Whether you’re brand new to the art of Feng Shui, or your home is already a shining example of this centuries-old Chinese system of design, you may not know that color can be just as important when it comes to your flow of energy (or “ki”). In the world of design, there’s the infamous Pantone’s Color of the Year. But the lucky colors of Feng Shui go much deeper than that!
Let’s explore the 2 lucky colors of 2020, and where their meanings come from.
Colors in Feng Shui
When it comes to Feng Shui, colors are used to represent the 5 basic elements:
- Earth: represented by light yellow, sandy/earthy, and light brown
- Wood: represented by green and brown
- Fire: represented by red, strong yellow, orange, purple, and pink
- Water: represented by blue and black
- Metal: represented by white and gray
On top of this, the various hues of these different colors – in terms of how and where they’re used – can be harnessed to shift energy throughout your home. Another major part of the Chinese culture, and the way it affects Feng Shui and colors, is the New Year. Each year represents a different animal, which is then the symbol of that calendar year. By incorporating the lucky color(s) of the given year into your home décor, color, and overall design, it’s said that you’ll be more prone to luck, good health, and prosperity.
So what are 2020’s lucky colors?
January 25th officially kicked off the Chinese year of the White Metal Rat. (In general, doesn’t this just SOUND awesome?) The rat, known to be the very first zodiac sign from the Chinese calendar, is inherently represented by the Water element as one of its main agents. As such, the two lucky colors for year ahead of us are white and blue.
Personalize your lucky colors
While in general, blue and white are considered the lucky Feng Shui colors of 2020, there are other lucky colors you can also incorporate into your home design this year. Chinese astrologists have predicted that in 2020, every single Chinese zodiac sign will have its own lucky color – many of them symbolic of long-term happiness and success that will stay with you for the next 12 months!
Therefore, if you want to best optimize good energy and Feng Shui in your home, your best bet is to work with the following colors:
Finally, you can also add the color(s) of your zodiac sign to this mix as well. What that color is depends on the year you were born! Remember: your Chinese astrological sign also has its own special color(s), which will bring you even more good luck this year.
For example, if you were born in 1991, your zodiac sign would be the Goat. The Goat’s lucky colors are gray, blue, and black. Therefore, in 2020, you can add gray and black to the list of colors above, in order to give your home the perfect Feng Shui. Fun fact: it’s also said that for this sign, black on Sundays brings extra good luck!
Colors to avoid
But just like Feng Shui has colors that are lucky, it also has colors that are unlucky, too. Similar to what we just discussed above, discovering which color(s) you should avoid will be based on your Chinese zodiac sign. If you want to have the best possible energy throughout your home in 2020, these are the colors you’ll want to avoid, based on your sign:
- Rat: Black
- Ox: Green
- Tiger: Cyan
- Rabbit: Red
- Dragon: Orange
- Snake: Black
- Horse: Green
- Goat: Pink
- Monkey: Red
- Rooster/Chicken: Purple
- Dog: Green
- Pig/Boar: Red
You may notice that some of these zodiac signs have purple or green listed as their unlucky color of 2020. But wait, weren’t those 2 colors originally listed alongside white and blue as being the luckiest colors of 2020?
Yes, generally speaking. But remember: the Chinese art of Feng Shui has many layers, and is influenced by many different factors. This is why knowing your astrological sign and how it affects colors is very important!
The colors that may bring your home the best energy and overall positive flow are not necessarily going to be the same for the next person. The only 2 lucky colors that we know are universal for everyone this year are white and blue.
The Bagua map
Now that you know which colors you should be focusing on in 2020, the next question is: how do you get started? If you’re already well-versed in Feng Shui, you probably already know. But for those of you who may just be dipping your toes into this incredible world, our recommendation would be to start familiarizing yourself with the Bagua map.
The Bagua energy map is a principle tool used in Feng Shui. It’s made up of a grid of 9 sections: 8 life areas, all made up around a center. The word “bagua” quite literally translates to, “eight areas”. Each area relates to an area of your personal life, and each has its own energy that contributes to your overall living space. It’s designed to help optimize your home so that it creates the best possible flow of positive energy around and for you.
Want to learn how to use the Bagua map for your own home? We have a beginner’s guide available for you here!
Become a Feng Shui expert
Naturally, the best way to become an expert in anything is to learn as much as you can about it. When it comes to Feng Shui, there’s plenty you can learn through a little online research. But there’s even more knowledge at your fingertips if you were to take actual Feng Shui training!
QC Design School, for example, offers a Feng Shui course that first breaks down all of the fundamentals, and then builds from there. On top of simply learning about Feng Shui in and of itself, a course will also teach you the useful art of:
- Feng Shui cures and symbols
- Floor planning
- Interior décor and accessories
- Electromagnetic fields
- Space-cleansing ceremonies
- The breakdown of each fundamental room in a home, and how to create the best energy for it
- How to start your very own Feng Shui consulting business
With this irreplaceable training, as well as the professional certification it’d arm you with upon completion, you can not only make your home the best it can possibly be… You can get paid to help others do the same!