Here’s a question I received in my email recently:
“My teenager wants to paint her bedroom walls Red. Is this a mistake?”
The answer, of course, is — “It depends.”
In Feng Shui Red is the color for the Fire element, representing warmth and expansiveness. The emotions associated with Fire range from friendliness and enthusiasm all the way to high passion and drama.
So if your daughter feels she’s missing out on some of these things, Red might be just the ticket for her right now, boosting her confidence and bringing her into full bloom.
But the flip side is that Red can exaggerate dramatic tendencies that already exist. In that case I’d suggest trying out a few Red accessories and complementing them with items drawn from the Earth element to create a sense of groundedness.
The key is to let her experiment. Paint is one of the easiest things to change if it turns out not to be a good fit, and learning about yourself in these ways is one of Feng Shui’s most valuable roles.
Let me know what happens!