Feng Shui Color Meanings

Feng Shui is the belief that the arrangement of objects and colors in your living spaces can affect your chi - your life's energy.

Feng Shui is the belief that the arrangement of objects and colors in your living spaces (home, office, etc.) can affect your chi - your life's energy. Having originated in ancient China, Feng Shui has become a popular way to revamp your life.

A few concepts are integral to Feng Shui. One of these concepts is the importance of five elements; fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Each element has its own place in the cycle of life For example, wood makes fire (a productive cycle), but wood can also block the earth (a destructive cycle). In Feng Shui, it is important to harmonize the elements in your living space in order to maximize the productive cycles in your life.

Different colors represent different elements, so you can utilize colors in your home to maintain productive cycles. The Feng Shui approach to this belief resides in the concept of the bagua map - a diagram divided into nine squares. Overlay this map on your house, apartment, or even office, and you will see that different areas correspond to various areas of your life. The names of each area in clockwise order from the top left are prosperity, fame and reputation, relationships and love, creativity and children, helpful people and travel, career, skills and knowledge, family, and health in the middle. The entrance to your home or the room is at the bottom line of the bagua map, roughly where the career area is. Use the correct colors to represent the five elements as needed in each area of your life, and your chi will improve.

With the understanding of the five elements and how they can affect the bugua map of your home, you can begin to incorporate the appropriate colors in the needed areas. It is important to have a balance of all five elements in your home so you can optimize the positive flow of chi throughout.

Blue is good for the knowledge area of your home because it is a peaceful shade that promotes meditation and reflection. A similar color to be used in moderation is black, which indicates depth and has the ability to counteract bad chi. Both colors, especially blue, represent water in your home, particularly if used in liquid-inspired sculptures and pictures.

White also has fairly obvious connotations of purity and cleanliness, traits often associated with children and their creativity. Yellow is a related color that indicates honesty and trust. Both colors represent the earth element in a home.

Red is a very powerful color that embodies virtue and truth. Additionally, it is a positive color that represents the vibrancy of life - power, glory, happiness. As a result, it is often recommended to place red in the reputation area of your bagua map. Red embodies the element fire, especially if you use geometric or other harsh-seeming shapes to display it.

Purple's strength is similar to red and works well in tandem with red and gold. Together, these colors work well in the wealth area.

Any sort of metallic color - silver or gold - indicates prosperity and embodies the element metal. These colors are good for the career and prosperity area of your home, particularly if you have bold ways to display the colors.

Green, not surprisingly, promotes growth, hope, and rebirth. This color is especially good for the family and health area of your house. Green embodies the element wood and is most effective when used in referencing nature: leaves, flowers, pictures of nature scenes, etc.

Shades of pink are stereotypically good for the love and relationship area of your home, but with good reason. Pink is a combination of red and white, and red embodies passion while white embodies purity. Together, passion and purity of heart are excellent representations of love.

Lastly, gray is a good color for the helpful people and travel portion of your home since it is the color of connection - black indicating depth while white lightens it with purity.

Utilizing the elements through various colors can be as easy or as complicated as you would like. In some cases, simply placing a small object of a certain color can trigger positive chi, whereas others may paint entire rooms a certain color. In any case, the important thing to remember in Feng Shui is to use what is agreeable to you and keep a balanced perspective. Remember to incorporate all five elements in your home through colors or the element itself (a fountain for water, a bronze sculpture for metal, etc.), and to utilize the bagua map.

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