By Nicole Fuge
Designing the nursery is one of the most FUN things to do when you’re prepping for your bebe’s arrival. What colour scheme will go with? What cot to choose? What accessories do you need? Among the INSANE amount of design choices, many of us don’t even think about the layout of the room and how it will impact the baby. But… those peeps who believe in Feng Shui tell us this is the most important factor mama!
WTF IS FENG SHUI? With its roots in China, Feng Shui is about spatial arrangement – creating a harmonious and positive flow of energy and balance in the room. By arranging and aligning the room according to Feng Shui principles, energy will flow better and those who reside in that space will flourish and prosper (and sleep through the night??? we can only hope!) Many believe that good Feng Shui in a nursery can soothe, nourish and strengthen a baby’s energy, helping them feel comfortable, happy, and fill them with inspiration and wonder… which, as a new mama, is all you want for your bambino.
How to Feng Shui the sh*t out of your own nursery
1 // Location, location, location
Many people can’t change the location of their bebe’s room, but if you do have the option of different rooms in the house, consider the nursery’s position. Try to avoid a room with sloping ceilings, as this can ‘weigh down’ on the baby. If it does slope, try sticking glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling to ‘lift’ the weight. Also, try to avoid a triangular-shaped room, or one with sharp angles. If the room isn’t a complete rectangle, hang a small mirror on the wall that isn’t complete. And, avoid having the nursery over a garage or empty space – a room over an empty space lacks energy.
2 // COT PLACEMENT MATTERS
Many parents place the cot in the centre of the room, or the long side of the cot against the wall. However, this puts bubba in a defensive position. It’s important to position the cot far away from the door with the head of the cot against a solid wall, to provide it with support and stability. The cot should never be under a window or under a heavy ceiling beam, and try to limit the number of appliances or electrical outlets near the cot.
Also, don’t have the baby’s feet pointing at the door. This can create a rush of energy towards bubba and cause disturbed sleep – which is the last thing we want! Conversely, a cot diagonally positioned from the door can deflate energy.
If the room has mirrors reflecting at the cot try covering them with heavy fabric. Also, avoid placing the cot directly under a ceiling fan as this can upset their body energy.
Also watch for points, making sure there aren’t any hard corners pointing straight at the baby’s head – such as dresser corners or change tables.
3 // OPT FOR SOOTHING COLOURS
Though children’s play areas are often brightly coloured and with plenty of contrast, this can be overstimulating. Babies need restful sleep so select whites and muted restful tones. Opt for palettes that are harmonious and close to each other such as green and blue, and yellow and beige. Monochrome might be bang on-trend, but the yin-yang choice has too much contrast so is best avoided.
4 // CREATE MOVEMENT
A room without movement can become stagnant, which isn’t beneficial for growth. So, aim to create soft energy and movement in the nursery. Hang a mobile near a window that can catch the breeze, play gentle music, or place a small fan on a dresser to keep the air moving.
5 // CHOOSE DESIGN MOTIFS CAREFULLY
We might adore the jungle prints, but animals should be chosen carefully. Ferocious and aggressive animals such as lions, bears and crocodiles should be avoided. Also avoid motifs with sharp corners such as arrows, crosses and diamonds. Instead, opt for nature designs and curved edges, or hang a tranquil artwork opposite the cot so the first thing baby sees when she awakes is an image of peace and serenity.
6 // AVOID CLUTTER
If you live in a small space, the baby’s room is often the old study or store room. Even so, use storage boxes and baskets to organise things, as cluttered space can create blockages. Avoid storing things under the cot, as the energy needs to flow freely around the room.
7 // CHOOSE NATURAL MATERIALS
Use natural materials whenever possible – organic fibres for sheets, blankets, soft furnishings and rugs; wood over plastic for furniture and toys. The natural elements will help your child feel nurtured and connected to the earth.
Above all else, Feng Shui often feels good, so trust your instincts mama. It’s about more than just design choices, it’s about expressing your love for your babe and creating a retreat for bonding and relaxation in which you both will thrive.