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The Five Elements of Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the art of affecting change in your life based on purposeful use of space. Unless you have specific goals to address, such as adding more yin energy or instilling energies of wealth, then you will seek to create balance. Balance in Feng Shui means that energy is following smoothly through your space and is comprised of both yin and yang forces. It also means there is a balance of the five elements: wood, earth, fire, metal and water.

Wood

How to incorporate it: Wood can be introduced with wood furniture or shelving. Bare wood will add even more to your surroundings. Plants and tree branches will add to your space. Even greens and browns will add to this element, as they represent growth and groundedness respectively.

What it represents: growth, organic changes and natural vitality.

Earth

How to incorporate it: Adding stones to your living space is the easiest way to incorporate this element. Stones can obviously be individual gems and rocks you have collected. However, stones can also come in the form of planters, pottery and sculptures. Water Feature Pros sells stone planters, benches and fountains for your living area.

What it represents: Nourishment and sound stability.

Fire

How to incorporate it: Adding candles will give your space the fire element it needs. Simple tea lights placed in ceramic holders will do the trick. Or you can go big with a fireplace or fire fixture. If you have children or cats, you might not want to have open flames in your house. Circumvent that issue by adding firey colors such as fire, yellow, and orange.

What it represents: Passion, creativity and energetic tendencies.

Metal

How to incorporate it: Going to any antique store will lead you straight to plenty of metal decorations. These might be vases, sculptures or mirrors. Ornate metallic jewelry that you might not ever wear could be a great wall decoration. Relevant colors are white, gray and ,of course, metallic finishes.

What it represents: Austerity in the form of independence, strength and composure.

Water

How to incorporate it: We will suggest a water feature, either a water panel or fountain. These features add the flowing water element and the stone earth element together. Pick a fountain that is right for your space. Even small condos or apartments can benefit from a table top water fountain. Water also adds negative ions to the air and really purifies the energy in your space. If you cannot add water to your space, the colors blue and black are representative of the water element.

What it represents: Abundance and prosperity. In fact many emperors and monarchs commissioned large scale fountains to show off their power and wealth.

Are you excited to add these elements into your living space? Leave a comment with your final thoughts on how you will add the elements to your home.  

Understanding Feng Shui

Feng Shui is often misunderstood, and any interior decorator might use the term meaninglessly to describe harmony in your space. Achieving ‘harmony’ is certainly a goal of Feng Shui, but we are here to tell you a little more about the principles and methods of Feng Shui. How do you achieve harmony in your living space?

What is the defining force in Feng Shui

Feng Shui is a traditional Chinese practice. If you are aware of traditional Chinese medicine, martial arts or Taoism, then you are actually better in tune with Feng Shui then most interior designers. If you’re not aware of the principles of these other traditional Chinese methods, then here are some guidelines.

Fengshui is based off the energy flow of spaces, particularly humans in spaces. The life-force known as chi is a flowing energy. Just think about the energy as running water, or your blood circulation. You want the circulation to be even, energetic and absolutely never become stagnant. Severe consequences manifest from stagnation, just like in water, bodies, and spaces.

Harmony also means balancing different kinds of energies. The different energies are yin and yang as well as the earth elements. Yin elements are cold and dark and represent feminine qualities. Yang elements are hot and light and represent masculine qualities. Strive for a balance between the two.

How do you make a space with sound energy flow?

Place objects and yourself in rooms accordingly

Feng Shui is the art of placement, and works with the medium of space to affect change in human life. The space has no effect on you if you are not in the space, so when you design your rooms and move furniture always think of how you will be situated in that space.

For starters on placement, you want to situate yourself according to doors. Doors cannot be easily moved, so they act as the guiding force for your home. In general, you never want to be parallel with the door. Your desk, sofa or bed should not be in line with the door. However, you should be able to see the door from these points. This will add a sense of security to your spaces.

Lighting

Dependent on your lifestyle you may want more or less sunlight. For more morning sunlight, gather around windows that catch the sun rising on the east. Otherwise, choose to position yourself around windows that face west so you can enjoy the sunlight until it becomes night.

The awesome thing about Feng Shui is that it can be used to change your life and become the person you want to be. That means that if you sleep too much and live a night owl life, but want to change that aspect about you, then changing your Feng Shui can help. In that case you would want natural light to shine down on your bed easily.

Clear the clutter

The clutter represents the excess junk you are carrying in your life and mind. Most of that stuff really is garbage and keeps you stagnant in your life and energy. Do you need old photos of your ex, nope. Trash those and keep your life moving. Make space for all the new people and energies that will be flowing through your space.