There’s no denying colors have a way of catching your attention. Vivid rose reds, and lush grass greens; they have a way of imprinting themselves in our memories unlike anything else. Colors can affect people in many different ways.
By using the right feng shui colors, based on your birth element & Kua numbers, you can strengthen the practice of Feng Shui in you environment. Colors are divided into one of two groups. Yin colors are warm and represent healing and relaxation. Yang colors are cool and are used to brighten an overly yin environment. As with all Feng Shui, there must be a balance between yin and yang to achieve perfect harmony.
Every color is related to one of the 5 feng shui elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each of these elements rules a specific area of your home. When your choice of color works in balance with a feng shui element of the area you are decorating, it results in very positive Chi.
In this article, we’ll look at Feng Sui colors, what they mean, and how you can incorporate them into your living spaces. Feng Shui colors are separated into two groups, Yin & Yang. Below you will see what colors belong to which group and what they symbolise.
Yin Colors Represent Healing and Relaxation:
- Blue reflects love and creates a feeling of peace and trust. As it is the color of both the sea and sky, Feng Shui experts associate it with adventure and exploration. Amongst the different shades of blue, navy blue is the color associates best with intellect and wisdom.
- Black symbolizes money and income. It is a perfect color for those who want to focus on their careers, especially when combined with the element metal. In Feng Shui, black represents emotional protection and power.
- Purple is associated with spiritual awareness and growth, it represents physical and mental healing.
- White symbolizes confidence, poise and purity. Feng Shui experts combine this color with gold and silver as it represents a calm atmosphere.
- Green represents balance, normality, nurture and being refreshed. It is the color that represents balance, harmony, healing and health in the emotional, physical and spiritual aspect of things.
Yang colors tend to be fire and wood elements. They represent positive energy and enthusiasm:
- Yellow is associated with cheerfulness and friendliness. Be careful not to over do it however, as too much often leads to anxiety.
- Orange will help you to strengthen your concentration particularly with those who are looking for a creative boost.
- Tan represents the colors of the earth. It represent neatness and helps conceal emotion.
- Lavender symbolizes sexual indecision. This color can suggest an ability to be manipulated.
- Maroon is one of the darker shades of red. In Feng Shui, this also represents indecisiveness.
Colors should always be used in conjunction with other Feng Shui elements in order to balance the Chi. These elements are namely earth, water, fire, wind and metal.
Feng Shu colors by element
Fire Colors: Red, Orange, Purple, Pink, Strong Yellow.
Earth Colors: Light Yellow, Beige & Skin Colors, Earthy & Sandy Colors, Brown
Metal Colors: Gray, White, Metallic
Water Colors: Blue, Black
Wood Colors: Teal, Green, Brown
Each of the colors above are unique to an element. Using combinations of them to balance each other out, leads to higher levels of prosperity, both at home and in the office. For example, if you wanted balance in your bathroom, do not add the color black as their is already an abundance of water. This would cause a high level of the water element, which in turn is not a balance. Instead you would pick a color that represents an element that isn’t readily present, such as earth as water nourishes the earth.
Feng Shui colors can be used to create the exact energy you need. Combine these colours with positioning aspects of Feng Shui for perfect harmony.
Understanding Yin and Yang
We’ve discussed the importance of Yin and Yang when choosing colors, but it is important to also understand that yin and yang is a part of everything. They symbolise perfect balance, and this should always be at the front of your mind when embarking on the feng shui practice.
The Yin and Yang illustration is probably the most recognisable symbol of Feng Shui. It means that a balance of opposites is essential to appreciate the beauty of all things and achieve harmony. You cannot appreciate the good without bad, light without darkness, food without hunger etc. The yin and yang theory of opposites and balance extends to the 5 feng shui elements; water, wind, fire, wood and earth.
These elements must be in balance in order to achieve good energy flow.
Yin symbolizes strength, viability, aggressiveness and represents the masculine side of identity. Yang, on the other hand symbolises weakness, softness, spiritual growth, and represents femininity. Maybe due to the age of the practice, Feng Shui seems to be tailored towards a masculine state, establishing masculinity as the strongest aspect in the scale of life. However, there are many elements on Yang which are incredibly important, and a world with too much yin, is a world without balance.
The practice of Feng Shui is as complex as it is old. The main concepts, are not entirely original. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited for first denoting the importance of opposites. Further more, psychology has similar theories on colours and visual designs that well resonate with those familiar with the art of Feng Shui.
Studies have shown that there are more women drawn to the practice of Feng Shui than men. This is interesting when examining the masculine preference of yin and across the art itself. However, those who argue gender basis within the practice are limited to the representation of yin and yang. There are no other outward manifestations of this gender bias.
In science we are told that there is no action that is not met by an equal and opposite reaction. In fact we can witness this in all walks of life. It is especially important to get gain a deep understanding of this concept. People starting out in Feng Shui can sometimes idetify an element that resonates in them, perhaps it is attached to their birth year, and go about decorating all rooms using the principles of this element. However, they forget the balance that is required. Even if an element is not unique to us, it has to be represented as it balances out all other elements, allowing them to organise the flow of chi to it’s most effective.
If there’s one thing you should always remember, it is that balance is key, and without it, it is impossible to achieve harmony.