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ELEMENTAL HARMONY:Using the 5 Feng Shui Elements

Photo: Luxe Magazine

The 5 elements of feng shui are: Fire, Earth, Wood, Water, and Metal. Balancing those elements successfully in a room–and the overall home–takes some thought and planning. The room in the picture here is from the featured “Art House Del Mar Mesa, CA” in Luxe Magazine. Click here to see the rest of the home.

How are the elements covered in the room above? Obviously the fireplace represents the fire element, but so do the red/orange accents in the art and the cushions (so if you don’t have a fireplace at home, you can still add the element through color and even a red candle). Wood is surrounding the window frames, the floor is wood, and the side table is a tree stump–it doesn’t get much more woody than that!

Earth is in the plants as well as the brown leather sofa and chair. We can see the gleaming metal table stands but metal is also represented by the color white. Without the successful blending of the other elements, this room would have too much metal and feel very cold and uninviting.

Take a moment to see if you can discern where the water element is. You might have said the blue painting. But it is the glass table tops and the large glass windows that represent water and also the color black. In your own home, you can add water element through color, through pictures or paintings of water, through actual water features, or use of glass and mirrors.

In addition to successful element balance, the feng shui harmony created in this room can also be attributed to the use of yin-yang shapes (some round yin shapes and some square yang shapes). See if you can count how many of each in the picture. For example, the fireplace is yang but the sculpture over it is yin.

And last but not least, the art itself is great feng shui. From the vibrant colors in the painting to the wonderful curved yin shapes in the sculptures…but also notice the Calder kinetic piece hanging from the ceiling. Mobile art lifts Qi (ch’i= energy). Adding a mobile to a corner of your ceiling where energy seems dead is a good way to correct that and get some movement going in your environment. Can’t afford a Calder? Go to any museum store and find inexpensive paper mobile sculptures or create your own.

This ultra modern home has a very warm cozy feel to it. Bringing in the feng shui elements, softness in yin yang balance and use of fabric textures, and incorporating living plants throughout create that feel.

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FENG SHUI ANALYSIS: 1 Room at a Time

Luxe Magazine photo

Let’s analyze the feng shui of this room. We can’t see the entry (Mouth of Ch’i) for the entire home but I’m going to analyze this space as if the front door were directly behind me a few yards back. That would make the Wealth area the upper left corner of this photo, the Fame area in the center, and the Love area to the right.

The decor is a rather traditional style and this house is in California which accounts for the Spanish mission influences in the window shapes and the chairs used here. (See more of the house at Luxe Magazine).

*The room has a very balanced look/feel. ie: two trees, matching chairs across from each other, big table balancing out the fireplace and creating a barrier for the ch’i to wind around.

*Lots of natural light and that’s always a plus.

* Fireplace is located in the Fame area—fire is the natural element here that enhances and strengthens it. Also, it’s very good that they used art above instead of a mirror (mirror represents water and in this case would indicate dousing of the fire energy, a canceling out of the Fame feng shui).

*The window shape has an unusual Spanish curve representing yin energy. This counterbalances the yang beam energy.

*The candles placed on the tabletop are paired together instead of separated on either side of the table. They are located within the Love area of the actual table top bagua so this is very harmonious and good feng shui.

*There is a good balance of the five elements.

*It’s clean and clutter free.


*The trees have spiky leaves. That is okay in some locations but not so great for the Wealth area or the Love area. Switching them out to a nice rounded leaf shape but keeping them both equal like these two would be a better feng shui move. Big fig leaf ficuses would work as would many other variety of trees.

*The paint color I would choose could have been the same family but slightly redder tone to strengthen Wealth/Fame/Love –or perhaps paint just the end wall in a red based tone to activate these three areas.

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