Sunday, 5 July 2015

A Feng Shui Guide to the Color Scheme of your Home

Feng shui of color is a fascinating topic to explore, as well as a very easy way to bring great energy into your home. Color is light, and light is what we absolutely need for our well being. So according to feng shui, the more colors you have in your space, the more vibrant energy you are creating.

The Premise of Feng Shui: The foundation of Feng Shui is based on the principle of people getting affected by their surroundings in positive and negative ways. It is an ancient Chinese art where you manipulate and organize your surroundings in such a way that it attracts positive life energy, or chi, allowing it to flow unobstructed through your body and environment.

When you decorate with Feng Shui, you work on the movement of energy unblocking areas so that energy is able to move in a balanced manner around your entire home. There are a number of Feng Shui décor pieces that can be used for this such as decorative mirrors, water bodies, plants, colors, sounds, smells and more.

When you are taking Feng Shui principles into consideration, make sure that they correspond to the Bagua, which is a set of 8-diagrams related to Taoist cosmology and is a color scheme that you will need to work with. For example, when it comes to wealth and family, you will need to include elements of wood in your décor such as plants with broad healthy leaves.

Using blue wallpaper and carpeting or soft furnishings is a good idea as they are representatives of water and water nourishes wood. Using fish in Feng Shui, as a decorative element, is symbolic of wealth.

Fame and reputation are represented by fire, which of course doesn't mean that you set the place on fire. Rather, including a touch of red would be nice. Using red and fire elements will bring you luck and recognition.

You could use a warm peach or maroon shade on your wall and have decorative furniture with shades of red. Tone the colors down as per your requirement as they don’t really need to be all that bright. Use multiple light fixtures such as floor lamps and decorative candles.

Consider including natural crystals, terracotta and tiles in your decor to encourage better relationships and enhance your knowledge areas. These are representative of the earth element in Feng Shui. Hues of orange, yellow, and brown will work ideally. Mixing fire elements with earth will give your decor an added punch.

Including metal chimes is good for children and for enhancement of creativity. Wrought iron is a great choice. In Feng Shui, it is believed that gold and silver bring good fortune as well. For rooms related to this, use white or metallic colors and include a few earthy tones. Always have music of some sort playing in the background.

The area in your home where you work, may be characterized by a small water body. Too much water is representative of flooding. Have a small water fountain or an aquarium near you. Add in a painting of a water scene as well.

Color is like music, nourishing and uplifting, and the more colors you harmoniously absorb throughout the day, the higher is your sense of well-being. Decorating through Feng Shui principles is all about feeling the space and following a few basic Feng Shui ideas.


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