The definition of Feng Shui states it is “a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy , and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.” Sounds like serious stuff! I have always heard of people speak of Feng Shui, but honestly I don’t think I’ve every understood what it was all about.
I truly believe life is about balance. Balance seems to be the key to everything…..that’s an assuming statement, yet I’ve found in life imbalance often leads to negative outcomes; and balance, to positive ones. I was reading an article from BLDG 25 about Feng Shui which stated “…from the foods we eat and the clothes we wear, to the overall lifestyles we live, it’s all about balance – and home décor is no different,” and I couldn’t agree more!
The article goes on to say “..The ancient Chinese art and practice of feng shui aims to create a space that allows chi or qi – the energy of the universe – to flow naturally. One way to achieve this is by filling your home with a healthy balance of the five feng shui elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.”
The wood element relates to natural growth and vibrant health. My interior style has evolved over time and now moving in to a new house, rustic chic is my fav. I love to fill my home with tree branches, wooden bowls, raw wood shelves, and driftwood collected from walks on the beach. Decorating with fresh flowers and houseplants (especially ones that help purify the air) are a great way to bring the outdoors in. Incorporating rectangular shapes and tones of brown and green into your home will increase the presence of this element, as well.
The fire element brings about high energy levels, fuels passion, and fosters the expression of creativity. A great way to introduce this element to your home is with candles and fireplaces! Try decorating with angular shapes like triangles and stars. These are classic symbolic of the fire element. When creating a colour story in your home, go for warm, flame like hues including red, orange, bold yellow, purple, and pink.
The earth element helps to generate nourishment, knowledge, and stability in your life. A great (and kinda obvious) way to harness this element is by decorating with beautifully unique crystals and stone. Some people find crystals to be quite therapeutic, and use for meditative practice. Decorate with square shapes and sandy colors, including light yellow and light brown.
The metal element helps cultivate strength, focus, and independence. An easy way to bring in metal to your home, without it feeling cold is by placing beautiful ornate vases and candle holders (best are found at flea markets and thrift stores) around your home. Some other ways to incorporate the metal element are through picture frames, sculptures, and wind chimes. Round shapes can be used as an expression of the metal element, as well as the colors white and gray.
The water element is all about wealth, abundance, and fluidity. Decorating with mirrors, as well as a bowl filled with water are easy ways to incorporate this element. With a bowl you can change the way it’s decorated every day – adding things like floating candles or beautiful petals that have fallen to the ground. Fluid shapes, as well as the colors blue and black, are another way to incorporate the water element into your décor.