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Kid's bedroom Feng Shui Dos & Donts

picture-20 A child’s bedroom is often a multipurpose room. It needs to feel safe and secure. It also needs to be a total haven for the child.

This space needs to be suitable for fun playing, developing creative activities, entertaining wit friends, reading, learning, listening to music. All very active tasks but also, It has to be a place where the child can rest and renew his body and sleep. This is particularly important for children as they are still developing mentally, physically and  spiritually.

It is important to create areas of activities using furniture or screens to separate the Yin Chi of the sleeping area from the Yang Chi necessary for study and play. Otherwise the sleep of the child could be restless and disturbed if not protected. Encourage the child to tidy up before going to bed to keep the Chi moving. Stagnant Chi creates lethargy and lack of motivation.

Help your child  feel safe and secure by creating his special place with design and decoration.

DOs

1- Paint the walls in white or pastel colors to bring calming energy into the room.

2- Place the bed diagonally opposite the door as this enable the child to see who is coming in the room, giving him a feeling of safety and security.

3-Place the bed(s) against a solid wall as it gives much more support than the window. Position the bed head ensuring  that nothing such as a shelf, a cupboard, a beam or a sloping ceiling lies over the head of the child. These all create downward energy pressure causing very restless sleep.

4- Separate the room in two main areas, one sleeping space and a play/work area, using a screen or tall book cases to separate yin and yang energies.

5-Keep the space under the bed clutter free so that your child sleeps blissfully.

6- Add colorful bed linen, wall hangings and pictures to make the room bright and inviting. This is perfect for a lively child.

7- Adapt the bedroom as the child grows up from nursery and play area to teenager’s den with work space and activities/ hobbies spaces.

8- Choose storage that the child can reach to get him in the good habit to put its clothes and toys away. So they have a peaceful area in which to sleep.

DONTs

1- Place an aquarium in the child bedroom as the water and movement of the fish are too overpowering for this space.

2- Use bunk beds for children in the same bedroom as compressions is an issue for the child on the bottom bed. Opt for twin beds with solid headboards and rounded corners instead.

3- Use bright colored walls such as red or yellow or have busy patterns  curtains. Those can overstimulate an active child and prevent him to rest properly.

4- Overcrowd the space as it affects how children function. Allow plenty of storage space.

5- Keep too many books in the bedroom or have them displayed in close cabinets  as they are too yang

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email Marie Burgos at marie@manobludesign.com

8 Feng Shui Tips for your better behaved kids

girl-2-bedroom Is your son or daughter not as respectful and courteous as you would like? Maybe you’d like to instill more discipline in your child. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could influence better behavior from your child just by making simple decorative changes? You can with feng shui.

Often referred to as the Chinese art of placement, feng shui is probably more correctly called the Chinese art of alignment. That’s because if a space is aligned properly, the residents in that space function better. Metaphorically speaking, feng shui is to a house what acupuncture is to a body. When correctly applied, feng shui is a tool that can correct problem areas, such as ill health, strained relationships, or difficulties with children.

If you’d like your child to exhibit more respectfulness, obedience, and self-control, it might be worth it to try some feng shui in the child’s bedroom. In addition to these qualities, feng shui will also help you establish your role in the household hierarchy. That’s because it’s important for children to know who’s in charge. But don’t mistake being the household authority with being authoritarian. Children like friends, but they need parents.

Try these easy-to-do tips in your child’s room. Although these aren’t all the feng shui tips for children’s rooms, they are the most important for creating better behaved children. Just the simple act of applying time and energy in your child’s room will affirm to your child how important he or she is to you, and that may be all it takes to make a happier, more respectful child.

Make the child responsible for the room. Children’s respect for others begins with having respect for themselves and their rooms. Insist they keep their rooms tidy and their beds made.

•Clear away excess. Clutter-filled rooms detract from a child’s focus, which can undermine obedience. Throw out all unnecessary or seldom-used items. Also, make sure there is nothing stored under the bed.

•Arrange the bed correctly. Make sure the child can see the door of the bedroom easily. Avoid placing the bed against a shared wall of a bathroom, under a window, or where there is a view of stairs or a bathroom.

•Create a study area. It’s important that the child is focused on education, a critical factor in creating respect for authority and learning self-discipline. Add a lamp here and a small globe. Both symbolically impart the importance of education.

•Make a “Wall of Fame.” Every child needs to feel proud. Designate a wall (preferably the South wall) where certificates, drawings, awards, trophies, and photographs of the child are placed.

•Ground the child. Is the child is too overly active to pay attention? Many children such as this are in white rooms. White is a “yang,” or energizing, color. Paint the child’s room an “earth” color, such as beige, brown, or green.

•Establish the parental presence. A wonderful feng shui secret for establishing parental influence is to have a picture of the parent(s) in the child’s room. This is the subtle – and best -- way to assert your authority.

•Censor wall hangings. Images of death, violence, or ferocious animals have no place in a child’s room and should be removed immediately. A child cannot focus is he is scared – even subconsciously. Also, be sure that the child’s bed is not reflected in any mirrors. It is best not to have mirrors in a bedroom.

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Playful Playrooms

   

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A playroom can be one of the most fun rooms in the house to decorate. Where else can whimsy rule besides in the one room that is set aside for nothing but fun? Bright colors and varied textures will help make the room pop, and make it interesting to even the youngest child.

Because this is a room where small children will spend a lot of time, it's important to keep safety in mind as well. Even if the rest of your home has hardwood floors, this is one room where a thick, soft carpet is a must. Upgrade to the best pad that your budget will allow. That way, if your little one takes a spill while playing, she'll have something soft to break the fall.

Because the room will be full of toys and stuffed animals, you will be able to keep decorative items to a minimum. All this room needs is a nice carpet, furniture and wall treatments.

It was mentioned earlier that a thick soft carpet is a must in a playroom. Furniture should also be child friendly, and should not have any sharp corners on which a child could hit his head. Keeping furniture to a minimum will maximize the amount of play space available. While some families have play rooms that do double duty as an office or TV room, others have dedicated play rooms.

If your room is set aside just for play, then consider adding one comfortable sofa or a couple of armchairs and no other furniture. This will give you a place to sit and watch the kids play without cluttering up the room. It may seem inconvenient not to have a coffee table on which to set a drink. If so, purchase folding trays and set one up only when needed. Having so little furniture will not only allow the room to have an open, airy feel, but it will also make the room safer for the children and easier to clean (less dusting!) for you.

You are limited only by your own creativity when it comes to wall treatments for a playroom. Some parents have painted the walls with brightly colored circles, other have hired a muralist to paint a scene fit for a princess or a future baseball star. Another fun idea is to do something completely different on each of the walls.

For example, cover one wall with chalkboard paint and give your little artist plenty of room to draw. Cover another wall in mirrors of varying sizes and with different frames. This will add light to the room, and help the room to look larger while the various frames will enhance the playful look of the room.

Finally, add a great big clock - perhaps in the center of the mirror wall - and be sure it is does not have a digital display. This will help your child get used to telling time "the old fashioned way", and may be one of the few places that she sees a non-digital clock throughout the day.

Have fun decorating the playroom in your home. After all, isn't fun the whole point?

 

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How to Create a Room Your Kids Will Love

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 We all need a space of our own, no matter our age. Children can thrive when there is a place in their home that nurtures their imaginations and their sense of belonging.

 

But the children's furniture and home décor industry is a multi-billion dollar business with such a staggering variety of choices that parents may feel overwhelmed. You may be tempted to let your child live with white walls and beige carpet until he is old enough to tackle the redecorating on his own. But a few of the same principals and techniques designers use can help you create a room your child will love.

Consider how the room will be used - Children's bedrooms have become multipurpose, like most spaces in our homes. It's likely your child not only sleeps in her room, but plays and does homework there as well. While a bed is the essential focus of any bedroom, keep in mind that you may need to incorporate play space, a study area and maybe even a seating area into the room as well.

* Get your child involved - By the time they've mastered speech, most kids are able to tell you what they like and don't like. How involved your child can be in the decorating process will depend on his age and level of development. A toddler may be able to tell you he likes blue but purple is "yucky." An elementary school child may be able to express a preference for a theme or style of bed. A high school student can be fully involved in the planning and execution of her room remodel.

* When it comes to a theme, keep compromise in mind - Maybe your child wants an underwater theme like the one he saw on a home improvement show, complete with the prow of a pirate's ship mounted on one wall. You, however, want something that will grow with him and not break the bank - or your back - to accomplish. Compromise is needed and can be as easy as placing a wallpaper mural of a sailing ship on one wall of your child's room.

* Adapt current design trends - Wallpaper murals are a hot design trend, with many home improvement shows using them to create focal points or accents in nearly every room of the house. They're a great option for a children's room because they're easy to install and offer thousands of images that will fit virtually any design theme you choose. Lowes home improvement stores across the nation sell kid-friendly wallpaper murals by Environmental Graphics for under $100. Designs range from the sports themed like the stands of a baseball stadium as seen from the field, to jungle animals and underwater seascapes. To learn more and view kid-friendly mural options, visit a Lowe's store near you.

Designing a child's room can be fun for the whole family, and a great way to spend some quality time with your child. Following these basic principles can help ensure the experience will be rewarding, and the room something your child will love for years to come.

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Feng Shui Tips for your Nursery design

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Feng Shui Tips for the Nursery

 

Babies can benefit just as much from Feng Shui as adults -- if not more! If you're adding a new member to your household, it's best to create an environment that is warm, nurturing and welcoming. Transitions are always a bit of a challenge. By integrating the following Feng Shui cures into the baby's room, you'll make this transition a joyous one for the whole family.

Soothing Sounds Every baby develops while listening to the sound of his or her mother's heartbeat. Be sure to introduce a soothing, steady sound into your child's sleeping environment to provide continuity. Try a ticking clock, an oscillating fan or a recording of ocean waves.

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Soft Surfaces The more yielding and receptive the textures in the nursery, the more welcome the child will feel. A plush carpet, cushioned rocking chair, and well-padded changing table will slow down the energy in the room, shielding baby from jarring noises and sudden movements.

Pleasing Scents Babies have a very strong sense of smell. One of the best ways to make a child's bassinet or crib a comforting space is to add a dish towel that the primary caretaker has slept with for about a week. The scent of the fabric will make it easier for the child to relax and enjoy a peaceful slumber.

Keep Visuals Simple Try not to bombard a small child with lots of visuals. Hanging a mobile over the bed may be too stimulating -- it's better to position such a toy over the changing table. Paint the room a mellow earth tone to give the nursery an air of stability. Honey, pumpkin, cocoa or dusty rose are all good choices, because they are warm and nurturing.

Adapt to Your Child's Needs Pay attention to your child's personality when making adjustments to your nursery. A baby that is easily stimulated can draw comfort from a square picture displayed over their crib. A child that always wants to be held may benefit from a circular shape. If your infant has a hard time sleeping, try displaying a wavy pattern over their crib. A baby who cries a lot can find comfort from the color green. Finally, a baby who always wants to be carried around can benefit from a nightlight that is within clear view of their crib.

Choose the Optimal Crib Placement Pay attention to your child's personality when making adjustments to your nursery. A baby that is easily stimulated can draw comfort from a square picture displayed over their crib. A child that always wants to be held may benefit from a circular shape. If your infant has a hard time sleeping, try displaying a wavy pattern over their crib. A baby who cries a lot can find comfort from the color green. Finally, a baby who always wants to be carried around can benefit from a nightlight that is within clear view of their crib.

Pick the Right Bedding A fussy baby will benefit from sheets and blankets that are solid, yin colors (blue, purple or brown), while an infant who sleeps well may be entranced by sheets that feature a small, repetitive pattern.

Choose the Appropriate Color As your child gets older, you can adjust their surroundings to fit their emotional needs. Keep in mind that red encourages self-expression, brown fosters security, white inspires alertness, and blue builds self-esteem. Green encourages exploration, yellow lends clarity, orange promotes cooperation, purple fosters creativity, pink eases connection, and black inspires organization. It's best to use black, white and red as accent colors.

Hang Mirrors at Appropriate Heights As your child grows, he or she will need a mirror that reflects their entire face, plus two inches above the top of their head. Be sure to hang a mirror in this room at a height where he or she can see their image comfortably.

Create a Nurturing Seating Arrangement Place a special chair where the child can be held or cuddled in the nursery. The ideal spot for this chair is the far right corner, which governs loving relationships. Another good place for this chair is the near left corner, which rules foundations.

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