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Feng Shui for Children

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In addition to this article, more information on feng shui can be found in my #1 best-selling book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense.


Ten Ways to Help You Create an Optimal Environment for Your Child

While most feng shui information pertains to adult living and working environments, children can also benefit by applying feng shui principles to their sleeping, studying, and playing areas. Below you’ll find great feng shui tips for making your child’s room a nurturing place of happiness and comfort.

1. Wall Color
Color choices are highly subjective, but one study shows that rooms that are painted bright yellow tend to increase tension. Babies cry louder, longer, and more often in bright lemon yellow rooms and adults tend to argue more often in rooms painted that color.  Soft neutral wall colors are calming. Accent with brighter colors in bedding and artwork.
2. Bed Position
I’m always surprised at the odd ways adults position children’s beds in their rooms and then wonder why their child has trouble sleeping. Just as in an adult bedroom, a child’s bed needs to be positioned so that they can see the door but not be in direct line with the door while lying down. Children under the age of ten often feel more comfortable when one side of the bed is pushed up against a wall rather than open on both sides.
3. Children’s Beds
Adults and children alike often sleep better in a bed that has a solid headboard with no holes or slats in the headboard. A headboard creates a feeling of comfort and security does not exist when the bed is pushed up against the wall without a headboard. Avoid beds made entirely out of plastic (like a plastic bed that looks like a car for example). Plastic off-gasses toxins which can be unhealthy for children.
4. Avoid Artificial Scent in the Home
There is a growing body of evidence that artificial air fresheners (think plug-ins, sprays, candles, potpourri, and reed scented sticks) have unhealthy side effects, especially in children. They have been linked to asthma, headaches, and immune deficiencies. If you like scent in your home, opt for diffusing therapeutic-grade essential oils like the ones I suggest in my newsletters. These products are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial and actually increase health and well-being when diffused in a room.
5. Provide Easy-to-Access Closed Storage Options
Very few children enjoy cleaning up after themselves. To make tidying easier for them (and you), provide plenty of storage choices. Kid’s toys are brightly colored and even when placed neatly can make a room look messy. Cabinets, shelves with a solid fabric draped over them, wicker baskets with lids and ottomans are great storage ideas for toys and books. A storage area under the stairs can easily be converted into a fun, cozy play area and a place for toys  and games.

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Feng Shui and Furniture

living room

Basic Guidelines for the Living Room, Bedroom and Office

Some people have a natural sense of decorating. They seem to instinctively know what to put where, and how to arrange things, “just so” in order to make a room look and feel wonderful. Other people need more help (thank goodness, or I’d be out of a job!) Below you’ll find some basic furnishing tips for three key rooms to help you choose and place furniture for each room to help make the space function, feel, and look its best.

Living Room/Family Room/ Great Room

Furnishings: I personally LOVE sectionals. They are great pieces of furniture because they allow the most people to sit comfortably in an arrangement that feels cozy and inviting. Sectionals help define a space, which is very helpful in a great room or a living room that also includes a dining area. Avoid sectionals with the attached chaise lounge as they make arranging the furniture more difficult and also provide an area for only one person to sit. Instead, purchase an ottoman coffee table. This versatile piece of furniture can be used for storage, as a coffee table, a foot rest for the whole family to use when watching TV, and provides extra seating when large groups come to visit.

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Creating an Optimal Living Room with Feng Shui

Creating an Optimal Living Room


    The first thing to remember when we set out to decorate or Feng Shui these rooms (or any room for that matter) is to remember what the main purpose of the room is.  In this case, the purpose is to provide a space for one or more person to gather to relax, converse, or seek entertainment.  These rooms are all types of “Gathering Rooms” which serve as a common area in any home for us to share with family or friends, or when alone, curl up with a good book or a great movie.
    So how do we get the most out of these rooms?  Well here are some easy tips you can put into place that will make the “Gathering Room” as optimal as it can be.
1. If a Gathering Room has a ceiling that is over ten feet high it is easy to lose the feeling of intimacy in that room.  To make a room with a high ceiling feel cozier, make sure to keep the line of sight in the room ten feet or lower.  In other words, don’t place objects, artwork, or curtains that pull the eye up over an average ceiling height.  Adding artwork or drapes that occupy the spaces above ten feet will make the space seem even taller and will not feel like a space where people want to “hang out”.  Cozy furniture, warm area rugs with patterns, and colorful artwork will help keep the eye down in the room and make it feel more intimate.
2. Always choose chairs and seating with  arm rests.  Seating that lacks arm rests does not feel inviting or comfortable.  We like to feel protection on the sides of the furniture next to our bodies, not open spaces.

3. If deciding between a coffee table with  sharp corners and a table with rounded edges, choose the rounded corners.  Not only will it look better, it will feel better when you bang your leg into it!  Better yet, opt for an “ottoman” coffee table that can work as a table, a seat, and a foot rest.  Some of them even have a removable lid to store pillows and blankets.
4. Place seating no more than 8 feet apart.  When seats are more than 8 feet apart it makes conversation more difficult.
5. Avoid placing furniture directly facing each other.  This is called Confrontation Position and does not promote relaxed conversations.  Instead either splay the furniture out on a “V”, or open the furniture out to an “L” shape.  This way people can still see each other and talk, but won’t feel directly confronted by the other person.
6. Make sure traffic flows easily through the room.  If traffic patterns are a problem the room becomes frustrating and will not be a pleasant gathering space.
7. Choose furniture that fits the size of the room!!  Over-sized televisions and seating overwhelm a room and can make it feel claustrophobic.  If you are not sure about the size of the furniture, take careful measurements of it in the showroom, then come home and lay out newspapers on the floor that would take up the space of the furniture. Furniture always looks smaller in the showroom and can be HUGE when you get it home, so be sure to check out the dimensions carefully before you buy.
8. Provide tables for drinks and food.  If you don’t, your carpet, floor, or rug isn’t going to stay nice for very long with drinks and food spilled all over it.
9. Provide good lighting options.  Overhead lighting, floor lamps, table lamps, and lighting on a dimmer switch will provide a variety of lighting in a room that will be best for different room functions.   Have enough lighting for things like reading, entertaining, and conversation. 
10. If you have open shelving in these rooms, be sure not to clutter it up with too much stuff.  The more stuff, the messier the room is going to feel.

  Copyright Cathleen McCandless