Creating the changes you want with Feng Shui colors!
This article will show you how to pick the right feng shui decorating colors to create the exact ambiance you are looking for in your home!
Using Feng Shui colors is a sure way of creating effective and long lasting changes in your home.
Color creates mood and establishes atmosphere when you first walk into a home. It can either lift or dampen spirits or have a calming or vitalising effect.
Take a moment to think about the expressions we use in relation to color. “She sees everything through rose tinted spectacles,” or “She saw red,” or “He was green with envy,” or “I feel sad and blue today”. This shows that color has a powerful effect on your emotions (even if you are not aware of it).
Color therapy has been used since the beginning of time, firstly by the ancient Egyptians and then by the Greeks who assigned specific colors to specific illnesses.
Even today, you’ll find pink rooms in the cells of some
prisons in the U.S.A. to sedate violent prisoners. Similarly, the healing qualities of green have been used in UK hospitals to foster a sense of nurturing.
We don’t necessarily have to see color to benefit from its different properties. Research carried out in Russia showed that blind people could identify color by touch. Red, for example, was perceived as warm and rough whereas blue was cool and smooth. This again indicates that color does more than just affect your mood. It also affects your energy field at a deeper level.
This is why Feng Shui colors are so important. They determine the overall ambience of your home influencing energy patterns within. This, in turn, affects your own energy and experience of your home.
With a little bit of knowledge, you can use Feng Shui colors to create the environment you desire – a restful place for eating, a stimulating office to foster creativity and innovation or a lively dining room for upbeat conversation and fun social gatherings.
So, let’s take a look at those all important Feng Shui decorating colors and what they represent:
It’s not without good reason that red is used for traffic stop signs. Red is great for grabbing attention and can increase brain activity and your pulse rate. It is, therefore, great for spaces with lots of activity and explains why you’ll see so many Chinese restaurants and shops painted out in red.
Red is great for creating a party atmosphere or adding a sense of drama to a space. Note the preferred color of curtains, seats and carpets in a traditional theatre.
Red is also associated with passion and fire and so can be used to stimulate and intensify emotion. If you need to spice up your love life introduce a small amount of red in the bedroom and see what happens!
Warning! You should use red sparingly! Red is such a
powerful color that too much of it will overwhelm.
You can feel moody and aggressive if you stay in a room that is intensely red for too long. So, use red as an accent color rather than the dominant color in a room.
Red can add warmth to a dinghy corner and make rooms feel more cosy and intimate. It is, therefore, a popular choice for dining rooms.
Add red to a room if you are feeling depressed or suffering from anaemia or tiredness and need a stimulating or uplifting boost of energy!
Orange, not unlike red, is a stimulating color and is often associated with enthusiasm, sociability and optimism. It is, therefore, the ideal color for a dining room or any space where you receive visitors and/or entertain.
Orange is a welcoming color for hallways which can often be dark or north-facing rooms that need warming up.
Orange has traditionally been used by color therapists to reduce tiredness, depression and pain and help with disorders such as gout, constipation and alcoholism.
Orange is great for unblocking emotions and creating
a sense of joy in your life.
As with red, avoid too much orange in the bedroom as it can over stimulate but don’t be frightened to use orange in other areas. It doesn’t have to be an overly bright orange. Consider using knocked back tones of orange such as Provencal earthy tones or introducing terracotta vases into your space.
Purple is known as the psychic color linked with activities such as meditation and healing. It’s often the preferred color of mediums and those who are in touch with their spiritual side. It’s, therefore, a great color for a spa or retreat.
Purple can have a calming and restorative effect in a
bedroom as it encourages introspection which is key at night time when your energy needs to be focused inwards.
Use purple or violet shades if you feel emotionally out of sorts and crave a more stable work-life balance. Alternatively, use purple to enhance intuition or if you are embarking on a spiritual journey.
Yellow is a great Feng Shui color which I seem to recommend over and again to lift spirits, raise energy levels and dispel negativity. You can use yellow in kitchens, hallways, living rooms, play rooms and offices but again avoid bedrooms as it may prove too energetic and intense.
Yellow is particularly good for focusing the mind and encouraging intellectual progress. I remember moving from a green office to a yellow one. The difference it made in terms of improved memory, judgment, concentration and logic was amazing. Our overall performance greatly improved.
Color therapists use yellow when working with illnesses such as jaundice, arthritis, immobility, depression and skin problems.
Pink is the ultimate feminine color of nurturing and love. It’s great for creating a haven of calm and has sedative qualities if you have hyperactive children or are encountering sleeping difficulties.
Pink is also great if you are recovering from a divorce or need to move beyond relationship troubles.
Green is associated with peace and calm and lies at the centre of the color spectrum. It is calming, reassuring and promotes feelings of safety (chosen as the color of the international safety code).
The balancing, restful qualities in greens makes for an
obvious feng shui decorating color choice for bedrooms, living rooms and places of retreat (not home offices or studies).
It’s also a great color to use if you are experiencing
wayward teenagers or people who seem out of balance on an emotional level.
Color therapists generally use green to reduce stress,
ease headaches, migraines and gastric ulcers or balance mood swings.
Although a restful color, green also represents growth (be it financial or personal). If you choose a bright green it can bring abundance to you and urge you to take positive action. Green is the color favoured for decorating the South East corner of the ba gua = wealth.
Blue is the ultimate soother giving off serene, tranquil
vibes. Blue can reduce stress and tension and is useful to calm negative emotions when tempers are running high.
Imagine looking out to a shimmering azur sea surrounded by deep blue skies. What feelings are stirred within you? Personally, it helps me switch off and relax and take one step back from life’s great treadmill.
Blue is also associated with effective communication and clear thought and is great for focusing the mind and intellect.
Too much blue can be cold and depressing so avoid it
if you are prone to moodiness and low mood swings.
Color therapists tend to use blue to combat hernias, back problems and muscular defects. It is also said to lower your blood pressure and heart rate.
Black absorbs all other colors and so needs to be used with care. It is great as an accent color for accessories such as picture frames or curtain rails. In this way, it provides a striking backdrop for other colors.
Black can be perceived as intriguing, bold, sexy and independent. It also creates a sense of magic as it has great depth to it. However, too much black can be oppressive and depressing and should be avoided in children’s bedrooms, dining rooms and kitchens.
White is associated with purity and cleanliness and can be useful if your senses are overloaded and you need to clear down emotionally.
It is also useful for bouncing light and energy around
a space and can often be seen in communal hallways to keep decor looking fresh.
However, white can also be stark and difficult to live with long term. It can sap warmth and energy from an environment if used in isolation and needs to be combined with other colors to be truly effective.
This is why off whites tend to be more popular for home decoration.
I never recommend browns as Feng Shui decorating colors. Although brown is quite a popular home decoration color at the moment I associate brown with stagnation and depression.
Possessions and furniture can tend to go brown with age so it can make a space feel tired and old. OAPs seem to favour the color brown oddly enough.
If you do need to bring browns into your home think wood! Soft oak gives off a warm and stabilising energy whereas beech can introduce more vibrant tones.
Grey is the color of indecision – neither white nor
black. It can often look grubby giving off dismal or
If you insist on grey house paint colors ensure you repaint regularly to keep it fresh-looking.
How to pick your feng shui house paint colors
Of course, not all the colors of the spectrum have been mentioned. There is a multitude of different shades, hues and tints to choose from.
If you are finding it difficult to pick suitable Feng Shui colors for your home consider the following top tips:
Imagine different feng shui colors in different rooms in your home. How do they make you feel?Try to close your eyes and feel the energy of the different Feng Shui colors. Which one suits your present emotional state and frame of mind?
Go to your local D.I.Y. shop and ask for color swatches to bring home. Try to pick two or three favourite colors that speak directly to you. You could then invest in a small tester pot and cover a small portion of the wall you intend to paint. Live with it for a couple of days before making your final decision.
Think about what mood you are trying to create. Are you looking for a calm space or one of lively communication for friends to gather in? Choose your feng shui colors ccording to the mood or atmosphere you are trying to create.
What are you drawn to when flicking through home decoration magazines? Cool Swedish Room colors that exude tranquility or lively Provencal reds and orange which have a stabilising, earthy feel?
Look to nature for inspiration! Pick out feng shui colors that appeal to you personally using flowers and Autumn leaves as a guide.
Sometimes nature surprises and will put purples and oranges together for a dramatic but appealing look that you wouldn’t necessarily think of.
So, just go for it! Be bold with color. If you don’t like it you can always paint it out and start again.
When choosing Feng Shui colors, try to ascertain their effects on you as an individual. What emotions do they bring to mind? How does color affect the mood of the room?
If you do implement some of the above Feng Shui color tips, I’d be delighted to hear your results!