The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines feng shui as, “a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness.” In addition to the placement of things, feng shui has color recommendations in order to create harmony and balance in your home. Beyond basic color psychology, each hue is assigned to specific areas of the home and each color is an expression of one of the 5 feng shui elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. What colors should you use and where should you use them? Check out these easy tips for choosing the best feng shui paint colors.
Grey, as the mix of white and black, is the ultimate neutral, remaining clear and detached. In fengshui, grey is part of metal element’s coloring. Once considered boring and an uninspiring lack of anything better, grey has become the contemporary world’s most popular neutral. Depending on its undertones, grey can read as warm and relaxing or cool and sophisticated. Grey is an excellent fengshui color because of its adaptability.
Natural and artificial lighting is one of the best and easiest ways to bring in the Fire element into spaces. After all, the sun is the ultimate Fire element. Windows provide a portal connecting our interior spaces with the exterior world, particularly natural light. Without windows, we would be living in a closed box that would be extremely dark and yin. In most floor plans, as many windows as possible are built into homes for this reason. We are generally drawn to light because the Fire element is life force to us. Our home is our refuge from the rest of the world. The proportion of windows to solid walls will determine how much of a sense of public exposure, which is yang energy, to privacy, which is a yin energy, we will have.
No matter you decorate your home with art made from an inspiring postcard or purchased from an expensive gallery, feng shui looks at your choice of art through the eyes of the bagua. Also called the energy map of your home, the bagua has specific needs that can be either nurtured or neglected with specific art. There are two factors to look at when choosing to decorate your home with good feng shui art:
So, the point I am emphasizing here is that for anything you bring into your home to work as a feng shui wealth cure  (or any other cure, for that matter), the item has to have a strong energy connection to you, and not to what other people say. If you do not like something, guess what – it does not like you back! Hardly a good feng shui energy dynamic. Next feng shui wealth color is purple and, just like with gold color, you can bring it with a variety of decor items. From painting to pillows, rugs or big book covers – see if this wealth feng shui color can be genuinely welcomed into your home. Use both colors tastefully and wisely, meaning create simple beauty and decorate with objects that you really like – this is how they will start working for you as intended.
Along with the need to balance the areas of the bagua with most appropriate art, it is also important to be aware of the subtle messages your art is sending. Is your art portraying a lonely person? Do you feel sad when you look at any specific images you have in your home? Be aware of the subtle energy your art is sending as this contributes to the quality of energy in your home. Be especially mindful of your choice of art for your bedroom.
In feng shui, there are private (yin) spaces, like bedrooms, and public (yang) spaces, like living rooms. A TV in a public space is OK. A television often becomes the focal point, which is fine if that's what you want. But if the intention of the room is, say, to gather the family, then keep the TV in something closed or in a less-than-central spot on the wall, so it doesn't dominate. For a family space, it's also nice to have a soft ottoman in place of a coffee table, so the kids can be in the center of the action.
There are many aspects and variables that come into play in designing a space with feng shui in mind. (Check out homedit’s previous articles on incorporating feng shui into the office and bedroom.) Color plays a particularly important role. In fact, each color is an expression of one of the five elements of feng shui. You may have heard of them: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Color is used in specific areas of the home intentionally so as to bring about positive chi and harmony.
Rectangular or square tables are OK in the dining room because, even though they have corners, no one will be sitting in front of a point, as they might with a coffee table. But if a circular or oval table fits perfectly, it's an excellent choice. Natural materials, like wood, feel solid and warm. The sound of glass hitting glass can cause tension. And people get overly protective with glass tables—anything too precious brings on nervous energy.

EAST AND SOUTH EAST-  Use water or wood colors in the south east it enhances your wealth and accumulation of assets so that your net worth grows. It also ensures that you dont get poorer over the years. In the East the wood element enhances your health and longevity. This makes you full of vigor, vitality and you have a healthy body, mind and spirit.
After you select a commanding position for your couch, you'll probably want to know where to place your television. "Most TVs these days are so slim that you could mount it on the wall, which helps keep a more sleek and neat presentation," says Cerrano. When it comes to the question of whether or not you should you hang your television over your fireplace, Cerrano advises against it, if possible. "If that's the only location in the living room to place it, go for it," she says. "But if your intention is to create a space for greater connection and conversation with family, allowing the fireplace to be the main focal point is a much better option."
I know this might sound a bit too complicated, but if you want to achieve lasting results with your feng shui work, there is no way around it. Of course, you can always just place a pair of Mandarin ducks in your love and marriage bagua area or a money frog in your money area and expect powerful results, but this will hardly work long term, trust me.
To create change in your life, you must remove what is no longer working; create space for new energy. This is the decluttering phase. In the five elements cycle, it is the Metal phase where energy is refined and purified so that rebirth can later take place. Clutter is whatever is no longer in your highest and best interest to keep and whatever takes up valuable space the new incoming energy needs. Only have in your home items you use or love. When I do feng shui home consultations, oftentimes this is the only step needed. In cases where there is too much stuff within a space, it simply needs to be cleaned out. In doing so, favorite items can stand out and be seen.
It is not advisable to put water or water feature inside the bedroom as it will have after effects. Feng shui is not a simple subject where items are literal representation of items. Yes it does work sometimes but it depends on a case to case basis. So I really hope that only through proper professional advice, will then people take action or else the consequences will be dire.
So, there you have it, the basic feng shui color guide to help you create a happy and healthy home. Color is like music, nourishing and uplifting, and the more colors you harmoniously absorb throughout the day, the higher your sense of well-being. Do not be afraid to bring vibrant colors into your space, as color is light, and light is our number one nutrient.

The lotus flower is a symbol for Healing Beyond Borders/Healing Touch-of which I am a practitioner and when I saw this I thought it would be beautiful in my treatment room. It really is beautiful. the colors at the bottom are reflected in the crystal. I only wish that room received sunlight. I think this is a beautiful accent to any room and I did try it in the sun and it was very was packaged lovely and would think of giving as a gift!

Excellent Feng Shui energizers, especially when placed in the "South East" Wealth & Good Luck corner. They are the best symbol of Wealth. It should be kept in the "South East" of the living room, everyone will be benefited. Alternately, they can also be hung in all the other rooms. To energize these crystals, wash them in salt water every month. If one has touched them, keep in the sun for about 10 minutes.
Metal is also used for decorative purposes in a balanced feng shui home. For example, metal art and frames are common. Accenting furniture and art with gold and silver is another way to bring Metal into a space. Including rocks in a decorative arrangement is a nice way to include the Metal element in an organic way. Crystals and gemstones are also Metal elements and can be used decoratively and/or to energetically charge spaces according to feng shui. Gemstones are known for having energetic properties specific to their color and composition and are discussed in greater detail in Chapter 16.

All plants belong to the Wood element, and experts use them as a way to balance the elemental energy of a specific area. For instance, it can help boost the energy level of an area associated with wood, or weaken an area associated with water. But of course, there are other factors to consider when balancing the five elements, which we will discuss later.

If you’ve ever walked into a huge dining room with a tiny table, or had to suck in your stomach to walk around an enormous dining table in a shoebox-sized room, then you’ll understand the importance of proportion in a space’s comfort. Feng shui embraces the concept that, in order for spaces to feel restful, they should be proportionate. Leave plenty of space for people and positive energy to move about.
As Feng Shui is concerned with how you arrange your environment, you should also carefully consider where you place your plants. Although cacti are often said to cause arguments because of their spikes, they actually shield you from negative energy. However, they need to be placed in lower traffic areas of the workplace, such as washrooms. In fact, as this area attracts negative energy, placing a cactus in the bathroom is one of the best things you can do to improve it.
Feng shui-wise, candles bring the potency and vitality of the Fire feng shui element. Small candles are welcomed anywhere in your home without restrictions. When it comes to decorating with bigger candles that have a stronger presence, especially if they are in Fire element colors such as red, pink, purple, yellow or orange, it is good to follow the basic feng shui guidelines for displaying candles.
This is regarded by the Chinese as the king of flowers, a flower of riches and honour, a Yang flower, and the essence of spring. The peony represents feminine beauty and of the many colours in which it comes, red is regarded as being especially lucky for families with daughters who are looking for a partner. If you buy a peony, plant it in the Southwest corner of your garden to attract relationship, marriage, or romance luck in the home. Other plants that resemble the peony may be used as substitutes although their flowers may not last as long. These include the hibiscus, gardenia and begonia. Begonias are quite easy to cultivate and are excellent for adding colour to the garden.
Manadarin Ducks are the most popular love symbol and they are perfect to be gifted to someone who are looking for love in their life. They are a popular Feng Shui cure for lasting love and happy married life. They must be placed in a pair, and should be gifted in a pair too. Ideal for wedding presents, Mandarin Ducks make a striking decoration piece too.
The earth element helps to generate nourishment, knowledge, and stability in your life. My favorite way to harness this element is by decorating with gorgeous stones and crystals I’ve collected throughout the years. I find that creating different designs with them is quite a therapeutic, meditative practice for me. Terracotta planters and natural salt rock lamps are two more fun ways to get your earth element fix. You can also decorate with square shapes and sandy colors, including light yellow and light brown. The earth element works best in bagua areas of the Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, West, and Center.

So, there you have it, the basic feng shui color guide to help you create a happy and healthy home. Color is like music, nourishing and uplifting, and the more colors you harmoniously absorb throughout the day, the higher your sense of well-being. Do not be afraid to bring vibrant colors into your space, as color is light, and light is our number one nutrient.
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