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Who's Afraid of the Color Black?
You don’t need to avoid the color black when you are decorating your home to embrace the good energy in feng shui. Black is the most mysterious of all colors. It is the color of the void, unknown mysteries, power, and sophistication. It is also a color that evokes fear in some people because of its association with dark energy.
In feng shui, black color is an expression of the Water feng shui element. There are plenty of ways you can use black in your home to introduce good feng shui.
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The Black Door
Color choices in feng shui are based on the interaction of the five feng shui elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire, and Wood. As an expression of the Water element, black is an excellent color choice for a front door that faces North. If you have a North-facing door, painting it black strengthens the energy of your home.
A black front door creates protective, solid energy. You can feel this strong energy just by looking at the door. Black color brings elegance and calmness, and it acts as a powerful shield.
You can also choose black for a front door that faces East or Southeast. If your door faces South or West, it is best to avoid painting it black.
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Start With Black Accents to Introduce the Color
The secret to successful feng shui use of black color is in accepting that every space craves at least a bit of black. You just need to find the right spot for it to welcome the protective and calm energy of the black color in your space.
If you have been avoiding the color black in your home, the easiest way to start is with accessories. For example, you can find many stunning candleholders in black. Add one or two in your dining room, and see how their presence shifts the energy of the space.
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Black and White for Kitchens and Laundry Rooms
If you have a kitchen or laundry room that needs a boost of vibrant energy, the black and white (yin yang) feng shui combination is your best bet.
Crisp, dynamic, and energetic, the checkerboard pattern is an excellent example of the energy that only the color black can bring to a space.
Feng shui-wise, you can use this pattern freely throughout your home with the exception of South, West, and Northwest bagua areas.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Black in a Child's Room?
An intelligent use of black can bring much-needed calm to a busy room. In a child's room, paint just a small area in black color—you can find chalkboard paint in many paint stores—and let your kids freely express their creativity while being calmed and centered by the power of black.
Creative, calm, and centered children—doesn't that sound good?
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A Dining Room With Black Chairs
If your dining room is constantly asking for decorating closure and nothing you do seems to work, try black—either a black bench, a black sideboard or black chairs—and experience how this can bring a feeling of completion to a room.
Be sure you have good lighting and enough breathing room if you want to use furniture in black. Also, balance the presence of your black decor pieces.
Notice in the photo how the presence of black chairs is balanced by a creative black chandelier, as well as the black paint on the lower part of the walls. Feng shui-wise, this idea can work very well for a dining room located anywhere in the house except for South area.
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Art or Photos in Black Frames
The easiest way to create good feng shui with black color is to bring its solid and calm energy with art frames. Whether you cover a whole wall with vibrant visuals or just add one row of black and wall prints, the decision depends on your home decor.
This feng shui decor solution is especially auspicious for your Career bagua area or North area.
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Paint a Home Office Wall Black
In feng shui, the North sector element is water. Black (and blue) are assigned to the North (Career) sector. If you have a home office in your home's North section, paint one wall black to boost this area of your life.
You can use black on the walls elsewhere in your home as long as the Water element is appropriate for the area. You don't want to paint a wall black in the South sector, which is assigned to the Fire element, for example.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Paint the Floor Black
Use a rich black paint to paint the floor of any room in the North sector black. High-gloss paint is sophisticated and matte finish paint adds a contemporary flair. If the color is too strong for your taste when used on the entire floor, apply black as a stencil instead, either over the entire floor or just along the border of the room. You can also add several shades of blue (also a Water element) for a more intricate design.
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Emphasize Architectural Elements With Black
Use black to highlight any architectural features in a room—such as exposed beams or fireplace mantels. Paint the crown molding or window casings in a room black. Use the color on pedestals and shelves or in stencils painted on the wall behind the shelves. In appropriate areas of your home, black boosts the Water element. Keep balance in mind whenever you use this strong color for good feng shui energy.