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Feng Shui in Your Home

August 1, 2013

The ancient philosophy of Feng Shui is an oft cited eastern import.  The Taoist philosophy stresses the importance of harmony between man and the elements of universe.

But you don’t need a deep spiritual foundation to use Feng Shui as inspiration for your redesign.  
An awesome project can be completed by focusing on two central aspects of Feng Shui: direction and color.
The cardinal points are key to Feng Shui.  Each corresponds with one of earth’s elements. East, the “green dragon” (think green plants, tall and thick), to the west, the “white tiger,” north, the “turtle” (the house should be facing a boulder or a hill) and finally, the south, the red phoenix (where the light source should enter).
Each color’s definition is linked to the cardinal direction it corresponds to.1. Red, First chakra – Associated with stimulation, it aids with openness and learning, wisdom and physical fitness. It’s the ideal color for the southern portion.2. Orange, Second chakra – An earth element orange promotes optimism and serenity. Place in in the southeast to provide balance between red and green.

3. Yellow, Third chakra – Also connected to the earth element, orange aids in maintaining concentration, and provides solidity.

4. Green, fourth chakra – Green is linked to vegetation and stimulates rest, tranquility and peace. It is useful to maintain social relationships and should be placed to the east.

5. Blue, fifth chakra – Blue is, naturally, linked to water. It promotes introspection and concentration. Suitable for the bathroom and the office.

6. Indigo, sixth chakra – Along with the red, Indigo encapsulates fire. Indigo is related to spirituality making it ideal for any meditative space.

7. Viola, Seventh chakra – An incisive hue, this color helps with relaxation and introspection.

Even black and white correspond to particular sources of energy. Black’s negation of color lends elegance and mystery to a room. It considerably downscales space and although it removes light, when used for detail black can enhance shapes and contrast.

White: set of all colors, transmits order, cleanliness and purity. But very often, especially when used in large blocks, it may be cold, sterile and monotonous. It greatly helps to illuminate and enlarge the rooms.

The color scheme is integral to the quality of the design and thus should be selected carefully.  A poorly chosen color scheme can cripple any redesign.

Using complementary colors can provide energy, liveliness and stimulation.  For a monochrome effect, you ca use colors that vary little in intensity and shades, while adding the finishing touches by way of the furniture.


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