The Concept of Color

Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite.

As a powerful form of communication, color is irreplaceable. Red means "stop" and green means "go." Traffic lights send this universal message. Likewise, the colors used for a product, web site, business card, or logo cause powerful reactions. Color Matters!

Colors, colors, and more colors, but how do you choose which one is right for you?

The meaning of colors can vary depending on culture and circumstances. Each color has many aspects to it but you can easily learn the language of color by understanding a few simple concepts which I will teach you here.

Color is a form of non verbal communication. It is not a static energy and its meaning can change from one day to the next with any individual. For example, a person may choose to wear the red one day and this may indicate they are ready to take action, or they may be passionate about what they are going to be doing that day, or again it may mean that they are feeling angry that day, on either a conscious or subconscious level.

Orange is the color of social communication and optimism. From a negative color meaning it is also a sign of pessimism and superficiality.

In the meanings of color in color psychology, yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.

Green is the color of balance and growth. It can mean both self-reliance as a positive and possessiveness as a negative, among many other meanings. 

Blue is the color of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity. 

Indigo (deep blue) is the color of intuition. In the meanings of colors it can mean idealism and structure as well as ritualistic and addictive.                       

Purple is the color of the imagination. It can be creative and individual or immature and impractical.                                                                  

The color meaning of turquoise (greenish blue) is communication and clarity of mind. It can also be impractical and idealistic.

The color psychology of pink is unconditional love and nurturing. Pink can also be immature, silly and girlish.

In the meaning of colors, magenta (violet-red) is a color of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life.

The color brown is a serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection and material wealth.

From a color psychology perspective, gray is the color of compromise - being neither black nor white, it is the transition between two non-colors.

Silver has a feminine energy; it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides - it is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious.

White is color at its most complete and pure, the color of perfection. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.

Black is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery. It keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world.

The right feng shui use of colors can do wonders for any home or office. We are all in love with color, and we all respond to color in more or less predictable ways. Feng shui takes the use of color to the next level, where each color brings the desired feng shui energies to a space, the energies needed to bring harmony and balance.

From vibrant red to soothing aqua blue and fresh white - which color is best feng shui for your living room or home office? How about your bedroom feng shui? Would green color create good feng shui in the bedroom? And if not, then why?

1. Feng Shui of Red Color - Passion, Courage, Romance - Fire Element

Red color is the strongest feng shui color representation of the fire feng shui element. Vibrant red color brings into your home the energy of joy, excitement and invigorates the sexual desire. Red is the Chinese color of luck and happiness, the marriage color in India, and the symbolic color of love and romance, courage and passion in the West.  


2. Feng Shui of Color Yellow - Sunny, Nourishing, Happy - Fire or Earth Element

The feng shui color of sunlight, cheerful and uplifting yellow always brightens any home or office. Yellow color also creates cozy, welcoming feng shui energy in your kitchen, living room or children's rooms. From hot sunflower yellow to pale buttery yellow color tones - there are many options to choose from when you are planning to re-decorate your home.  


3. Blue Color Feng Shui - Calm, Tranquility, Peace - Water Element

Blue is a magnificent feng shui color. From clear sky blue to soft aqua blue of the ocean and deep indigo blue - there is an endless variety of blue color tones you can choose for your home. Feng shui-wise, color blue is excellent for use in the following feng shui bagua areas of your home: East (Health), Southeast (Money), and North (Career).


4. Green Color Feng Shui - Growth, Health, Vibrancy - Wood Element

Green is the feng shui color of renewal, fresh energy and regeneration.  Green color is very nourishing to your health, as it balances the whole body by bringing healing feng shui vibrations from nature. When working with green color, it is important to have at least several different shades in order to maximize the feng shui energy effects. 


5. Feng Shui of Color Orange - Social, Open, Optimistic - Fire Element

When the feng shui use of color red is too intense for your home or office, go for the orange color instead. Color orange is often called the "social" color, as it creates the necessary feng shui energy to promote lively conversations and good times in your house. Orange color reminds us of summertime dreams and  warm glow of log fires. 


6. Purple Color Feng Shui - Royal, Mysterious, Noble - Fire Element

Feng shui masters advise using color purple in moderation. As purple color is a very high vibration color, it might be best to bring it into your home with various decor elements - from pillows to art - rather than wall color.  The best feng shui spaces where you can freely use the intensity of color purple are a healing room or a meditation space.


7. Feng Shui of Color Pink - Gentle, Soothing, Loving - Fire Element

Pink color is the universal color of love, which makes it a perfect feng shui color to soften the energy in any given space. Its gentle and delicate feng shui vibrations have a proven soothing effect on one's behavior. You can have this beautiful color almost anywhere - from your bedroom to your laundry room.  


8. Gray Color Feng Shui - Clear, Detached, Neutral - Metal Element

Gray color is usually treated either as boring (dull gray!) or as a sophisticated, upscale feng shui color. No matter what you think of it, gray color can sure bring beautiful feng shui energy to any space, as long as you choose wisely. Feng shui areas that most benefit from color gray are West (Creativity), Northwest (Helpful People) and North (Career).


9. Feng Shui of Color Black - Unknown, Infinite, Absorbing - Water Element

The color of night, deep waters and universal void, feng shui use of color black adds depth, strength and definition to any space. Are there any restrictions for the feng shui use of color black? Well, you sure will not use black in your baby's room, or on your bedroom ceiling. How about your main entry


10. White Color Feng Shui - Innocence, Freshness, New Beginnings - Metal Element

The feng shui color of purity and innocence, white is also the color that absorbs, or contains, all other colors. This explains why we can all be fascinated and deeply satisfied with a pure white space.


11. Feng Shui of Brown Color - Strength, Grounding, Stability - Wood Element

Brown color has become a popular feng shui choice in recent years. It has a nourishing feng shui energy, and is associated with all the good things - yummy dark chocolate, gourmet coffee and beautiful mahogany wood. Feng shui areas that are most nourished my warm brown are East (Health),  South (Fame) and Southeast (Wealth).