Green and how to use it in feng shui design
The colour of nature, growth, youth and fertility and balance.
A secondary colour, (meaning it is a blend of two primary colours; yellow and blue). It has a balsamic and balancing effect on our psyche. Right in the middle of the colour spectrum, it is said to provide a balance between the stimulating colours of red orange and yellow and the calming colours of blue, indigo and violet.
The keyword for green is balance. Green is said to be balancing and healing for the body and mind and provides relief from stress and exhaustion. The best way to expose ourselves to the colour green is to get out into nature or to bring nature into our homes.
In general, it is best brought into the environment in the form of green leafy plants and woodland imagery. Plants have the added value of introducing negative ions and moisture into the air which enhances the sense of balance and relaxation we feel when we encounter them in our environment.
It is recommended to use green if you tend to take your work home with you, in a metaphorical sense. Equally when you take your domestic matters into your work situation. If you cannot keep your thoughts in balance. – Theo Gimbel Healing with colour
In “color and human response” Faber Birren concluded “those who prefer green almost invariably are socially well adjusted, civilised and conventional…. They are persons who belong to clubs, take part in civic activities such as golf, cards and the theatre,… they are suburban.”
“If you love green you probably dwell in the great forest of humanity; you are a respectable neighbour, home builder, parent, voter, patroniser, joiner” He states; “green suggests a retreat from anxieties”. Birren described those who disliked green as “resisting social involvement, lacking in balance… often leading a lonely existence”
In imbalance, green can be viewed as feeling ill (green about the gills) lacking in experience (being green) and feeling envious (the green eyed monster).
Associated with the thymus gland in the body, green is said to induce feelings of balance and harmony bringing in the fresh energy of new beginnings. It opens our heart to love, stabilises our energy and promotes enthusiasm, abundance, prosperity and wealth.
Psychologically green represents a withdrawal from stimulus. It can create an ideal environment for sedentary tasks, concentration and meditation.
Green in decoration: Bluish greens tend to be more “liveable-with”. According to Birren, similar to peach, it is easy on the eye. In fact, the two hues enhance each other very well.
Because blue green is the complementary colour to the average western skin tone, Birren says it provides a very flattering background”. Greens and blue-greens are calming and useful to reduce nervous and muscular tension. Yellow green is generally considered neutral.
Psychologically green represents a withdrawal from stimulus and can create an ideal environment for sedentary tasks, concentration and meditation.
The colour green is also associated with the heart chakra. The centre of love, compassion and forgiveness. In the “ultimate anti-career guide” Rick Jarrow discusses the heart chakra as being associated with the energy of Sharing Vs Struggle, Inclusion Vs Exclusion, the space where we begin to align our individual focus with our sense of community.
The heart chakra has an energetic association with the colour green and with making a contribution to your community/family/tribe so that everyone benefits. The energy of family is truly a heart centred space. When aligned this chakra flows with love and compassion for yourself and others, we feel joyful, loving and patient and can flow our love honestly. It is associated with trusting the rhythm of life. When blocked this chakra can be associated with sadness, negativity, self pity. Envisaging a wheel of emerald green spinning light in this area allows this chakra to flow more freely. Affirmation: “I now allow myself to give and receive love, I am safe”.
In feng shui green represents the wood or tree element. The areas of family and abundance are associated with this energy. The energy of family also known as “the awakening” represents birth, growth and development. The essence of this energy is that we cannot go through life alone; we are part of a collective energy, a lineage. Honouring our ancestry is considered very important in feng shui. Our family “tree” provides us with strong roots to support our growth in life. A tree can only branch out and grow in direct proportion to the depth and breadth of its root structure. This association is deep in our psyche; we discuss family in terms of putting down roots and the branches of the family.
The energy of abundance has an association with the wood element and the colour green. Also known as fortunate blessings; it represents all forms of blessing, wealth, opportunity and invitations and the activity that supports you financially or sustains your influence or position. Not just the area of receiving money, but more about having, and being conscious of, good luck in every area of our lives.
A strong healthy green plant, woodland imagery or the use of green in decoration are useful to introduce the energy of vibrancy and growth.
- The colour of nature, growth, youth and fertility.
- Induces feelings of balance, harmony, renewal, freshness and new beginnings.
- Opens the heart to love, Stabilises the nervous system and emotions. Promotes enthusiasm, abundance, prosperity and wealth.
- Balances mind/body and regenerates cells, excellent for exhaustion and stress.
- In colour psychology, green is seen as the colour of balance.
- If you love green, it is often a sign that you are sociable and like belonging to groups, whereas if you dislike green, this can indicate a lack of balance, a resistance to social engagement and often a sense of loneliness.
- The colour green is also associated with the heart chakra. The centre of love, compassion and forgiveness.
- In decoration, Blueish greens tend to be more “liveable with” providing a very flattering background”
- Greens and blue-greens are calming and useful to reduce nervous and muscular tension.
- Yellow green is generally neutral.
- Green can create an ideal environment for sedentary tasks, concentration and meditation.