|B. COLOR PHILOSPHIES AND
PSYCHOLOGY: FENG SHUI, AND AURAS, ETC.
(Some of these concepts are bit cosmic for me. But, may have real merit for others. I felt
they were at the very least interesting.)
- The Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui believes that color choices should be intuitive, and
therefore, made on the basis of which of the five energy elements you were born into. The
five elements are wood (green), metal (white), fire (red), water (blue or black) and earth
(yellow). Your birth element should not dominate your entire color scheme, but it may be
the color you need more of in your home. (Unfortunately, I couldnt find anything in
the books I consult that would help you determine your birth element. I was really curious
- Earthy colors, i.e.: ochre, sienna, terracotta, peach, apricot, nutty browns, etc.
enhance our connection with the earth, which makes us feel grounded. The use of these
colors can help "pull you down out of your mind," and therefore motivate you to
follow your dreams.
- Pink, peach, apricot, and warm tan are colors that promote love vibrations, and may help
heal a broken heart, or ease grieving.
- Light creamy yellow on walls and golden yellow on furnishings, can stimulate the mind
and assist you with clear thinking.
- The book, "The Healing Home," below, talks about the "The Color
Sanctuary," in one chapter. It explores the concept of auras, color vibrations
and wavelengths. The authors belief is that the color wavelengths in our
environment, and colors of our auras, (light and sound vibrations emitted by our
cells, glands, and organs), impact one another. Because of this, colors in our homes
should be in keeping with our auras. The colors in harmony with our "inner
vibrations" are our soul colors. We can determine what these colors by
asking ourselves, "What color would I want to be, if I was a color?" and
"What two colors do I most often chose to wear?" (There is also a pendulum
method, to determine soul colors, described in detail in the book.) A strong
personality may prefer bright strong colors, and a softer person, light pastel shades.
Color selection needs to take the color auras of ALL personalities occupying the
home into account, or there will be disharmony. This can be accomplished by using splashes
of each persons color against a neutral background in shared spaces, and their
predominant color in their personal space, such as a
or office. The author also
believes, that although we have a base aura, we have changing color energies and may need
different colors at different items in our lives, to promote growth. These changing needs
can be met in temporary ways, by painting one wall of a room, or flowers, artwork, and
Follow the links, below, to see other portions of this article.
A. General Information About the Psychology of
Color and Interiors (Part 1)
C. How We Can Help Seniors Though the Use of
Color (Part 3)
D. Recommendations for Further Reading (Part
Here is another site that provides links to many sites on feng shui. http://architecture.about.com/cs/fengshui/?once=true&
Here is one specifically about the elements or symbols,
as they relate to your birthday.
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Author: Catherine Foust McGivern, NCIDQ Certified, Principal