When the color red is too intense for your home or office, go for yellow and orange colors in your feng shui applications instead. In feng shui, each color is an expression of one of the five feng shui elements. Thus, there are specific guidelines on how to use color to create good feng shui energy in any space. The color orange is often called the "social" color, as it creates the feng shui energy to promote lively conversations and good times in your home.
In the winter it reminds us of summertime dreams and adventures; it also resembles the cheerful flickering of deep and vibrant orange in log fires. Of course, the beauty of orange in all its splendor is manifested in the autumn. You can borrow from nature's warming color palette to warm up your own home.
The color orange represents the fire feng shui element, so the guidelines for the use of the color orange are based on how the element of fire interacts with the other four elements in each bagua area of a home or office. Here are the dos and don'ts of the use of the color orange for good feng shui.
Use the Color Orange Freely in These Bagua Areas
- South (Fame & Reputation)
- Southwest (Love & Marriage)
- Northeast (Spiritual Growth and Self-Cultivation)
A bit of warm orange is also welcomed in the center of your home, as fire element energy nourishes the earth element of this area.
Avoid a Strong Presence of Orange in These Areas
- West (Children & Creativity)
- Northwest (Helpful People & Blessings)
- East (Health & Family)
- Southeast (Money & Abundance)
How are these feng shui color rules explained? It's simple. The color use guidelines are based on five element cycles, and it is easier than it sounds.
For example, the main element of the west area of any space is metal. For good feng shui, you always want to nurture the main element of each bagua area. Because the fire element of orange is stronger than metal (it melts it), you should be mindful of limiting the use of fire color in the west. The same applies to wood element areas of your bagua (east and southeast). They will not thrive with strong fire color decor because fire burns the wood.
Of course, this does not mean that you should avoid the color orange completely! You can still place a beautiful orange vase in your West area mantel or a pair of small orange pots by your east facing the main entrance. You just do not want the orange color to be too strong, or prominent, in these areas.
The vibrant and happy orange color is an excellent feng shui choice for the living room, dining, and kitchen, children's play area or anywhere in your space where you want to have a playful, lively and pulsating energy. Usually, it is easier to bring in orange with feng shui decor accessories or just one feature wall, rather than a full room color.
The softness and warmth of orange make it a feng shui color that's easy to live with. At sunset, the light in orange-themed rooms becomes beautifully golden and truly magical—a nurturing feeling to cherish and remember.