Feng Shui for every area of your home. This is something that people don't really…
Colour is a huge part of Feng Shui because every one of the elements is represented by colours. As you know, Feng Shui is all about balancing the 5 elements and playing to their strengths to call in our dreams, our desires, our needs into our lives.
(If you want to know more about the 5 elements, watch my video: The 5 Elements and Feng Shui.)
When we’re talking about colour in Feng Shui, there’s two main aspects that we focus on: the first is the actual house colours and the second is personal colours. As part of the PowerHouse Feng Shui programme, we create a personal report for each member’s home and for the person themselves.
For today, we’re going to focus on the colours in our home and how that can impact Feng Shui, our moods, and every part of our lives. Let’s get started with how colours represent each of the 5 elements.
Colours and the 5 Elements
Fire is the color red, but it actually ranges across the whole spectrum to include orange, pink, purple, magenta, burgundy. Using any of those colours brings that Fire energy into your home. And if you don’t use or like Red in your home, that’s ok! But sometimes it is necessary, like in Ken and my house. This year we need some Fire element in a specific part of our home so I’ve got all my books that have red covers and I’ve got a little sign that has red on it and that’s how we bring in that fire element into that space. This process is specific to each person and recommendations are unique to each person and each home.
Next on the Feng Shui Color Chart is the Water element, which is typically blue but it can go all the way to aquamarine and turquoise and then to the other side where it would actually be black. You might be wondering, how is the Water element black? Well, if you’ve ever been to the ocean, and you go further out, the water looks blue, blue, blue, blue and then you look down and the water is so dark it is literally black.
Earth is essentially stones and those types of colours. You could literally just go out and pick up a stone and that is the colour we’re talking about. So it could be creams, earthy tones like light shades of brown. Anything that you would associate with earth colours would be the colour of Earth.
The next colour is wood element and of course all you have to do is think about trees and wood and think about green leaves and beautiful plants. So green is the colour that will be associated with the wood element, and it’s the whole spectrum of green. Here in Ireland we’re known for so many shades of green landscape, valleys, fields, and everything… each of those green colours are associated with the wood element.
Anything metallic or shiny or sparkly or grey will represent the Metal element. Essentially the element of metal is iron ore, the metal that comes from beneath the earth. Surprising to a lot of people is that pastels and white are actually associated with the Metal element!
How Colour Affects Feng Shui
Looking at that chart of all the colours, you may now be asking, “How does colour affect Feng Shui?” Every part of your home represents a different part of your life, and every area can either be in balance of these elements energetically or they can be in an unhappy imbalance. When it comes to colours and Feng Shui, my main concern right off is the excess of colour in people’s homes.
This is something that I’ve definitely seen when beginners get started with Feng Shui. Some think that they should have every element in every area of their home – and that couldn’t be farther from the truth! Simply having each element represented in a specific area does NOT create balance.
Each of the elements affect other elements differently – some work together, some do not. For example, Wood will create Earth, and Metal comes from the Earth, and then Fire would also melt the Metal. It’s a complex system that needs special attention.
You’ve got all of these interactions between the 5 elements and they’re known as the creative cycles, the creative, destructive and the productive cycles. So some are creating, some of them are destroying, and some of them are producing. This idea of those cycles is very much a part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture philosophy and the five elements philosophy of how they interact.
So just as a traditional Chinese doctor would evaluate your body and look for where elements are maybe in excess in your body, in Feng Shui we look for excesses and imbalances in your home.
Colours to Avoid in your Bathroom
The bathroom is associated with the Water element because you’ve got taps, you’ve got faucets, you’ve got sinks and maybe a bidet. All this water that’s already there so you should avoid adding more water element in your bathroom. That means no pictures of water and avoiding blue paint on the walls and such. Why? Too much water can really impact your finances because water is also connected to the flow of abundance.
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One of the best ways to balance all that Water element is to bring in more Earth element. You could get a few pebbles like literally some earth, stones in or crystals are shells into the bathroom. They would be just energetically there to slow the flow of water and energy out of the bathroom. Think of it this way: if a river is flowing and you wanted to stop it, you would use Earth to dump on it., to build a dam, to slow it down. That’s why we put stones or crystals in the bathroom.
Colours to Avoid in your Kitchen
When it comes to your kitchen, we don’t recommend red in excess. Why? Because the kitchen already has a lot of hot things, like a stove, the kettle, the toaster, and the oven. It’s a lot of heat and so we don’t want to add more red, more fire, more heat to this area. Having excess fire in your kitchen area could lead to arguments, accidents, and over-eating. When I first moved into this house with Ken, the kitchen was actually like high gloss red, believe it or not! It took us several years to change it and I’m so happy we finally did!
If you’re reading this and you’re thinking, “Oh no… my bathroom is all blue! or “My kitchen is all red!” Don’t worry!! You’re not doomed! With Feng Shui, just take that information and think about small ways you can make adjustments. So, if you did have a bright red kitchen, maybe bring a picture of water in and see how it goes. Test it for a week and see if you notice any shifts or any changes.
If you’re really fascinated with the 5 elements, I go a lot deeper in the 5 Elements and Feng Shui blog post where I give some really kind of amazing clients stories about excess of these colours in their houses and the impacts of them. Check it out here: 5 Elements and Feng Shui