I met with a client yesterday where the differing energy temperaments were halting design discussions.
A wise friend once told me that defense is the first act of war.
I explained to the couple that each individual has differing needs, and that each can be addressed through my ‘golden triad.’ The triad, to my mind, is simply color, texture and flow, and how a designer orchestrates these in order to feed individual energies to bring maximum comfort. Without getting too deep into any one of these aspects of the ‘golden triad,‘ I do think it’s important to address differing energies, or tastes, as we often refer to them. What feeds Jennifer and makes her home a cosy nest may bring her husband Patrick to his knees, feeling depressed and lethargic.
How can we have such differing tastes and live together in a home that works for both parties; to say nothing of the children brought into the mix?
Color is often misunderstood for so many reasons. People often do see things as black or white; however, the truth is that through shading, tinting and the marrying of opposites on the color wheel (compliments) we can flesh out a home’s armature that will leave all energized and at peace.
For example, a client may say they desire to be surrounded by RED, but the red they may desire may simply mean a fire color, something that keeps them going throughout the day. Why not persimmon, or yellow-orange?
Perhaps their spouse desires a restful blue that reminds them of the bay that they had grown up in and around? Blue is a dream color, a restful color, and married with the grounding colors of ebony or brown can glow. It’s no wonder that blue has more fans, particularly in America, than any other color on the spectrum.
So how can these opposites live together?
How about this:
Or even this:
I hate to over use Kelly Wearstler’s living Room shot, but it truly is a wonderful example of a marriage of opposites, blue and crimson, yellow and violet. Remember, opposites attract, and they vibrate when we simply allow them to live together. Feng Shui is an excellent tool for unpacking the idea of opposites and energy that is responsible for feeding an individual’s life force.
Let’s take a look at the color wheel and the feng shui wheel together.
If we travel clockwise around the two wheels we could say red feeds violet, and just as easily see that fire feeds earth. Red’s opposite is green, and so it goes that fire’s opposite is water. Too much red overpowers it’s complimentary color green and vice versa. On the elements wheel, too much fire evaporates water, and too much water extinguishes fire.
Our subconscious perception, whether or not we realize it , not only craves, but needs balance. A surgeon client of mine once told me that the minty green that you find in many operating room walls is there, not for aesthetic reasons, but rather to allow a visual break to the surgeon’s eyes from the long hours of close visual proximity to blood (red) that they undergo in their job. The green neutralizes the red, bringing balance once again to the eye organs.
So, we can say that it is the balance of opposite colors and elements throughout a home (and feng shui would also encompass the surrounding exterior) that we try to achieve, never a dominating color to be beaten back, never a call for defense by the opposing forces of both color and energy.