How To Benefit From The Colors Of Feng Shui

An array of colors used to highlight a fish.

Feng Shui arranges your environment and color enhances it. Psychology has proven that both greatly affect your goals and results.

Feng Shui is an art that focuses on arranging our surroundings to create harmony and balance in our lives. One essential aspect of Feng Shui is the use of colors to influence energy flow, mood, and overall well-being. While many perceive Feng Shui as a traditional belief, there is an intriguing connection between color psychology and scientific evidence that supports its principles.

I wrote an article delving into colors and how understanding their application can improve your life. You can read it here.

Feng Shui Colors Are Comprised Of 5 Types

Feng Shui colors are carefully chosen hues that correspond to the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. I also wrote more about the 5 elements in another article here.

According to the practice, each element represents different aspects of our lives and environments, and by utilizing these colors, we can enhance the energy flow in our spaces. 

Below is a summary of those colors and aspects.

1. Wood: Symbolizing growth and vitality, wood is represented by green and brown tones. These colors evoke a sense of freshness, renewal, and harmony with nature.

Wood (Brown) is an important color in Feng Shui

2. Fire: Red, orange, and strong yellow hues embody the fire element, which represents passion, energy, and transformation. These colors can infuse spaces with warmth and dynamic energy.

The colors related to red are important in Feng Shui.

3. Earth: Earthy tones, such as beige, sandy shades, and terracotta, reflect stability, grounding, and nourishment. These colors contribute to a sense of security and balance.

The beige color is important in Feng Shui.

4. Metal: White, gray, and metallic tones are associated with the metal element, representing clarity, precision, and efficiency. These colors create an atmosphere of minimalism and order.

The metal color is important to Feng Shui.

5. Water: Shades of blue and black signify the water element, symbolizing calmness, intuition, and flow. These colors encourage relaxation and contemplation.

Blue is an important color in Feng Shui.

There Is Scientific Evidence and Psychology Behind Feng Shui Colors

Finding balance between intellectual and heart knowledge is a balancing act.

While Feng Shui colors have deep cultural roots, the effects of color on human psychology have been extensively studied from a scientific perspective. Color psychology examines how different colors impact our emotions, behavior, and overall well-being. Here are a few scientific studies that highlight the influence of colors on human perception:

Impact of Color on Mood

Psychology studies the use of color and how it affects behavior.

A study conducted by Kwallek et al. (1997) investigated the effects of color on mood and productivity. The findings revealed that warm colors (e.g., red, orange) were associated with higher levels of arousal, while cool colors (e.g., blue, green) were linked to calmness and relaxation.

Color and Visual Perception

Colors are perceived hues.

Research by Palmer and Schloss (2010) explored how color influences visual perception. The study showed that color can alter our perception of object size and distance. For example, warm colors can make objects appear closer, while cool colors create a sense of distance.

Color and Cognitive Performance

Colors affect thinking.

A study by Elliot et al. (2007) demonstrated that exposure to specific colors can impact cognitive performance. Different colors were found to enhance certain cognitive functions, such as red improving attention to detail and blue enhancing creative thinking.

Applied Color Psychology Benefits Those Over 40

Lovely combinations of colors for those over 40

As we age, our relationship with color changes, often due to evolving life experiences, cultural influences, and even changes in eyesight. For individuals over the age of 40, color psychology tends to impact mood and well-being more than before. 

Warm colors like reds and yellows are often associated with energy and positivity, and they can help counteract feelings of lethargy or fatigue that may be more prevalent in older age.

Additionally, those experiencing vision changes often find high contrast between text and background colors to enhance readability and reduce eye strain. Softer and more muted tones create a calming and serene environment.

General Guideline For Applying Colors

Colors applied to a painting.

While there are guidelines and suggestions from Feng Shui, including environmental psychology, how and where you choose to apply colors is really up to you. Nonetheless, the following is a good frame of reference.

Choose Colors According to Purpose

You choose whether or not a dream or desire is worth pursuing.

Consider the function of each room. For example, if you want to foster creativity in a home office, incorporate splashes of blue or green. For an energetic living room, introduce touches of red or orange.

Create Balanced Combinations

Balance is what brings harmony.

Feng Shui emphasizes balance, so avoid overwhelming spaces with a single dominant color. Use a combination of colors representing different elements to achieve equilibrium.

Personal Preference Matters

Any direction in life is filled with choices.

While Feng Shui offers guidelines, personal preferences and associations with colors should not be overlooked. If a specific color brings you joy and comfort, it can positively impact your well-being.

Here Are A Few Color Application Examples

There is technically no right or wrong way to apply color schemes in certain rooms. There are, however, cultural reinforcements and the psychological effects that come from those arrangements.

The following are a few ways you could apply those colors.

For The Bedroom

A good combination of earthy tones and blue colors.

Soothing Blue And Green (Water and Wood Elements)

These colors are often suggested for bedrooms as they evoke a sense of calm, tranquility, and renewal. They can promote relaxation and restful sleep.

Warm Earthy Tones (Earth Element)

Earthy tones like beige, taupe, and sandy colors are believed to provide grounding energy and stability in the bedroom.

Studies have shown that blue and green colors have a calming and soothing effect on people. They can help reduce stress and anxiety, which could contribute to a more relaxing sleep environment. (Mehta, R., & Zhu, R. (2009). Blue or red? Exploring the effect of color on cognitive task performances. Science, 323(5918), 1226-1229.)

For The Living Room

A living room balanced with white and earth tones.

Earth Tones (Beige, Brown, Terracotta)

Earth tones are often recommended for living rooms as they create a grounding and stabilizing effect. Brown and beige can evoke a sense of warmth and comfort, which might contribute to feelings of relaxation and security. 

Neutral Tones (White, Gray)

Neutrals like white and gray can create a sense of openness and purity. White is often associated with cleanliness and clarity, while gray can promote a sense of calm sophistication.

From a psychological standpoint, warm earth tones can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, potentially reducing stress and promoting a sense of relaxation. (“Color Psychology: Effects of Perceiving Color” by Andrew J. Elliot and Markus A. Maier)

Green

Green is associated with growth, harmony, and balance in Feng Shui. It can symbolize nature and renewal, and it is believed to have a calming effect. 

Scientifically, exposure to nature and the color green has been linked to reduced stress levels and improved mood. (“Assessing the role of urban green spaces for human well-being: a systematic review” by Muhammad Jabbar et al.)

Consider Applying Colors With Intention

Intention is like throwing a dart aimed for a target.

Intentional use of color, guided by both Feng Shui principles and psychological insights, can have notable, positive effects. By carefully selecting and placing colors, we can create harmonious and balanced environments that enhance our mood, productivity, and overall sense of happiness. 

Remember, personal preferences play a role too. Listen to your intuition and choose colors that move you in some way. Balancing Feng Shui principles and psychological insights while considering your feelings can lead to spaces that support your overall well-being and intentions.

The better you feel, the more likely you’ll do things to improve your life even more.

Until the next time, cheers!

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