In addition to being a fun addition to any home, a swimming pool can also affect the Feng Shui of your home. How should you place the pool to maximize the benefit it brings to your home? Which rooms should you place near or around the pool if this water feature is directly connected to your home? Uncle Dixer has received a question from someone who has a swimming pool that’s located right beside a sliding door, which is then located in front of the bed. The person is concerned whether this placement will reflect positively in the Feng Shui of their home. If you’re planning to add a pool to your home, or if your house has a pool, perhaps Uncle Dixer’s answer can help you find out for sure if you’re making the best decisions for your property.

Dear Uncle Dixer: Does a bed that’s facing sliding doors that overlook a pool affect Feng Shui? If so, are the effects positive or negative?

Answer: A bed that’s facing sliding doors overlooking a pool does affect the Feng Shui of the room. Whether its effects are positive or negative depends on what you do.

During the night when you are asleep, the sliding doors should be closed and the curtains are drawn. They can be open when you are awake or reading in bed. The view of the light-reflecting water is considered auspicious in Yang time but not during Yin time.

It’s great to have a view of the water during the daytime. Water features can add a calming effect to a home, for one, and they also reflect light that can illuminate the darker sections of the room that they are facing. At nighttime, however, these elements may not offer a lot of advantages. This is especially true if your pool is located right beside your bedroom. After all, you wouldn’t want to be disturbed by the light reflecting from your swimming pool while you’re trying to sleep.

In the case of the person asking the question, their pool is right in front of a sliding door that directly leads to their bedroom. In fact, the bed faces the doors and the pool. This configuration can cause sleep disturbances at night, so Uncle Dixer offers practical advice on how to deal with these possible issues. In this case, closing the door and adding a heavy curtain that can be closed in the evenings should suffice.

Do you have questions for Uncle Dixer? Perhaps you’re planning to add a pool to your home. If you want customized advice, one that suits the particulars of your situation, then get in touch with a Feng Shui expert in your city. Feng Shui Nexus has a directory that you can use to connect with Feng Shui practitioners.