7 Accessories That Ruin the Energy in Your Bedroom (and How to Fix It)

Some décor rules are simple to grasp. It's easy to understand why large rugs make a room look spacious or why dark paint visually shrinks a space, but not all decorating rules rely on sight. Kelsey Patel, a Reiki healer and spiritual empowerment coach, says if you only consider the way your room looks, you're making a mistake.

Patel says that it's equally important to consider the positive energy of your room and the items in it. A certified Reiki practitioner, she explains that everything has a "life energy" flowing through it and that the items we surround ourselves with can have a very real impact on our emotional and spiritual well-being.

It's not such a stretch. Patel's approach to decorating explains why cluttered homes make us feel stressed or why you might struggle to relax in a bedroom that's bursting with brightly patterned accessories and busy artwork. Take note: These seven items are ruining the energy in your bedroom. Here's how to fix it.

This post was originally published on February 28, 2017, and has since been updated.