You may not be aware of it, but you’re always experiencing and reacting to the energy in your environment. Using the principles of Feng Shui will help balance energy in your home. Why is this important? Because when your home looks and feels good, you can relax and feel comfortable. And that creates a better life!
So – how do you balance energy? By using the five elements – fire, earth, metal, water, and wood and the principles of yin and yang. The feeling you get when you walk into a room is dictated by the way the elements are used (knowingly or not) in decorating the room.
Take a look at these photos and notice whether you feel differently when you look at each one. If you do, you’re experiencing the power of Feng Shui. What you’re reacting to at the most basic level is the arrangement of the elements. Shape, color, and placement of the elements create energy which then makes a room feel warm or cool, comfortable or uncomfortable.
First photo – There’s a lot of water and metal energy here and it creates a cool, modern feel. Looking closely, here is the breakdown of energy:
- Water energy is created by the curvy shape of the chairs and their blue color.
- Metal energy is created by the metal floor lamp, the white color of the shade, and the plant on the table.
- Earth energy is created by the shape of the table and the beige color of the carpet.
- Fire energy is created by the red color in the wall art and the magazine.
- Wood energy is created by the rectangular shape of the wall art and in the table.
Second photo – Lots of fire energy here in the color of the chairs, the accessory on the table, and the wall art. Does the space feel warm and inviting? Fire energy creates warmth.
Third photo – The most basic level of energy, yin and yang, is displayed here. White is yin energy and black is yang energy. When black and white are used together they create a formal and rigid feeling. This rigid feeling is alleviated by the shape of the wall art. Even though the art is without color, it feels vibrant, doesn’t it? It’s because of the shape. This is the most vibrant part of the space.
Here is a helpful guide for you to identify the five elements in your environment:
The Five Elements and their Characteristics
|Water||Flows, falls||Black, Blue||Wavy|
|Earth||Compacts||Yellow, Brown||Square, Cubic|
|Wood||Grows upward||Green, Turqouise||Rectangular|
|Metal||Contracts||White, Gold, Silver||Round, Spherical|
|Fire||Radiates||Red, Orange, Purple||Triangular|
And for more information, see my post “Feng Shui 101 – the Five Elements.”