Feng Shui tips for using colors(1)
Transform your home with these tips on using colors that will boost your energy and promote health.
Feng shui is the Eastern practice of analyzing where things go to create the most healthful and beneficial energy flow. Using colors in your home based on how you respond to their energy is a crucial component of the process. If you have a living room full of hot, fiery colors that sometimes leave you feeling burned out, bring the heat down with simple accessories such as blue silk pillows, blue blown glass, and candles that are pumpkin-colored rather than red. Sometimes a room just needs some relief from the energy associated with its predominant colors.
That said, while a room with too much fire energy may be frenetic and not relaxing, a room with too much blue may be too cold and uninviting. To help you make sense of it all, here's a primer on the five elements of Feng shui and the associated colors that elicit specific energies in your home:
Blue and black, associated with water energy, support inner work, helping us to concentrate, contemplate, meditate, and handle creative endeavors. Blue can slow the heart and breathing rates and lower blood pressure. It can be used to increase coolness, to calm, and to create privacy.
Green is associated with wood energy, the energy of growth, decisiveness and action. It can motivate internal change.
Red is associated with fire, which supports life energy. The color of blood, it can increase heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. It also can promote activity and alleviate depression. It's clearly the color of passion and love.
Yellow is associated with earth energy, representing Mother Earth. It can cheer, infuse with hope, clarify and elevate mental activity. It also creates a sense of stability and nurturing. Yellow is often used to help children with dyslexia improve their focus.
- White and metallic colors are associated with metal energy. They can support carefulness and focus as well as purity.