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How to Use Brown in Feng Shui to Create a Calm & Grounded Home!

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Could you use more grounding and stability in your life?

Do you want your home to feel warm and inviting without being too stimulating or full of bright colors like orange or yellow?

Would you like to create a home that helps you feel nourished and supported?

If so, it’s time to consider the color brown!

And no, we aren’t talking about creating an “all beige everything” home like in the early 2000s!

Let’s discuss how to use the color brown in feng shui!

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Brown in Feng Shui

In feng shui, the color brown represents the earth element

The earth element is associated with grounding, stability, a solid foundation, and nourishment.

It represents the stabile foundation on which you build your entire life (and that includes your home!)

Because of that, in feng shui, brown means:

  • Grounding
  • Stability
  • Foundation
  • Earth
  • Health
  • Interconnectedness
  • Resilience
  • Dependability
  • Comfort
  • Support
  • Protection
  • Natural
  • Organic
  • Honesty
  • Reliability

Too much brown in your home, however, can lead to:

  • Stagnant energy
  • Feeling stuck, like you can’t move forward
  • Heaviness
  • Feeling suffocated, like you don’t have room to breathe
  • Feeling lazy or not having enough energy
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Brown and the Feng Shui Bagua Map

The area of the bagua associated with the color brown is the health area, which is in the center of the bagua.

Adding brown to this area can boost the health and wellbeing of everyone in your home!

It also touches every other area of the bagua, bringing a sense of peace and stability to all areas of your life

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How to add brown to your home for good feng shui

You can add brown to any area of your home to increase health, well-being, and create a grounded and centered energy.

Anytime your life is feeling chaotic or too stressful, adding a touch of brown to that area of the bagua can help. 

You can add brown with:

  • Furniture, cabinetry, or flooring
  • Artwork
  • Textiles, like curtains, cushions, sheets, blankets, or rugs
  • Paint or wallpaper
  • Brown crystals, like tiger’s eye or mahogany obsidian
  • Potted plants (dirt!)
  • Using brown home decor items, like vases or picture frames
  • Wearing brown
  • Organizing your home with natural baskets or rattan
  • Adding a brown wreath or door mat to your front door
  • Painting your front door brown
  • Adding potted plants to near your front door
  • And you can always add brown by lining the inside of drawers or placing brown under furniture or behind other more colorful artwork or pictures.
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The Feng Shui Meaning of a Brown Front Door

Your front door is super important in feng shui, because it’s how energy enters your home and begins to flow throughout your life! 

A brown front door will attract warmth, stability, grounded and centered energy, supportive energy from the Universe, and good health!

The Meaning of a Brown Wallet or Purse

In feng shui, your wallet and/or purse is associated with wealth and abundance, because it’s where your money is stored and used. 

Carrying a brown wallet or purse can increase stability and dependability in your finances, while helping you create a solid financial foundation.

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Using Brown in Different Spaces

Here are some things to keep in mind when using brown throughout your home or office:

Brown is a great color to use in areas where you need calm, stable, and centered energy. This makes it great for bedrooms, your home office, or even shared living spaces like dining rooms and living rooms.

Brown is a great neutral base color to help ground a room. Using it for furniture, flooring, or even a wall color means you can add or change pops of color with artwork or decor whenever you feel like it!

Too much dark brown in a room can make you feel tired or zap you of energy. It creates yin energy, which is great when you want restful energy, but can cause foggy thinking or confusing if there’s too much of it.

Don’t forget that wood furniture, floors, and cabinetry are also brown and “count” towards the overall earth element balance in the room.

Like everything in feng shui, balance is key! 

Now that you know the best ways to use brown in feng shui, you might also want to know:

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