5 Ways to Feng Shui Your Nursery
I have to admit when I hear the term “feng shui,” I immediately think ancient Chinese secrets. And I must further admit that when putting together my daughter’s nursery, I didn’t think once about making sure the space had positive feng shui. But turns out the Chinese were on to something. The practice, which is defined as the “art of arrangement and placement,” makes a whole lot of common sense, especially in the nursery. As your baby develops all five senses, it is important for their space to be engaging without being overwhelming. There’s no better place to start making your home a harmonious sanctuary than in your baby’s nursery.
Tisha Morris, an interior designer and feng shui consultant, recently published Mine, Body, Home: Transform Your Life One Room At a Time. In the book, she shares five tips for creating the ideal baby’s room; one that is safe, peaceful and nurturing. Here’s a sneak peek:
Engage the Senses: Hearing—play soft or classical music in the nursery. Touch—include textured items for the baby to touch and feel. Smell—use gentle and natural aromatherapy, such as lavender in an oil diffuser. Sight—a mobile above the crib gives a sense of something around them as opposed to vast open space. Mobiles serve multiple functions as well, including developing eyesight. Taste doesn’t apply here unless it comes in the form of breast milk or formula!
Reduce the Clutter (Great if this is one of your New Years’ resolutions!): Although babies like small spaces, the room shouldn’t feel crowded due to clutter. Do your best to keep the baby’s nursery neat and organized. In other words, it shouldn’t be a room that is also used for storage or other functions. Good feng shui cautions against storing items underneath crib and beds. Author note: that’s great except for when you live in a small space with few storage options (hello NYC apartments)!
Practice Organization Early: Organization is something we learn, and it’s picked up at an early age. Morris suggests having designated places for clothes and toys. As your child gets old enough, start teaching them how to pick up after themselves and where certain items go. They will start to feel an ownership over their belongings and a sense of taking care of themselves that will continue to benefit them as they get older. That’s about as common sense as it gets!
Choose a Soft Color Palette: Yes to soft pastels! Sorry, primary colors. According to feng shui, colors emit a lot of energy, particularly if it’s the wall color of a room. The bolder the color, the more energy it emits into a room. The softer the color, the calmer it will be on a child’s energy. Since the primary function for a nursery is sleep, use colors that promote sleep. Pastels, such as soft yellow, blues, and greens, and monotones are calming to the nervous system.
Choose Furniture Mindfully: Babies want to feel safe, protected, and cradled, but oversized furniture can feel overbearing. Avoid furniture pieces with harsh corners and be conscious of the history of the furniture that you place in a nursery. For example, an antique crib from the Civil War-era carries with it the energy of its past. Consider the energy contained in family pieces and whether that it is positive or negative energy that you want carried forward for your child.
So what do you think? I’m all for being organized, and had no idea that when I was putting toys into bins and lining up baby dolls, I was actually practicing feng shui! Here’s to a harmonious 2014, in baby’s nursery and all over your home.
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