The Feng Shui Elements
Feng shui has one main goal: Increase positive energy
by creating a place of balance and harmony. How is
this balance achieved? By using the five elements of
The elements all work with each other and have their
own characteristics. When balancing the energy in any
space, these five elements are used to enhance
positive energy as well as counteract negative energy.
Wood is connected to the color green. To increase the
wood energy in an area, live plants are used and not
dead wood that is in chairs and other furniture.
In addition to adding wood energy, the plants filter
the air and increase oxygen making the atmosphere of
your space more healthy. Wood’s home is the East of
Fire is connected to reds, oranges, and purples. Fire
is anything that uses electricity or produces heat.
Televisions and lamps are good examples. A lamp that
has a red lampshade can greatly increase the fire
energy of an area. Fire’s home is the South.
Earth is connected to tans, browns, and beiges.
Brickwork and anything that uses rocks is part of the
earth element. Clay pots, tiles, and ceramics also
increase the earth energy. Earth is the Northeast.
Metal is connected to whites and golds. So much is
made of metal, you can pretty much pick and choose
what to use to increase your metal energy. A statue or
even a bed frame will work great. Metal is in the
Water is connected to blues and blacks. Representing
the winter, water is commonly used in more passive
ways due to it’s, well, wet nature.
Used improperly, water can disturb all the energy in
your space. Using aquariums, fountains, or pools are
the easiest ways to increase water energy. Water is in