Feng Shui and Color

Creating an environment for well-being.

Excerpted with permission from "Holistic Home: Creating an Environment for Physical and Spiritual Well-Being," by Joanna Trevelyan, from Quintet Publishing LTD., London.

Every color affects ch'i energy differently, and because of this colors are believed to be related to yin/yang and the five elements. Color can be used to maintain, calm and enhance a specific ch'i energy. Red, for example, is the most yang color and is linked with fire energy and the ch'i energy of the west.

Colors also have symbolic meanings. Red is associated with romance, wealth, and happiness. Three good reasons why the Chinese choose red for doors and entrance arches.

In essence, feng shui uses colors in two ways that are not totally dissimilar to our current use of color in the home. Large areas, or backgrounds, tend to be pale. Accent colors, which are more vivid, are used more sparingly on only small surfaces, such as a piece of furniture. The principle is: the stronger the color, the less is needed for it to be effective.


Personal preference is considered important in feng shui, so it is unwise to use a color, even if highly favorable and auspicious, if you do not actually like it.

Warm colors
Where to use--kitchen, dining room, living room.
How to use--warm colors advance, tending to make them dominate cool colors and neutrals.

Uplifting yellows

Associated with good luck, yellow can stimulate joy, wisdom, intuitive insight, and creativity and is a color that encourages flexibility and adaptability. It can lift your mood, inspire optimism, and improve your sense of well-being. Color therapists also claim it has a positive effect on the nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. In excess, yellow can overstimulate and irritate, and is also associated with negative sentiments such as cowardice and prejudice. Creamy or pale-earth yellows create an illusion of space in a vista where pokiness once reigned, and citrus yellows will accentuate natural available light.

Extrovert orange

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