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MAKE FENG SHUI WORK FOR YOU
Every time we’ve moved in the last ten years, I carried one important book with me – Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness by Karen Rauch Carter. The advice in this invaluable book has helped us live an adventurous life, find jobs, travel, fix problems and health issues, rescue animals, create, etc. Even living in a castle was made a reality by following Karen’s advice!
I am extra excited to share this article that Karen was kind enough to write for you. It is specifically written with children in mind, but her books address ALL life situations and can help you solve the biggest problems with Feng Shui. So if this article speaks to you, read the book, move your stuff, and change your life now!
BEST COLOR CHOICES FOR YOUR CHILD’S BEDROOM by Karen Rauch Carter
It seems like a mom’s job is rarely done. Far more than the master bedroom, I get asked about the best feng shui colors to paint children’s bedrooms. So here are some top tips for children’s rooms!
Although my one-on-one consultations take into account many specific things about a child before I suggest bedroom colors, if I were to generalize, I would at least suggest using a warm color. There are cool hues and warm hues of the same color. If you don’t know the difference, ask a professional in the paint department or a designer. A cold white is probably the hardest to counterbalance. If you rent and are forced to live in a cold white home, counterbalance this by hanging fabrics, or large pictures filled with very warm colors to cover as much cold white as possible.
Let’s get into specific colors (I’ll use the spectrum colors) and what energy qualities they promote:
Red promotes physical activity, decisiveness, intensity, vigor, strength, sexuality, and materialism. Red is a grounding energy. Too much red can make your child more impulsive, emotionally stressed, and anxious.
Orange indicates a high-spirited personality, independent thinker, or entertainer. Orange is the color of festivity, parties, spontaneity and enthusiasm. Orange indicates a balance between the physical and spiritual, being unpredictable, expressive, and being in the moment. Orange may suggest spiritual leadership or religious focus. It can also help create boundaries.
Yellow represents wisdom, knowledge, art, joy, happiness, aspirations, inspiration, enlightenment and deep inner strength. Yellow is the color of optimism, analytical thinking, friends, popularity, intellectual stimulation, communications, reason and logic.
Green is a nurturing color, related to nature and plants. Green energy evokes restoration, healing, renewal, growth, relaxation, empathy, generosity, and love. Green is the color of retreat and sanctuary, balance and harmony.
Blue is the color of the skies and oceans, and represents serenity, tranquility, patience, loyalty, imagination, honesty, sincerity introspection, writing, organizing, planning, drawing, architecture, and music. It is the color of mental clarity infinite truth and inner peace.
Indigo represents reformation, truth seeking, idealism, reality, justice, science, education law, religion, government, philosophy and literature. Indigo evokes qualities of unity, obligation, dedication, devotion, discipline, and sincerity.
Violet is the color that activates spirituality, along with mystical, psychic, and clairvoyant abilities. It resonates with those who are visionary, highly intuitive and seekers of perfection.
Now, with that said, let’s proceed with my general recommendations:
HOW RIGHT COLOR CHOICES CAN HELP YOUR CHILDREN
- I’d recommend green for an infant’s room as it promotes health, growth and balance.
- If your child is showing signs of or has been diagnosed with ADD, or ADHD or generalized anxiety, consider a color in the yellow family. If you have a child that has a hard time concentrating on homework for example, place their homework on a yellow desk top or pad, so their eyes pick up yellow around the homework. This may help them focus. Definitely stay away from anything in the red family.
- If your child wants to paint their room black, or is starting to show signs of “going goth,” it is symbolizing their inner reaching for identity. They are literally creating a void. It is akin to a pause in knowing their true identity. If the room ends up black, a lot of the light in the room will be absorbed. This can create an “excessive yin” condition according to feng shui principles, which may lead to depression and negative spiraling thoughts. A counterbalancing color to help maintain balance if the room ends up black is to add light fixtures, and allow as much natural light in as possible. Yellow is also a good counterbalancing color – hide it in the room – that can even help to restore balance.
- I’d suggest yellow also for a child who is painfully shy, or acts out because of their inability to clearly communicate their needs (terrible twos or teens).
- Any child prone to fevers, hot temper, or nervousness should avoid red. A person or child would have to show extreme imbalance in specific conditions (a severe lung condition, for example) for me to recommend a lot of red in a room. It is simply too active of a color to promote rest, health, and sleep. I’d say in general to keep red at a minimum in the bedroom.
- A child on meds for bipolar issues, ADD, ADHD, or any other mental imbalance may be helped by a mint-type of green room.
- A child prone to depression may need more light, and possibly the color orange may help. Avoid blues for this child.
- I might suggest a blue room for a child that is showing signs of making poor ethic choices (shop-lifting, stealing, etc.) but I’d make sure it is a “happy blue” and not a dark, cool one that could exacerbate a blue mood.
- An indigo or violet color may help balance a child that appears overly selfish, or is just a little too “into materialism.”
- If your child has suffered any abuse, I’d recommend bringing in more of the color saffron orange. It will help restore healthy boundaries.
KAREN RAUCH CARTER
Karen Rauch Carter motivates audiences to rethink their day to day choices by implementing simple yet doable fixes for a vibrant life, home, health, relationship, planet and more. The best-selling author of the feng shui classic Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life, and Make a Shift, Change Your Life, Karen draws from years of experience in holistic arts, design, and personal development. For a complimentary webinar on how to position your furniture for success, visit www.MoveItWithKaren.com.