Can’t Choose a Paint Color to Save Your Life?

You only have every color of the rainbow and then some to choose from. What’s the problem?

That IS the problem!

I know you’ve had a hard time. I hear it all the time. I wrote about the new trends in paint color in Paint Color Trends for 2015 from Benjamin Moore to give you some new ideas for your home instead of gray. I have another solution that might also make it easier for you to choose. “Feng Shui is a science that gives us advice on how to create environments in which we feel comfortable and supported,” says Gill Hale in the Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui.

Whether decorating your home for sale or living in it, using Feng Shui color principles is very important. Color affects how  comfortable we are in different environments. It can also affect how others perceive us or our homes.

Also in the Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, Gill Hale says that working with color is working with light. It can be used to create illusions of size, depth, and movement. I offer color consultations as part of my decorating services. So, if your home decorating budget is small, just changing the paint colors and clearing clutter can make a big difference.

Not only that, changing the paint colors in your home can also change your outlook on life and make you feel more comfortable. If you aren’t happy and at ease in your own home, how can you expect others to be?

The following is a list of colors, their Feng Shui meanings, and where to use them in your home. All of this information comes from the Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui by Gill Hale:


* RED – Red symbolizes joy, fame, and luck. It is a stimulating and dominant color. Using red reduces the perceived size of a room. It also increases the perceived size of objects. Red shouldn’t be used in dining rooms, children’s bedrooms, kitchens, or workshops. The positive side of red is warmth, prosperity, and stimulation. The negatives of red are anger, shame, and hatred.



* YELLOW – Yellow stimulates the brain and aids digestion. It symbolizes enlightenment and intellect. The positive traits of yellow are optimism, reason, and decisiveness. The negatives are craftiness, exaggeration, and rigidity. Use yellow in  hallways and kitchens. Don’t use it in meditation rooms or bathrooms.



* GREEN – It is restful and refreshing. It symbolizes long life, growth, fertility, and harmony. It’s positives are optimism, freedom, and balance. The negatives are envy and deceit so don’t use it in family rooms, playrooms, or studies. Do use it in therapy rooms, conservatories, and bathrooms.



* BLUE – Most people the world over choose blue as their favorite color. Blue is peaceful and soothing. It is linked with blessings from heaven, spirituality, contemplation, mystery, and patience. The positives are trust, faithfulness, and stability. It’s great for bedrooms, therapy and meditation rooms. The negatives are suspicion and melancholia. Don’t use blue in family rooms, dining rooms, or studies.



* PURPLE – Purple is a symbol of vitality. It’s impressive, dignified, and spiritual. The positive meanings are excitement, passion, and motivation. Use it in bedrooms and meditation rooms. The negatives  are mournfulness and force. Don’t use purple in bathrooms and kitchens.



* PINK – Pink symbolizes purity of thought. The positives are happiness and romance. There are no negatives in pink. Use it in bedrooms, but not kitchens or bathrooms.



* ORANGE – Orange is powerful and cheerful and encourages communication. Orange is good for living rooms, dining rooms or hallways. It’s positives are happiness, concentration, and intellect. Don’t use orange in small rooms or bedrooms. The negative is rebelliousness.



* BROWN – Brown symbolizes stability and weight. Brown’s positives are safety and elegance. So many people choose brown because it is a ‘safe’ color and they are afraid or aren’t sure about other colors. The negatives of brown are dinginess, depression, and aging. Don’t use it in dining rooms or children’s rooms. Do use brown in your study.



* WHITE – White symbolizes new beginnings, purity, and innocence. It is associated with cleanliness and freshness. This is why it is a good color for bathrooms and kitchens. White can be cold, lifeless, and stark. Don’t use it in dining rooms or children’s rooms.



* BLACK – Black is mysterious and independent. It is often used in teenagers rooms and bedrooms. It’s positives are strength, intrigue, and allure. Black shouldn’t be used in young children’s rooms, therapy rooms, studies, or living rooms. It’s negatives  are death, darkness, and evil.

Color makes a big impact on the people that live and come into your home. If you have a hard time choosing, click here for a professional color consultation. It can make the difference in selling your home and in how you live in it.

If you need advice on how to transform your space, click here to take a look at my Design Hotline service. It’s a convenient and cost effective way to get help from an interior decorator. And, hey! Show me some love by leaving a comment or sharing my post with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, even Pinterest!

You can still sign up for my Design Planning for Real Life 2015 series on my website for more details on how to design happiness into your own home. And it’s free!

Copyright© 2015 Christina Rodriguez. All rights reserved.


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