Feng Shui: Southwest Colors

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Feng Shui: Southwest Colors
Hearts can be hung in a variety of colours in the southwest corner. (romance image by Robert Kelly from Fotolia.com)

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement to encourage life energy, or Chi, to flow through your space. In a room or home, the southwest corner is said to be the point of love, good fortune and romance. Couples seeking to enliven their love life or singles who want to create new romantic opportunities can activate this corner with a predetermined set of feng shui colours. Select your colours based on the items you will place in your southwest corner.

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When displaying fabrics in your southwest corner, or if your bed is located in this corner, choose red or pink bed sheets. Create colour schemes that incorporate a blend of tones that represent emotions from passion to unconditional love. A soft- coloured fabric can also be draped from the ceiling over the bed to increase the flow of Chi. Throw pillows and rugs can also be added in red or pink to enhance the colour scheme.


Candles are a symbol of romance in Feng Shui. Placing candles on a table when your southwest corner is located in a den or living room creates a mood of romance. The candles you select can come in any colour or size. Pillar candles are recommended as the best shape because of their phallic qualities representing strength and unity for couples. Stage pink rose quartz crystals around your candles as they represent balance in the heart centre. Symbols such as hearts or cranes can also be used in many sizes and shades of colour.


Soft pastels make the best lighting for your southwest corner. Blues, greens and pinks are colours that calm your mood while conjuring romantic feelings. Cover a lamp with a pastel colour scarf or exchange your existing lampshade for a southwest colour. The key to selecting an appropriate lighting colour for your southwest corner is sticking to solids. Busy patterns can be disrupting to the eye, which can lead to unease.

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