A Guide to Feng Shui Colors

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As humans, we are visual beings. And because sight is typically the most prominent of all our senses, colors deeply affect us. We see color, and color vibrates energy.

In addition, colors connects us to metaphor and imagery. Humans are light lovers, as all living things yearn and grow towards the light. Therefore, we are strongly influenced by color because colors are literally vibrations of light.

Keep in mind that different cultures look at colors differently. For instance in China, the grieving family wears white, while Westerners typically wear black. In addition, you may have your own specific color associations which you should definitely honor!

In this color overview, we’ll walk through colors from a feng shui perspective. You can use this guide to select colors for walls, furniture, artwork, pillows and other home accessories. Color is a powerful and quick way to start changing your energy using feng shui.

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    Green and Blue

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    Greens, blues and teals are related to the element of wood. These colors inspire healing, growth and new beginnings. It’s a very active energy, like a sprout growing from a seed and pushing out of the earth. These colors connect us to the restorative energies of nature. Think of the canopy of a tree protecting us. Bright blues connect us to the expansive spacious sky. 

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    Purple and Violet

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    A combination of fiery red and spacious blue make purple and violet, which are connected the crown chakra. In feng shui, these colors inspire and invite abundance and royalty. Purple-violet is connected to wealth, prosperity and self-worth.

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    Yellow, Orange, and Brown

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    Earthy and neutral colors like yellow, orange and browns ground and support us. If you need a bit of nurturing and help, earthy colors are the way to go. Think of Mother Earth and how soil can enrich and provide nourishment for plants and trees. The earth also takes in the things we need to let go of. For instance, like the process of composting or decomposition, the earth can take what’s no longer needed and transform it into something fertile.

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    White

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    There are many shades of white, and in feng shui they symbolize purity and precision. White is related to the metal element and inspires clear seeing, clarity and cleansing. White is also recommended for kitchens as it’s a perfect canvas for the vibrant colors in fresh foods. As with most things, balance is also important. Too much white can be too lifeless, too yin.

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    Gray

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    Gray is a mixture of white and black, like yin and yang. White is clarity, while black is wisdom. Gray is related to the helpful people and travel area of the feng shui bagua map. If you need some support or want to travel more, this is a great color to use.

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    Dark blue

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    Dark dark blue, is connected to the self-knowledge and skillfulness in feng shui. Think of gazing upward into the vast night sky, calm and serene. This color helps you with self-cultivation and gaining understanding. 

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    Red

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    The most auspicious color in feng shui, the power of red is obvious. Red can be used to invite prosperity, good health, and luck. Red is related to fire energy, fame and passion.  A little goes a long way, so don’t be afraid to add a little red into your home to inspire and revitalize you.

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    Black

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    Wisdom is evoked with the color black. If you mix all the colors of the rainbow together, you get black. Hence, black is inclusive and contains knowledge of all things. The color black is also related to the element of water. Water is vast and deep. It flows, connects and provides life. Use black sparingly and wisely to open you home up to more wisdom.

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    Pink

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    Pink is a softer color that can invite feminine energy. Pink can invite partnerships, love and help cultivate self-care into your life. Pink is wonderful color to add to your home if you’re looking for a romantic relationship or if you want to work on your relationship with yourself.