Chapter written by Suzanne Bank and reprinted from Natural Baby & Child Care by Dr. Lauren Feder.
When you’re decorating your child’s room, consider Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese system designed to create harmony and balance in our living spaces. Often life for our children can be hectic and overly stimulating, so it is all the important that their home be “home sweet home.” According to interior designer and Feng Shui specialist Suzanne Bank, the family’s living space should have a calming, harmonious, healing influence. Especially in the bedroom, it is important to establish a peaceful, quiet environment for your children. Your child’s bedroom should be a place for rest, regrouping, and rejuvenation, away from the electronic, fast-paced stimuli around us. Their room—including the paint color and placement of furniture—can influence moods, relationships, even school work.
Clearing the Energy————
Begin with a clean slate. When people live and work in a space, they bring their energy with it. When you move into a new home, the previous tenants’ energy remains, although they are physically gone. Sometimes their energy is positive and sometimes not. Try “clearing the air” in a new space: some people clear the space with smudging (sage), salt, camphor crystals, or pendulums.
Locations and Positions————
As your child is an important member of the family, the layout of the bedrooms should support his or her care. When possible, it is best to have your child’s bedroom at the hub of the house, the center for security, away from the front street or back of the house. The back of the house signifies the power position—the preferable location for the parents’ bedroom. Bedrooms over garage spaces present a feeling of instability since cars are going in and out.
The position of the furniture in the bedroom is also important. When sleeping, the head of the bed should be facing the door. Being able to see the door when in bed,not in line with the door. Having your child’s back to the door promotes a subconscious awareness of the unseen, which translates to uneasiness. Do you want to increase creativity and freedom of thought? Avoid placing your child’s desk up against a wall, which can promote a feeling of being mentally up against the wall.
Whether you live in a big home or a small space, your child needs a space where he or she can consider their own and where they are allowed to express themselves. A cork bulletin board allows your child to express themselves through a changing gallery, allowing them to transform the décor at the press of a push pin. The bulletin board also gives your child a contained area to change and add pictures on a whim without the clutter all over the walls. transform the décor at the press of a push pin. The bulletin board also gives your child a contained area to change and add pictures on a whim without the clutter all over the walls.
Wall color can also have an impact on the child. Yellow can be anxiety provoking. It is no accident that taxis are yellow, as the color that evokes an immediate response and attention, often with a sense of urgency. Although red is the color of love and passion, it can also bring about anger. Softer shades of blue and green work well in a bedroom and can be more restful.
In the closet, Suzanne encourages parents to keeps clothes organized according to color and sleeve lengths. This will allow ease in choosing clothing, especially in the morning before school. Clothes in the closet hang better with uniform hangers.
Video games, televisions, and computers are best in a common area, rather than the bedroom. A room should offer a healing peaceful place conducive to rest rather than the stimulating effects of video games.
Chapter on Feng Shui For Children
Natural Baby and Childcare
By Dr. Lauren Feder M.D.
Suzanne Bank Designs