Chapter 8: Colours

The colors in feng shui and in psychology

A neat house, a good orientation, a good management of space but it’s time to take care of the colors.

Those who have gone through the intense experience of home renovations know how difficult it can be to identify the right color for each room.

There are the fanatics of white (I admit to be a bit ‘one of those) and there are those who love the strong colors. Those who prefer soft and simple colors, while some like veils and particular effects.

Today entering a color factory we can remain paralyzed by the vastness of choice and in this regard I want to mention a study that apparently may seem inappropriate to this article:

In this study the children of a kindergarten or school of the very first childhood were examined in their condition of maximum serenity, ie the time at the playground plays in recreation.

With the same attractions and conditions, in the two exam cases, the only difference was the presence or absence of the fence that bounded the park.

Beyond the park simply lawn and some tree.

One might think that in the case without fences the children have escaped everywhere, in every direction, curious and ready to explore the world.

Instead it was not like that. The children in the park without fence limited their playing area by grouping themselves in the middle of the park, taking advantage of the minimum space required.

In the case of fencing, however, the children also exploited the most remote corner of the available space.

This happens because our brain needs “boundaries”, limits, that drive it. We are used to seeing the limits always and only as something negative but instead also have a positive connotation.

The limitation from a sort of security while the total absence of it can produce panic, the mind is overwhelmed by the unlimited.

We use this awareness in our choices and therefore also on the choice of the color of a room!

The rules of feng shui and the psychology of colors can be our posts, our fence, which helps us to make the most of all possible variables without falling into irreparable confusion.

The psychology of colors today gives us some indications on the main colors that we know almost all:

Red: warmth, passion but also aggression and agitation.

Yellow: happiness, joy but also betrayal or jealousy.

Blue: harmony and trust but also sadness and depression.

I chose to list only the 3 primary colors because each color derives from these and therefore encompasses its properties. On purpose I inserted both the positive (Yang) and negative (Yin) characteristics.

The Yang influence has its apex in the white (which encloses every light frequency) and the Yin in the black. Each color has shades that start from the lighter ones and therefore closer to the Yang up to darker or heavier tones and therefore closer to the Yin.

That’s why as a first rule we will focus on shades that are never too dark or too charged, limiting our interest to clearer ones. In this way we will exalt the benefits.

At this point we see how each color is in harmony with an element and therefore with a direction of our home:

Green: wood and then east

Red: fire and then south

Yellow, Brown: earth and then southwest

White: metal and then West

Black, Blue: water and then North

And of course all the other colors and shades, depending on the prevalence of one or the other color, will tend to one element rather than another.

However, this does not mean that a room placed in the south should be painted red in color. This fact can give an “excess” of fire energy and therefore bring aggression into the home.

We will use colors to balance the various aspects of the home.

In a room facing south and perhaps with the presence of a fireplace (which further increases the intensity of the fire element) we could use a color close to the earth element. But why an earth element and not water?

As summarized by the following figure there is a creative cycle, which runs through the elements in a circle, and a destructive cycle.

Water is the dominant element on fire but using it creates a “conflict” that is never beneficial.

Imagine painting the whole wall of a blue fireplace. Except for a particular personal taste it will be easy to understand how there is something wrong. Instead a soft yellow or a sand color will give a very harmonious touch.

For more information on this subject, I recommend this book.

In summary:

– Having stakes, rules, in choosing colors is an advantage and not a detriment to one’s creativity.

– Prefer soft colors and therefore with a greater Yang component, positive and vitalizing.

– To each color corresponds an element, use this affinity to harmonize the rooms according to the orientation and the elements in them (like the fireplace) respecting the creative cycle.




Riccardo Rosignoli – Feng Shui Consultant

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