By Erica Sofrina, Author of Small Changes Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.
The ancient art of Feng Shui acknowledges the profound affect of color on our physical, emotional and spiritual well being. According to Feng Shui colors are connected to the five elements from the natural world; fire, earth, metal, water and wood and play a significant role in balancing our living spaces.
This is called the Five Elements theory and it is at the foundation of Feng Shui and Chinese medicine. These elements also have objects, shapes, seasons, body organs, chakra’s and colors connected to them, but the color component is often the most powerful.
Listed below are the main rooms of the home and the best wall color choices for them according to Feng Shui principles. Keep in mind there are other schools of Feng Shui which may differ. This list comes out of the Western Form School philosophy which is the one that I write about and teach.
Use these suggestions as guidelines only. Pay attention to your intuition. It is our inner Geiger-counter and is always seeking health and balance. The colors you feel passionately about are most likely the ones that you actually need to surround yourself with. Make sure the colors you choose are the ones that make your heart sing!
Living Room and Family Rooms;
Exercise Rooms, Laundry Rooms, Hallways, Garages, Study Rooms and all other rooms :
Tone it Down
Best rule of thumb for color is to tone it down two notches. The color you choose on the swatch will not be what shows up on your walls. If you choose one or two colors lighter than that one, this will be closer to the actual color you thought you choose once you get it on your walls,
Be careful with red. The color red comes from the fire element which is meant to stimulate and get things moving. Use it sparingly in the rooms that should be more calming spaces such as bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms. It is best to use reds for accessories, but not as wall color. If you are passionate about having a red wall, choose a more muted red such as a burgundy or a plum purple.
Live with it First
In working with my clients choosing color for their home, I always recommend they get smaller cans of paint and paint the color choices (I always choose three per room) on large sheets of construction or art paper, then tape them to the walls and move them around. Live with them for several days so you can see what they look like in different light. They may be considerably different during the day than the night.
Painting is a commitment of time as well as finances. Don’t be in a hurry and choose the wrong color. Also remember if it seems too bright for the more active rooms, once you get the furniture in and art up, it will look very different and may work out fine.
The best brand I have found for low VOC and non-toxic paint is Mythic Paint. Check them out and see if you can find a place that carries it near you. Their ultra low odor paint provides the durability and coverage you expect from premium paint without the off-gassing and cancer-causing toxins that continue to emit years after drying.
If you would like a free Five Elements Color map which lists the objects, shapes and colors that represent the Feng Shui five elements, click here, Enjoy!
Erica Sofrina is a nationally recognized Feng Shui teacher, speaker and author and the Founder of the Academy of Feng Shui. She is the author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.
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