A Beginners Guide to Feng Shui Colors
Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient Chinese system of balancing our physical environment to promote harmony and a sense of well-being.
Each color has a different meaning and varying combinations work best for different spaces. Learn which works best for your bedroom, living room and even your outfits!
When designing with the wood element, use shapes that mimic the vertical, column-like shape of tree trunks and the softness of leaves and flowers. Like the leaves and sky, wood’s colors are green and blue. Consider incorporating the following types of objects:
- fresh and silk flowers
- plants and trees
- cotton and other natural fabrics
- wood furniture
Fire. The element of fire is often represented by the sun. Fire, like the sun, provides light and warmth.
When designing with the fire element use all types of lighting, candles and fireplace. Colors like red and orange will help to activate the elements of fire as well. Animals and things made from animals also activate fire although this is less commonly know.
All lighting—electric, oil, candles, sunlight, fireplaces
- The whole room should be well lit to draw energy into the room.
- Things made from animals—fur, leather, bone, feathers, wool
- Pets and wildlife
- Art depicting people and/or animals
- Art depicting sunshine, sun, light, or fire
- Shapes such as triangles, pyramids, sunbursts or cones
- Bright colors, especially red, yellow and orange
Earth. As you can guess from the name, the earth feng shui element brings the energy of nourishment, stability, support and caring patience.
Some of the best examples are of bringing the energy of earth element are color , crystals and stones, pottery, as well as images of earthy landscapes without too much greenery or water.
- Fill a bowl with rock crystal or have a crystal cluster on a side table
- Use a salt-rock lamp or candle holder which when heated become a natural air ionizer
- Painting walls earthy colors
- Earthy toned rugs
Metal. The metal element brings the qualities of sharpness, precision and efficiency; its balanced presence will help you live with clarity and lightness.
The freshness, clarity and strong cooling energy of the Metal element can be expressed in colors white and gray, a variety of metallic finishes, in round shapes, as well as numerous decor items made from metal, of course!
- White pillows
- Grey wall color
- Metal frames
- White rugs
Water. A harmonious feng shui water element will bring a refreshing energy of calm, ease, purity and freshness
The healing, life giving and mysterious energy of the Water element can be expressed in colors blue and black, in a variety of water features, in flowing shapes, images of water, mirrors, as well as numerous decor items in blue and black colors.
- Images of Water
- Blue rugs
- Wavy or curved shapes