Setting up a nursery is no small feat: you have to pick out all that (expensive) furniture, paint the walls, stock up on diapers for days, and decorate the space with adorable details, all in a relatively short amount of time. timeline.
Since you’re already doing your best to create a special nest, why not also consider the energy and harmony of the space?
Reading: Feng shui nursery
Using feng shui principles, which are based on colors and spatial arrangements that can affect health and happiness, could actually help your baby’s development.
“following feng shui means parents can ensure their baby has a bedroom that promotes strong growth and optimal sleep,” says katie weber, creator of red lotus e-magazine letter and certified expert in classical Chinese feng shui.
did someone say more sleep? weary new parents will practically try anything to achieve that magical goal. here’s what you need to do to make feng shui work in your nursery.
1. carefully consider the location of the room
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The ideal place for your little one is a room with windows that has an inspiring view towards the back of the house (it’s often quieter there).
And you should also think about what’s behind the walls. You’ll want to determine if a potential baby area is above or below a room that uses a lot of energy, like a bathroom, furnace, kitchen or laundry room, explains laura cerrano, a certified expert and founder of the manhattan feng shui.
“If any of these are close to the nursery, reconsider your room selection so you don’t deplete energy,” she says.
2. use calming colors
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We’ve been using pastels and shades of white in nurseries for, well, practically forever. but did you know that there is a reason based on feng shui?
“Pastels are a ‘yin,’ or pale version of themselves, so they’re not strong or stimulating,” explains weber.
See also: Good and Bad Feng Shui Plants
strong or flashy colors, on the other hand, can impede rest and sound sleep.
When choosing colors, consider balance.
“too much of anything is not good, so don’t fill the room with blue or green,” he adds. “Instead, think of shades that harmonize together, like yellow and pink, or lavender with blues and greens.”
3. put your crib in the right place
Photo by Design Build 4U Chicago All too often, Weber says, parents place the crib parallel to the wall rather than perpendicular to it. Why does it matter? Well, according to feng shui principles, arranging your crib perpendicular to the wall (in a T-shape) offers “support” from the wall behind your baby’s head.
If it’s a parallel crib, “your baby’s head isn’t solidly supported, and this can cause attachment or anxiety,” says weber.
You should also avoid placing a crib in a wall of pipes, because bathroom pipes act as stress points, cerrano adds.
No matter what, you’ll want to place your crib as far away from the door as possible, says trisha keel, director of education for the international feng shui guild. she recommends that parents place the crib diagonally across from the door, to create distance.
“The greater the distance between the door and the bed, the greater the opportunity for energy, or chi, to settle…which promotes sleep,” says Keel.
corner of the crib at that diagonal spot so your baby “feels snuggled up, safe and secure,” advises keel.
4. lets in lots of natural light
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natural light is ideal because it’s constant and cyclical, says keel.
“Sunlight in the morning is tinted with red rays to help babies get excited about the day, and then blue rays follow in the afternoon, soothing them to sleep,” she explains.
avoid fluorescent light bulbs (they flicker and drain energy) and try to keep your baby’s room away from the west; eastern exposure is best, so your baby can rise with the sun. And if you have artificial lights, use a dimmer to ease the harshness, Close suggests.
“And get in the habit of opening the blinds or curtains every day,” she adds. “this is a symbol of seeing new possibilities, in western feng shui beliefs.”
5. skip the “disruptive” furniture and accessories
When it comes to other design details, be careful to choose anything with protruding edges that face the crib, close recommends.
“These sharp points become metaphorical ‘daggers’ that could sever a person’s energy field over time,” he explains.
Instead, stick with curved arms on chairs and a round ottoman in your baby’s room.
“And skip a ceiling fan here, because it cuts power while the baby sleeps and can lead to fussiness,” says weber.
6. go with small and soft patterns
Photo by Samantha Friedman Interior Designs Natural motifs and designs are always welcome in a nursery, but skip anything excessive—like too-large prints or huge murals. They can appear imposing or even threatening, Weber says.
“A large flower or an entire wall depicting an ocean scene can make a young child feel isolated, so choose designs that seem friendly, soothing and calming,” she recommends.
“baby energy is a natural bundle of creativity and fun, so images of nature, playful animals, playful insects, and butterflies or fairies can provide an extra boost of support,” adds cerrano.
7. play with peace and quiet
There is a difference between loud voices and the buzzing of appliances.
“There is no need to shield your baby from the dishwasher or vacuum cleaner, but try to shield your room from the sounds of voices, including those from the television. the energetic vibration of these words can affect a child,” says keel.
work to soften noise around the nursery, especially from the bathroom, garage, or doors opening and closing.
8. keep it low (or no) tech
A baby monitor is fine, but avoid TVs, tablets, cell phones, and computers in a baby’s room.
“reducing the amount of electromagnetic frequencies in the nursery is an important principle of feng shui,” says cerrano.
go one step further and turn off the wi-fi before bed. this reduces radio waves that can affect a tiny body and mind trying to rest.