Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art on harmonising people with the environment around them. It guides the placement of important objects such as buildings, art or a bed.
Proper positioning and perspective, according to Feng Shui, sustains the flow of positive energy traditionally known as Qi.
Feng Shui also extends to colours.
Each colour has a meaning to it attached to a specific Feng Shui element (there are 5 elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water).
By aligning your bedroom’s colour scheme to these elements, you’ll make the space more relaxing and energising.
Here are some tips on how to mix and match your bedroom colours to achieve Feng Shui.
Even if you don’t believe in this ancient metaphysical science, you’ll love these bedroom decoration ideas.
Note: These are just basic tips. If you want to go deeper into Feng Shui, you’ll need to start with an energy map that will help you choose the best colours for different locations.
Choose according to your personality and preferences
Even if you know that red is associated with luck, that doesn’t mean you have to plaster your entire bedroom in it if you hate it.
If the colour stresses you out, it’s not good for your Feng Shui.
As you consider which colours to use, also consider how well they match your own personal energy. You want a space that you love and enjoy being in.
Use earthy colours for warmth and energy
Colours like light yellow, brown and sandy are great if you want a warm space that feels homely and natural.
Because these colours also represent the wide range of skin tonnes, they also feel very personal and intimate.
Go bright for a lively space
If you have an outgoing energy, you definitely want a space that reinforces your bubbly and confident spirit.
Bright colours associated with the fire element are the best. Great examples include red, yellow and orange.
But be careful as these colours can be too overwhelming if done in excess.
They are best used as an accent colour and then balance it out with more neutral hues. This creates a nice balance that provides a more dynamic feel.
Choose calming hues for a quieter feel
If you are quieter personality, bright colours, even in moderation, can be too exciting for your comfort.
Cool and quiet colours are better.
Colours like green and blue are peaceful while still topping up your energy levels when you go to your Murphy bed.
These colours are associated with the water element. They are calm and quiet but still powerful in their own way.
But just like water can be destructively powerful, avoid going all the way with cool hues. Mix them up with neutral colours to create a healthy balance.
Metallics and neutrals create and elegant but warm feel
If you are looking for a modern and minimalist look, metallic colours are perfect. They are elegant and have a serene toned down feel.
But they rarely work well on their own. They can make your bedroom feel too cold and impersonal.
To liven up the space without making it too exciting, mix in some neutrals such as beige, light brown and ivory.
Go outside your comfort zone
It’s not always a good idea to stick only to colours you are comfortable with. You might be comfortable with them because they affirm your fears and challenges.
For instance, dark colours can reinforce your fear of socialising while too-calm colours can make it challenging to work up motivation to wake up and do stuff.
So as you incorporate colours that match your personal energy, experiment with a few others that match your aspirations.
If you’d love to be more outgoing, try a lively accent colour like red. If you feel like you are always in a hyper mode, try a calming colour like blue.