Living Space: 7 tips for creating good feng shui in your baby's room

Because deep sleep is necessary for healthy growth, select restful, muted colors for the baby's room instead of bright hues that can be overstimulating.

Getting ready for a new baby requires a lot of thought and planning from what diapers to choose to the decoration of the baby's room.

Today's parents want to create a haven for their little one that helps their baby feel comforted and nurtured as well as stimulated enough to thrive.

Increasingly, parents are incorporating feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, to ensure that baby has an attractive but also a harmonious environment.

To maximize the energy in a baby's room, there are several important factors to consider such as room location, safety, colors and furniture arrangement.

These make up the foundation of good feng shui in the nursery. Plus, using feng shui may even help make babies less fussy, feel more comfortable in their surroundings and promote their health and well-being.

Here are seven tips for creating the right feng shui:• Select a good location for the baby's bedroom.

An infant should have a bedroom that's not over a garage or other empty space. The bedroom also shouldn't be located where there's excessive noise that might prevent proper rest.• Bed placement is important.

Put the baby's bed on a solid wall across from the door, with the head of the crib against the wall, rather than lengthwise, just as you would a regular bed. This supports the baby's head and provides a feeling of security. Too often, parents put the long side of the crib against the wall instead of the head. Avoid placing the bed against a wall that's shared with a bathroom, storage area, or utility-type room.

Opt for soothing colors.

Because deep sleep is necessary for healthy growth, be sure to select restful, muted colors versus bright hues that can be overstimulating. Select color palettes that are close to one another and harmonious in feng shui terms such as green and blue, white and beige or pink and yellow.

Create soft movement in the room.

To create good but soft energy and movement, hang mobiles close to a window to move gently in the breeze and keep soft music playing in the room. Avoid placing a baby under a ceiling fan as this can disrupt the infant's body energy.

Watch for pointed objects.

Make sure there are no hard corners from dressers or changing tables pointed at the baby's head or body. Move these to another part of the room and pointed away from the bed.

Select design motifs with care.

Nature designs are excellent and promote growth. Animal designs should be chosen carefully with only soft and cuddly animals selected versus aggressive ones, even when they are made for a baby's room. Make sure the designs have no harsh points such as arrows, crosses, diamonds or triangles. Motifs with fish are fine as long as the watery theme is not overly dominant.

Keep lighting balanced.

During the day, the light in a baby's room should neither be too bright or too dark. Install blinds that can be lowered or raised as needed to keep the room at a pleasant level of lighting (being sure to keep cords out of your baby's reach). If the room is too bright, the baby won't rest deeply.

Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.