Wow, here is a really unique feng shui question about the color red: “My 13 yr old daughter wants to paint her room red, I know, I have tried to ask her if there’s another color, but she really wants it a bright red. Is there anything really bad about it being red, from a feng shui perspective?”
My Answer: Your daughter has a definitive opinion, and I respect that fully. What we see, however, in our head is not necessarily what we want to live with. Bright red is one of those colors that is abhorrent on just one wall 99% of the time, so an all-or-nothing approach is interesting in and of itself.
Red is the color of absolute fire. It is also a color that creates great warmth. Red can, in a positive sense, be motivational and create radical change in life energetically. In a bedroom, though, what runs too hot keeps up awake, can make us angry and can stop us from sleeping well.
Is there a place near you where you can experience lots of red in a room? An art gallery, a museum, even a furniture store? I think that would be a good live-demo for her of what fire feels like on all sides.
Next, lets think of a few ways to add fire: great lights, an LED light sculpture, a cool disco ball, red, pink, purple and orange art… these are a few kid-friendly ways to do this. Maybe a few of these additions will temper the desire for pure red. And just a little red can go a long way to energize a room, as shown in the image above!
Of course, you can always bite the bullet and try out pure red walls. I would do this as a last-resort, only because its soooo intense that few can do well with it, particularly teenagers who are prone to both spending time in their bedroom and also, experiencing lots of social drama amongst the other pressures that society brings to today’s teenagers….all that red could make it… very hot.
If you do try red walls, use lots of earth and wood (earth tones, natural materials, wood floors, paper collages, etc) to keep the room more balanced, overall. The light can be lower, the temperature of the room a bit cooler…
I hope this helps. Nothing is all good or all bad, but there may be better choices that pure red….though with some doing, pure red can work itself out as totally OK feng shui!
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