According to feng shui practitioners, a harmonious, feel-good home reflects onto it’s occupants. To varying degrees we’re all tuned into our environments, but for sensitive types, and for children in particular, the effects can be strong.
Being active little creatures, children often find it hard to switch off at bedtime. Bright colours and funky patterns may look appealing, but if the balance of yin and yang is out of kilter, vibrant rooms can overstimulate and rev kids up. Ideally, a child’s bedroom should be a peaceful place that promotes rest and relaxation. These feng shui fundamentals should point you in the right direction – and have your little one sleeping like a baby.
Cots and kids’ beds work best when nestled into a cosy corner. For a sense of security, your baby or child should be able to see the room’s entrance from their bed, so if possible, position the bed diagonally from the door, with its headboard against the wall. Avoid having them sleep with their feet directly facing the door, as it will tempt them to get up and join you during the night.
In addition, your child’s bed should not share a wall with a toilet, as according to feng shui tradition, this can aggravate health problems such as bed wetting.
As mentioned, babies and young children need less stimulation, not more, so avoid bright or bold colours in their bedrooms and opt for gentle shades instead. Creamy whites, soft yellows, pale greys and pinks, mauves and greens are all ideal; shades of blue can feel cold and depressing, so stick to neutrals and warmer shades. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Shy or quiet children can benefit from brighter, more yang colours such as tangerine or sky blue, but stick to mid-tones, as darker shades can feel oppressive.
For older kids yellow is said to stimulate the intellect, making it an ideal colour for study nooks, while teenagers are often drawn towards purple and more self-expressive colours.
For little people, large wardrobes and chests of drawers can loom large, so where possible, keep them away from beds.
Corners of furniture can also create a disturbing energy (acting like an arrow), and kids can be especially vulnerable; if any corners are pointing directly at the cot or bed, try to shift the piece away. Mirrors can also be distracting, but only when visible from the bed. Avoid having shelves over beds as well, as they can create a heavy, pressing energy and disturb sleep.
Finally, place a happy family photo in your child’s bedroom, as this will promote feelings of love and security – even when your child is grumpy or having time out.
Copyright 2015 Jenny Blume