When you look at the Feng Shui Bagua Map, you see different colors associated with each section. What do they mean, and why are they there? How do you use them, and how much should they be taken into consideration? Read on for the inside scoop on Feng Shui Bagua colors.
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Feng Shui Bagua Map Colors
As you see from the Bagua Map, each area, or gua (pronounced gwah), has a group of colors assigned to it. The specific colors relate to which expression of the Five Elements is held within the individual area. The Fame gua, which is home to the Fire Element, has red and red tones for example.
The colors reinforce the energy of the Element as well as the individual gua. Any red hue could be used as an enhancement in your Fame area to build a better reputation or gain more recognition. Shades like pink, coral, peach, strawberry, fire engine red, burgundy, maroon, rose, fuchsia or blush are options.
You can bring the color into the room in many ways. Introduce it on a wall or add a pillow, lampshade, window treatment, chair, vase, clock or other item. The possibilities are endless. Just make sure it is something you love.
What if you don’t want red – like me. I’m in a real blue phase right now. Feng Shui is about living with what you love, and I’m into blues. My last home had lots of reds and tans. That house had a totally different feel than where I’m living today. Now I’m by the sea with views of the blue water beyond, and all that seems right is to echo the lovely navy, royal and white of the water beyond.
What colors do you love? Which ones feel right for your home? There will be an area of the Bagua you can go full out with your favorite if you want. Then use smaller bits of that color in other rooms to keep continuity throughout your space.
Using the Bagua Map to Choose Wall Colors
Often my Clients think they have to choose a paint color from the limited selection of options for the gua the room is in. They certainly can, but again, if you don’t love the designated color, don’t use it. There are many ways to balance a room’s decor with the Five Elements, and color is just one of them.
In my Master Bath I chose light seafoam blue for the walls. It is in my Health and Family gua which is ruled by the Wood Element. Blue and green are designated Wood Element colors. I also chose stained wood cabinets rather than white painted ones for the same reason. There are many roads to Rome!
Essential Feng Shui® suggests we keep our bedroom wall color toned down. Flesh tones such as a light tan, gold, cream or pink are a few choices. Then turn to the gua colors for linens, upholstered furniture, accessories, art or window treatments if you like.
Feng Shui Accessory Colors and More
As stated above, you can bring colors into a space with accessories. Pillows, throws, dishes, colorful ceramics, bottles, vases, end tables, lampshades, or plant pots can all introduce color.
I like to use a lot of color in my home and interior redesign projects. It is my recommendation that you select no more than two to three feature colors then repeat them from room to room throughout your space.
For example, place green and yellow in the living room, kitchen and master bedroom. Yellow gets repeated in the bathroom and dining room and green is used in a second bedroom and the hall. This helps to build visual continuity throughout.
Many folks choose mostly neutrals for their space. My Mom is an example. I call her the Queen of Taupe! She loves every shade of the creamy, beigey, chameleon shade and has it all throughout her home.
That’s great! She loves it so we have turned to other tools of Feng Shui to balance her space, and she has an absolutely beautiful home that reflects her taste, style and, most importantly, enhances her Ch’i energy.
Big Ticket Items
If you are in total love with a color and want to commit to installing some of your major components in that color, go for it. Being aware, however, of the color and elemental recommendations for that gua will make it easier to balance the room so it is providing optimal support and good energy.
My kitchen counter choice of dark brown granite had a lot to do with the fact that the majority of my kitchen’s space is in the Center gua. I have recommended royal or navy blue cupboards for a nautical, color loving Client’s Knowledge and Self-Cultivation area as well.
Are you now more inspired to delve into the use of color in your home? Take an inventory of what colors you currently use in different guas and whether they correspond with your Bagua’s suggestions. If not, are there easy modifications you can make to start shifting the energy?
I always encourage Clients to use what they have on hand before buying anything new. A bath towel, sheet or blanket in the color you are considering gives you the chance to see whether the shade is a contender. Grab what you have around and start playing!
Try moving a piece of artwork or bring in a different color tablecloth. I’ve seen rooms completely transform with new throw pillows. What will you use?
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Let me know how you do with your color process. Your comments are so appreciated, and I’d love to share in your Feng Shui adventure!