Playroom Feng Shui

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The ancient art of feng shui teaches us that our lives become more rewarding and enjoyable when we surround ourselves with environments that support us. Imagine how powerful this principle can be when applied to growing children, whose characters are being shaped by their world every day! To create a healthy, happy playroom that will have a positive effect on your child’s mind, body, and spirit, follow these simple feng shui tips from

Pump up the energy with color

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Kids need play spaces where they can express the active, exploring, and curious sides of their personalities. One way to stimulate these qualities, known as “yang” energy in feng shui, is to choose invigorating colors for a playroom’s walls and decorative accents. Bright colors, including yellows, greens, reds, purples, and pinks, are good choices.

Think about your child’s personality when you choose a color for the walls. Is your daughter a sunny yellow or a vibrant, Granny Smith Apple green? Perhaps your son would enjoy fire engine red on one wall? If your little ones are old enough, try showing them color samples and let them make choices. Kids have amazing intuitive abilities and will often choose colors and items that are perfect for what they need.

Feng shui color guide:

  • red encourages self-expression
  • blue builds self-esteem
  • green encourages exploration
  • yellow lends clarity
  • orange promotes cooperation
  • purple fosters creativity
  • pink eases connections

Clear space for chi

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Once you’ve got the room painted, it’s time to start gathering what you want to put in it. This is where you might need to show some feng shui restraint! Chi (meaning vital energy) requires clear space to circulate freely, so try not to clutter your kids’ playroom with too much stuff. Keep the center of the room clear so your children will feel free and channel their energy more creatively. Visual openness helps kids feel less pressured, encouraging them to relax and express their active imaginations.

Empower your little Einstein

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It’s never too soon to introduce your children to their own desks. Having a dedicated space for projects — whether that be arts and crafts or homework — demonstrates the importance of concentration and achievement. Try to find tables or desks and chairs scaled to your children’s sizes. If possible, place their desks in the northeast corner of the room. Position them so your children have their backs to the wall and face into the room. This supports the body energetically and helps concentration. When they’re facing the center of the room, your children aren’t feeling distracted by what might be happening behind their backs. Place lamps on the desks (clip-on lamps that can’t be knocked over work best).

Decorate for self-esteem

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Fill the south wall of the playroom with your child’s accomplishments, such as drawings, awards, trophies, or ribbons. For the older child, display tests with good marks, letters from teachers, and homework projects … anything that makes your child feel proud.

Find posters of activities and people your children like. Superheroes are fine, but avoid depressing, aggressive, or chaotic images. And keep in mind that fierce animals or overpowering images of nature may be disturbing to younger children. Choose at least one image that is both grounding and inspiring, such as a fun family destination or activity.

Mobiles are a great addition to children’s playrooms because they help to circulate chi. It’s also a good idea to place a full-length mirror at child height on a wall where it will reflect natural light from a window.

Organize so everything has a place

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Many years ago, before feng shui became popular in the West, an Italian educator named Maria Montessori introduced ideas about how an ideal classroom should be arranged. According to Maria, objects and materials must have specific places on their own shelf, so children know where to find and return them. She proposed that arranging a room in this way gives it order and structure, which a young child needs to function independently. Today, Montessori classrooms all over the world are set up according to these principles.

Feng Shui also emphasizes order, even in children’s playrooms. It’s common to think that children thrive in chaos, but chaos can actually be over-stimulating and contribute to discipline problems. Try to create order in your playroom and a routine where your children clean up and put things away. You may be surprised at how enthusiastically they participate.

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