenty of natural light. Sunshine is associated with good fortune in Feng Shui, so opening up the curtains and letting in some fresh air can help create more positive energy in the space. If you have a balcony or patio, make it a place people can comfortably relax by adding appropriate furniture.

The right lighting can make a big difference in the atmosphere of your hotel room. Soft, diffused lighting can help to create a sense of relaxation, while more bright and direct lighting may be better suited for a more active space. Consider the needs of guests and the mood you want to create when selecting lighting fixtures for your hotel room.

Remember, the goal is to create a space that is inviting and comfortable for guests, so take some time to experiment with different arrangements until you find one that feels right. With a little bit of planning, you can easily create a haven of rest and relaxation for your guests by using the Feng Shui principles in your hotel room.


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Preno's Marketing Campaigns Manager, Scott Martin, is a Kiwi marketer with experience in the hospitality sector in NZ & AUS. His industry knowledge is put to good use here at Preno, working alongside hoteliers to showcase ways technology can make their lives easier. He is also a passionate videographer, with a slight sausage dog obsession.

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