Decorating with the Five Elements

Feng Shui as an art emphasizes the importance of the placement of objects in your surroundings to create balance and harmony in your life. By using these principles you can arrange, decorate and accessorize your home to promote health, wealth and happiness. Find out more about Feng Shui decor and the Five Elements by Diane Alba-Means.

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Feng Shui and Feng Shui decor uses several tools to help enhance the flow of energy in your home or office. One such tool is called the Pa Kua or Bagua map, which divides your home or office into nine sections, each associated with a specific area of life, such as health, wealth, career and relationships. Another important tool, which is used hand in hand with the Pa Kua map, is the Five Element theory. The Five elements are derived from nature and are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. These are considered to be the building blocks of everything physical on earth. Feng Shui observes that we, as humans are made up of all five elements, and we are generally most comfortable when all the elements are represented in our surroundings.

Feng Shui decor includes the Five Elements that are associated with shapes, colors and materials and can be introduced into a space in pure form, using actual plants, fire, soil, metal or water, or in the form of representative objects. The most powerful objects are those, which combine the shape, color and material of an element. For example, a square, terracotta pot filled with brown soil for earth energy.

In decorating your home or office, we can use the following guide to assist us in creating an elementally balanced environment.

Wood is represented by the color green. It can be found in all wood, plants, flowers and paper. The shape for wood can be found in columns and pillars. Examples would be a tall, green vase; a green picture frame, or a tall lamp with a paper shade.

Fire is represented by the color red, and is found in lighting, candles, fireplace, sunlight, animals, leather and wool. The shapes triangle, pyramid and cones signify fire. Examples would be star-shaped candleholders, oil lamps and red or animal print fabric.

Earth is represented with yellow and earth tones. It is found in the soil, ceramics, tile, brick and stucco. Its shape is represented with square, rectangles, and plateaus. Examples would be a clay pot with yellow flowers, a square plate or checkered fabric.

Metal is present in the colors of gray, white and pastels. It is found in all metals, such as gold, silver, copper, pewter, and brass. The shapes are found in arches, circles and ovals. Examples would be a round silver tray, a pewter pitcher or an oval brass frame.

Water is represented by the colors blue, black and dark tones. Water is found in a bubbling fountain, glass, crystal and mirrors. Asymmetrical or irregular shapes are a part of the water element. Examples would be a crystal vase, a mirror or black satin fabric.

These elements can be introduced in various forms to suit your own style of decorating. You might choose wallpaper with green vertical stripes to bring more uplifting wood energy, making the ceiling appear higher and the room more spacious. Red fabric pillows on a sofa will increase the fire energy, creating an exciting atmosphere. Yellow checkered curtains in the kitchen will enhance the earth energy, which will make the room feel cozier. A round, brass, metal bowl used, as an accent piece on a coffee table, will make it feel more complete and finished. A water feature in the entry enhances the water energy, conveying a peaceful flowing atmosphere.

Combining appropriate colors with particular patterns and materials can be especially effective in manipulating the existing energy, which is the basis of many Feng Shui remedies. When using these tools and surrounding yourself with things that you love, you are creating environmental affirmations which support you in having a peaceful place to live and a place for the vital energy to circulate harmoniously throughout your home.


Diane Alba MeansOwner of Hawaii Feng Shui based in Maui, Hawaii, Diane Alba-Means is a professional, certified Feng Shui Practitioner, Color Expert, Image consultant, and author. Read more about Diane.



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Creating a Feng Shui Garden: Metal Element

“I love incorporating the 5 natural elements into a Feng Shui garden setting. Metal is especially fun as it is a great hard scape material and is represented by round and oval shapes. Also, the colors of white, silver and gold are metal.” Find out more about the Feng Shui element of metal in your outdoor spaces by Maureen Calamia.

Metal represents refinement and boldness. A little goes a long way.  Especially in a Feng Shui garden.

What Not to Do!

Although this is metal and is somewhat round, no, you don’t wanted a rusted car in your garden! (Although my friend points out that she could plant a nice geranium bed in the engine!)

What to Do!

Metal can be incorporated with a beautiful, unique sculpture, such as this sculpture.

In fact, the symbolism of this sculpture is heaven on earth, represented by the circle (heaven) within the square (earth). A truly a dramatic way to incorporate metal in any garden.

Or it can be as simple (and much less expensive) as this – a gazing ball.

Metal lawn furniture, metal trellises, and fencing are more ways to incorporate metal into your yard.


Best Places for Metal

Metal is best in the West, Northwest and North areas of your property. The West is known for Completion and Creativity. The Northwest is known for Helpful People and Travel. The North is known for Life’s Journey, Opportunities and your Career.


maureenkcalamia_RRMaureen Calamia is founder of the Re-Nature Feng Shui™ philosophy based on the fact that we need to restore nature back into our lives. Maureen brings her passion for Feng Shui to the greater community as an educator and past long time IFSG board member.  Read more about Maureen.


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Metal Elements in Interiors

Metal Element, Tisha MorrisAchieving balance within spaces is not only important for the healing of the space and the land it sits on, but also for the occupants residing in and using it. Feng shui is the science of balancing the energy in our living spaces in accordance with nature. While there are many facets of feng shui including furniture arrangement, the Bagua Map, space clearing, and even the modern practice of clutter clearing, the five elements are one of the primary tools used to balance the energy in spaces. The five elements connect us with our homes and our homes to nature and beyond.  Learning the balance of the elements – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal – this article will focus primarily on Metal element aspects.  From Tisha Morris.

True to its character, the Metal element gives shape and form to many household furnishings. For example, a metal base is often used to give support to a table. Lamp bases, chair legs, window casings are other examples. Metal is also used in building construction, particularly in multi-story buildings in the form of steel construction where strength is paramount. Metal is often used for appliances, such as a stainless steel dishwasher. Metal comes in a variety of forms, including aluminum, steel, and iron. Because of the functionality of the Metal element, it most commonly occurs in our spaces in its literal form as opposed to symbolically.

A variety of rocks are considered to be the Metal Element in some Feng Shui Perspectives. Different composites of rock are used to create granite, slate, and marble finishes in homes. These finishes are often used as countertops because of the compatibility of the Metal and Water elements. For example, a wood countertop would soak up water, whereas a granite countertop is impervious to water and is able to maintain its integrity. This is the same reason metal is used for plumbing fixtures and even copper plumbing lines.

Metal is also used for decorative purposes in a balanced feng shui home. For example, metal art and frames are common. Accenting furniture and art with gold and silver is another way to bring Metal into a space. Including rocks in a decorative arrangement is a nice way to include the Metal element in an organic way. Crystals and gemstones are also Metal elements and can be used decoratively and/or to energetically charge spaces according to feng shui. Gemstones are known for having energetic properties specific to their color and composition.


The shape associated with the Metal element in feng shui is round. I always think of a metal washer used in construction as an example of the round shape of the Metal element. Examples of round-shaped items include tabletops, clocks, mirrors, lamps or table bases.


The colors associated with the Metal element in feng shui are gold, silver, white, and pastels. Gold and silver are the most common associations with metal because base metals most commonly occur in this way.

Common Metal Element Household Items are:

Granite and slate countertops
Marble finishes
Aluminum finishes
Stone finishes, i.e. exterior of home, fireplace
Copper finishes
Salt lamps
Rod-iron railing
Metal chair legs
Metal table bases
Wall clocks
Metal art
Crystals and gemstones


Tisha MorrisTisha Morris is a feng shui consultant, energy healer, and author of Mind Body Home (Llewellyn Worldwide) and Feng Shui Your Life: The Quick Guide to Decluttering Your Home and Renewing Your Life (Turner Publishing). Read more about Tisha.



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Gratitude and the Metal Element

Gratitude in feng shui is closely interwoven with the “Completion” area of the Feng Shui Bagua, which also rules “Creativity, Children and Joy.” Learn how the metal element works with gratitude and feng shui in this insightful piece by Michele Duffy.

When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears. ~~Anthony Robbins


Gratitude, Michele Duffy


The “Completion” area of your home is the right middle area or quadrant from the front entrance (see Feng Shui Bagua map). The Metal element – represented by metal sculptures, frames, abstract metal art, round objects, and metallic, white, or grey colors – is fully awakened especially in autumn and rules our gratitude for an abundant harvest. The metal element is not often discussed in feng shui but when properly activated it is regarded as a cure for negative energies, especially in the health and financial areas.

The harvest is a time of gathering the fruits of our labor and taking stock of what worked, who helped us, as much as what is no longer needed or what we might be wise to let go. Many people play significant roles in whether or not the completion of our harvest is bountiful, abundant and meaningful. This area is also ruled by children, which represent the “completion” of a loving union; when we consider how fearless children are we can understand why joy and creativity is also represented in this area.

Part of “completion” involves intentionally and creatively thanking those who we are grateful for, and whether it is a hand written note, a small token, a dozen fresh eggs from your chickens, a dinner out, a prepared meal delivered, or a gift basket, completing the cycle of your own harvest with appropriate gratitude toward others ensures that a new cycle of abundance will be greatly favored.

Place images in metal frames that depict sunsets, the heavens, joy, and creativity in this middle right completion area. This is also an appropriate spot for all of the children’s portraits and photos that we most certainly removed from the master bedroom, which due to your good feng shui application has transformed into an adult sanctuary. The noisy TV, musical instruments, or your musical devices of choice (metal) can all be placed here as well.

Since the metal element is also closely linked with heaven and the divine, utilizing the metal element in feng shui is often thought to distinguish those who are merely average in success (mundane), from those who are linking the divine and conducting the metal element to generate help from the divine.

Since earth generates and creates metal, square shapes or yellow ceramic pots work perfectly. Metal also produces the water element which can be represented with wavy shapes, black color or a watery scene; water is closely associated with money, wealth and prosperity. Do not dull the clarity that the metal element delivers with the wood element. Limit the number of plants in this area, definitely no cactus here, and no wood frames. If you are feeling overwhelmed or panicked about completing tasks with joy, or creativity is lacking with projects, or your ability to express yourself is thwarted, just go to the right middle area from your front door and look around to see if there is an abundance of the fire element. Remove or subdue as much of the fire element here; for example, remove candles, spherical and triangle shapes, red objects or art. Why do we want to minimize fire here? Because fire is not the friend of metal and melts it. If you have a fireplace in this area, a round (metal) mirror, symbolizing the water element over the fireplace will be an effective cure or adjustment since water puts fire out.

Before the holiday season arrives, express yourself appropriately and thank in a myriad of creative ways those who have helped you along the way – including your own children!


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Michele Duffy is a Feng Shui consultant and professional from the Bay Area of California (United States).  Read more about Michele.



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Common Feng Shui Shapes for Decorating

Feng Shui Shapes by Kathryn WilkingFeng Shui shapes are often the easiest Feng Shui enhancement to manipulate when working with an area in the Bagua. Learn more from Kathryn Wilking

The three most common shapes:

SQUARES: If the life area you choose to enhance needs solid grounding, then squares would be the shape. You can choose one item, or you could arrange several items into a square shape. In addition, you can arrange several ’square-type’ pictures into one larger square shape. It is rather easy to find squares and rectangles as they are rather common in a home: cupboards, windows, appliances picture frames, etc.

TRIANGLES: Triangles are trickier; they bring attention and drama into a space. Many people default in this area and just use the colour red. (A fire makes a red flame = triangle.) To attract more intensity in your space, use regular candles, a fireplace, or lights to represent actual fire. Arranging three vases in a triangle shape or planting three plants in a triangle will also form a sharp shape. Many birds have a pointed crest and many trees and bushes have sharp leaves. See what images you can find in your home to make triangles.

CIRCLES: Circles or ovals can open creativity. They can be found in picture frames and mirrors, plant pots, flower petals and glassware. Curves, archways and circles can be found in paintings or images printed on fabrics or upholstery. Soften a sharp stairwell landing with smaller items shaped into a curve. Outside, you can plant bulbs or plants in curved or circular patterns.

If your room feels a bit off-balance, try using a variety of textures and shapes in the same space. The variety of shapes can give you well-rounded energy and support for many areas in your life!

Get creative with what you already own; and get these shapes working for you!


Kathryn WilkingKathryn Wilking is a Certified Feng Shui Consultant and Home Stager from Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more about Kathryn.


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