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The Top Living Room Colors
Your Personality and Your Palette

Here’s the thing about choosing the right living room colors according to feng shui: there’s really no one way to go about it. There are numerous combinations and variables to consider. You may wish it had been as easy as spinning a wheel to decide which colors go together and in what part of the room. But it's as complex as anyone's personality. 

The color selections based on living room coordinates demand precision based on the desired effects (eg. luck or fortune) into your sanctuary. It all depends on what kind of vibe or chi you want to flow into your space and what aesthetic elements will help bring about that vibe.  But over and above color implications and the profound effect they will have on your space, the colors should also be reflective of your personality. And there will be a lot of moments when those two forces – that yin of color mandates and your yang – will clash.

A certain TV food host and global restaurateur was about to open a restaurant in Vietnam in three weeks. Naturally, he consulted a feng shui master for guidance in terms of décor assignments and the corresponding colors to go with each section of the restaurant. When it came to the bar section, the master sensed that green would be the appropriate color for the wall. A right choice you might say since the bar is parked near the entrance of the establishment and green certainly evokes abundance or prosperity. There’s just one problem. Green didn’t sit well with the restaurateur and found it an abomination to the room’s décor.

Green is grounded, and can have a wonderful natural feel.

You don’t have to get stuck to one particular color suggestion. Feng shui is all about perfect harmony. That means achieving a balance of all the colors representing the elements – earth, water, metal, fire and wood. The combinations can vary accordingly. Amidst a dominant color, the other shades can be scaled up or down depending on how the sum of their parts either conforms or contradicts to your taste.

Feng shui color planning begins with letting your compass point precisely where your living room is situated.  This refers to the literal compass that indicates whether you’re facing north, south, east or west. Each direction offers a palette of choices with each color category representing each of the five elements. For instance, north gravitates towards gray, white and metallic colors. South, on the other hand, leans towards the extreme shades of green. Each direction also points to the kind of luck or good fortune it will bring you. You can also look at this as your aspirational compass. North points to your career and financial success; south points to boosting your status or fame; east is about material prosperity; and west can either be about boosting your creativity or passing that luck or good fortune to your children.

Read about the feng shui bagua map here! 

With regard to pinning down that color, there’s a degree by which those living room colors, regardless of what point of the compass needle your room happens to be facing, can be mashed up in varying combinations and in accordance to feng shui standards.  But if you must go with a singular shade, there are two colors you are cautioned to avoid at all costs – blue and red.

As you may have surmised, blue connotes water. While it generally emits feelings of tranquility and serenity, having that color splashed all over your living space will certainly give you that sinking feeling as it signifies that your life is drowning.

Red may be emblematic of your passion and your fiery personality but it should not in any way blaze all the way across your room. It suggests that your life is up in flames. Nothing like the thought of getting burned in business or finding yourself in hot waters to make you heed the call.

On the other end of the color spectrum, one can never go wrong with white and beige for they are considered to be the safest colors.

Beige is particularly relevant if the stability and welfare of your family means so much to you. Beige is a shade closely associated with earth. It connotes being grounded to your roots which in the context of your life means building strong ties with your family and making those relationships last.

White, it seems, is the alpha color. It’s supposed to bring the most energy to the room because it’s the equivalent of seven colors of light. It is also believed to bring heavenly luck, good health and long life. And lest you forget, it also symbolizes purity and security.

You know what they usually say about safe. It is usually boring. White and beige may be up there on the feng shui list but these colors could appear drab to some, especially if used in their totality. It’s no random collusion of forces that white is also put in the same sentence as clinical - too sanitary or too pure can be devoid of excitement.

White can look very modern, but did someone say boring?

Here is where achieving the right balance will prove a factor in deciding what living room colors both conform to your preference, to your choice of interior elements and their collective effect on the overall vibe.

In other words, how would you like your living room to resonate with you? How would you like it to resonate with your guests? What kind of feelings should the colors evoke?

If you consider yourself peace-loving and having a gentle spirit, cranking up the red goes against everything your personality exudes. Aside from the feng shui implications explained earlier, red’s fiery evocations connote belligerence, being confrontational and hot-tempered. It’s loud and it’s somehow unsettling and you’re not sure if you want your living room to be screaming war every time someone comes in.

Cranking up the blue is okay if you’re really moody and manic depressive. It could scream pity party and that’s not the cozy reception guests are hoping for when they come to you. Unless of course not having guests is really part of your plan.

Here’s why white and beige rock.  Apart from the tremendous chi they bring to the room and the terra firma they conjure, they can also be a perfect receptacle or binder to hold everything else together. White’s immaculate appeal in particular makes it the perfect broad canvas for your other accents. Light hues of green and blue are highly recommended to go with it if you’re going for a three-elemental color look.

Whatever the feng shui experts tell you, remember that your living room is still your world. You are free to color to your world and bring the energy to it in your own inimitable way.

"Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up." - Allen Klein

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