This article originally appeared on Tarot.com and was reprinted with permission.
Children’s bedrooms need to change as they grow. A nursery doesn’t work for a 5-year-old, while a preteen requires a completely different kind of space. Whenever you feel your child has reached one of these benchmarks, redecorate using these easy feng shui tips. They will have a positive effect on your child’s mind, body, and spirit at any age. Discover these easy tips from the feng shui experts at Tarot.com and go even further in depth into your entire home’s feng shui with a personalized feng shui report.
Calm the Energy
When it comes to sensory input, kids’ antennae are always cranked up high, so make sure your child’s bedroom has a calming effect. De-cluttering is the first step in turning your child’s room into a restful haven. Work with your youngster to sort through old toys and throw out or donate any that have been sitting around unused. Do the same with clothing and other personal objects in the room.
If it’s time to repaint, choose a restful color, like a pastel, beige or taupe, and keep the ceiling white. If you are moving into a new home and divvying up the bedrooms, the optimal space for a boy is the east or north bedroom, while a girl will do well in a south, southeast, or west bedroom.
- Place the bed so your child can easily see the door, but don’t place it in direct line with the door (bad luck).
- Don’t place the bed on a wall that has a bathroom on the other side. This can cause health problems.
- Choose a bed that has a solid headboard to help your child feel secure.
- Bunk beds are not advised because the top bunk exerts energetic pressure on the child in the bottom bunk, while the child on top may feel ungrounded.
- A child should not see stairs from bed — stairs drain energy.
The Left Wall
As you walk in the bedroom door, the corner to your left is the knowledge area. Place bookcases and a desk here. Position the desk so your child faces into the room, so he or she will not feel distracted while studying. Crystals are great to hang in this area because they create positive study chi (or energy) to help your child think and process information.
The center of the left wall should be devoted to family. This is an ideal place for the bed, or put a favorite reading chair and lamp here. Hang a few happy family photos, too.
The back left corner is the wealth area. For older children with career goals, place appropriate images here. If you can, choose images and objects with purple and gold to represent wealth.
The Center Wall
Continuing around the room, the fame area is in the center of the wall across from the door. Place whatever makes your child feel proud here, such as trophies, awards, and ribbons. A bulletin board works well for displaying school papers with good grades. Use the right corner of this wall to display anything your child makes or builds, along with supplies for creative projects.
The Right Wall
Continue the creativity theme into the center of this wall. Put a small table for doing artwork here. Place a CD player on it and store musical instruments nearby. Hang up your child’s artwork.
In the right-hand corner of this wall (to the right of the door as you walk in), explore the themes of helpful people and travel. Place a globe or a map here along with postcards and photos of family trips. If your child plays team sports, store their gear in this corner and hang up their schedule with team photos.
A Few More Do’s and Don’ts
- To improve your child’s sleep and study habits, remove the TV from the bedroom and make sure computers and other electronic items are turned off at night.
- Do not put aquariums, fountains, or any other water feature in the bedroom, especially if your child is prone to respiratory ailments.
- Don’t store anything under the bed. Feng Shui practitioners believe this can cause restless sleep.
- Try not to store anything near the ceiling; children can feel overwhelmed by what looms overhead.
- To keep chi moving in the room, hang a mobile or wind chimes anywhere but over your child’s bed.
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