What is the best feng shui for a small classroom?

by Lawrence
(Saint Petersburg, FL USA)

What is best feng shui for a small classroom? I have a project of setting up a small class room for 1-5 students. I am thinking colors, layout of space etc. Can you help me? I want warm, friendly, comfortable yet structured and business. How can feng shui best influence my students?


ANSWER:
The ideal classroom feng shui is a healthy and balanced environment. First, lighting is really important. Natural lighting and sunlight uplifts and activates chi, promotes learning, regulates bodily rhythms, normalizes cell functions, strengthens immunity, improves mood, and supports vitality... just to name a few of the benefits! If you can, allow for as much sunlight into the classroom as possible. If there is a lack of natural light, then you should replace the bulbs with full spectrum bulbs—especially if there is overhead fluorescent lighting. You may even want to bring in lamps to soften the space.

Color—along with lighting—has a profound impact on learning. Studies suggest that light blue and light yellow are good for children—it lowers stress. When it comes to age groups, warm bright colors are great for elementary school children, while upper grades and secondary schools need subtle, cooler hues to enhance ability to concentrate (like light, pale blue). Pale green is great for libraries—it promotes quietness.

The quality of air is important. Stagnant air means stagnant energy. Whenever I go into a room or building with poor air quality, I feel tired, lethargic, and unfocused. Try opening some windows or getting an air purifier to create an uplifting and healthy environment. You can even try to use aromatherapy to promote learning.

As for layout and furniture placement, the ideal feng shui classroom allows energy to flow freely about the room. Don't overcrowd the space with desks. The teacher or presenter should always be in the power position—which is farthest away from the door with a wall behind his or her back. The teacher should have a commanding view of the classroom with all student desks facing him or her (this will help to maintain attention and focus). Also watch out for poison arrows (sharp edges) aimed towards any children.

Here is a wonderful website with lots of good information.

Be well,
Jessica

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Classrooms for teenagers

by Sylvie
(Canada)

Do you have any suggestions for colors for a classroom for teenagers?

ANSWER:
Hi Sylvie,

Good question!

Cool colors are the best because they balance the "heat" of teenagers. They are good for learning too.

Blue is especially good because it is not only calming, it promotes learning and clarity.

You can read about warm vs. cool colors here.
There is also a color wheel to help.

Be well,
Jessica

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