Did you know that, according to feng shui, choosing the best paint color for a room all depends on where it's located in your home? We didn't either, that is until we spoke with feng shui expert Robert Brown, MD, author of Toxic Home/Conscious Home. Having studied mindfulness at home at length and in a holistic way, Brown knows exactly how to apply feng shui principles to achieve a healthy and happy home.
"Feng shui emphasizes the harmony with one's internal and external environment and the world at large," he explains. "Creating this harmony is particularly important when assessing the color of one’s home office, the place in the home where wealth and abundance are of paramount importance." So how exactly should you choose the ideal feng shui office colors? Brown recommends answering one simple question: Which cardinal direction does your home office face?
According to feng shui, a room's color should be in accordance with the cardinal direction it faces. But how do you find that out? "In order to properly assess this direction, stand in the center of your home and with the aid of a compass, find the direction of your home office. Then, choose colors harmonious with that direction." Ready to find the paint color for your workspace that will bring you productivity and prosperity? Brown gives us the lowdown on feng shui office colors according to their cardinal direction.
If Your Office Faces North
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If your office faces north, your room is associated with the water element, so any and all aquatic shades are your best option. "Consider pale shades of blue and green to accent the water element," says Brown. "Accent with bolder shades of blue or green."
If Your Office Faces South
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"Choose reds, oranges, and yellows," suggests Brown. "These colors represent the energy associated with the fire element." He also advises avoiding any blue shade in the room. "The water element will dampen the energy inherent in the fire position of your home.
If Your Office Faces East (or Southeast)
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The ideal colors for a east or southeast-facing room are browns, tans, and greens. "These color choices represent the stability of the wood element. Do not place reds, oranges, or bright yellow colors in east or southeast facing rooms, since they will over energize the room and burn up the stabilizing energy provided by the wood element."
If Your Office Faces West (or Northwest)
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"West and northwest rooms are energized by the metal element," explains the feng shui expert. "These rooms should be white or gray." Brown also recommends adding metallic accents throughout the room to enhance prosperity.
If Your Office Faces Southwest (or Northeast)
Finally, southwest- and northeast-facing rooms accentuate the earth element. "These rooms should be light yellow, light brown, or shades of beige and tan," explains Brown. In other words, earthy tones are your best options for this type of home office.
"Home offices should be more yang energy than yin energy," explains Brown to conclude. "Make sure there is bright lighting suitable for detailed work, and hang lively and inspiring artwork on the walls. Placing metal objects, such as a jar of coins in the west or northwest corner of the room, will also enhance prosperity.”
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