Yin and Yang

Yin Items:

Most soft items made from fabric are considered Yin. Plush sofas and chairs, stuffed cushions, and throw pillows are all Yin items that enhance rest and comfort. The one exception is when these items come in bold Yang colors such as red or busy patterns. Natural materials such as silk, linen, and cotton are also considered Yin. When used for curtains, blankets, bedding, or table coverings, they add Yin energy to a space. The same applies to floor coverings made from soft natural materials, such as wool rugs. Items that come in pale or pastel colors or black are also Yin. Indirect lighting such as a chandelier is more Yin than direct lighting such as a spotlight. Closed doors and windows with the shades pulled are Yin because they slow down Ch’i flow. Soft, quiet music is Yin. Curves and rounded shapes are Yin. Walls painted with marbled, mottled, ragged, brushed, or textured finishes reflect less light, and are therefore more Yin than smooth paint finishes.

Yang Items:

Items with sharp corners and straight lines are considered Yang. Metal and shiny objects are also Yang, especially when they reflect light around a room (i.e. a polished stainless steel counter top is Yang). Mirrors are also Yang because they help reflect Ch’i around a space, which keeps it moving and energized. Blinds, especially wooden or metal ones, are considered more Yang than curtains. Tile and stone floors are hard, which makes them more Yang than soft carpeting or rugs. Bright, bold colors and patterns energize Ch’i, making them Yang as well. Lively, upbeat music is Yang, as are TV programs and video games. Bright light such as natural sunlight, halogen bulbs, and clear or white bulbs are all Yang, as are lit candles and fire in fireplaces. Quickly moving water is Yang and so is wind. Fans and fountains can therefore bring Yang energy to a space. Glossy paint finishes are Yang because they bounce Ch’i off of their shiny surfaces

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