The Meaning of Colors in Feng Shui

How to paint with feng shui colors?

Colored Rose with feng shui colors
Colored Rose with feng shui colors

Hello again,

Last time, we talked about Feng Shui and what it is and how we can use it to create harmony and balance in our home or at work. 

Today, I would like to share with you how feng shui colors can change the energy balance or qi accounts of rooms.

You probably already know about the psychology of colors and how colors can evoke feelings in us. However, the meaning of colors in Fen Shui teach us even more. They tell us what color, will optimize a rooms function depending on its location. And it names you the exterior colors that improve the qi of your homes based on the direction it faces.

Green and blue pastels work great for bedroom properties
Green and blue pastels work great for bedroom properties

As always you must understand the core beliefs of Feng Shui first. Because only then, you can understand the effect on the following Feng Shui Cures and Tips.

Therefore, we will explain here:

  • The Meaning of Colors
  • What is Yin Energy?
  • How Yin Colors work?
  • What Do Yan Colors Do?
  • How to choose the best color?
  • What’s the Feng Shui School of Compass?

 Plus we share practical advice on: How to use Feng Shui painting a Bedroom.

If, you use this guide, to experiment with Feng Shui Tips in your own home. It is from essence that you take it slow, deploy only one cure at a time. And working only on one space, watch it unfold, before you move on to the next.


That Feng Shui teaches many alternative rules that rid spaces of negative energy and promote happiness, stability, affluence, tranquility and peace.

 So, let’s get started with the colors that enhance living spaces to create balance and harmony.

Feng Shui Colors and Directions
Feng Shui Colors and Directions

The Meaning of Feng Shui Colors

Why is it that your heart fills with joy and happiness, when you discover a new bloom on your rose bush?  And how come that different color and hue affects you differently? Why, does the white lily touch your soul with its serenity? While the red rose with its vibrant energy awakes a feeling of love and passion.

Your feelings are different because the flowers are reflecting different colors and Feng Shui uses this natural magic of colors to transform your life.

For example:

A rose is red because it reflects red color and Feng Shui makes use of this reflected energy to create a balance between yin and yang energies that suits your personality or your environment.

You may have heard of yin and yang before. Maybe you even recall the symbol with the black and white fish in a circle. However, you probably did not know about the yin and yang energies represented in the colors of Feng Shui.

Yin & Yen energy
Yin & Yen

What is Yin Energy?

You can think of yin energy like of a plant growing from the earth. Raising upward and moving toward the sky. As yin energy moves up to the sky it becomes diffused and dissipated.

All Yin energies have an element of dreaminess about them and the colors like blue, white, green and purple according to Feng Shui are believed to have yin energies.

That would explain why …

If your home office is full of creative and dream-inducing objects or colors. Feng Shui suggests to get rid of some. To introduce in their place more practical items with vibrant colors. That will in turn help you to get in the right spirit to do some work and be enthusiastic.

As you can see, every association you have with a color contributes in some way to how you feel. Therefore, colors hold an important role within the practice of Feng Shui. It is very essential for you to understand what affect toning down or playing up certain Feng Shui colors in your home can have on you. So you can control this and achieve your life goals.

The goal in using Feng Shui Colors should be to achieve balance rather than excess. Whether you are planning the color scheme of your home, office, garden or personal appearance, the following characteristics of the colors in Feng Shui practice will give you an insight into how they can be used in Feng Shui design.

Feng shui balance
Feng shui balance.jpg

How Do Yin Colors work ?

Yin colors according to the teachings are the feng shui colors that are about healing and relaxation. The relation between colors and Feng Shui can be better understood by taking the example of some colors as given below.

  • Black: Symbolizes money and income, black is great for careers, especially when combined with metal. All shades are the Feng Shui Colors of emotional protection and power.
  • White: This color represents poise, confidence and purity. Because of its yin energy, this color mostly used in combination with gold or silver to generate an atmosphere
  • Green: Is another yin color with healing and soothing energies. It works well in living rooms and rooms where you want to enhance the energy of balance.
  • Blue: Has yin energy and it is calm and soothing. This color has a great significance, as it reflects love that heals and relaxes. Blue creates a feeling of peace and trust. Since it is the color of the sea and sky, Feng Shui associates it with adventure and exploration.
  • Navy Blue: Is the color of intellect and wisdom. And works well in bedrooms and living rooms.
  • Indigo: Yet another color that heals and soothes. Good for a child’s room to promote healthy sleep habits. Therefore, works well in bedrooms as well.
  • Purple: Has a great significance in spiritual Feng Shui because it is on the other end of the spectrum. The color is excellent for physical and mental healing and Feng Shui associates it with spiritual awareness. However, this color can be too rich for painting an entire room. You probably better use purple accents as an alternative.
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Feng Shui Colors – What Do Yan Colors ?

  • Red: Is considered to be auspicious, and comes with a punch of yang energy. Great for energy and excitement. Works perfectly in a home office, or area for higher productivity. 
  • Yellow: Is considered to be as auspicious as red. Yellow represents sunbeams, warmth, motion, cheerfulness and friendliness. It inspires happiness and creativity. Use it in any room to add brightness and vitality. It works well in kitchens, Studies and home office. However, according to a noted color Feng Shui consultant, prolonged exposure to large amounts of intense yellow can cause anxiety.
  • Orange: With a lot of yang energy the orange color has great significance for spiritual Feng Shui practice as it strengthens your concentration. You might use this color when your creative well runs dry. Orange color in Feng Shui is used to give you a sense of purpose. Orange is the color of organization.

Other yang colors are Tan/Beige, Brown, Mauve, Maroon, Lavender, and Gold. Each color has its significance such as money, luck or romance.

How to Paint A Bedroom Using Feng Shui?

So far we learned that in a Feng Shui home, all rooms should achieve balanced accounts. Therefore, it is mandatory to apply Feng Shui properly, to bring beauty and balance into your home or office. We also learned about the energies that various colors can apply to a room.

With that said, here are some Feng Shui Tips you should follow when painting your bedroom…

  • Take it easy on bright colors, they are alive and moving, so the more bright colors that are used, the harder it will be to stay asleep.
  • Plants and water manifest yang energy and can cause the same issues as bright colors.   
  • The colors for plants and water are green, black, and blue
  • You best avoid: reds, strong oranges or bright yellows because they are too energetic. 
  • Florescent colors are simply out of the question!
 In feng shui colors Purple is excellent for physical and mental healing
In feng shui colors Purple is excellent for physical and mental healing

Pictures of moving water can also cause problems. 

  • If you’ve a picture of a waterfall, river, or ocean in your bedroom, it’s better to move it.
  • Aquariums in the bedroom can cause sleeping issues and should be moved. 

Dark colors should be used in the décor of the bedroom, but not on the walls.  Painting the bedroom walls brown might help you sleep, but won’t help you feel rejuvenated in the morning. 

Darker colored décor should be used to the point of tilting the room’s ambiance yin, without making you feel like you’re party to a funeral.

In already very dark rooms like wood paneled. You should consider painting it or improve the lighting.

Opening the blinds during the day can improve the rooms feeling. It’s best to open all windows once a week.

How to choose the best colors for a space?

There is actually no simple answer, because there are many factors that will come into play.  The best wall colors to use are anchored in the “School of Compass in Feng Shui”. And as you probably guessed depend on the room’s geographical location. 

What’s the Feng Shui School of Compass?

fen shui compass
fen shui compass

To determine the compass direction of your home, draw your house’s outline on a piece of paper, and split the home into 9 equal sections (3 down, 3 across). 

Use a compass to find which direction is north, and label each box according to that compass direction (North can be in a corner). 

Here are the color combinations:

  • NE, Center, or SW: Rooms located here should be painted pastel earthy colors, including light shade of yellow. 
  • NW or W: Rooms located here benefit from metal, so use a shade of white.
  • SE or E: The South East and East benefit from the color green, but you really should only use greens if the room will be used as a study. Otherwise, use other pastel earthy colors including shades of yellow. 

Don’t use white here, as it destroys the productive properties of directions. The South East & East are associated with wealth.

  • S: The South benefits from red. If you want to use red here, use it sparingly as too much will cause restlessness in bed.  Use shades of white for the walls.
  • N: The north benefits from blue and black (water). If you can’t use water, try white (metal) instead, as metal will help the benefits of water. Without actually using it.


  • Each color has its own energy
  • Feng Shui defines different colors for the interior and the exterior use.
  • In general, it is best to use pastel colors instead of the base tone.
  • Further the colors in Feng Shui are influenced by the global direction of your home.

For example if your house is facing towards the south, painting its exterior with white, grey or blue enhances the flow of chi in your home.

However, if it faces the East, the earth colors and metal tones supposed to enhance the positive energies of that house.

Wow, we have three more chapters left to complete this Guide

Next time I share with you the best furniture setting for your rooms and which you must absolutely avoid.

And after that I share with you Feng Shui Decorating Tips & the Circle of Life

Here you can go back to the beginning Feng Shui Basics

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