Humans are meaning-making machines, and they tend to attach meanings beyond simple object and events. Most of our psychological, emotional and physical reactions can be derived from colors. No wonder our traffic lights are color-coded.
The Guiding Principle
Feng Shui knows the link between man and colors and instead of making people fight it mano a mano, the discipline of Feng Shui teaches people to work with the hues. Feng Shui Colors are categorized into two - the yin colors and the yang colors. It is thought that all things have these colors, and by using the colors (by itself or with other colors), one can strengthen the elements of Feng Shui and create wholeness.
Balance is the central idea in using the Feng Shui Colors. Each color has its own attributes and characteristics. While using these colors can be beneficial, using them in excess can be counter-productive or even destructive. So it pays to know more about Feng Shui Colors before using it in your physical environment.
The Colors of Yin
Black. Black symbolizes strength and force. Using this color sparingly can be seen as a way of ending conflict and starting anew. Too much of this color, however, tends to lower the morale of the occupants.
Blue. Blue is the Feng Shui color for honor, truth and faith, but it could also symbolize tranquility, peace, trust and wisdom. While blue has all these good attributes, too much blue is often seen to cause occupants to argue about very small matter issues.
Green. Green is the color for harmony, healing, health, balance, wealth and growth. However, green is also seen as colors of infidelity and dishonesty. Use this color sparingly, or you might cause the occupants to become exceedingly jealous.
Other colors of yin include pink (which symbolizes love), purple (spiritual awareness and royalty), silver (trustworthiness and romance) and gray (indecisiveness and disharmony).
The Colors of Yang
White. White is the color of light and purity in Feng Shui. It also denotes goodness, poise and confidence. You can use this color in combination with other colors like gold and silver.
Red. Red is the color of good fortune in Feng Shui. It is also the color conduit of money, confidence, luck, protection, and joy. While it has its benefits, too much red can cause emotional outbursts and hot tempers to flare up among occupants.
Yellow. Yellow is akin to sunbeam with all of its motion and warmth. This color is important in Feng Shui as it denotes prestige and high honors, health and cheerfulness. However, prolonged exposure to this color can result to anxiety and stubbornness.
Gold. Gold represents the positive chi energy. It is also the Feng Shui color for good luck and treasure. However, be sparing when using this color, as too much gold in your environment might cause the occupants to put money concerns above family relationships.
Other colors of yang include orange (symbol of concentration, purpose, and organization), tan (neatness), and brown (reliability and industry).
Posted on June 17th, 2009 by Susan Palmer
Filed under: Feng Shui