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According to Feng Shui - Is My Bathroom Draining the Energy of My Home?

Laura Cerrano

Lead photo courtesy of  cocoparissienne

Lead photo courtesy of cocoparissienne


"Dear Laura,

I've been fascinated with the topic of Feng Shui for several years know and I have become really confused with certain things. For example, I've read in books and articles that my bathroom is considered a huge drain on my energy. Is this true?

Thank you,

Kathryn Walsh"


Dear Kathryn, 

Thank you for emailing me and what a great question! I have been teaching Feng Shui to public and private clients for 20 years. During this time I have found Feng Shui to be very subjective in  how each consultant is trained and how they choose to perceive the principles and their life experiences with the Feng Shui changes for themselves and with their clients. Another important observation is to understand Feng Shui speaks in the language of metaphors and symbolism, as that is how it was developed 5,000 years ago. So now its time to bridge ancient wisdom with today’s lifestyle. 

With that said, let’s explore possible reasons to how this Feng Shui bathroom principle came to be. According to the BTB Ba-gua map and Five Elements Theory, if you have too much representation of the water element or actual water inside your home or in a particular area, it could result in creating an in-balance of energy flow.

Lets say we have a bathroom located in the gua (life section) of “Career.” Why would this be a possible concern in Feng Shui?  When the toilet, tub, and sink are done being used the water drains away. Practicality wise, this is a good thing. From a Feng Shui perspective, if this happens repetitively each day, though the entire year this becomes a metaphor of energy draining away.

Pop Question: Did you know the Ba-gua map also associates with body parts? That’s right! In Feng Shui its believed your home is a living space, not just a space you live in. 

In the area of career, one of the associated body parts is your kidneys. In western physiology, the kidneys are a vital excretory organ whose main function is to create urine to help rid the body of toxins and unwanted water. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioners view the kidneys as a very important organ that not only regulates the urinary system but also exercises control over the reproductive, endocrine, and nervous systems. Simply put, if you have too much water element from a Feng Shui perspective in this area of your home, it could increase your chances for illness (which is true if you over hydrate your kidneys). 

To sum this up, YES, the principles of Feng Shui would love to see water flow in a balanced presentation that ‘generates’ energy moving inside of your home vs away. 

Are there non invasive remedies that could be put in place if a bathroom is in the career life section? Yes, there is!


Quick Bathroom Tips:

  • Keep the bathroom door closed. 


  • If you have any leaky pipes or drains, fix them. From a practical reason, this investment will save you money in the long term. From a Feng Shui perspective, leaky pipes are symbolic of wealth reduction and possible physical illnesses. 
  • You could tie a 9 inch cut red ribbon around your bathroom sink’s drain pipe. Why? This is what we call a “transcendental cure (working with the unseen),” passed on by his High Holiness Professor Lin Yun. This is not about stopping the actual water drain, its symbolic of stopping energy drain. According to Professor Lin Yun, the red ribbon cure’s power comes from the intention of why you tie the red ribbon around the drain pipe; and that is because the red ribbon symbolizes protection from excess drain energy. Keep in mind, some consultants may feel this suggestion is a “myth” and that is perfectly fine. At the end of the day, it’s your choice for discovering what works for you. 


  • Adding at least one plant in your bathroom is recommended. Why? The direction of energy flow with the drains moves downward. The plant grows in an upward vertical direction. This is said to help neutralize and stop the pulling of draining energy away from your home. 


  • And finally, the most modern day feng shui suggestion is to establish an overall atmosphere inside your bathroom that is “spa like.” This does not mean you need to go and invest in a brand new bathroom (unless you are already in the market to do so). It means, to create a space that is enjoyable to be in. Take notice of the colors, the smells, the textures, your light sources, etc. They all play a part in balancing the overall energy. 

Naturally, there is more to this discussion, yet these are some starter points to get you going and even possible see Feng Shui in a different light.

Restaurant Bathroom Design Incorporates The Feng Shui Principles

Laura Cerrano

The principles of Feng Shui are all around us. How would you know? Take the initiative to explore feng shui though discussion, research, attending workshops and more importantly, experiencing it first hand. By allowing yourself to be open and receptive, you will become more familiar and comfortable with understanding why certain building materials, objects, furnishings, subject mater within photographs and artwork have been selected.

Below is an a quick a break down of a Restaurant Bathroom that Incorporated Feng Shui into its design. 

Situation With Bathrooms In Feng Shui:

Bathrooms in Feng Shui are considered "drain" no matter their placement on the blue-print and floor plan. Why? The nature of a bathroom is to "get-rid of," "exit out" and literally drain away water. With that understanding, from a feng shui perspective this is why bathrooms have derived this characteristic. Is it bad? From my humble opinion, No. Feng Shui is not presented on a fear based perspective. It's simply an observation and there are simple cures that could be put into place to counter that action of the bathroom. 

Feng Shui Remedies:

Color: Bathroom wall colors are suggested though accents to be beige, creams, or earth tones to keep things simple. Some may also offer earthy yellows or even greens. 

Artwork: The single piece of artwork along the wall has three stones stacked on top of each other. The stones relate to earth energy. Why is that important? In Feng Shui, earth helps to absorb excess water energy and 3 is a powerful number connected to abundance.

  • Building Materials: The ceramic tiles and counter tops are also related to earth energy. Looking all around the bathroom you'll also observe there is a lot of wood element (floors and bathroom doors). There is also an abundance of metallic textures along the wall and within the bathroom sink design.

Using materials that are both metallic and wood offer the opportunities of additional supportive energy. These two elements are known for positively increasing the life section of wealth (which is where this bathroom is located in the restaurant).  

  • Shapes: When people think of money in Feng Shui the term "money coin" tends to come up. Observing the wooden bathroom door designs, they symbolically mirror that of "money coins."

Essentially, take your bathroom that is considered "drain" and transform it's meaning into "a nurturing space" (like a mini spa).  No need to complicate or create fear based perceptions.