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The Feng Shui of Color

You may gravitate toward certain color palettes for your home for a variety of reasons, but did you know that color can impact the way you and your loved ones feel? According to the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui, the right combination of colors placed in the right areas of your home can actually affect the flow of energy. So consider the following guide from Artistic Tile before you grab that paint brush.

Blue: Calmness and Serenity. The color of a serene river or a clear sky, blue is associated with the element of water in Feng Shui and is, therefore, considered a restorative color. Look to add blue to rooms of your home where you want to relax or escape.

Black: Grounding and Protection. Black is a color that can have many meanings—from formal to seductive to dramatic to elegant. Consider using it in areas of your home where you want to make a strong impression, such as foyers or powder rooms. In Feng Shui, black is considered to have a heavy energy, so ideally, it should be used in moderation, and below eye level. Since it provides grounding and protection, use it near entrances or in picture frames surrounding photos of people you wish to protect.

Green: Growth and Vitality. Due to its association with plants, green represents health and growth, so place it in areas where you’d like to see vitality—-such as your home office. It also works well in areas where you want to inspire well-being, such as a bedroom or exercise area.

Gold: Prosperity and Abundance. When it comes to Feng Shui, a little bit of gold goes a long way. Summoning the vibrant warmth and energy of the sun, as well as associations of prosperity and abundance, gold can inspire passion and drive in your home. Small elements of gold can work well in a variety of places, including creative spaces, entertaining spaces and home offices. Its warmth also makes it appropriate for family and living rooms.

Red: Love and Luck. Red symbolizes luck and love in China, and in India, where red is the standard color for bridal gowns, it is the symbol of marriage. The symbol of love, courage and passion in many cultures, use red in any room of your home that could benefit from a bit of high energy and luck, such as your home office, workout space or family room.