Living Space: Need a comforter? Use feng shui principles to pick the color
Color plays a pivotal role in feng shui, sometimes called the Chinese art of placement. A key concept in feng shui is that each hue has an influence over aspects of our lives ranging from our health and wealth to our success and ability to find business opportunities.
In fact, all feng shui is related to wealth - the wealth of good health, the wealth of opportunity and the wealth of love and happy relationships.
You can use these guidelines when doing something as simple as selecting a comforter color so it has exactly the kind of feng shui wealth you seek.
When it comes to key influences in our lives, few are important as the bedroom in feng shui, and in particular, sleep. The time we spend sleeping is so central and important to our lives that the colors we surround ourselves with have a profound influence over us. By selecting a comforter color based on its specific inspiration, we'll have more impact on this particular area of our lives.
Color of money
In feng shui, the color green is related to business opportunity and earned income. Often green is preferred over the second income color of blue, but these two shades represent different aspects of wealth: generating and accumulated money.
Starting with pale blue and ranging all the way to black, these colors represent generating income and business opportunities. If this is what you'd like more of in your life, blues or black comforter colors are the best for your bedroom.
When your finances are on the slim side, colors that represent accumulated wealth are what you want. Those hues range from mint to deep forest green, with a medium green shade as the prime color of amassed money. Target's Room Essentials green Tulip comforter set is a great example of the type of a green comforter that represents accumulated wealth.
Making a name
There's another indirect route to wealth through your social status, family name, or high profile. In feng shui, this is represented by the color red. Shades can run the range from shell pink to deep orchid. Still another way to success is through networking connections, travel and international contacts.
In feng shui, these areas are represented by metallic shades, such as white, gold, gray and silver. Bed, Bath and Beyond's Camille and J. Queen Contessa comforter sets feature the satiny silver and luminous gold shades associated with world travel and networking prowess.
Wealth of love, health
Even those who seem to have it all might be missing some of the most fulfilling aspects of life: love and happiness. When relationships are difficult and love is absent, the element of earth helps to ground and anchor us, according to feng shui. Shades of yellow from buttercup to ochre are the shades to choose.
A stylish choice is the Trina Turk Ikat comforter set. These shades also represent spirituality, education and making good decisions. For happy family relationships and good health, rich brown and cocoas create growth and harmony.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.