Continuing with the colour theme that I started last week in my weekly Feng Shui blog posts, this week I am turning my attention to the colour green. It is very apt that this week I am focusing on the different greens that we can use in our home, as this week marks the start of spring which always starts at the time of the Chinese New Year.
If I was to choose a favourite season, then spring would be my choice. Spring brings with it an optimistic air of fresh starts and new beginnings, where the cycle of life begins its new journey through the year. Reflecting spring, green is also one of my favourite colours to utilise in the home as it offers freshness, a certain purity, it cleanses the space and exudes a sense of calm. A pale green such as mint aids sleep and meditation, whilst darker shades like juniper or pine support mental clarity, and vibrant emerald provides a crispness that sharpens our resolve.
Tips For Using The Colour Green
In our home, green should be used predominantly in the east sector, where the sun first casts it’s rays over our home on the dawn of a new day. In the east use softer shades of green like olive, sage or apple as we want your senses to be welcomed slowly in to the day.
Green is perfect for living areas, dining rooms or dens where all generations of the family can get together over shared activity to talk and discuss the day’s events. We should try and use a balance of different greens in these areas, for example mixing a pale green on the walls such as mint or tea with darker cushions or soft furnishings in forest green or seaweed. If our family room is in the west of our home it is important that green is not the main colour, so we should only accentuate with a few greens in rooms in this area.
Green can represent financial strength and security, so if this is our focus we can decorate the areas that cover the south east sector of our home with green. It is important that we use brighter greens in these areas, moving more towards the aquamarine and turquoise shades. Teal, cyan, lime are all good colours for the south east of our home.
If we do not like the colour green, and even though it is a favourite of mine I know that it is not to everyone’s taste, we can still add green to our home without using paint or soft furnishings. We can bring the natural world in to our home by placing several large plants in the main rooms of our house, or decorate family areas with pictures of forests or fields.
Bathrooms and kitchens are excellent canvases for the colour green as it is a fresh colour to use in these areas. As water-based rooms the water element can be very strong and so we should where possible always try and avoid decorating these areas with the colour blue. A wall painted in green, or the addition of towels in green makes a bathroom or kitchen appear sparkling clean.
Finally, green can aid the development and retention of knowledge as it supports mental clarity and so home offices or reading rooms can be decorated in green. It is no surprise that many libraries in stately homes were always decorated in dark green. Anywhere we want to sit and study should give a quiet aura and so darker or softer greens like pine, olive and sage should be used in these areas.