Color psychology in interior design is a practice that involves the association of colors with different feelings, emotions, and behaviors. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that focuses on creating balance and harmony through the use of color, space, and other elements in interior design. Combined together, these two practices can be used to create beautiful spaces that bring about healing both physically and emotionally.
What is Color Psychology?
Color psychology is the study of how different colors influence human behavior. You probably already know that the colors you wear or surround yourself with can directly impact your mood and behavior.
Some popular examples are:
- Yellow is associated with happiness and positivity – reminiscent of the sun.
- Red is the color of passion and confidence – a great color to wear if you want to feel energized.
- Blue is known for its calming effect and creating a feeling of serenity.
What is the role of Color in Feng Shui?
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art of placement to bring balance and harmony to your home. Feng shui originated in China, but has been adopted around the world as a philosophy of living in harmony with the natural world.
Color plays an important role in feng shui because it can affect our moods, emotions, and physical well-being. Color Feng shui is a way of using color to bring balance and harmony into your home environment through its placement within the home or specific room.
Feng Shui & Color Psychology In Interior Design
We know that color can affect how you feel, how much you eat, and even how productive or creative you are. Color plays an important role in our lives, especially in regards to interior design. Our physical environment literally impacts our internal energy and mood. Colors can make us more productive, calm and happy, or even have the opposite effect on us.
By using the right colors in your home, you can create an environment that is more supportive of your personal goals and aspirations. Taking it a step further, by pairing color psychology with feng shui, you’re able to discover the best colors and the best placements of each color in the spaces of your home.
So think of the rooms in your home and how you’d like to feel in each of them – then use feng shui and color psychology to determine what colors you can use, and where you can place them, to feel that desired emotion.
How to Use A Bagua Map
Bagua Map: A feng shui energy map that measures your home’s energy, based on the placement of colors, furniture, rooms, and other items.
A bagua map can be used to determine the best colors for each room in your home as well as the best placement for your furniture and other items. These maps can be applied to your home as a whole, or in each individual room.
Take a look at your home layout and where your rooms are, then use the bagua map to decide what colors, elements, and items to include in these spaces. For example, if your home office is in the South East corner of your home, you could add accents of purple, wood, and collectibles throughout your office.
For individual rooms, the map will help you see that your laptop should be placed in the North West corner of your room, accents of yellow should be in the center of your room, and so on. Continue reading to see a breakdown of each color, where the colors should be used, and what type of decor should be included for optimum balance.
Blue: Knowledge & Personal Growth
Color Psychology: Calmness, productivity, and intuition
Location: North East
Display: Books, altar, and study materials
Black: Career & Life Path
Color Psychology: Boldness, classic, authority, and security
Display: Mirrors, fountain, glass, and images of water
Grey: Helpful People & Travel
Color Psychology: Maturity, professionalism, and respect
Location: North West
Display: Maps, globe, electronics, round objects
Color Psychology: Patience, healing, freshness, and quality
Display: Family photos, plants, wood furniture
Color Psychology: Communication, happiness, and optimism
Display: Meditation space, square or rectangular shapes
White: Children & Creativity
Color Psychology: Innocence, honesty, and simplicity
Display: Children’s art, whimsical art, and pastel toys
Purple: Wealth & Abundance
Color Psychology: Creativity, playfulness, and spirituality
Location: South East
Display: Collectibles, plants, flags, and wind chimes
Red: Fame & Reputation
Color Psychology: Energy, inspiration, excitement, and confidence
Display: Candles, awards, and triangular shapes
Pink: Love & Relationships
Color Psychology: Femininity, romance, gratitude
Location: South West
Display: Anything in pairs, hearts, and photos of loved ones
How do You Want To Feel?
Take some time to look at the colors, and their placements, and notice how you feel in specific areas of your home. Do you notice the impact that color has on your mood? Use the bagua map and the color breakdown to make any paint or decor changes so that you’re feeling your best in every room of your home!