The way the house is set up at the front is a very large room which is ostensibly a bedroom, I would expect the master bedroom. Size is the only indication, however, as the tiny closet us the same size as the little bedroom behind it. It is on the other side of the attic staircase. It’s paint is also peeling and there are plenty of cracks in the walls under the windows. There will be a lot of prep work before painting but in the meantime we must find a color that will harmonize the Feng Shui energies. There are no additional factors in the room except for the boxes for the fiber optic cable and the wireless router. In terms of direction; its front faces north, the side wall faces east and the outside corner points northeast. By the compass the wall next to the stairs is still in the north sector, but much of the front and side walls are in the northeast sector and the inside closet wall is in the east. Shoulds I have three wall colors? You rarely see this addressed anywhere.
Some other considerations include the use of the room, the natural light it receives and the life area the direction governs. Since it is on the street side of the house, even though it should be the “master” bedroom I would never have it as a bedroom. In past posts I have kvetched about the neighbor’s propensity for porch floodlights that make the block seem like a prison yard. I don’t want to have to hang WWII blackout curtains to be able to sleep. Neither do I want to have to use earplugs to block out traffic noise. So this room will be dedicated to storage and work. I have a lovely heavy wooden work table that will go in there for use with crafts, DIY projects, sewing repairs and painting (once I get the free time to paint). Also, I have emulated my Mormon friends for years and kept a supply of food, water and emergency items on hand. The times that practice has helped me out have been many, the topic probably deserves a post of it’s own. So my “Mormon stash” as I call it, will be set up in there, too.
Another reason this room is good for food storage is the fact that this room gets the least sun of any. In the winter the sun has moved around so that only a little indirect light reaches the room in the morning. In the summer the neighbor’s house blocks and additional sun. At no time does sun shine directly in. So in spite of the fact it faces east on one side it is a naturally cool room. It also has good air circulation with windows facing two direction. The low light does have to be factored into the color selection though.
As to the life sector of this direction, since most of the room is northeast it is spiritual growth and self-cultivation. Doesn’t seem to match a storeroom/work room very well. But painting, sewing and working on crafts probably count as self culivation. In both Christian and Buddhist monasteries, the mindful performance of everyday work is considered a path to spiritual growth, so it’s perhaps more appropraite than it seems. Also since it’s cool in summer it makes sense for me to useit for yoga too. That settled, we must choose the colors.
Since the stairwell wall is still in north and also backs the furnace ducts I think I will use the same blue as the entry area. Once again, before I paint, I check the color psychology. Different shades, tints, and hues of blue have different meanings. For example, dark blue can be seen as elegant, rich, sophisticated, intelligent, and old-fashioned, royal blue can represent superiority, and light blue can mean honesty and trustworthiness. Considered a highly corporate color, blue is often associated with intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism. Blue can be strong and steadfast or light and friendly. Blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity in heraldry. As the color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility. Blue helps to slow human metabolism, is cooling in nature, and helps with balance and self-expression. Blue is also an appetite suppressant. So blue fits both psychologically and Feng Shui wise. There are plenty of light shades to choose from to keep the room from being too dark. And I suppose if blue is an appetite suppressant it will help keep me from snacking on my “Mormon stash” while I work there, so it’s ann added bonus.
But that’s only one wall! Most of the rest of the room belongs to the earth phase. What colorsdo I need to strengthen earth? Water muddies earth in the destructive cycle. Will the effect of that blue wall bleed over? I don’t believe for a second that natural energies and influences have razor sharp delinations. What colors do I use for the other, northeast walls to keep things in balance? The colors for earth are beige, pale yellows and earthy colors. This is not my favorite range of colors in a man made environment. I do like earth tones in places like te Painted Desert in the southwest United States. I have found some looking in the online color selector that seem to come close to this look, so I think I can work with it and enhance the room Feng Shui without the color getting under my skin.
By John Fowler (Flickr: Another White Pocket Sunset) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons