Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer, yoga enthusiast and mother of three in California whose writing covers everything on home improvement and decor. Not only does she incorporate feng shui in her own room and office, but in her kids’ rooms as well. Follow her on Pinterest and Facebook to find more great tips for decorating your home.
Feng shui is an ancient tradition that works to make any space more balanced, allowing those using the space to feel at peace and at-one with their environment. While Feng Shui might be a consideration for many adults, most kids do not tend to worry about spatial balance in their room, and most would be happy to keep their toys and clothes on the floor.
However, incorporating Feng Shui into your child’s room can help them to feel more focused and relaxed – even if they don’t realize it. In fact, it isn’t all too difficult to use basic Feng Shui principles in a child’s room, either.
Follow these basic tips to make your child’s bedroom a place where they can feel comfortable, happy and productive:
Paint the Walls
Feng Shui generally requires that you paint the walls in any space white or off-white. While white walls might seem a bit bland for a child’s room, you can always use accessories and other colorful items to make the space lively and interesting for them.
In general, off-white walls will be a bit easier to keep clean, especially if your kids like bouncing balls off the wall (or bouncing off the walls themselves). If your kid likes to take a crayon or two to the walls, choosing an eggshell or semi-gloss paint that can be wiped clean with a sponge and soapy water can also keep you from having to repaint your child’s bedroom walls.
Choose Appropriate Lighting
Lighting is incredibly important when trying to create balance in a room. During the day, as much natural lighting from outside should be utilized. If necessary, overhead lights that create the illusion of bright lighting can also be used if your child’s room doesn’t get much natural sunlight during the day-- just make sure that the lighting isn’t too bright to give you and your kids a headache.
In the evening, soothing, calming lighting should be used, such as paper lanterns, simple wall sconces and lamps with indirect light. If your child does homework in the room at night, use a task light that can be turned on and off for focused lighting.
Consider Furniture Placement
Furniture placement plays a large role in Feng Shui, and it’s pretty easy to utilize in a child’s room because it likely won’t contain too much decorative furniture. The bed should be placed in front of a solid wall, allowing enough space on each side of the bed to walk around. This will allow energy to move more freely within the room.
Work or play areas should be positioned so that your child doesn’t have their back to the door. This can be distracting for kids as it will focus energy in the wrong direction.
Add Soothing Decorative Elements
Kids don’t worry too much about decorations in their room, but soothing decorations, like a piece of art or a wall fountain, can help create a calming energy in your child’s room that will help them focus on schoolwork and sleep at night. A wall fountain can also be turned off during the day when your child isn’t home in order to reduce energy costs.
Keeping your child’s room organized might seem like your biggest priority as a parent, but using the principles of Feng Shui to decorate or rearrange your child’s room can make a big impact in their lives. In most homes, decorating a child’s room using Feng Shui can be done in a weekend and for very little money as well, so what do you have to lose?