Feng Shui Exterior House Colors
According to feng shui, the Chinese practice of arranging the home based on the flow of chi and the patterns of yin and yang, color can have a major effect on a house. Some colors create feelings of warmth and prosperity, while others encourage sadness, coldness and life complications. Feng shui practitioners recommend paying attention to color not only on the inside of a house, but also on the outside.
According to The Voice of Color, blue is associated with spirituality, consideration and loyalty. Blue is related to the element of water and is best used on houses where the rear wall faces southeast or east and the house faces northwest or west.
White is associated with mourning in Chinese and many other Asian cultures. The color is less frequently used in Chinese homes than in Western ones. Feng Shui Diva recommends white or gray for homes with a rear wall facing north, northwest or west and for a front wall facing south, southeast or west. White and gray are associated with the element of metal.
The color green represents peace, balance and equilibrium and is considered the color of growth. However, according to The Voice of Color, too much green can inhibit productivity. This color is related to the element of wood and is best used on homes in which the back wall faces south, southeast or east and the front wall faces north, northwest or west.
In Chinese culture, red is considered the color of happiness, virtue, passion and life. This tone is thought to radiate energy and encourage prosperity and is associated with the element of fire. Red works well on homes with back walls facing south, northeast or southwest and front walls facing north, southwest or northeast.
Gold or yellow was once restricted to the Emperor and his family since it is thought to represent wisdom, control and mental energy. This color is also associated with tolerance, patience and the element of earth. Yellows should be used in homes with back walls facing northeast, northwest, west or southwest and front walls facing southwest, southeast, east or northeast.
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