Advanced Feng Shui Colors & Directions
You need to determine, with a compass, the orientation of your home or apartment. Then you will know which direction is associated with each room, or which direction is associated with each side of your (one room) apartment.
Use a layout plan of your house or room and mark the northerly direction on the lay out. Take the center of your house (or apartment) as the center of the compass and mark the direction of each room (or area in your apartment).
There is nothing in Feng Shui principles that says that you must paint the entire room in the prescribed color. Other colors can certainly be used in combination with any of the ones suggested below. The main thing you need to be aware of is how the color makes you feel, and how it works with your existing décor and color scheme. If the color enhances and enlivens your room, then it’s a good choice.
Colors and Directions
East - For an east room, use wood furniture as much as possible and add several house plants.
Southeast - These hues and anything in between violet, purple, and lavender reflect the energies of this direction.
South - Any hue of the these colors will give you the cozy warm ambiance of fire. South is the fire element. Activate this element with candles and plants to fuel the fire. A fireplace located on the south wall also activates the fire element. Steer clear of metal since it draws water which will douse the fire.
• Earthy Beige / Orange
Southwest - Use one or a combination of these two colors.
West - Metal is the element of the west. Metal candle sticks, metal picture frames and metal tables and chairs work to activate this element.
Northwest - Black is not typically a color advised for an entire room color. White walls with a black and white tile floor are a great way to introduce these colors into a room design.
North - Water is the element for the North. Use photos or paintings of water scenes (unless this is a bedroom). An aquarium in a den located in the north is a good choice or a small table fountain. Add various metal objects, since it draws water.
Northeast - These are a couple of colors to consider for this direction. Consider adding plants or even an aquarium.
Center of Home - The earth element is activated with pottery. Clay and bronze statues also bring the earth energy inside your room. Since fire creates earth (ash) you can add candles to further activate the earth element. Minimize the use of wood furniture and opt for upholstered chairs and sofas.
• Earthy Beige / Orange
Feng Shui Colors and Scent Sources
We worked with three Feng Shui experts and to get them to agree on color choices was a bit of a challenge. Our selection of therapeutic grade essential oil blends, to compliment the Five Elemental colors, was easier because we found a strong correlation between Gabriel Moray’s book Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit and Peter Holmes’ seminar Using Essential Oils with Chinese Medicine.
Fundamentally, you can use a wide variety of essential oils to affect emotional balance or to enhance a particular mood or quality. In general, entire families of essential oil have similar qualities. So in some sense you could choose any oils from that family to create similar aromatherapy benefits. Aromatherapy is probably more of an art than a hard science. An experienced aromatherapist has a huge fragrance pallet to choose from. Different aromatherapists recommend different blends but still achieve the same results.