Feng Shui and Color
Creating an environment for well-being.
BY: Joanna Trevelyan
|Neutrals and earth colors|
Where to use--neutrals and pale earth tones have a unifying influence that works well in halls and entrances but because they are easy on the eye and easy to live with, they can be used almost anywhere.
How to use--strong earth colors should be treated as warm colors.
White blends all the rainbow colors, and represents harmony and purity. White is a revealer of truth and can lead us toward higher spiritual and divine knowledge. The Druids regarded white as a symbol of the Sun and light, their priests wearing white in deference to this. In excess, however, white can feel unfriendly, sterile, and unapproachable. White with tints of warm or cool colors better represents the tones of white found in nature.
Represent fertility and are associated with the environment and things in their natural state, and are said to dispel mental depression. Brown is a homeostatic, or balancing, color that creates a sense of security, although in excess it can extinguish a sense of vitality.
Associated with death and grief but also with mystery and the unknown, black is an inward-looking color, absorbing and silent. Used with care it can be dramatic and powerful, but in excess it can be overwhelming or depressing, soaking up energy and vitality.
Where to use--bedrooms, bathrooms, meditation and therapy rooms.
How to use--cool colors recede and can give an illusion of space.
Sitting on the cusp between the warm and cool colors, green offers a sense of balance, that can exhibit itself in indecision. Green reminds us of the abundance of nature and is both restful and energizing. Green is closely linked to healing, and color therapists use it to soothe pain. On the negative side, it is a symbol of selfishness, jealousy, and laziness. Too much green can be depressing and debilitating.
Soothing and sedating, blues generate a sense of hope, harmony and calm and also stimulate creativity, communication, and spiritual understanding. Color therapists use it as a tonic, and say it has antiseptic qualities. Research also suggests it may be effective in guided imagery therapies to reduce pain levels. Blue has been used successfully in mental institutions to calm violent patients. In excess, blue may be depressing.
Associated with the psychic and with intuition, purples are calming and soothing--they can create the right atmosphere for meditation. Purple is a royal color and as such is associated with wisdom and dignity, but it is also used in some cultures to symbolize sickness.
Indigo combines reason with intuition and discipline, and is associated with the process of change and the healing crisis. It is seen by color therapists as cooling and astringent, and also as having an effect on vision, hearing, and smell. Indigo can be linked to stagnation, mental fatigue, and striving without success.
Violet is associated with good motives, spiritual aspirations, and prosperity. Color therapists say it is calming in mental illness, reduces hunger, and controls irritability. However, its negative associations include over-opulence, snobbery, and prejudice.