This is a common question in Feng Shui and its fair to say, how each Feng Shui Consultant responds may differ. For now, the insights shared below offer a general overview.
Remember, Feng Shui speaks in metaphors and symbols.
Bathrooms in Feng Shui are said to associated with drain or 'sha chi.' When the water is done being used, it drains away. Is this anything to fear? No. It's just something to be mindful of.
In general, when the architect is designing the floor plan for a home, its strongly suggested to avoid the placement of bathroom doors opening up into any bedroom because of drain energy. Its believed your sleep could be interrupted, thus impacting your health.
Are there ways to negotiate this principles? Absolutely.
The diagram above helps to illustrate
You will see two red arrows, they indicated energy flow. You'll also see a red circle around the toilet, I'll explain that in a moment.
Looking at the placement of the bed, you'll see it's not in alignment with the bedroom doorway or the bathroom doorway. Is that good? Yes. This means no drain is hitting directly into the person(s) sleeping in that bed. So this is a better Master bedroom and bathroom combo.
The toilet is highlighted because it's tucked far away from the the bathroom doorway. That is another principle in Traditional Feng Shui. To limit the view of the toilet upon walking into the bathroom. Why? It's believed the toilet gives off the most drain energy of all the appliances in this room.
Another quick tip: at night when sleeping, keep the bathroom door closed. This is believed to help contain the energy within the bathroom vs spilling out into your bedroom.
Finally, with all bathrooms, another great and simply way to enhance its energy is to change your perspective of it. Even though I have been taught 'bathrooms are bad,' they could also be very good. How so? Treat the decor of it like a mini spa and change your own perspective. Yes, I am mindful of what they could represent if not balanced, along with other factors, while also aware of its great potential.
Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times.