Colours and Feng Shui
You are probably familiar with the term feng shui, the traditional practice originating from ancient China about living in harmony with the natural world. Feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" and teaches how to properly position furniture and arrange a room to achieve harmony. Colors, which are related to the five basic elements - wood, fire, earth, metal and water - also play a central role in this practice. These are full of positive or negative energy, known as chi. According to the proponents of this practice, our choice of color in a space cannot be solely subjective; it must be made by analyzing all factors present in the space, to achieve coherence.
A brief history
This ancient Chinese practice was developed around 3,500 years ago in small villages in the East, where people studied the structure of the Earth and the direction of wind and water to build the best accommodation for survival. Good feng shui is supposed to provide an abundant harvest, healthy livestock and a rich life. Western culture long regarded this as a superstitious practice, but perceptions are changing and in fact, there’s an increasingly powerful trend towards creating harmony in living spaces. Today, the aim of this practice is to provide good energy or the good flow of energy in our daily living spaces.
Experts use colors to direct chi and create beneficial energy changes in certain areas of the home. This should have a positive impact on our wellbeing, relationships and productivity. When choosing colors, it is necessary to rely on the harmonious use of the five elements and their circular cycle. Each of the five basic elements has its own colors that, with the element, generate and spread energy, or chi.
- Wood- blue, green
- Fire - red
- Earth - yellow
- Metal - white, beige, silver
- Water - dark blue, black
The effect of individual colors
GREEN is the color of wood, the East and growth. It symbolizes vegetation, growth and vitality, and is therefore associated with life and nature. It is the color of peace, balance and ecology. Green can have both a warm and cool character, depending on the selected tone. It can be used to create a connection with nature or a peaceful place to rest, to pay attention to something new and to feel young. It is suitable for almost any space in the home.
Shade G12-6 according to the HGMIX color chart
RED represents the color of strength and energy. It can symbolize danger or joy, it draws attention and creates a sense of warmth. It is the warmest of all the colors, belongs to the South and has a fiery energy. It evokes passion and spontaneity; but it must be used with caution. It should be avoided in spaces used by people who are unwell and elderly, and in areas of passage such as hallways and waiting rooms. Red is used to boost energy, confidence or to stimulate motivation.
Shade R24-6 according to the HGMIX color chart
BLUE is the color of the element of water, winter and belongs to the North. It represents trust, security and the desire for knowledge, and it also symbolizes everything unknown and undiscovered. It can be used to create a mysterious ambience, to express curiosity and seriousness, and it also helps with meditation. It should be avoided in children's and cold rooms. It is also suitable for the study when combined with another color.
Shade B20-7 according to the HGMIX color chart
PURPLE belongs to the element of fire and the South. It combines the cold and warm poles and is not as vibrant as red. It is often associated with spirituality and has a relaxing effect. The fiery energy of purple, which is more yin, can be used in many rooms such as the kitchen, dining and living rooms, even in the bedroom (but in a peaceful hue), the study and children's room.
Shade V25-7 according to the HGMIX color chart
ORANGE is supposed to have a range of healing properties, it has an optimistic effect and evokes confidence and appetite. It belongs to the element of earth and South-West and North-East. It is generally suitable for the dining and living rooms, kitchen and hallway.
Shade O02-6 according to the HGMIX color chart
YELLOW is the color of the sun and represents abundance. It is associated with intelligence and symbolizes tolerance and patience. It can be used to invigorate a space, improve mood, stimulate thought and arouse curiosity. Yellow symbolizes, among other things, wisdom, happiness and joy. It should be avoided in small or closed rooms and in the bedroom; it is suitable for the children’s room, dining room, kitchen and hallway. Pure yellow clears the mind, which makes it suitable for classrooms.
Shade Y01-7 according to the HGMIX color chart
WHITE symbolizes purity, faith and innocence. It belongs to the element of metal and West and North-West. It can be used to emphasize purity and innocence, and to show honesty. It should be avoided in colder climates and in closed and work spaces. It is suitable for some studies, bedrooms and bathrooms.
Shade W09-4 according to the HGMIX color chart
Choosing the right colors to create the best possible feeling is achieved by combining their properties, energies and synergies. We invite you to take a look at our wide range of interior shades on our new online HGMIX color chart, and to choose the color that is most suitable for your home and that will best express your personality.