Feng Shui Color Guide: How to Combine Feng Shui with Color

Many people have heard of the terms ‘feng shui,’ but few truly understand what feng shui is. Even fewer likely know that color also plays an important role in feng shui. In fact, color usage in feng shui is dependent upon how you react to the color itself, making it an important part of the overall feng shui design process. This guide will help you understand how the colors relate to feng shui.

Using Red in Feng Shui

Red is well known as an energetic color and this too, applies to feng shui. Red supports energy and can increase activity. It is also known for being the color of passion, though whether that passion is love or hatred is up to the individual. When used in moderation in feng shui, red works well in living rooms, children’s rooms, dining rooms or the kitchen.

Using Orange in Feng Shui

Orange is a social color in Feng Shui. It is ideal for use in situations where red might be too intense. Like red, orange also represents the fire element of feng shui. It is a vibrant and energizing color, so it is ideal for children’s play rooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens or a home office.

Using Yellow in Feng Shui

With so many shades of yellow, it’s hard to go wrong. Yellow, like orange and red, is a fire element in feng shui. It can be cheerful, invigorating and even welcoming when used properly. Yellow is also known to be beneficial to one’s health in feng shui and is ideal for a living room, kitchen, children’s room or office.

Using Green in Feng Shui

Green is part of the wood element of feng shui. It provokes feelings of renewal, new beginnings and calming. It can also be a very healing color that can be easily brought into the home simply by bringing in a few house plants. In feng shui, it is ideally used in the East, Southeast and South portions of the home, or in a family room, as green can be beneficial to family and relationships.

Using Blue in Feng Shui

Blue is a water element in feng shui and can be beneficial to the family and health aspects of a home and life. Certain shades of blue are more ideal for some rooms than others; such as a softer blue in a home office, while a darker blue may be more calming for a bedroom, while a brighter blue can be ideal in a living room.

Using Purple, Pink in Feng Shui

Pink and purple both belong to the fire element. Purple should be used in moderation, as it is a very strong color. In fact, purple is really not recommended for use as a wall color in feng shui. Meanwhile, pink represents love and is connected to marriage. It works well in a bedroom, an office or even a powder room.

Using Brown, Black in Feng Shui

Black is mysterious, sophisticated and part of the water element in feng shui. It is ideal for use (in moderation, as too much black can feel too heavy,) in entryways, dining rooms, kitchens and children’s rooms. Black helps to create a feeling of being grounded and level-headed.

Brown, on the other hand, is a wood element in feng shui. Like black, it works well in the main entry or the kitchen, but also could work well in a living room or bedroom. Too much brown in the home should be avoided, as it can result in a lack of ambition and drive to move forward in life.

Using White in Feng Shui

White is pure, it represents innocence. It belongs to the metal element of feng shui, representing feelings of crispness, cleanliness or freshness. White is easier to use in the home, as it is recommended for any room due to its color representations within feng shui.

Additional Information:

HGTV: A Feng Shui Guide to Color

Feng Shui Palace: Detailed Feng Shui Bagua Map