Feng Shui Colors

Colors are – undoubtedly – very essential part of everybody’s life. Colors are everywhere; right from the most picturesque places around the world to the screen in front of you. But there’s something more about colors rather than just shades or tones; colors represent the five basic elements that the whole world is made up of namely fire, earth, metal, water and wood. This capability of colors to represent the five basic elements needs special mentioning and attention and that’s why reading this article about feng shui colors is very important.

I’m pretty sure that you are aware of the fact that there are eight directions in all viz. North, South, East, West, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. Furthermore, in feng shui, each direction is represented – or governed – by one of the five elements;

So, the equation stands something like this:

Colors represent elements and elements govern or dominate directions.

What this – indirectly – means is that colors can be used – or managed – to modify the effects of an element in a particular direction and that’s what feng shui colors is all about.

Now understanding feng shui colors is a two-step process.

The first step is to know which element represents which direction and what colors represent which element.

The second and final step is to understand favorable and unfavorable feng shui colors for a particular direction; since there are eight directions, I’ve divided the second step in eight tiny sections, one for each direction.

So without any delay let’s dive right into learning feng shui colors.

Feng Shui Colors

Feng Shui Colors – Step #1 – Relation between Elements, Directions & Colors

To make it really easy for you to understand relation between elements, directions and colors, I’ve created two images. Have a real good look at them; this’ll make it easy for you to understand – and even memorize – the relation between directions, elements and colors.

The first image details link between directions, elements and colors; the second image shows relation amongst elements themselves.


Image#1 – Relation Between Colors, Directions & Elements in Feng Shui

Relationship Amongst Elements in Feng Shui

Image#2 – Relationship Amongst Elements in Feng Shui

Ok, so I believe that you’ve had a real good look at the images above; it’s now time to understand what each of the above images mean. Don’t worry; it’s easy; all you need to do is to read the next section of this article.

Feng Shui Colors Step #2 – What Color for Which Direction and Why?

To understand feng shui colors, we’ll now understand the meaning of images that you’ve seen in previous step.

Let’s begin with the second image.

In second image, there are three types of arrows, the green ones, red ones and the blue ones.

The green arrows represent creative cycle; this means that “Fire” creates “Earth”, “Earth” creates “Metal”, “Metal” creates “Water”, “Water” creates “Wood” and “Wood” creates “Fire”.

The red arrows shows exhaustive or weakening cycle i.e. “Fire” weakens “Wood”, “Wood” weakens “Water”, “Water” weakens “Metal”, “Metal” weakens “Earth” and “Earth” weakens “Fire”.

The blue arrows show destructive cycle, i.e. “Water” destroys “Fire”, “Fire” destroys “Metal”, “Metal” destroys “Wood”, “Wood” destroys “Earth” and “Earth” destroys “Water”.

Now, let’s understand what the first image means (this is where the article is divided in eight sections based on eight directions)

Feng Shui Colors – Direction #1 – The North

From the first image, it’s clear that North direction is the zone of water element and governs luck in career; so if you’re eyeing “that well deserved promotion” or a highly successful career, than North direction of your home must be really strong. Thus north – indirectly – becomes a strong financial zone too.

Sine north is water zone and water element is represented by blue and black colors, hence favorable colors for this side are blue and black.

Again, from the second image, you can see that “Water” is weakened by “Wood”; hence you must make sure not to have wooden colors such as shades or tones of green in this part.

However, if you happen to have a toilet or kitchen in North then you must get rid of bad water energy from this side. That’s the time when you can use wooden colors (since wood weakens water). Simultaneously, use metallic colors (as metal enhances water) such as white, silver or gold to enhance good water energy in this part.

Now, if there’s a bedroom in north, then just don’t paint the bedroom in blue or black; that’s because, a bedroom is meant to give you comfort and romantic pleasure; blue and black colors are too “cool” to get you in the mood for sex.

Also painting a north bedroom blue or black will make you so calm that you won’t feel the need to go to work and become lethargic. You can use some fire element colors such as light red or pink tones, this way “that fire” inside you – towards romance and work – will be intact.

To learn bedroom feng shui, you can read our article @ Feng Shui Bedroom

If there’s a living room in North, you can use blue or black color, but make sure not to overdo it, as too much blue or black may – and in many cases has – lead to depression, tiredness and lethargy.

To learn living room feng shui, read our article @ Feng Shui Living Room

Note: Never ever in any case, paint the roof of any room in blue or black color. You must be cautious about the amount of blue or black color you’re using; in fact see that only 1/9th of your home has blue or black color.

Feng Shui Colors – Direction #2 – The South

South is the zone of fire and governs name and fame aspect of your life. Hence, if you’re in to something that needs a lot of people to know you such as TV or media personality, a political figure etc. then a strong South side will be of tremendous benefit to you.

Any toilet or kitchen in South side drains good fire energy and creates bad fire energy; this may lead to maligning of social reputation, almost no social circle, loneliness and much more to mention.

As a remedy, you can paint South side with earthen or skin tone colors (“Earth” weakens “Fire”, from image #2). Blue or black colors (of water element) can also be used, but that’s too strong remedy to apply as it can completely eliminate fire.

Also to enhance the good fire part of South side, you can use wooden colors such as tones of green (Wood enhances Fire).

Now, if there’s a living room in South, then make sure not to paint the entire living room in red as that’ll cause the fire energy to double up; too much fire energy can lead to temperament issues, heated arguments, rage, impatience etc. You can use mild red tones here and there in a south living room.

Again, make sure that only 1/9th of your home has red color. Never ever paint the entire house in red color.

Feng Shui Colors – Direction # 3 – The East

East is the direction of wood element and governs family and health side of your life. This means that East side of a home rules the medical condition of your health and mental condition of your mind. Hence all those who believe in “health is wealth” (which is almost everyone) make sure that the East portion of your home is strong.

Again, a toilet or kitchen in East means that there’s a considerable amount of bad wood energy and this can really make you suffer – not only medically, but also mentally. As a remedy, you can use fire element’s color (as fire weakens wood) such as shades of red, orange tones etc. Metallic colors can also be used, but that remedy would be too strong. Also, you can use green color on this side.

If there’s a living room in East then you can use green color. A good suggestion is to have a mix of green tones in living room, this way you’ll be able to receive the calming effect of all shades of green color. You can also use water colors like shades of blue or black here (as water creates wood).

Feng Shui Colors – Direction #4 – The South-East

South-East direction is also governed by wood element and rules the wealth aspect of your life. Hence, if you want to accumulate huge amounts of wealth and fortune, then strengthen South-East of your home.

If you have toilets or kitchen in South-East then you can apply all the remedies mentioned in direction #3.

Also, for living room in South-East please refer direction #3.

Feng Shui Colors – Direction #5 – The West

The West part is ruled by metal element and governs creativity and kids (offspring or descendants) luck. Hence, if you’re an artist (or in similar profession) or you want to become a parent then West is what you need to make stronger.

If there’s a toilet or kitchen in West, then you need to get rid of bad metal energy by using blue or black colors (water weakens metal). Also, to enhance good metal energy, you can use earthen colors such as brown, yellow or pink shades.

For a living room in West, you can use a mix of metal colors such as grey, white, silver, gold etc. Just make sure not to use too much of grey as it’s very boring and has a bit of lifelessness feeling attached to it. You can definitely add colorful paintings, wallpapers, cushion covers etc. they’ll really look nice.

You can also use earthen colors for walls.

Feng Shui Colors – Direction #6 – The North-West

Metal rules North-West too; and North-West governs travel and helpful people trait of your life. So, if you’re the one who wants to travel the world for business or pleasure, then pay special attention to North-West part of your home. Also, you’ll get tons and tons of helpful people in your life if North-West is strong.

For toilets, kitchen and living room in North-West, please read Direction #5.

Feng Shui Colors – Direction #7 – The North-East

The North-East part is ruled by earth element and brings luck in education. It improvises clarity of thoughts and aids in taking better decisions. All in all, this part of is of prime importance to students and even to businessmen.

A toilet of kitchen in North-East drains all good earth energy and enhances bad one. That seriously impacts education and decision making ability of yours. As a remedy, use metallic colors such as white, gold or silver. Wooden colors would also do but that remedy will be too strong.

If there’s a living room in North-East then use earthen colors such as shades of brown, yellow, pink or skin color tones. A good idea is to use more of yellow as it’s more cheerful and full of happiness; it’s bright, sunny and really warm. Furthermore, yellow color brings hopefulness, optimism and improves concentration too!

Feng Shui Colors – Direction #8 – The South-West

The South-West direction is also ruled by earth element and governs romance luck and sexual pleasures in your life. Hence, if you’re on a hunt for “the perfect match”, then make sure to keep the South-West of your home strong.

For toilet, kitchen or living room in South-West, please refer direction #7.

With this, we come to the end of this article. I know that it was a bit long, but that’s the way it has to be with all the explanation and other helpful stuff.

I – sincerely – hope that you’ve really found this article helpful; I hope that you – now – understand feng shui colors, their meaning and how to apply them.

If you liked the above information on feng shui colors, then please share it with everyone you know.


  • Ruchi Oswal

    How do I determine direction of the bathroom I am going to remodel. Do I stand in the middle of the bathroom and hold a compass, says 51 NE. What colors, elements do you recommend?


  • Hi Ivan,

    Refer the article @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-bathroom/


  • Hi Neil,

    Yes, that can be corrected..

    Please refer the articles on the links below:




    Feel free to ask further questions.


  • Hi Maya,

    Send me a sketch or layout of your home and I’ll be more than happy to help you.
    Please mark North in the layout.


  • Hi Maya,

    Irrespective of the facing of house, North is career and job area and SE is referred as the wealth area.


    • Maya

      Thank you so much for the reply, half of my career area it’s in the office, and the other half is in the garage, is there anything I can do or add to fix that, and there’s a wall between them and on the upstairs floor I have the guest room, thank you so much for all your help.

      • Hi Maya,

        Try to keep the career area in Office and Garage as clean as possible .. Occupy the office career area daily.


  • Hi Maya,

    Haven’t received the floor plan. Please resend that.


  • Maya

    Hello, here’s the floor plan, please let me know if you’re or not able to see it, thank you

  • Hi,

    If NW happens to be your unlucky direction the try not to face that side. However, if you strengthen NW then it’s not going to harm you. It’s just unlucky when you face that side.

    Yes, the direction of the whole house is dominant than that of individual rooms.


  • Hi,

    As far as my understanding of feng shui is, I believe that if one direction is said to be unfavorable then you should not face that directions. You should always face the lucky or beneficial direction.


  • Hi Maya,

    The career area is the North of the house and is indirectly related to wealth. That’s why I call it the secondary wealth corner.

    So when it comes to your office then the North of the office is also a career area. You need to take good care of that side. Also you can read more on wealth and money @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-wealth/

    Also, if you wish to learn and apply feng shui’s best principles then I’d suggest you to get the book @ http://bit.ly/2df9K7I. It’s around $25 and there’re 3 free bonus books with it. Also, there’s a 60 day money back guarantee too.

    Feel free to ask further questions.

  • Have replied!

  • Hi,

    Is the construction finished or this is just in the planning stage?

    I’m asking that because if this is in planning phase then you can move your place from NW to SW (SW is stability).


    • Maxine

      Hi sadly its finished already =( is there anything i can do to fix it?

      • Hi Maxine,

        Don’t be disheartened. This is also a very good arrangement!


  • Hi,

    Please refer the article @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-bathroom/


  • Hi Michele,

    There’re various schools of feng shui and they vary in application of feng shui. For missing corners you can place 4 pyramids (one each) in North, East, West and South of your home. Another remedy is to place mirrors such that they reflect the missing corners. A local feng shui consultant will be happy to help you.


  • Hi Anita,

    Please refer the article @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-bathroom/ for remedies. Also, send me a sketch of your home with North marked on it and I’ll be more than happy to help you..

    BTW, what’s there in North and SW of the house?


  • Hi Tracie,

    Please send me a layout of your home and mark North on it. I’ll be more than happy to help you!

    West wall can be painted in light colors such as white, gold or silver. You can use tinges of other (even darker) colors on the West wall but make sure that light colors dominate the wall.

    You can place silver rectangular mirror on North wall if you wish to.

    Putting a green couch in SW isn’t a very good idea in my opinion as Green is the color of wood and SW is Earth element (wood destroys earth as per feng shui).


  • Hi Anita,

    For NE bathroom refer the article @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-bathroom/ and for NW kitchen refer the one @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-kitchen/

    Feel free to ask questions..


  • Ok

  • You’re welcome!

  • Hi,

    Try to sleep in the SE bedroom of the house. However, SW bedroom could have been a better option. Also, for bathroom in SE and kitchen in SW please refer the articles @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-bathroom/ and @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-kitchen/

    For the staircase in the house you can refer the article @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-stairs/

    Feel free to ask further questions..


  • Hi,

    All the colors along with respective directions are mentioned on this very same article.
    There’s an image that reveals the favorable colors as per directions.. you can get your home painted that way.. for the non opening glass thing, you can choose to hang or paste a beautiful and positive painting in appropriate colors.


  • bella

    Need help figuring out my house please! pls
    The garden is at the north what can I do ?

  • Hi Lisa,

    The corner of the house will have more dominance that the corner of a room. Hence the SE corner of the house has more profound effect rather than that of SE of living room.

    For north bathroom and kitchen refer the articles @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-kitchen/

    and @ http://www.fengshuipundit.com/feng-shui-bathroom/


  • Have replied!

  • Hi Sally,

    You can use silver, white or a bit of golden color in Western side; for example, if you choose white color then you can use tinges of dark golden and silver color to make it look more beautiful.

    With the same concept, you can use wooden colors (green tones) in East side. Here also, try to create a fascinating combination of dark and light colors. Don’t go for brown as wooden color as that represents dead wood.


  • Hi May,

    Please send me a sketch of your home (with North marked on it) and I’ll be more than happy to help you.. for that mirror thing, if there’s a bit of space then I’d suggest to place something that can block the view of staircase in the mirrors…

    Feel free to ask further questions..


  • Yes, adding items of personal and emotional value is very good as it’ll make the resident feel more comfortable, calm and happy (and that what the whole goal of feng shui is all about)


  • SE is Wood area and all the items you mentioned are of metal.. As per feng shui, metal destroys wood and hence all the benefits of SE wood element are lost, hence you need to balance the SE of your home… you can use appropriate colors, items or symbols to achieve that.. if confused, you can get help of a local feng shui consultant…


  • Hi,

    Please mark North on the layout..


  • Hi Sarah,

    Brown, yellow and pink shades are good for SW. Forgot to write that in the post; it’s there in the image though. 🙂 Thanks for pointing it out to me!!!

  • Go for Earthen and Wooden in NE and East resp.

  • For NE part earthen colors such as brown, yellow or pink. For East you can go for shades of green. Get help from a local interior designer and a feng shui expert to do it for you.


  • for NE some earthen colors like yellow, pink or brown are good. For east you can opt for shades of green. you can get help from a local interior designer and a feng shui expert to choose the best color combination for your home..

  • For NE, shades of yellow, pink and brown are good. For East, shades of green. You can hire a local interior designer and a feng shui expert to help you choose the best color combination as per your home and taste.

    For SE cut, you can place 4 pyramids (one each) in North, East, West and South of the house. Here also a feng shui expert can help to place the pyramids appropriately.


  • Byron Van Gisborne

    What a great blog, I completely Feng Shui my apartment today with the use of several of your articles, Thank you!

    • Thanks! It really makes me feel awesome to hear that my blog was able to help you!!!

  • You can place it next to TV towards the bedroom side.. I mean you can place it towards right side of the TV when you’re looking at the TV..


  • Hi Dinesh,

    Is this a rented or own property?

  • Hi,

    Please send me a sketch of your home with North marked on it.


  • Pretti

    Hello Sir, we have our terrace in SW corner. Our entrance is in the north/north east, dining area is in North, hall/living room is in south enclosed balcony, open terrace in SW, kitchen in NE/E, master bedroom (E/SE), bedroom 2 (NW), Study room W/NW. I sleep in the NW. I am not finding any boy for marriage searching for many years. Also I lost my job and not getting another job. Outflow of money is there but incoming is blocked. Also mom and dad are ill constantly. We have placed in SW terrace- – lot of plants, laughing buddha, elephant, a very big Amethyst stone on our SW terrace. please find attached house plan. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9344285238bd4c6fc56b0bd808636ccc6f21fd92f97cd09206277b2647df0088.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e1f354863cda0cfa32d3a18b5f50403e2326d50bdd5fadd71d8f19a35284b745.jpg Can you suggest best crystals/remedies for SW? Any other advice.