Meditation & Health #20-Feng Shui Wisdom Color Your Home
FENG SHUI WISDOM
Color Your Home
BY CHEN ZHONG & NARY CHEA
The thoughtful use of color in interior design is essential not only to a home’s beauty but to achieving a balanced feng shui and thereby a positive mindset for the inhabitants.
Nature’s Balance of Yin and Yang
Color must be utilized in a balanced way in order for the members of the home to feel supported and nourished.
• In Harmony With Heaven and Earth
Feng shui emphasizes “clear sky and deep ground” and “unity of Heaven and Earth.” In the context of a room, the ceiling signifies the sky, the floor signifies the earth, and the walls signify humanity. Thus, the ceiling should be light-colored, the flooring an earth tone, and the walls an in-between shade. A light top with a heavy base gives one a sense of both grounding and airiness. It promotes ease and comfort, a feeling of harmony with Heaven and Earth.
• Soothing the Senses
Choose lighter shades such as cream, light green, light yellow, or light blue as the main color, which is the hue that is used in the living room and master bedroom and covers more than 50 percent of the home. Light colors are soothing to the senses.
• Cool and Warm Shades
Good feng shui is a balanced mix of cool and warm shades. Some favor dark colors and use them extensively. Others paint their rooms in bright, rich colors. Such extremes are not desirable. Instead, use moderate tones to relax the eye and mind.
Colors for Different Rooms
Choose appropriate colors for each room based on its function to improve the family’s feng shui.
The dining room gives families a place to enjoy conversation over a meal. Use warm colors to signify a happy family gathering place. Colors such as earthy brown and neutral hues induce vitality, while orange-yellow or orange-red improve one’s appetite.
White and light green are suitable colors for the kitchen as they signify cleanliness and brightness. They also make a small kitchen appear larger. Red and black should be avoided. Red symbolizes fire, and the kitchen has a very strong fire element. Akin to adding fire to fire, the combination is bad for one’s health. Black represents water and using it can be likened to extinguishing the fire energy in the kitchen.
Bright colors used in children’s spaces can bring out a vibrant, healthy and joyful child. The brilliant colors create a lively room to aid the child’s development in body and mind. However, moderation is key. Many parents use excessive bright colors, which can cause adverse effects on the child’s vision, personality, temperament, and nervous system.
Home Office/Study Room
The atmosphere in the home office or study room is meant to be quiet and calm. Colors for the walls and ceiling should be elegant and soft. Milky yellow, beige, and light blue induce inspiration and make one feel happy and cheerful. Too many colors can disrupt one’s concentration and counter creativity, affecting productivity.
An important gathering place for family members and visitors, the living room’s colors reflect the host’s taste as well as affect everyone’s mood. The choice of color is determined by the orientation of the windows, as the windows are key to the lighting scheme.
Windows that face east get the morning sun. Different tones of yellow are suitable for creating a space of calm humility. West-facing living rooms in turn get plenty of afternoon sun, and thus the use of a soothing color such as light blue is wise as it helps to buffer the glare. South-facing living rooms located in the Northern Hemisphere benefit from cool colors such as cream and pure white, which create a refreshing feel in the space. However, for south-facing living rooms in the Southern Hemisphere, use warm colors such as shades of orange. The feeling of warmth is especially important during winter when daylight is short.
Green, blue and white are colors of purification and renewal. They are great colors for the bathroom. Green and blue represent water, which cleanses negative energy. The color of life, green’s freshness makes one feel calm. White induces the feeling of cleanliness and can visually enlarge the space.
Wise Choice of Color
The correct mix of colors is vital for a welcoming environment and to improve the family’s feng shui. Inappropriate mixtures can affect the occupants’ health. There are some colors that should be used with care.
The Chinese believe that red is a festive and auspicious color. It is usually used to decorate the newlyweds’ room. However, the intensity of red can be stressful for the eyes and cause agitation. Red is more suitable as an accent color, used in furniture and art pieces, etc.
Many couples use pink extensively in their daughter’s room. Too much pink can make one anxious and adversely affect love life, impacting the overall luck of the family. Pink creates a floating effect, and inhabitants of a pink room may tend to live in an illusory world.
Green is a natural and healthy color and if used appropriately can bring vitality to the home environment. But if used too extensively, it makes concentration difficult. Substitute it with plants as decorations. Besides purifying the air, plants can also soothe one’s mind and encourage friendly interactions with others.
Many young people love black. Deemed cool and fashionable, black furniture is popular. But it can create a depressing and sad feeling. Use it in small doses and balance its use with furniture and displays of other colors.
Let Kindness Reside
Each color has its own significance and energy, and must be taken into consideration when painting the house. The concept of yin and yang is indispensable in feng shui.
Follow the principle of moderation and let the balance of colors elevate the mood in your home.
In addition, when family members sow the seeds of kindness, it enhances the feng shui in the house. Auspiciousness will naturally reside in the home. As Grandmaster JinBodhi advises, “Give happiness to others and one shall be auspicious.”
An affectionate, magnanimous and kind person will be blessed, successful and at ease.