Chinese lanterns have long been used in Asia to adorn homes and paper lanterns were originally used to ward away bad spirits. Later people began to make hanging lanterns in the shape of Chinese dragons, characters and animals. Today, paper lanterns are mainly used as decorations both inside and outside of the home across the world. However, Feng Shui is extremely important in the Orient where they create a beautiful, decorative effect wherever they are hung around the home. Each colour of Chinese lantern encourages a different atmosphere and sets a tone when hung and lit…
Feng Shui is an ancient and wise approach to the way our environment and surroundings affect us. Therefore by learning what colours of Chinese lantern to use to adorn different rooms in your home we can improve your lives and well being.
According to Feng Shui a knowledge of colours and using our coloured hanging lanterns can create harmony in any home or workplace. Colours should not be used randomly but used according to which of the five elements they represent.
- Water is represented by blues and blacks. Blue creates a marvelous soothing tone when the lanterns are dimly lit.
- Green is one of the most harmonious colours in nature; lanterns in shades of green represent renewal and fresh energy, and are also known for reducing stress.
- Yellow is a very spiritual colour especially in Asia and Buddhism. A gold or yellow hanging lantern exudes energy and good cheer.
- Orange encourages sociability and instills vibrancy and energy into any home or party.
- Red is the most passionate and celebratory colour in Asia, the Chinese favour red in their décor and believe it to be very lucky. In the Western world it signifies love and romance – red Chinese lanterns are perfect for any romantic dinner or wedding setting.
- Fuchsia is a combination of red and pink giving it the fire and passion of red but also the calming effect of pink. Fuchsia Chinese lanterns are perfect for weddings and girls parties.
- White is the most passive colour in Feng Shui and represents innocence and purity. White lanterns pair perfectly with any other colour and lend a clean, crisp feel to all decorative setting.