In this week’s instalment of my blog posts ‘the use of colours in Feng Shui’, I am turning my attention to the colour purple. Purple is the strongest and most vibrant of all of the colours that we can use in Feng Shui, it is a high yang colour that carries huge amounts of power and energy. In the west it is the colour of royalty, Queen Elizabeth I forbade anyone but her closest relatives to wear the colour purple and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as often sporting the colour herself, features it prominently in her horse racing silks. In the east it is the colour of immortality, it is a spiritual colour that links to other realms. This symbolism may tempt us to use it liberally in our home, but that would be a mistake, the strength of purple is high even if we use it sparingly and in moderation. A balanced home is what we should be aiming for and so purple, and its many hues, should be used as a focal point rather than as a backdrop.
From lavender and lilac through mauve and violet to plum and aubergine, here are five tips for using the colour purple in our home, to attract what we most desire to our life.
Tips For Using The Colour Purple
In our home, purple should be used predominantly in the south east, south or south west sectors, the areas of our home that support abundance, fame, self-confidence and love. It is in these areas that a high yang colour such as purple will make us feel positive about ourselves and help us to attract abundance and what we desire to our lives. The strong purple shades such as purple itself, aubergine or plum should only be used in the south as this is where yang energy is at its strongest. In the south east and south west paler shades of purple should be used.
Purple and its many shades should never be used as a primary colour, but always as an accent. This is because such a strong, dominant, vibrant colour can disrupt the flow of energy. Think of purple as sugar, a little bit makes life sweeter but too much can send us hyper. Use purple as a colour on a feature wall, or on soft furnishings such as rugs, cushions and lamp shades rather than decorating an entire room. My bedroom is in the south sector of our home and so I have a purple bedspread and purple cushions, though the bedlinen is predominantly white.
The paler shades of purple, such as lavender, lilac and heather are perfect for decorating any space that you want to use for meditation. In the room that you use as your quiet space bring in lavender flavoured candles, irises or amethyst crystals. These paler colours can also bring life to any neglected spaces such as understairs cupboards, spare rooms or attics.
Purple can help us feel positive and good about ourselves, it helps our self confidence and self esteem so we should bring in the colour purple to our entrance hall or bedroom. Decorating our entrance hall with purple helps us feel good about ourselves as soon as we enter our home, decorating our bedroom with purples makes us feel good in our most personal of spaces, as well as helping us connect to our spiritual selves. Only the paler shades of purple should be used, unless the entrance hall or bedroom are in the southernmost sector of our home.
In the cycle of elements, purple represents fire. We should therefore try and avoid using purple, and its many shades, in the west and north west sectors of our home which are supported by the element metal as fire can destroy metal. As the energy in these areas support creativity, children and networking opportunities by the same token we should also try and avoid decorating children’s bedrooms and our home office with purple.