Use feng shui office colors to help your clients feel calm and at ease
“The most important thing to understand is that feng shui is really about the energy that’s surrounding you in your personal space.” – Lillian Too
In a counseling practice, it’s important your clients feel comfortable and safe in your office, which is why you purchased those extra plush seats, stocked the space with tissues, and hung calming paintings on the wall. You even bring in healthy snacks to keep in your waiting room. But how much thought have you given to the color you painted on those walls? When you rent or lease a space, it’s likely you use whatever color is already on the walls. Even if you recently purchased space for a new practice, changing the wall color may be the very last item on your to-do list. However, it’s time to rethink that decision and use feng shui office colors as the base for decorating your space.
The basics of feng shui
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of feng shui is as follows:
…a Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it; also : orientation, placement, or arrangement according to the precepts of feng shui…
It’s said that the practice of feng shui decorating encourages good chi—also known as positive energy—to flow smoothly through a room, which in turn benefits its occupants. The better the chi, the more cleansing and positive experience your clients will have in counseling. While every room could use feng shui, it is particularly useful in a private practice where clients are coming in for help. The more positive energy, the better!
To create a calming and safe environment for your clients, incorporate the five Chinese elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water into the space your sessions take place. You can do this by bringing in decorations or furniture of each element. Or, you can accomplish this by strategically choosing a wall color that aligns with one of the five elements.
5 Feng shui office colors to paint your walls
As you may imagine, the color blue is a representative of the water element. Light-toned blue walls promote healing and growth. A darker shade of blue enhances the feelings of calm and serenity.
Benjamin Moore’s Normandy makes for a great choice that is not too light or too dark for a counseling office.
When you think green, does nature immediately come to mind? That’s because green is a wood element, and it produces feelings of energy and healing. If your clients are looking to grow and experience new beginnings, consider painting your space green.
3. Light purple
Purple falls under the fire element, and light hues like lavender are ideal for a counseling practice, as it inspires clarity, which is something everyone can use, but especially your clients who have a lot to work out in their minds.
Benjamin Moore’s Wisteria makes for a perfect shade of pale purple, especially when accentuated with creams and dark wood accents.
Are you surprised that white walls make the list of five feng shui office colors? Don’t be. White, which falls under the metal element, inspires focus and clarity. However, when used alone, it may be too drastic, which is why many clinicians paint one wall of their office in a different color and leave the rest white.
So that your walls look homey and not sterile, choose a creamy shade of white, like Etiquette or Frostine from Benjamin Moore.
5. Earth tones
The easiest way to incorporate color into your office design is by choosing from the wide variety of earth tones. The final element of the five is earth, which gives you a lot of variety in your color options. Think muted yellows, browns, and tans if you want to go the earth tone route.
Depending on the shade you choose Warmed Cognac and Tyler Taupe are both great options from Benjamin Moore.
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Do you have a favorite office color? Why did you choose it? Share your thoughts in the comments.