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Symbolic Color Meanings



"Safe" colors For The Whole House


Chances are you're like me and not the type of person who likes every different room to be splashed with a different color! So what if you prefer to have the same color for all the rooms so that you can have continuity? If this is the case, then beige or white is your most desirable choice! These are the two "safe" colors which have other good fengshui qualities that outweigh their directional incompatibilities.

Beige or Cream emulates the colors of Earth, which also brings solidity and stability to the household. It occupies 3 directional sectors of the compass, those which govern Marital and Family Relationships, Family Harmony and Wisdom for Children.

White is the most Yang of all colors. It brings the most Yang energy to the household because White energy is the equivalent of 7 different colors of light! White cuts through black, and reflects and magnifies all good things! White is also the color of Metal which occupies 2 directional sectors of the compass. White governs Luck from Heaven or the Divine, and also Health and Longevity.


Cautionary colors

While White and Beige are considered "Safe" colors, Blue and Red are considered cautionary colors! Blue represents Water and Red represents Fire. Both colors only occupy 1 direction in the compass, with Fire in the South and Water in the North. This tells us that a little bit of water and fire goes a long way! When using blue or red, be sure that only 1/9th of your home uses that color. Never give in to the temptation of painting your entire house blue or red!!

Blue is not recommended for the living room because it can symbolise your life drowning. When water covers your head (from floor to ceiling) it means that you've already drowned! The last thing you should ever do is paint your ceiling blue, navy or black. So beware of how much blue to use!

Red is also frowned upon for the living room because it can symbolise your life being burnt in red hot flames! Light or pastel pink is considered alright because light pink is a far cry from smouldering flames and almost looks like beige! This does not mean that you should never have red for a living room, but do ensure that you keep the use of red in your entire home to the bare minimum!