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How to Use Feng Shui Colors to Improve Your Life

INSIDE: Discover how to use feng shui colors to improve every aspect of your life. Learn what colors to use and where to place them.


Are there certain colors that make you feel happy? Do others make you feel serene, while come give you more energy? 

Many aspire to live a life of happiness, success, and good fortune. But not many of them know that the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui can help them achieve this, particularly the ones that best embody the energies they're looking for.

Color therapy is a very real science. In fact, if you're interested in chakras and healing stones, you probably know that color plays a key role in both of those things.

It also plays a large role in the Chinese art/science of feng shui, which determines how energy affects a space. One of the easiest ways to apply feng shui to your home is with the use of feng shui colors.

Why Does Color Affect Us?

The reasons color is so powerful is because it is an expression of light, and light is what nourishes us more than anything since we are light beings.

It is often said that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. That is true because while we see a physical body when we look at someone, the part of them that is real is their soul, which is light energy.

Colors can profoundly impact a person's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. In ancient times, they were key to establishing hierarchies and other things that held up society. But people's responses to colors changed over time and became more psychological.

The more we nurture the inner spark of light inside of us, the more we thrive, and feng shui colors can help us do just that.

How Do Feng Shui Colors Work?

Feng shui practitioners believe that colors can impact the flow of energy or 'chi' in a space. Each color is associated with an element that enhances or balances that energy.  

The 5 elements are water, fire, metal, wood, and earth, and each one corresponds to a color that can influence the overall atmosphere of an area. We will discuss them in detail below.

Using the right colors in the right parts of your house shifts the energy in your home and creates good feng shui. It brings light into your life and supports your wellbeing.

If there is a certain energy you want to bring into your home, you can do it with feng shui colors. For example, if you want to improve your relationships or your finances, feng shui colors are the perfect way to do it.

Each color also corresponds to a symbol that you can use to promote your intentions or goals. For example, in your workspace, you may add a touch of green that symbolizes growth, harmony, and balance.

You can add color to a space in so many ways. For example, you can bring in color through wall art, wall colors, photos, furniture, flowers, and decor items, such as pillows, vases, crystals, etc.

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Understanding the 5 Elements

The five elements are one of the most important principles of feng shui. By understanding how each element affects us in mind, body, and spirit, as well as what colors correspond to them and where those elements should be placed for the best results, you can improve your life.


The fire element represents the season of summer and is all about life energy, heat, and masculinity. It is the element that brings passion, high energy, and leadership into our lives. It also inspires love, sexual energy, and inner warmth. It even supports career efforts and recognition.

Fire energy is active; therefore, it increases our heart rate and blood pressure. It promotes activity and can help to reduce feelings of depression.

Be mindful of using this element in your space. Feng shui experts note that using too much of it can be overstimulating and may interfere with our sleep.

Fire feng shui colors include:

  • red
  • orange
  • purple
  • pink
  • strong yellow

Where to place fire feng shui colors:

The best places to use fire colors are in the South area on the Bagua map. The Northeast and Southwest can also benefit from fire energy.

Life aspects we can strengthen with fire colors:

  • fame and reputation
  • love and relationships
  • knowledge and wisdom


Earth energy is represented by the end of summer. It has to do with stability, nourishment, and health, and it's a good energy to use for relationship support and protection. It provides a deep sense of inner balance.

When you are trying to understand the earth element, think of Mother Earth. She is nurturing and stable as she is the foundation on which we stand. Her energy helps us to feel grounded and centered.

Adding ceramic, stone, or clay decor in your room promotes stability and grounding. Plants also do the same.

Earth feng shui colors include:

  • pale yellow
  • beige
  • earthy/sandy colors

Where to place earth feng shui colors:

Use earth colors in the Northeast and Southwest areas of the Bagua map, as well as in the center of the home.

Life aspects we can strengthen with earth colors:

  • love and relationships
  • knowledge and wisdom
  • good fortune

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The metal element represents the fall season and it provides an energy that is precise, efficient, and careful. It inspires clarity, purity, and the focus to eliminate distractions. 

It can be flexible or rigid depending on how it's used, but in either case it denotes strength.

Metal feng shui colors include:

  • Gray
  • White
  • Gold
  • Silver

Where to place metal feng shui colors:

Place metal colors in the West and Northwest areas of the Bagua map. The North area can also benefit from it.

Life aspects we can strengthen with metal colors:

  • children and creativity
  • career and life journey
  • helpfull people and travel


The water element is represented by the season of winter, and it brings in a calm, easy energy of purity and freshness. It's also a great energy for abundance and wealth.

Water energy supports our inner work, including concentration, contemplation, meditation, and creativity. It lowers blood pressure and reduces our heart rate.

Water feng shui colors include:

  • blue
  • aqua
  • black

Where to place water feng shui colors:

Place water colors in the North area of the Bagua map. The East and Southeast areas can also benefit from it.

Life aspects we can strengthen with water colors:

  • career and life journey
  • family and health
  • wealth and prosperity


The wood element is represented by Spring; therefore, it promotes growth, new beginnings, and vitality. It is all about vibrant health, abundance, wealth, and prosperity.

Wood energy is both strong and flexible. It can help us to feel motivated to start new things and change our lives.

Wood feng shui colors include:

  • brown
  • green (not pastel)
  • sometimes purple (not pastel)

Where to place wood feng shui colors:

Place wood colors in the East and Southeast areas of the Bagua map. The South area can also benefit from it.

Life aspects we can strengthen with wood colors:

  • family and health
  • wealth and prosperity
  • fame and reputation

Where to Place Feng Shui Colors

Knowing where to place feng shui colors is determined by integrating the 5 elements with the Bagua map. The following infographic will help guide you in using feng shui colors to improve your life.

Bagua Map for Feng Shui Colors & Crystals

What About Mixed Colors?

In feng shui, mixed colors produce a combination of each of their energies and you can use that to your advantage when you want to support multiple areas of your life. Here are some examples...


Turquoise is a combination of green (wood) and blue (water). It supports us in contemplation (blue) and life (green), bringing us movement and growth.


Lavender is a combination of red (fire), blue (water), and white (metal). It can help us feel inspired (red) and focused (white) in our spiritual endeavors (blue).


Salmon combines yellow/orange and red/orange, which is mostly a fire energy but with hints of earth. You can use it to bring stability to your passions.

Feng Shui Colors & Crystals

Crystals are one of easiest and more effective uses of feng shui colors. Not only do they provide a pop of color where you need it, but they each have their own healing properties as well.

This infographic provides a guide for some of the crystals you can use in each area of your house based on their colors:

Bagua Map of Colors & Crystals
Click on the links below to see the crystals that pertain to each life aspect:

Wealth & Prosperity, Family & Health

Fame & Reputation

Center & Self, Knowledge & Wisdom, Love & Relationships

Children & Creativity, Helpful People & Travel

Final Thoughts on Feng Shui Colors

Feng shui colors can really enhance the quality of your life if they are used properly. If you don't have time to paint walls and redecorate, start with adding some crystals into certain areas of your home. 

Browse our crystal selection here!

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* Crystals and stones should not be used as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Please read our full disclosure notice here.

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