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Feng Shui Colors


Feng shui in general is the Chinese tradition of harmonizing all the elements – humans, objects, structures, and nature we are in. There are feng shui theories as to what the colors ought to be for homes and offices. These are the Bagua Color Theory and the Five Elements Color Theory.

Bagua mirror

Bagua colors

For the Bagua Color Theory, for example if you have placed the layout of the house and found that the master bedroom is at the Primary Relationship corner of the Bagua, you could suggest the color Rose to the couple and use it as a main color for the room (1). Remember that these colors are only suggestions and still ask the couple if they would want to have this color or otherwise. Perhaps if the color is too feminine for them, they could just use it as accents through decorations. Now this bagua color theory can also be used for personal life. For example, if you want to improve your reputation then red is the color. Now it is better to convey Self-Knowledge (blue) mixed with a good Reputation (red) which makes burgundy (2) in the world of business. These 9 bagua colors are not limited to them, which means you can use their hues or shades.

The Five Elements Color Theory suggests that we use a balance of the five elements’ corresponding color hues – fire (red), earth (yellow), metal (white/gray), water (black/dark blue), and wood (green). For example if your neighbourhood – buildings, houses, and train stations are all color gray it means there is too much metal element there. So what you have to do is make your house/building painted with red, green, and gold to create the needed balance (1).


(1) Smith, V. (2006). Feng Shui: A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers. Chicago: AEC Education