Use Chinese Color Theory to Quell Pandemic Challenges! (Part 1 of 2)

The direct impact of color on our lives is easily recognizable. Some colors make us happy, others may depress us; some help us relax and others energize us. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the time we close them at night, color affects all of us. Our temperament, our physical movements, our language and thoughts are all impacted by color.

Color plays a very important role in feng shui, as well. Chinese color theory offers a way to enhance nearly every aspect of our lives.  This is particularly important during the pandemic, as most of us are feeling the imbalance of having to stay at home, wear masks and maintain a 6’ distance from others when we do go out for a walk, get a take-out meal, or go to the grocery store.  Color has been a component of many Chinese practices and beliefs: medicine, art and poetry, food preparation and feng shui. This entry is written to share some of the most basic precepts in using color within the world we know as feng shui. Being over five thousand years old, Feng Shui was developed by the ancients observing nature in all of its complexity and grandeur.


The key to understanding the significance of color in our lives is Ch’i, literally translated as “breath of life” or “vitality.” This energy circulates in and around the earth, creating mountains, directing streams and rivers, nourishing trees and crops. Ch’i is also the blueprint of our personality, our health, our talents and our lives. There are many ways to improve an individual’s Ch’i, and one way is to apply color.

The Five Elements

Water: black and other dark colors such as navy

This element helps one see the big picture and skills at communicating in a clear and concise manner. The Water element helps us at setting limits and at evaluation. Within us, this element benefits from time alone to think and rejuvenate.

Fire: red (as well as strong yellows and oranges)

Fire is the social element; joyful, excited, and charismatic with others. The Fire element provides one with perception and intuition, usually giving the ability to shed light on situations with good judgment regarding people and situations. This person can help us provide a concise (although sometimes exaggerated) point of view.

Earth: soft yellow, orange, green, light brown and tan

This element is dependable and accommodating, and the prime directive in life is to serve others, always striving to maintain harmony. This element provides the ability to focus on group dynamics and physical surroundings. Skilled at facilitating and supportive roles, acknowledgement is very important.

Metal: white, pastels and metallic colors such as silver, brass, gold, and copper.

The Metal element tends to be action-oriented and focused solely on accomplishment. Order and control are highly valued. Metal is about authenticity. Because our culture values the ability to get the job done, a person with a high degree of this element is often rewarded with leadership positions and is seen as an effective strategist.

Color and the Ba-gua

We utilize the ba-gua to create cures (solutions) for problem areas in our homes and offices. The ba-gua is a map that we transcendentally lay upon a space, often a home or office. It is composed of nine different guas, or areas that make up much of our lives. Once again, color can play a basic role in these resolutions. You will note that the same five elements previously mentioned are encompassed in this ba-gua, and that the four corner guas introduce other elements of life: wealth, partnership, helpful people & travel, and knowledge.

Using Color to Fix A Problem: Three Examples

Helpful People Gua

A color can be added to a particular area of your home or office to fix a problem. For instance, if you are having trouble getting along with a co-worker, (or your mate or children while working at home) try adding the color grey to the Helpful People gua in your office or home.


If you want to establish a new romantic partnership or improve your current one, add pink to the Partnership gua.

Wealth Gua

If you need to increase your wealth, consider using the color purple (violet) in your Wealth gua.

Laying the Ba-gua

If your home/office isn’t a square or rectangle, it’s harder to know how to lay the ba-gua. If you need help, give us a call/email us and we’ll chat about your space.

In conclusion

While this might be hard to believe if you haven’t experienced the wonder of Feng Shui, it truly works. (You may wish to read the story of my initial experience on this website– just click on the About tab to read my story.) Think about it: What have you got to lose? A little time and effort on your part and it just might create a solution for your most challenging problem!  Come back in 2 weeks and we’ll share more information you can apply to your home and your life.

Zhù nǐ hǎo yùn ‘a

(May your life be filled with good luck)