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How to Use Gray in Feng Shui to Boost Focus and Creativity!

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Could you use more focus and clarity? Do you find yourself procrastinating and not getting things done the way you’d like? Would you like to feel more organized or increase creativity?  If so, it’s time to consider the color gray!  In feng shui, gray is associated with the metal element, which is responsible for clarity, focus, creativity, and organization. Let’s discuss how to use gray in feng shui!

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Gray in Feng Shui

In feng shui, gray is associated with the metal element. The metal element corresponds with focus, clarity, productivity, structure, and completing long-term or creative projects.  Gray is also associated with the travel and helpful people area of your home, so adding gray to that area can help with travel of all kinds as well as attracting helpful people and benefactors into your life!

The Meaning of the Color Gray

Gray is the color of:

  • Knowledge
  • Perception
  • Wisdom
  • Reliability
  • Control
  • Practicality
  • Focus
  • Clarity
  • Organization
  • Creativity
  • Taking action
  • Completing projects
  • Too much gray can cause:
  • Hyper focus and fixation
  • Stagnant energy if you sit too long or focus too long
  • Controlling, demanding and/or OCD type behaviors
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Gray and the Bagua Map

(The feng shui bagua map is the energetic map of your home. For a picture of the bagua and how to use it in your home check out this post: What is the Feng Shui Bagua Map? The ULTIMATE guide for applying it to your home!)

Adding gray to any area of the bagua can increase wisdom, focus, and creativity in that area of your life.

But it especially goes well in:

The Children and Creativity Area

The children and creativity area is the middle right 1/3rd of your home, when standing at the front door and looking inside. It is associated with the children in your life, creative and artistic pursuits, and completing projects.  Adding gray to this area will increase the metal element energy, boosting the energy of focus, wisdom, organization, and taking action!

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The Travel and Helpful People Area

The travel and helpful people area is the front 1/3 right of your home, when standing at the front door and looking in. It is associated with travel of all kinds (including commuting and travel for work or leisure) and attracting helpful people into your life. If you need some kind of professional help, like a doctor, lawyer, real estate agent, or even help with a boss or client, this is the area to focus on.  Adding gray to this area will activate it and draw in the people you need! It can also help travel go more smoothly and effortlessly.

The Career Area

The career area of your home is the front middle 1/3rd of your home, when standing at the front door and looking inside. It is associated with your career and lifepath.  The career area is ruled by the water element, which is associated with wealth, abundance, success, and good fortune.  In the feng shui element cycle, the metal element feeds the water element.  Adding gray to this area of your home will increase success, good fortune, wealth, abundance, and good luck in your career or life path! It also attracts business opportunities and success in your business endeavors.

Your Office or Business

Adding gray to your office at home or at work, or to your business if you’re self-employed, can also attract success and good fortune.  It can also help you be more focused, productive, and creative at work.  You can also add gray to your office or desk to help you attract more clients and customers!

Meditation Areas or Study Areas

Using gray in your meditation room or the study area of your home can also boost focus, mental clarity, and logic.  It can help you concentrate and clear your mind while meditating. And it can increase analytical thinking and problem-solving while studying or trying to remember what you studied.

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The Feng Shui Effects of Adding Gray to Different Rooms in your Home

Living Rooms

Adding gray to common living spaces like living rooms and family rooms can create a sense of peace and calm. It can also boost creativity and focus, which can be helpful for things like family game night. Adding too much gray, however, can create a room that’s almost *too* calm, making it less appealing for everyone to want to hang out in. Make sure to add pops of color to keep the energy moving.


The kitchen is considered an area of health and wealth in feng shui. Using gray in your kitchen can increase organization, productivity, and creativity in health and finances. If you want to be more inspired and organized with cooking and meal planning, adding gray can help you! It can also increase the metal element energy in your finances, helping with financial planning and productivity.

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Bedrooms are meant for rest and romance in feng shui. Adding some gray can create a peaceful environment, free of outside distractions. Adding too much gray, however, can bring down the energy and make being in the bedroom feel like a chore. Make sure to add pops of color to keep the energy flowing and the passion alive.


Bathrooms can be a source of negative Chi in feng shui, due to the bacteria and energy that drains down the pipes. Bathrooms also represent taking care of your body and health, so it’s important to keep them clean. Every time you clean the bathroom, you are refreshing the Chi and counteracting stagnant energy. Adding gray to the bathroom can support the metal element energy, while also creating a clean, calm, and spa-like feel in the room. The metal element also boosts the water element, which will increase the flow of good fortune and abundance throughout your home!

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Feng Shui Meaning of a Gray Front Door

A gray front door represents logic, clarity, focus, practicality, and productivity.  A gray front door that falls in your home’s career area can also increase success in your job or lifepath, and increase abundance and good fortune through your job.  A gray front door in your home’s travel and helpful people area can create positive travel experiences of all kinds, as well as attract loads of helpful people wherever you go!

Feng Shui Meaning of a Gray Wallet or Purse

Your wallet and/or purse is associated with financial abundance because it’s where you keep and use money.  A gray wallet or purse can help you organize and focus your finances! It can also help you attract financial success.

How to Incorporate Gray into Your Home

You can add gray with:

  • Furniture, cabinetry, or flooring
  • Artwork
  • Textiles, like curtains, cushions, sheets, blankets, or rugs
  • Paint or wallpaper
  • Gray crystals, like smoky quartz or gray chalcedony
  • Using gray home decor items, like vases or picture frames
  • Wearing gray
  • Paint your mailbox gray
  • Paint your front door gray
  • Add a gray wreath or doormat to your front door
  • And you can always add gray by lining the inside of drawers or placing it under furniture or behind other more colorful artwork or pictures.

As you can see, using gray in feng shui can have a lot of positive effects in your home, career, and/or business!  This is especially true if you use it with intention, because your intentions in your home are the most powerful things of all. 

Now that you know how to use gray in feng shui, you might also want to know:

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