The Five Elements evolved out of the waxing and waning interplay of yin and yang. They are the building blocks of everything physical on Earth. The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.
Just step out into nature to see example after example of the Five Elements at play. The trees and plants represent the Wood element; the sun represents the Fire element; the soil is the Earth element; the rocks and minerals represent the metal element; and the oceans, rivers, lakes represent the Water element. Just as we humans feel a sense of harmony when out in nature, so too, do we feel good in a space where the elements are all represented.
The Five Elements are dynamic - they create, control, and constantly interact with each other. Incorporating all of the elements in our interiors in a balanced way translates to a more harmonious living space and brings home an inner-connectedness of the natural world.
Each of these elements have associated colors, shapes, time of day, seasons, and other attributes – some or all of which we can use to balance a space. Incorporating the actual element in your decor is most obvious. The next most noticeable aspect of working with the Five Elements is color. But there are other ways to represent the elements besides or in addition to color. The list below is helpful in understanding how the elements might be represented in your home.
If a room in your home "just feels off" or uninviting, it may be that the Five Elements are out of balance. Working with the Five Elements is not hard; it just takes a shift in how you view a space. First, take an inventory, room by room, of the elements that are represented. Second, notice if there is an abundance of some elements and the absence of others. With this knowledge, we can then make any necessary changes to bring the space into balance with all Five Elements.
The bottom line? A space that is pleasing and comforting.