Within the last decade, a mindful and balanced lifestyle has become more popular than ever before in the Western world. At Sukhi, we recognize all the benefits of living more consciously. So a few weeks ago we reached out to the Eastern cultures to learn more from their century-old practices. We found that beyond yoga or meditation, we can add more value to our lifestyle using the practice of Feng Shui in decorating our homes.
We decided to create a 3-part blog series about Feng Shui to help you understand the fundamental of this amazing practice and encourage you to use it in your own homes and spaces. In Part 1, we cover one of the basic principles of Feng Shui: color. In Part 2, we walk you through how to use the Bagua Map in your homes. And finally, in part 3, we explore the Bagua concept more and inspire you with some Feng Shui home decor tips.
Let’s dive right in!
Feng Shui and the basics of color
Feng Shui is over 6,000 years old and comes from ancient Chinese culture. It is based on understanding the flow of energy, “chi”, that moves through the universe and influences our daily lives.
The practice of Feng Shui is complex, rich, and intricate. It takes time to fully understand and implement in our own home, but we can start with one of its basic principles: COLOR.
Color is one of the most powerful tools used in Feng Shui to create the energy one desires. Each color is an expression of one of the five Feng Shui Elements: WOOD, WATER, METAL, FIRE, AND EARTH. These different Elements interact with each other to create positive or negative energies, and the color is one of the easiest ways to control these interactions.
The energies of different colors
Red is an expression of fire and is considered to be lucky and daring. Use it when you want an environment that is stimulating, such as in an office. But since it’s such a powerful color, you want to be careful with the amount of red you are using in a space. Small dosages, as an accent, are ideal!
Pink is also an expression of fire but is much more gentle and delicate than the others. It is the universal color of love which makes it a great option when you’re trying to soften the energy in any space. This is probably the reason why pink is a popular color for a nursery!
Purple is another expression of fire, and just like red, it’s good to use this color in moderation as it carries very strong vibrations. Adding Purple accents is seen as a good way to get a strong energy from the color without being overwhelmed. To decide between Purple or Red, think about whether you are trying to create an introverted or an extravagant atmosphere. Purple invokes a strong but quieter, intuitive or wise energy while Red is all about being bold and out there. So see what matches your personality and what you are trying to achieve best!
Orange also symbolizes fire, carrying more of the social, creative, and vibrant energies. It is often a great alternative color for an office if you find Red to be too overwhelming. It is a nice color to use on the walls in communal spaces or your entryway as it invokes openness and conversation.
Blue represents water. Overall it is a color that evokes a calm and peaceful energy. It symbolizes trust and dependability while promoting creativity and contemplation. This makes it the perfect color to use in our bedroom, to create a peaceful place and get a good night’s rest, or to use in your children’s bedrooms as it gently encourages growth.
Black is an expression of water and holds power, protection, and mystery. While it is better to use this color in smaller quantities, as it can become heavy if used too much, it adds strength and definition to a room and provides a very grounding element.
Brown comes from both Wood and Earth depending on the shade. Overall it is a very grounding color that has nurturing and healing energies. It is great to use in an office or just placed around the house.
Green is the expression of wood and carries energies of balance, renewal, and growth. It is very calming to the nerves and brings balance to the whole body. When decorating with green make sure to use multiple different shades to maximize the Feng Shui energy effects. The best way to add green to your home is with natural plants.
White symbolizes the Metal element, bringing clarity, precision, and purity into a room. Scientifically, White is a color that absorbs all colors. That is why an all-White room can be so satisfying to our human eye. We actually explored how to decorate all-white spaces on our Sukhi blog too! You can use White anywhere and it works especially well with brighter colors to create balance.
At Sukhi we love the Scandinavian look which is using the energy of Metal, Wood and Earth together: White, the Green of plants and Brown furniture from the Wood Element to create a very clear and balanced room.
Grey is an expression of the Metal Element. It brings a very calming and soothing energy to a room as it is all about clear-headedness and detachment. If you practice yoga or meditation in your daily life, Grey is a great color to use in these spaces.
Yellow expresses both Earth and Fire, depending on what shade you use. A strong Yellow is great for an office if you want subtle motivation with a calming element to it. A lighter Yellow adds nourishing and active energies to a place.
In the next article, we will take the next step: to understand how the five different Elements interact with each other and learn to use the Bagua, an energy map, to map out the energy in our house.
For now, take a moment to let the energy of colors sink in. And when you’re ready, make your way to part 2: Feng Shui for beginners, the energy map of your home.