A Supportive Child or Youth Bedroom
The bedroom of a child or youth is more often than not, thematic. The decor of a toddler or young child often comes in flavors of TV or movie characters, or the standard gender-specific themes. Youth/Teen bedrooms often become a collage of extracurricular activities, screen/recording idols, sports, and other themes. Everything in a child or youth bedroom will have either a positive or negative subliminal impact. Most children’s/teen’s bedrooms serve multiple functions, so editing and providing specific zones is decidedly more important than providing a mini-theme park experience.
I’ve seen teen rooms painted all black or some other deeply saturated hue of red, purple, green or blue. I understand the affinity for the dramatic in teens (I was one, once), but the psychology of color is profound. It affects the human system, starting with the psyche. In Feng Shui, the basic precept of the yin-yang theory suggests that all life is a dance of the light and the dark. Too much of one can bring imbalance and without balance life can feel overwhelming. At that point, we shut down or retreat. We lose focus and inspiration. When living in a box of super-saturated color, the psychological effect is oppressive, whether we recognize it or not. Coziness is not achieved through color….it’s a curated look and feel that’s multi-dimensional.
Bedrooms of small children are often taken to the extreme with lots of eye-popping color and imagery…resulting in a LOT of visual noise. Too much of anything is simply too much. A cacophony of colors, shapes, patterns, and objects overstimulates the human mind. A child’s brain is literally a little sponge, taking in everything around them at all times. At some point, those young brains that are working overtime need a respite from the stimulation of the world around them. They need a place where the stimulation from play and study is put away and they are left with a peaceful, restful place where their minds can kick back and sleep.
Here are some basics for a youth bedroom:
- Keep the overall “background” color neutral…that doesn’t mean white. You can introduce wall colors that are watered down tints.
- Saturated colors in the red or yellow spectrum are very Yang and agitate the nervous system.
- Saturated colors such as black, deep charcoal, and purple are very Yin and depressive
- Saturated colors in the green spectrum can be either Yin or Yang. A pale sage or leaf green is soothing.
- Saturated colors in the blue spectrum can be Yin or Yang. A light, clear blue is a restful color.
- Never in front of a window, near an electrical box, or with the headboard on a plumbing wall
- Never in front of a door unless the door is closed when sleeping
- No shelves or other 3-d objects above the bed
- Bunkbeds are not recommended…the person on the top is never grounded and the one on bottom receives the pressing down energy of the top bed
- Clutter: Everything should have a storage solution and collections should be contained. Use the curator’s rule of thumb and only display a portion of a collection at any given time…rotating so there’s always fresh energy. Computers and TVs should be covered when not in use. A scarf or cloth will be sufficient. Keep as much clutter as possible off the tops of desks, dressers, night stands, etc. Organize closets and drawers so finding and putting away things will be easy. Laundry baskets should be covered or inside a closet.
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