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Feng Shui Elements and Color

How to add Feng Shui elements to balance your homes enviornment

By Denise Turner, ASID, CID, CMG

The Chinese art of object placement—better known as feng shui—harnesses positive energy and deflects the negative to balance an environment. When the energy is balanced, it can improve health, relationships, and financial prosperity. Did you know that color also plays essential role in this ancient tradition?

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Thanks to modern technology, scientists are able to make sense of the ancient formulas on which feng shui is based. We all recognize that invisible light waves transmit messages through our phones, televisions, and radios. Similarly, color also has a vibrational energy and has the only visible light waves, seen in rainbows. Each color has a different wavelength; red is the longest visible light wave, making it the most powerful, while violet is the shortest.

In feng shui, each color is associated with one of the traditional five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Feng shui masters manipulate the elements and colors in a space to cultivate positive energy, also known as chi, and balance the environment in specific areas.

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Element and Color: Fire and Red

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Fire: The fire element supports career endeavors and assists in attracting money. Fire energy, on its positive side, is honor and fairness. It symbolizes fire, summer, and heat.

Fire elements for interiors include: Red: A powerful color, red is associated with fire, competition, and celebration. It stimulates our adrenal glands, which are associated with survival instincts.

Red in the home signifies passion and richness. It adds a dynamic punch of color to any design and works as a great accent color in many rooms. Because it's such a high-energy color, use red in moderation in bedrooms and for a little sizzle in the master bedroom.

Element and Colors: Earth, Yellow and Brown

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Earth: This element helps create stability, nourishment, and protection for all your relationships. Earth energy supports and interacts with other elements. It symbolizes the nuturing of the environment, so that seeds can grow. Earth energy, on its positive side, denotes fairness, instinct, and wisdom.

Earth elements for interiors include:
Yellow: The warmest of the colors, yellow is associated with optimism, sunshine, and newness. Though it's a cheery color, too much bright yellow can be irritating to the eye because it reflects more light than any other color on the spectrum. Don't be afraid to use a beautiful yellow in your space, just be sure it's in moderation. Consider adding yellow to rooms in your home where people gather; people tend to talk more in a yellow environment.

Brown: Associated with harmony, stability, hearth and home, brown stimulates our connection to the Earth, making us feel safe.

Browns and neutrals play well with most colors and are more soothing than black. Because neutrals add product longevity, most consumers select them for large ticket items such as sofas, cabinetry, and flooring. Browns can be accessorized easily with playful hues.

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