Most of us feel passionately about color. We love some and are repelled by others. Our tastes also change over time. I remember how passionately I loved blue as a child and, as an adult I couldn’t get enough of yellows, golds and earth tones. My most favorite colors now are Indigo blue combined with gold and pumpkin-orange. They absolutely make my heart sing and it never ceases to cheer me up when I see this combination.
The ancient art of Feng Shui acknowledges the profound affect of color on our physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Colors are connected to the five elements from the natural world; fire, earth, metal, water and wood. They play a significant role in balancing and healing every aspect of our lives. In paying attention to the colors we are attracted to, we are tuning into our body’s natural instincts which can help us come back into alignment.
This is called the Five Elements theory and it is at the foundation of Feng Shui and Chinese medicine. These elements have objects, shapes, seasons, body organs, chakra’s and colors connected to them, but the color component is often the most powerful.
The chart below lists the element, what it is about and what colors will enhance it. Surrounding yourself with colors from the element that you are working with will strengthen your energy field. You can do so by wearing more of this color and/or bringing it into your living space. Just make sure that you don’t overdo the fire or water element in the bedroom which should always have more of the earth element to promote groundedness and solid sleep. (See Feng Shui for the Bedro
The Colors of the Five Elements and How to Use them
Fire: when you are working with issues around decisiveness, assertiveness, motivation and passion, or lack there of, bring fire colors into your living space and wear some fire colors. Fire Colors: The entire red spectrum which includes pink, red, orange, coral, purples. Red’s however can come in many different hues. The ones closer to red will have more energy, think fuchsia. Those with more blue will be cooler, such as purple. Pastel pinks are considered the metal element with a hint of fire. Wear pink to inspire lightheartedness and romance (Feng Shui for Romance).
Earth: When you are working with fertility issues, being and feeling more grounded in your life and getting organized. Earth Colors: Taupe, gold, yellows, medium brown, terracotta and earth tones. Gold is considered the happiest color on the planet. Think ‘sun‘.
Metal: When you are working with mental clarity such as focusing on a new project at work, studying a new subject or when you need some back bone. Metal colors are important when you feel the need to lighten up and develop your child-like qualities and/or you are working with children. Metal Colors: whites and pastels (pink, light green,light blue, light yellow) and metallics.
Water: When you are working on developing your spirituality, practicing mindfulness, connecting to intuition and learning how to tune into the synchronicity of the universe. Water Colors = Black, dark gray, dark and navy blue, dark green, deep purple and Indigo. Blacks can be overwhelming so don’t overdo them, especially in the bedroom!
Wood: When you are working on personal growth, growing or expanding your business, planting the seeds for a new project or working with health and/or family issues. Wood Colors: medium green and medium blue, turquoise. Medium blue is the most favorite color and actually belongs to the wood element, not water. Darker blues belongs to the water element.
If you would like more information on how to work with color and the Five Elements, I am offering my readers a free copy of my Color Five Elements map (PDF format) like the one shown above. Click here for your free copy.
By Erica Sofrina, author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. Erica Sofrina is an Interior Design and Feng Shui specialist and founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. One of her specialties is color consultations for home and business.