Some people are under the mistaken impression that there are so-called “right and wrong” feng shui colors for the home or office. For example, many assume that red and black are predominant colors since they associate these with the Asian culture, that gold is meant to bring prosperity, or that you should have a red front door because it is “lucky.”
These things are actually incorrect assumptions about the use and application of feng shui colors, however, this doesn’t mean that there are no real principles to following when it comes to the colors in your home or office. To really understand these, here are some simple tips to remember.
Even scientists and biologists agree that color can and does affect your mood. When you are surrounded by bright, cheery, energetic colors, you feel more upbeat and enthused. When you are surrounded by darker, warmer colors, you feel more calm and relaxed. When applying the principles of feng shui colors, you need to remember this and consider the mood you are trying to create in each room. For instance, if you want your living room to be a place of restful relaxation, then those dark and soothing colors of warm browns, tans, shades of cocoa, and deep greens may work well, as opposed to the bright and frenetic colors of yellow and white. However, if you have a room where you are trying to create energy, such as the kitchen or family room, then brighter colors would work well.
Some people make the mistake of thinking that if some is good, then more is better. This cannot be further from the truth when talking about feng shui colors. Bold, bright colors are good for creating energy and enthusiasm, but too much can be overpowering and make you tense and anxious. Also, while those dark and warm colors can soothe and relax you, too much can make you feel depressed, closed in, and even smothered. Harmony and balance are essential elements of feng shui in all its applications, and certainly this is true when applying the use of feng shui colors in your room. Avoid using all of one shade or color family, but dress up or dress down your colors with accent items of opposing shades. If your living room is a warm brown or cocoa, have accent pillows, afghans, and artwork that introduces the brighter shades of yellow or white.
Whatever your choice of colors when applying feng shui techniques, take a step back and ask yourself how that color makes you feel. If you absolutely hate it, then it’s not for you, regardless of what some so-called “expert” tells you. Real feng shui colors are meant to encourage positive energy, and using colors you hate will do just the opposite.
So by learning these simple truths about “real” feng shui colors, you can better understand how to apply these in your own home and place of work.