Do you want to make your child’s sleeping environment more sleep-friendly? I’ve found the perfect solution. If you want to add more balance and happiness to your little one’s bedroom then “feng shui” might be the answer.
This ancient Chinese practice uses energy flow to create harmony between people and their environment. Here’s how it works. In the case of your kiddo, this could involve clearing clutter under the bed and mattress like candy wrappers, old toys, and dust mites.
What Is Feng Shui All about?
This ancient Chinese system includes natural laws about how things are spaced out in relation to Chi (energy flow). The word literally translates as wind (feng) and water (shui). The goal is for people to create a flow of life within their homes.
Modern Twist on Ancient System
While the original Feng Shui was developed in the 9th century B.C., the modern version was developed in the West during the 1970s. What’s the difference?
This contemporary version combines some features of classic Feng Shui (yin & yang and Chi flow) with psychology to achieve goals by focusing on various aspects of life.
Room for Feng Shui?
People can use the ancient system not only to design adult bedrooms but also kid bedrooms. This can help to produce results like happy kids and life balance.
Some studies show that the Wind & Water system might also help to treat children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There’s a caveat. It’s not technically a cure or treatment for ADHD.
However, when it’s used properly such as with mattresses for kids, it might help your child to act calmer and think clearer. More on that later.
Here are some tips for implement feng shui in your child’s bedroom:
Tip #1: Clear (Dust) Monsters from Under the Bed Then Plan
The very first step you should take is to remove all clutter underneath the bed. Then do a thorough vacuuming. This makes the under-bed area as neat and tidy as possible.
These are the next areas you should start focusing on. This process should focus on creating a peaceful environment for sleeping instead of increasing energy levels.
For example, you should avoid certain elements that could make your child toss and turn all night including:
- Images of speed like race cars /rockets
- Glow-in-the-dark lights
- Warm colors (red, orange, yellow)
It’s better to select color schemes, themes, and items that will help your child to calm down and get a good night’s sleep.
Tip #2: Add Cool and Soothing Colors
This includes different options. They include “cool” colors like green, blue, and violet. You can also add some neutral colors ranging from light white to dark brown. Some of the best options recommended by experts include:
These colors help to create a comfy and inviting atmosphere in a bedroom.
Meanwhile, you can use natural colors to create a quiet and peaceful vibe and increase healing energy. Some colors to consider include:
- Blue (light)
When adding feng shui colors to your child’s room you should consider using the system’s colors connected to each of the pakua’s “life areas.” The pakua’s 9 sections also have their own elements and directions.
When picking art such as wall décor, you should consider adding positive art that focuses on areas like life and nature. There are other ways you can create positive energy in the kid bedroom besides art.
Tip #3 Create a Sleep-friendly Environment
More Sleep for More Growth
Due to their continued development, babies and kids need more sleep than adults. This includes up to 16 hours of daily shut-eye for newborns, and up to 14 hours/day for toddlers. Meanwhile, grade-schoolers still need up to 11 hours of sleep per night.
Sleep and Feng Shui
Here are some ways you can achieve feng shui in your kiddo’s bedroom:
- Use adjustable blinds to boost air-flow
- Pick ideal mattresses for your kids
- End screen time 1+ hours before bedtime
- Use natural/eco-friendly beddings
- Add an end table on both sides of the bed
- Don’t add mirrors in the bed’s sight-line
- Position the bed in the middle of the bedroom
- Add soft white light bulbs
- Only keep books your kid is reading now in the room
- Close all doors and drawers when not used
- Use blue/green/violet beddings
- Select an age-specific bed
Tip #4: Focus on Ceiling and Furniture Height
This should involve different factors like the room itself and also items like furniture pieces.
It’s practical to use low ceilings for your child’s room. If the ceiling is too high then it can cause them to feel lost in a big room when sleeping on a mattress for kids.
Let’s say your kiddo is already sleeping in a high-ceiling room. You can add a dividing line that’s about 1 to 2 feet higher than your little one’s head. Some options include a string of (soft) lights or garland with letters that spell out their name.
Another option is to add two paint colors to the walls including a top and bottom paint. This could include white on top and pastel on bottom, for example.
What if ceilings are super-high? You can add molding 6 or 7 feet above the floor to give the appearance of a lower ceiling.
Pick low furniture and cool-colored rugs to bring energy to a lower height. You should also pick furniture that’s about 50% the size of adult furniture. Go with rounded furniture since it increases safety and softness.
Tip #5: Use Feng Shui for Kids with ADHD
Studies show that an estimated 5 million kids in the U.S. have ADHD, according to Feng Shi For A Life. You can create a supportive environment for ADHD children through the ancient system. This is by creating balance and eliminating chaos in their daily life.
The main goals should be to create a calming atmosphere, avoid clutter, and produce room-to-room energy flow. In a nutshell, go with the “less is more” approach.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Clear up clutter and stuff your child isn’t using now
- Select soft earthy colors like beige and brown
- Add art with peaceful images like a slow-flowing river
- Position the bed in the middle of the room
- Place cellphones far from the bed during nighttime
- Minimize the number of posters and pictures
- Add aromatherapy like lavender to reduce anxiety
- Remove electronics like TV, PC, and mobile devices
- Remove active and stimulating kid toys
Whether you’re a Feng Shui newbie or guru, the system can be effective in making your child’s bedroom a calming, relaxing, and sleep-friendly place. You’ll need to do some experimenting to find out which layouts, furniture, and mattresses worth checking out, and colors are the best options for the child’s bedroom. It’s possible to learn Feng Shui within a week then apply it for a lifetime!