Feng Shui is an ever evolving practice and I believe it will accommodate humanity as needed in order to help each person who chooses to use Feng Shui to better their life. Let that be through the use of astrology, the five elements, the Ba-gua map, colors or geometry so be it. Who are we as Feng Shui consultants to judge and say what is right or wrong for an entire populous. We can't, because each person learns and experiences life differently.
As consultants, experts and masters it could be beneficial to become flexible and use our imagination to create remedies that accommodate varying life scenarios when offering suggestions. Isn't this how “authentic” Feng Shui evolved?….Though observations in nature, which triggered ideas, which lead to creative thinking and solutions.
When it comes to color theory and the Five Elements in Feng Shui, this is yet to officially be studied. For now, we can review a study on how color effects behavior.
Harold Wohlfarth, president of the German Academy of Color Science and a photobiologist at the University of Alberta asked the question, by changing light and colors in a schoolroom environment, will that change the children's behavior? And how could it change?
In the study, reported in the International Journal of Biosocial Research (Volume 3, No. 1), the walls of the schoolroom were changed from orange and white to royal and light blue. A gray carpet was installed in place of an orange rug. Finally, the fluorescent lights and diffuser panels were replaced with full-spectrum lighting.
As a result, Professor Wohlfarth reported, the children's mean systolic blood pressure dropped from 120 to 100, or nearly 17 percent, The children were also better behaved and more attentive and less fidgety and aggressive, according to the teachers and independent observers. When the room was returned to its original design, however, the readings gradually increased and the children once again became rowdy, he said.
Lets take a look at this case study from a Feng Shui color theory perspective. Red and other warm colors like orange and yellow-red, relate to the element of fire. When warm colors are displayed in balanced amounts throughout a room this creates inspiration, motivation and confidence. If there is too much, it could create aggression, irritation and lack of focus (feeling overly stimulated).
Changing the wall colors to royal and light blue relates to the element of water in Feng Shui. When in balance this element connects to learning, knowledge and wisdom. Blue is also been noted to help us retain better focus and calmer emotions.
A gray carpet was installed in place of an orange rug. Gray in Feng Shui relates to the element of metal. Metal in Feng Shui is noted to support stronger communication and creativity.
The best way to understand Feng Shui is to test it out for yourself.
Please note, the photos provided in this post are not from the official study as they were not provided. These are examples to help illustrate the visual study.
Laura Cerrano is the CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan (established in 1997). She provides remote and on-site consultations, seminars, workshops and classes in New York, California, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. Her primary focus is a unique blend of Feng Shui healing for your space and inner self with interior design principles.