For all those wonderful young ones, here are some quick thoughts on the feng shui of a child’s bedroom.
1 It must be well ventilated. An airy bedroom means more fresh air and oxygen which is crucial for good body and mental well being. In the light of modern science, it all seems so logical.
However, we sometimes overlook this. Sometimes the windows are kept closed. It could be our intention to condition the room against the cold or the heat. We have air conditioners and heaters and in the interest of saving on the electricity bill, the windows are closed. Another reason windows and doors are kept shut is to keep out the dust and noise. What happens is that if we are not careful, the room is oxygen starved.
There are solutions to this of course. We could open the doors to allow air to circulate. We could open the windows during the day to allow air to flow. Air in this instance is yang qi unless the air quality is so bad. If the air is that bad, perhaps it is time to consider moving.
2 There has to be sufficient sunlight. Sunlight means yang qi. However glaring sunlight is not good either. In cold climates this is another matter as if the temperature is freezing, it is a case of never too much sunlight.
If the glare is too harsh, curtains are recommended.
There are some who recommend that who recommend selecting the room for your child based on the missing element (the Chinese five elements of wood, earth, fire, water and metal) of your child. For example, if your child’s horoscope is scarce in wood then the suggestion is to have your child’s room placed in the west or southwest. I find this is not true feng shui. The correct way of selecting a room should be based on the qualities of qi and common sense.
3 Decorations and furniture should be round and not have sharp corners.
This is practical simply because we do not warn playful and careless bumps to cause injury. Sharp objects are avoided for this reason, if not for the feng shui reason of ‘sha’ or “killing qi”.
The emphasis on sha need not be taken so seriously to the point of not having shelves or corners. Keep everything in moderation. The edges of the shelves of bookcases are not dangerous ‘sha’ unless the whole room is lined with shelves to collect dust and mites.
Some say round is metal and metal gives birth to water and water gives birth to wood which is the element good for improving the IQ. Someone went off track there.
4 The bedroom door should not face the bed.
What this actually means is that the heavy air from the bath or toilet should not permeate the room.
The smells from the bathroom comprises of fragrances and waste. Constant exposure to fragrances which are nothing but chemical substances cannot be healthy in the long run. Sensitivity and allergies can develop from long term exposure. In fact more attention to this need to be paid, more so if there are any indications of allergies or asthma bias.
Imagine a door facing the bed. The bed is thus on the direct path of anything coming out of the bath and moreover it is a constant continuing thing.
In the old feng shui, a door facing the bed is a no. The reason is obvious as in the old days, without the conveniences of modern homes, it is exposed to draught and other air borne irritants. Call it ‘sha’ or yin qi if you will, the intent is such. It is to be avoided. I remember staying in a hotel room in a remote part of Tibet. The plumbing was bad and the foul odor coming from the bath gave me headaches. When I complained, they placed an odorizer which was nothing but fragrance. I had both the poisonous gas plus the chemical fragrance. It was unhealthy. No solution but to move out!
The fix is to keep the bath door closed. If the room has to be ventilated, open either the room door or the windows.
5 Use light cheerful colors.
Deep blue colors or bright red colors are too strong. It may be wonderful to have a theme for other areas but tone it down in the children’s bedroom.
There was an instance of a lady who complained that his son spends too much time sleeping ending up lethargic all the time. That room was painted a deep blue, lacked windows that open to fresh air and light. What would you expect?
6 Not too many plants in the room.
A clever placement of a pot here or a flower there adds ambience to the room. However to overcrowd is not recommended. Plants give out carbon dioxide not oxygen at night. The idea that plants is a source of oxygen at night is incorrect. Better not to have too much of something to compete for oxygen especially if sleeping in an enclosed space.
Feng shui makes sense in describing a plant ( solitary one) as yin. Yin in this sense takes on the connotation that it is not suitable for people which requires yang.
7 Comfort and Clutter
If you can’t get comfortable, likely your child cannot. This is something we can work at and well within our will to do so.
We often hear of enhancing the abilities and potentials of the child by getting the direction and sector right. Names like bright literary star, open brightness, learned scholar and so forth are examples. There is really no need to go so far. Best to keep it simple and stay with the basic guidelines.
(Yin and yang are too complementary aspects. This concepts is the pivot and base of feng shui. In its simplest sense, Yin is described as feminine, soft with Yang described as masculine, hard.)