The Chinese New Year will begin tomorrow, February 8, and interior decor experts predict that Colour Feng Shui – the ancient Chinese art of using colours to ensure physical, emotional and spiritual well-being – in homes will be increasingly employed in 2016.
To ensure that your home exudes harmony, keep the following Colour Feng Shui principles in mind:
Bedrooms are the go-to places to rest, relax and rejuvenate; therefore, choose browns or muted pastels for walls, carpets and curtains. As fiery red and bright yellow heighten our senses and black and grey tend to be depressing, it is important to strike the right balance between these shades to ensure restfulness. For children’s bedrooms, opt for sage green and pale blue as bright colours – such as orange – can induce aggression.
Kitchens are meant to be active spaces and it is important to achieve the right mix of earthy shades and terra-cottas. Avoid tiles and wallpaper in stark black, navy blue or blood red as these colours are believed to be distracting, which is dangerous, since you are working with sharp utensils and flammable materials. If such a colour scheme seems too boring – as they often are to people who love cooking and spending hours in the kitchen – liven things up with potted plants and coloured pots and pans.
Living rooms (that often serve as dining rooms) are where families spend the most time together. So ensure these rooms exude peacefulness, this is best achieved with lighter, textured shades of blue and green on the walls – colours long believed to prevent and scale down interpersonal confrontations. However, this does not mean that you should stick to a duo-chromatic living area. Accenting walls and accessories with pink, purple and orange can work wonders to spice things up.
– Sadia Kamran