Feng Shui and Color – How the 7 Colors of the Rainbow Affect Your Home, Your Health and Your Mood
Each color of the rainbow is associated with one of the nine life areas, making color a powerful element in the art of Feng Shui. Colors can increase or decrease the flow of chi – the energy that flows through our homes and our bodies – bringing energy to some rooms while promoting calm in others
Choosing colors to calm or excite
Calm colors, primarily greens, blues and soft purples, encourage balance and harmony because the vibrations of the color are slow and steady. Choose soothing colors for rooms used for sleeping or for relaxing at the end of a long, stressful day. Bedrooms, bathrooms and family rooms should be painted in these cool colors.
Stimulating colors like reds, oranges, and yellows are best for kitchens, dining rooms and playrooms. Changing the flow of chi in a room is easily done by placing a brightly colored object – like a red tablecloth or some yellow flowers – in a room that needs a boost of energy.<o:p></o:p>
You can actually feel the chi of different colors – touch an object of a specific color and close your eyes. Do you feel calm, energized or neutral? When you use these colors in your home, think about your purpose in using feng shui. If you’re hoping to inspire more excitement in your bedroom, use high energy colors like red and yellow. If you want to turn your home office into a calm retreat, paint the walls green or lavender.
What colors can do for you
Every color affects chi energy differently, and different colors are believed to be related to the five elements, and to yin/yang. Color can be used to enhance a specific chi energy. There are also symbolic meanings for each color – so while red for example, is linked with fire energy and the chi energy of the west, it’s also associated with romance, wealth, and happiness.
Take a look at your favorite colors and see what they can do for you and your home:
Red – a strong color, energetic color that encourages physical and mental energy. In color therapy it’s used to improve blood circulation and overcome depression and fear. It’s an excellent color for a dining room, as it keeps guests excited and stimulates the appetite. Bright reds must be used carefully, though, as they can also generate fear and anger, and may be disturbing to people with mental health problems. It’s not a very good color for your bedroom – unless you’re hoping for an abundance of passion.
Orange – a happy color that revitalizes and refreshes, encouraging optimism, confidence, and enthusiasm. It’s used by color therapists to treat a number of health problems, including asthma, colds, and thyroid problems. Muted shades are good in family rooms where you want to encourage fun and relaxation. Orange is very good for kitchens and playrooms, but it can sometimes induce nervousness and restless behavior.
Yellow – associated with good luck, yellow can stimulate joy, wisdom, intuitive insight, and creativity, yellow’s a happy color that brings creativity and vitality. Color therapists believe that it has a positive effect on the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. Too much yellow is overstimulating, however, and is associated with negative emotions like cowardice and prejudice
Green – a healing and calming color that reminds us of nature, therapists use green to soothe pain. It’s great for living rooms and bedrooms, as it renews and balances. Green is also a symbol of selfishness, jealousy, and laziness, however. An overabundance of green can inspire lethargy and depression.
Blue – a healing and mentally relaxing color that conveys hope, harmony and calm. Blue is an excellent addition to a sick room, or to keep people calm and relaxed. Blue stimulates creativity, communication, and spiritual understanding, and may help to reduce pain levels. If used too much, however, blue can be depressing.
Indigo – a relaxing color, associated with change and the healing of crises. Color therapists use it as a cooling and astringent, and to improve vision, hearing, and smell. When used too much, though, indigo can create stagnation and mental fatigue.
Purple – a calming, soothing color associated with psychic intuition. Purples are great for meditation rooms and other areas devoted to spiritual studies, and to use throughout the house for wealth and abundance. Violet – a brighter purple with lots of red tones – is associated with spiritual aspirations, and prosperity. Color therapists believe it to be calming to the mentally ill, and say that it reduces hunger, and controls irritability.
Remember – the stronger a color is, the less of it that’s needed to affect the room. But your personal tastes and preferences are important in feng shui, too – so don’t use a color that you dislike, no matter what its feng shui function. The whole point of feng shui is to find the right balance of energy, calm and health in your home, so use colors that you feel good about!
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