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Decisions, decisions, decisions… when undergoing a major renovation or giving your home a minor facelift the daunting task of choosing paint, fabrics, flooring, furniture and lighting can seem never ending. So many questions arise from sprucing up your space. As we factor in all of the pieces to truly make our space a place we love and can enjoy for years to come, we often ask ourselves: “Does it clash or does it blend?”
When it comes to pulling together all of these elements, the color palette is an important area to focus on and can boost your energy and promote health.
Color can either bring balance, harmony and good energy, or it can create chaos and low energy in one’s space
— Rodika Tchi
Achieving an aesthetically pleasing color-coordinated room based on the Eastern practice of feng shui is much more than grouping contrasting and like colors together, it is the practice of analyzing where things go to create the most healthful and beneficial energy flow.
According to the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui, each color is tied to an emotion and one of the five elements of Wood, Earth, Fire, Water and Metal.
To help you make sense of it all and make your renovation or facelift a little less daunting, here are a few helpful tips to create specific energies in your home.
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- Red and Orange: Are associated with Fire and Wood. Use these colors in south facing rooms. These colors increase heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. It also can promote activity and alleviate depression. And is also the color of passion and love.
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- Blue and Black: Try these colors in north facing rooms; these colors express tranquility in keeping with the Water element, support inner work, helping us to concentrate, contemplate, meditate and handle creative endeavors. Blue can slow the heart and breathing rates and lower blood pressure. It can be used to increase coolness, to calm and create privacy.
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- Metallic, White and Gold: These hues translate well in rooms facing west. They can support carefulness and focus.
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- Beige, Brown and Green: favor Earth and Wood elements, which may work well in rooms facing east. Creating energy of growth decisiveness and action. It can motivate internal change.
Good color choices for bathrooms include soft green palettes to aid digestion; light blues to incorporate the Water element; and pink and peach tones to add a soothing aura.
Energizing colors for bedrooms are shades of red-orange, soft pinks and apricot. Pastel blues, greens and lavenders promote calm and serenity, perfect for an informal den or child’s bedroom.
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Good Feng Shui is especially important when it comes to illuminating your decorative environment. Not only do you need to have the right amount of light, these light sources must also have good “color fidelity” and be the right color temperature to bring out the true colors in your home, go here to learn more about lighting color temperature.