As we continue to move through the colour wheel in my Feng Shui weekly blog posts, it is now that we turn our attention to the colour white. White is an incredibly versatile colour to use in our home, and in Feng Shui it has many different uses. First and foremost it is a colour that is representative of the element metal, which supports creativity, children, growth, friendship and networking. If we need help in any of these areas of our life then we should incorporate white in to the rooms of our home that are situated in the west and north west sectors of our house. Secondly it is a colour that brings balance, so in any rooms of the house where other colours would be overpowering if we over used them, adding white helps to bring calm. My bedroom for example is in the south sector of my home, which represents confidence and self-esteem, and although I have used purple soft furnishings, the bed linen is white so that the room is not filled with too much yang energy which would be harmful to my sleep. Lastly, white adds purity and cleanliness to the home, because it shows marks and scuffs very easily we pay more attention to the maintenance of our home when we have white walls and furnishings. As we know, one of the most important factors to remember in Feng Shui is to ensure our home is clean and well maintained.
Below I have included five tips for using the colour white to help you attract what you desire to your life:
As white supports children and friends it is good to decorate children’s bedrooms and guest bedrooms in white. Depending on the sector these rooms cover in the home we can pair almost any other colour with white. If the rooms face east or south east white and green give a fresh look, if the rooms face south then white and purple can make a dramatic statement. In the rooms that face west we can team white with yellow or grey to give a calming effect and for those rooms that face north white and dark blue can give a traditional look and a nautical theme, both of which support the water element of the north.
Because white is a pure and clean colour, then it is an excellent colour for both the kitchen and the bathroom. In the kitchen it can promote healthy eating and reminds us to keep the kitchen clean of spills and stains. In the bathroom, the room of the house where we cleanse ourselves, it helps us to relax and take time looking after our body. If the kitchen or bathroom is not situated in the west or north west sector we should add in towels or equipment that represents the colour of the bagua area where it is sited.
White is a yin colour, but unlike many yin colours it brightens a space. This is because it is highly reflective and adds in a lot of light. It is therefore a good colour to use to bring balance to any rooms that are charged with too much yang energy which can disrupt the flow of energy in a home and cause conflict.
White can be quite clinical and sharp, and if over used can make the home feel sterile and cold. To avoid this, we can use different shades of white or cream. Dove grey, ivory, eggshell, stone can all be used instead of white to make a room feel more comfortable and homely.
White is more commonly used as a primary colour on walls and in soft furnishings, but we should not forget that white can be represented in many objects as well. Angels and cherubs made out of stone, clear quartz crystals, candles and flowers can all be added to a room where yang energy is dominant to bring in much needed balance and calm.