Feng Shui for Children’s Bedrooms

by William Spear

Five years ago, I visited the home of the London family, who were planning to move. They asked me to make recommendations to help sell their house - on the market for months without a buyer.

I teach, lecture and write about feng shui, a technique practiced for thousands of years in the Far East, and more recently in the West. Mrs. London had taken my classes and understood how feng shui can positively effect an environment. Shortly after entering the home, I noticed the likely imbalance caused by the angle of the roof of the new house next door. The offending element was easily remedied, resulting in a five minute consultation.

Determined to get her money‘s worth, Mrs. London then invited me to her daughter, Kara‘s bedroom. "Is she having trouble sleeping?" I inquired after observing the mirrors covering louvered closet doors. "She has the most terrible nightmares, and she‘s so withdrawn," her mother replied. The mirrors, running parallel to the child‘s bed, reflected her image as she slept, and broke her reflection into sections.

I suggested they experiment for two weeks: cover the mirrors with a blind that could be pulled down each night, mounted above the closet. If her sleep improved, then remove the mirrors, and install sliding wooden doors without mirrors.

Next, this determined mother walked me into her son Justin‘s room. There, I saw bright red walls, vibrant carpeting in a "computer-chip" motif and a bed placed so that the boy’s back was turned to the door. The headboard was against a wall with numerous electrical cords protruding from it.

Recognizing the unsettling energy in such an environment, I commented that this fellow must be "quite a fire plug." Mrs. London confirmed what the room had told me: Justin was always in motion and couldn‘t relax unless he was exhausted. Again, the design of the bedroom was implicated. I suggested she repaint the walls a cooler color, move his bed, and change the carpet to one without a frenetic pattern.

Months later, I received a lovely note. "Kara slept soundly the first night we covered the mirrors, and she has since become more outgoing. Justin slowed down considerably when we toned down his room."

While there are certainly other factors which probably contributed to Kara‘s nightmares and Justin‘s hyperactivity, the relationship between physical and mental health and the environment is very well established. We spend more than a third of our life in the bedroom, making it perhaps the most important room in the house! Environmental psychologists and feng shui practitioners have observed similar truths, namely that a bedroom‘s color, materials, shape and furniture placement strongly effect our emotional and physical well being. It thus makes good sense to bring more awareness into the bedrooms of our children.

Making adjustments to an environment according to basic principles of feng shui can often result in significant behavioral improvements. As with dietary recommendations, each family‘s concerns are different and must be considered in each individual circumstance. The bedroom is primarily a place for relaxation, not activity. To maximize a child’s abilities, here are a few general points to keep in mind:

Experiment, and have fun!

P.S. The house sold two days after I visited.

William Spear, a DDR Professional Advisory Board Member, is the author of Feng Shui Made Easy: Designing Your Life with the Ancient Art of PlacementFeng Shui Made Easy. He lectures worldwide and you can follow his schedule at www.fortunateblessings.org

[Initially published in New Developments: Volume 7, Number 2 - Winter, 2001-2002]

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