Oriental Paint Colors

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The meaning of colors in the East or Orient are slightly different than the connotations certain hues carry in the Western world. To decorate your home using Oriental paint colors, it's important to know which colors will have special significance to you and your decorative style, and to include some feng shui color principles into your decor scheme.

Black or Gray

  • Black is considered a yin color in feng shui, and promotes healing of the mind and spirit. Since black can be overwhelming when painted on all walls of a room, it's best to use black for the accent wall only, or paint the wall paneling in this color. In Chinese culture, black represents winter, so it's appropriate to use black paint in your bedroom if winter is your favorite season. According to feng shui, black represents careers and money, and works well on the accent walls of a home or professional office. Gray is the color of helpfulness in the Orient, so it's fitting to paint your kitchen walls in a light shade of gray, or adorn the living room's accent wall in charcoal gray, as these are areas where family and friends will gather to have meaningful conversations and help prepare food.

Red

  • Red is the hue of happiness and celebration in Vietnam and Chinese cultures. It is appropriate for the front hallway of your home to make guests feel welcome, or for areas in your home where you entertain, like the formal living room or den. Purity and romantic union is also symbolized with the color red in India, make the hue a visually appealing warm shade for a couple's bedroom. Since red can be very intense on the eyes, it's best to paint the accent wall in a striking shade of cherry or burgundy, and a muted or pinkish shade for the remaining walls.

Yellow or Gold

  • In Japanese culture, geisha wear yellow during the months of May, June and July to coordinate with the summer season, so you can paint your bedroom walls in bright yellow to commemorate your birth month. Yellow is also a yang color according to feng shui and promotes friendliness and the warmth of the sun, which will make your formal sitting room or large kitchen even more inviting. Wealth and royalty are associated with the color yellow, according to Princeton University, and Vietnamese people also see yellow as a symbol for change.

Green

  • In the Eastern world, green generally denotes the harmony of family, and is also a sign of eternity. The Chinese view green as a symbol of spring, and in Japan, geisha wear green in their kimonos during the months of January, June and November. A vibrant shade of green similar to asparagus or Kelly green is a noticeable wall paint addition to the home office or a child's room, as the color can also promote concentration. Peace and prosperity are associated with the color green as well, according to Princeton University; however, according to feng shui principles, viewing the color excessively can lead to being ungrounded and naive.

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