Planning: What is feng-shui?

Everyone’s been talking about it lately! Feng-shui (ancient Chinese practice) is very popular with Westerners who want to lead a Zen life. A feng-shui layout considers the 5 elements of earth, fire, water, metal and wood. It also respects the balance between Yin and Yang. In addition, according to this ancestral practice, any room in the house has a very specific iconography that will determine its layout. Basically, the role of the Feng Shui house is to bring about harmony.


Choosing Feng Shui Colors

According to the art of feng-shui, the colors that surround us like those in our environment or in our clothes affect our mood and the quality of the atmosphere. In Chinese art, we distinguish the colors Yin and Yang. Opposite and complementary, these colors must be harmonized with each other to bring well-being and serenity. For example, bright colors are equivalent to Yang colors and are energizing. They should preferably be reserved in the rooms of the house where you practice an activity such as entertainment. We can cite the kitchen or the office.

Soft and pastel tones reflect the Yin colors and are relaxing. Therefore, they must be used mainly in rest and quiet rooms, such as the bedroom, the library …

In reality, the most essential thing is to choose the colors according to the atmosphere you want to create in each room of your house.

Here are some uses of color you could do:

The color red is attached to the element Fire and symbolizes dynamism, prosperity and love. Excessive use of this color can lead to excitement and nervousness. This color is suitable for the office or living room, but never in the bedrooms.

The color orange is the color of the change, friendship, creativity. It has a stimulating, energizing effect and antidepressant. It is therefore suitable for children’s rooms, entry, living room and in the kitchen.

The yellow color is very bright and encourages interactions and communication. It provides joy, serenity and promotes inspiration and spirituality. You can install it in the nursery, living room, or meeting room.

Certain colors should be avoided in Feng Shui or used in moderation:

White, for example, represents purity and innocence. Instead it is better to use off-white, because this the purity of this color could create a feeling of emptiness and uneasiness.

Black is the symbol of mystery and magic. It arouses pessimism, which explains its use by small touches within our environment.

Brown, for its part, represents the color of stagnation and arouses nostalgia. we must therefore refrain from using this color.

In general, the Yin and Yang colors should be balanced. Too much Yin colors in an interior promotes weariness and languor, while that an excess of Yang colors can lead to aggression and tension.