Shortly after I moved to Knoxville, TN, a woman hired me to do a Feng Shui consultation in her home because she was unhappy with the work of another consultant. Let’s call the client Marianne.
This other consultant practiced Compass School Feng Shui. The client was unhappy because the lady had promised her a personalized, customized report of her consultation. She delivered a 50 page computer printout which talked all about astrology and numerology, based on Marianne’s date of birth, but failed to provide solutions for Feng Shui problems she had noted during the visit.
An Automated Report
I didn’t tell this to Marianne, but I knew that the report provided was the result of the consultant entering her birth information, gender, and the direction her front door faced, into a computer program. The computer program then automatically generated the “customized” report. Since the computer program did not walk through her house, it was unaware of her actual Feng Shui issues.
Strange Wall Colors Popping Up
The home had originally been painted in pleasant pastel tones, but some walls had recently been painted in stronger colors, that did not go well with any of her decorating style at all! The smell of fresh paint was still in the air.
The wall to the South had been painted in red. The wall to the West had been painted in gray. The wall to the East had been painted in green. The wall to the North had been painted in black.
Marianne told me that these were colors suggested by the Feng Shui consultant she had hired. She had even left her some paint color samples from a home improvement store, and told her to get the exact shades.
I asked Marianne if she liked these colors. She said, “No, but…” She wanted her home to be Feng-Shui correct.
No Discernment in Color Recommendations
Over the years I would find out that this consultant left the exact same color swatches with all her clients, both for residential and commercial consultations, and would recommend to all her clients to paint the walls facing a particular direction in that color. So in some cases, clients would end up with a red wall in their master bedroom, others in the kitchen, and others in the living room. A business might find themselves with a red wall in the reception, waiting room, or storage area.
There was no discernment regarding colors, and the actual use or function of a room.
The resulting color combinations were very strange. There was no harmony of colors.
A Flawed Way to Choose Feng Shui Colors
I knew the thinking behind these recommendations. She was asking clients to paint the inside of exterior walls in the color of the element associated with the compass directions:
- South – fire element – red
- North – water element – black
- East – wood element – green
- West – metal element – gray
However, this is not the right way to apply Feng Shui correct colors.
Feng Shui seeks to achieve harmony in colors. The suggestions of this Feng Shui consultant would not, in any case, in any way, create a harmony of colors.
What to Consider when Choosing Feng Shui Correct Colors
The moral of this story is: don’t ever paint a wall in a color just because of the direction it faces.
You need to consider:
- the style of the home,
- your decorating style,
- the function of each room, and
- the personal taste of the person who will be in that room the most time.
Living with colors you hate can never be good Feng Shui!
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