Previous article, we wrote about common negative energy or Sha Qi (煞气) found on the main door in Singapore?
In this article, we chose a topic commonly discussed during house audit – paint colors selection.
This article spoke of author’s observation of a recent audit observed in one of the friend’s house.
Broadly, there are 2 approaches to colors selection advocate by Feng Shui masters.
1. “Western Style”: Approach commonly used by masters from the west. Light or vibrant colors which are pleasant visually or popular favorite among interior designers’ choices.
Underlying rationale is using color psychology on color visualisation to evoke associated feeling. Termed as “Feng Shui” in their context which aims to create positive vibes/ feelings for the house residents.
Note: This approach is using scientific evidence as colors recommended are widely used in commercial branding. In a way, this is a strong proven concept.
2. “Bazi Style”: Another approach advocate by masters in Singapore. They will calculate the residents’ Bazi and based on the individuals’ elements to recommend the colors.
To learn more on the elements & color representation, you can read this article.
Recently, been to a friend’s house who had a house audit (through heresay again).
Feng Shui master did the following actions:
1. Usual house audits (not gonna discussed here) – Standard practice, 2 audits span over a period of time.
2. Request for all residents’ Bazi (exclude a member who is married off but things are left intact in the room)
Few key takeaways before we proceed further
1. As mentioned in our article, famous or popular doesn’t equate to a good Feng Shui master. Better known as Halo effect bias. Example. the master must be smart/ popular/ skillful due to some trusted friend (your friend is also no expert as you) or popular threads ferociously discussing about it.
2. If a resident (son / daughter) married off or not staying in the house anymore but his/ her things are left intact. It is always recommended to share their Bazi as well and make necessary Feng Shui changes (upon permission granted).
a. Feng Shui master engaged based on a consultancy fee on your house size. Yet, short changing yourself by not auditing that room. Hence, initial knowledge supposed to learn from this Feng Shui audit is lost.
b. Even if the resident is not staying there or working overseas for a period of time, the room that he/ she stayed will beget due to personal things remain.
Back to our article. The master advised all rooms painted in blue except the room with no Bazi given. Thus retained in its original color, green. The family members began to DIY the whole house in blue as they fully trusted the master’s advice. During house visit, the house painting completed and a blue mat found at the doorstep.
Below are observation with key takeaways:
1. With no specific RBG/ CMYK/ specific examples of blue given. The family members go for the most distinct blue (darkest blue) as they do not want to go wrong with it. In doing so, the entire house turn into visually unpleasant (gives off the feeling of the blue used in a funeral).
Do recall, there must be some reasons in the first place for approaching Feng Shui master. So when advice shared, nature instinct would be distinct dark blue. As light blue may give the perception of not enough effect. This is a misconception and owners should consult masters for more details.
The master may not has any design knowledge but should has sufficiently experienced to share some insights.
It is also up to house owner to do their due diligence on selected colors to assess and balance between aesthetic and Feng Shui context. You can read about a house owner mindset here.
2. Blue mat placed at doorstep. In Feng Shui context, this is counter intuitive in sacrificing big picture over small details. This resulted in negligible beget.
In Feng Shui guideline, the critical 3 audit factors are placed highest importance after a house environment. Auspicious color such as red is better in this context when stepping out of house (出门见红). To learn more, we discussed in details about vestibule/ entrance area (玄关) in our article.
A good lesson from this situation is to ask the Feng Shui master change requests with a curious mind. If things doesn’t make sense such as whole house blue with a blue mat. Better ask politely for alternatives as any one visiting the house will sense something not right.
Hopefully, this article will give you some heads up of avoiding the same pitfall when engaging a Feng Shui master. To learn more, you can read our articles for more understanding and better knowledge.
Otherwise, you can read our article to find your favorable directions when house hunting.
Thank you & Good Luck !
1) Chanced upon this incident when visiting a friend, am not going in as a Feng Shui practitioner. Wrote this article as it provides useful information for other house owners who may face similar situation.
2) Not a “white paper” to soft sell Feng Shui service but to share common sense and takeaways for others to learn. By the way, if you do not know, we do not provide any Feng Shui consultancy service.
3) Re-iterate that we do not provide Feng Shui audit service as we have been receiving quite a few email requests. We are a Feng Shui service platform. You can know more about us here.