Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
Does your child have trouble sleeping or studying? Most children’s rooms need to serve the dual purpose of encouraging active play and nurturing restful sleep. A creative use of Feng Shui for children’s rooms can help support both rest and play.
Where to Place the Bed
The most important consideration in using Feng Shui for children’s rooms is where to place the bed. Feng Shui principles recommend locating the bed where your child can see the door, but not directly in line with it. This will encourage peaceful sleep. The least supportive location for a bed is directly across from the door because this position could make a child feel vulnerable.
If you can’t reposition your child’s bed, make sure he or she has a substantial headboard and footboard. Or, place furniture at the foot of the bed for protection, such as a small chest or bench. Also, you can hang a movement-sensitive object like bells on the door or doorknob to produce a sound when someone opens the door. This can help make a child feel more secure.
Tips For Arranging Bedrooms
Here are 10 more ideas for using Feng Shui for children’s rooms:
1. Add a desk or study area to the child’s room so he or she will study there instead in front of the TV. Children who have a place to study, will study! Position the desk so the child can see the door to the room.
2. Hang a bulletin board over the desk to display achievements and showcase awards and citations that your child receives. You can also hang up artwork, report cards, photos of friends, and great school papers. Help your child update this display frequently.
3. Add room decorations that encourage success. For example, maps ground a child, globes encourage curiosity, and charts of the stars and planets expand horizons. Also, a fish bowl, aquarium, or shell collection are symbols of educational success in Feng Shui, and maintaining the aquarium encourages responsibility.
4. Place family photos in the child’s room. Pictures of parents, grandparents, and happy family gatherings help communicate love and security to a child. Family photos of all sides of the family are especially important for children in blended households.
5. Paint the walls in warm pastels or skin tones like peach, butter cream, lavender, or cocoa. Avoid cool colors such as pure white, gray, cool blues or greens, which reduce the warmth and comfort of a room. If your child likes bright primary colors - such as fire engine red, cobalt blue, or bold yellow - use them as accents but not as the dominant color.
6. To encourage sleep, replace art and objects that show images of flying, falling, driving, or running with scenes that are tranquil and calm.
7. Avoid putting mirrors in the room, especially when your child isn’t sleeping well. If your child must have a mirror, hang it on the inside of the closet door and close the door when the child goes to sleep. Avoid placing a mirror across from the foot of the bed.
8. Since children’s interests change quickly, remove outgrown toys and clothes on a regular basis. Encourage responsibility in your children by encouraging them to select a least one outgrown toy to donate to charity.
9. It is best to avoid letting pets sleep in a children’s room. However, if your child must keep a pet in the room, make sure the tank or cage is always kept clean and the pet is healthy.
10. If your children share a room, give each a separate area in the space to call his or her own.
Using Feng Shui for children’s rooms can create a harmonious space that encourages study, learning, play, and relaxation, and that results in a happy and healthy child.
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