Feng Shui and Color
Creating an environment for well-being.
BY: Joanna Trevelyan
Where to use--kitchen, dining room, living room.
How to use--warm colors advance, tending to make them dominate cool colors and neutrals.
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.
A happy, social color that animates feelings of optimism, confidence, and enthusiasm, orange will prickle creativity, ambition, and energetic activity. It is used by color therapists to treat a range of problems including asthma, colds, thyroid problems, and even to stimulate lactation. In some people, however, orange can produce nervousness and restless behavior.
Reds stimulate the senses and are associated with strength, joy, motivation, and love. This energy translates into an exciting and courageous decorating color. In color therapy it is used as a tonic, to improve blood circulation, and to overcome depression, fear, and inertia. Attention-seeking reds must also be used carefully. They can generate fear, uncontrolled passion, and excessive anger, and may be disturbing to those with mental health problems or neuroses.
Magenta hues signify spiritual completeness and a sense of contentment. In all strengths, pink is a symbol of self-respect and self-awareness, but some people may find it mentally draining. It is regarded as the color of "universal healing" because it can raise the vibrations or energies of the body.