Understanding the Difference of Yin & Yang in Feng Shui

Updated: Jun 13

You have probably seen the famous yin yang icon. You know, that circle with the black and white halves that is popular on Martial Arts logos. Despite seeing this image everywhere, not many people know what Yin and Yang actually mean.

In Feng Shui, Yin and Yang are one of the cornerstones to designing your space to achieve harmony and flow. I've broken down the two parts to help you better understand the differences between each qi (or energy).


There are many words associated with yin: feminine, passive, slow, quiet, dark, and introverted. It is the softer, gentler side, and is known to be a very calming energy. Picture a rainy day. The rain is dripping down the window pane as the world is grey and dreary outside. You however are cozied up in your favorite comfy chair. A chunky knit blanket is thrown across your lap. To your right on your end table is your favorite novel, a hot cup of tea, and a vanilla scented candle that gives off a soft, warm glow. This image is yin.

The energy of yin is one of unwinding. It is gardening on a breezy spring day, taking a relaxing bubble bath with Epsom salts and essential oils, or falling asleep on your memory foam mattress and Egyptian cotton sheets.

In interior design and the home, here are the elements that make up yin qi.

Small Spaces | Think reading nooks, low ceilings, and small square footage.

Dark Spaces | This can be achieved through low light or dark paint.

Textured Spaces | Heavy textural fabrics are a great carrier of Yin qi.


Yang is the opposite qi of Yin. It's represented by these words: masculine, active, fast, loud, light, and extroverted. It is the more active energy. Picture a sunny summer day at a fair. There are tons of people, the air is thick with the sounds of amusement rides, laughter, and music. Everywhere you look, you are stimulated by carnival games and their flashing lights, people zigzagging through the crowds, and other various movements. This in Yang energy.

The energy of yang is one of action and movement. It is going on a 5 mile hike up a mountain, dancing in a nightclub, or mingling at a party.

In interior design and the home, here are the elements that are yang qi.

Big Spaces | Tall, double high ceilings, giant rooms, or open floor plans make up yang qi.

Light Spaces | With the help of light, white paint or large windows, you can bring in yang qi.

Clean Spaces | Not just physically clean, but spaces that are sleek and minimal connect to yang qi.

Understanding the differences between the two energies, you can understand the basis of Feng Shui and how to decorate your home according to each specific qi. If you're looking to know more about Feng Shui, or would like to create harmony and flow in your home, schedule your call with Honey Lune Hivery.