The best feng shui bedroom color isn't just one color, but instead is a wide range of hues. While each direction has an element that activates the chi energy, each also has several assigned colors. While a color alone cannot activate chi energy, it is a strong symbol and can be used to enhance your overall feng shui bedroom décor.
Colors to Enhance Chi Energy
Colors, like the elements they represent, are either yin or yang chi energy. Yin is the female energy and yang is the male energy. The ideal is to create a balance between both energies.
Some feng shui practitioners believe the bedroom should have more yin than yang energy to induce rest. Yin energy is considered nurturing, passive and loving while yang energy is energetic, aggressive and excited.
It helps to understand what properties go with each color. That way, you can select colors based on the desired result you wish to achieve. For example, you may have a guest room you wish to be very restful for those visiting you and may opt to go with an imbalance of chi so that the room has more yin. For romance, a couple may prefer to have more yang energy, and so on.
|Black, Blue, Aqua, Teal, Gray||Restful and tranquil energy|
|Brown||Connect to earth energies and rhythm, balanced|
|Green||Refreshed and energized|
|Yellow||Glowing and basking in sun energy|
|Purple, Red||Excited and invigorated|
|Pink, Orange, Peach||Energetic and creative|
|White, Mauve, Gold||Love|
|Silver, Pewter, Bronze||Active and playful; good colors for couples trying to conceive|
Bedroom Direction for Color Choices
Traditional feng shui works off of true compass directions, whereas Black Hat feng shui uses the bagua in a cookie cutter style of one size fits all. Classical feng shui relies on elements to activate chi energy, while the Black Hat Sect adheres to the principle that color can be substituted for an element to either adjust or enhance the chi in your home. Black Hat sect feng shui practitioners believe that since colors are also found within the elements they represent, then colors must also contain element properties.
The colors, however, are the same for each direction, regardless which school of feng shui you use. While the colors for directions are the same in both Black Hat and Classical feng shui, the application is very different.
Using a Bagua for Color Selections
Black Hat feng shui places the bagua over a layout of your home. The bagua is placed the same on every home or business regardless of the home's compass direction. To use the bagua as a guide for your color choices, simply place the octagon-shaped bagua over the layout of your home with North side of of the octagon over the front door entrance. It doesn't matter if your front door faces west, east or south; you still place the north side of the bagua on top of the front entrance of the layout.
Compass Feng Shui for Bedroom Colors
Traditional or Classical feng shui simply uses the actual compass sector your bedroom occupies. To determine this direction, you need to take a basic compass reading.
- Stand just outside your front door, hold the compass level, and note the direction.
- Draw a layout of your home and an overlay sheet for the compass. You want to draw a circle that extends beyond the size of your home. Use a drawing tissue paper for the compass direction overlay.
- Divide the circle into pie pieces. You need eight equal slices.
- Pencil in each direction, the same as a compass, N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW.
- Place the center of the tissue compass over the center of your home and turn as needed until you have the correct direction lined up with your front door entrance.
You can now determine which compass sector your bedroom occupies. For example, if your bedroom is in the west sector of your home, then you want to use the color palette assigned to the west direction.
Charting Your Best Bedroom Colors
Visual aids often help to fix theories in your mind. You've probably seen feng shui color charts that limit you to only one color per direction. This can make for a monochromatic room if you only use various hues of a single color. There are other colors that aren't always included in charts for various reasons. In Black Hat sect, the bagua is used differently. Instead of applying Compass or Form and Shape principles with the bagua, Black Hat feng shui uses the bagua as a blueprint for all homes and buildings. Below is a chart that you can use for a quick reference to your bedroom's direction, color and element. It is the same for all schools of feng shui.
|North||Water||Career & Business||Black, Blue, Aqua, Teal, Gray|
|Northeast||Earth||Knowledge & Education||Yellow, Brown, Gray|
|East||Wood||Family & Health||Green, Brown, Tan, Lime|
|Southeast||Wood||Wealth||Purple, Red, Blue|
|South||Fire||Fame & Recognition||Pink, Orange, Peach, Red|
|Southwest||Earth||Marriage & Relationships||Red, White, Mauve, Pink, Gold|
|West||Metal||Children||Silver, Pewter, Bronze, White|
|Northwest||Metal||Helpful People & Travel||White, Black, Blue, Gray|
Basic Bedroom Design Principles
Selecting the ideal color(s) for your bedroom is key to creating a room that is enjoyable and nurturing after a long day. Your bedroom is your haven and should be a place of fun and rest. You want to implement other feng shui principles in your overall bedroom design to ensure you have the best bed placement and use the correct elements to activate auspicious chi energy.