How to Nourish Your Birth Feng Shui Element

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In feng shui, each lunar birth year is associated with one of the five feng shui elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Your feng shui birth element is said to influence aspects of your personality. Knowing your feng shui element can help you make appropriate design choices in your home that create good feng shui energy. It's recommended to use colors and materials that emphasize your birth element and stay away from ones of certain other elements that can weaken your element.

Here’s how to nourish each feng shui birth element with decor.

Wood Birth Element

People who have the wood feng shui birth element are often ambitious. They channel their visionary energy to manifest in specific projects and are instinctively focused on expansion and steady growth. And certain home decor can nurture this energy. 

  • Best home decor colors: Green and brown (wood) or blue and black (water)
  • Colors to minimize: Red, orange, purple, pink, magenta, and strong yellow (fire) or white and gray (metal)
  • Decor items to emphasize: Vibrant plants or images of lush foliage, fountains and other water features, mirrors, artwork with water
  • Decor items to minimize: A large fireplace, candles, images of fire or sunsets/sunrises, metal decor

Fire Birth Element

People with the fire feng shui element are often energetic and creative. What's more, they are usually very open with their expression of creativity, be it with cooking, dancing, painting, or virtually any activity. They need an appropriate feng shui home to support this open flow of expression.

  • Best home decor colors: Red, orange, purple, pink, magenta, and strong yellow (fire) or green and brown (wood)
  • Colors to minimize: Blue and black (water)
  • Decor items to emphasize: Fireplace, candles, images of fire or sunsets/sunrises
  • Decor items to minimize: Fountains, mirrors, water images

Earth Birth Element

Those with the earth feng shui element are usually the people who take care of others, often at the expense of their own energy. To express their creative side―which is vital energy for one's health and well-being―they need an appropriate feng shui home to strengthen their personal energy and allow creativity to flow.

  • Best home decor colors: All tans and browns (earth) or red, orange, purple, pink, magenta, and strong yellow (fire)
  • Colors to minimize: White and gray (metal) and green and brown (wood)
  • Decor items to emphasize: Fireplace, candles, images of fire or sunsets/sunrises, crystals and rocks, earthenware decor
  • Decor items to minimize: Metal features (e.g., a metal staircase), decor items made from metal

Metal Birth Element

People with the metal feng shui element are usually calm, focused, and precise. They are the ones you can fully rely on to take care of all the details in any given job or project. The ideal space for such a person is clean, clutter-free, and open. But ensure that some warm decor touches are used, or the energy can become too rigid.

  • Best home decor colors: White and gray (metal) or all tans and browns (earth)
  • Colors to minimize: Red, orange, purple, pink, magenta, and strong yellow (fire) or blue and black (water)
  • Decor items to emphasize: Metal features (e.g., a metal staircase or sculpture), decor items made from metal, earthenware decor, crystals, rocks, earth-related images
  • Decor items to minimize: Fireplace, candles, images of fire or sunsets/sunrises

Water Birth Element

People with the water feng shui element tend to be sensitive and have strong intuition. Expressions of creativity come easily to these people, and they are often calm and easygoing. As gentle as water is, it can wear down the hardest rock; people with the water element have a strong hidden reservoir of power inside them. They need an appropriate feng shui home to support this inner strength.

  • Best home decor colors: Blue and black (water) or white and gray (metal)
  • Colors to minimize: All tans and browns (earth)
  • Decor items to emphasize: Fountains and other water features, mirrors, images with water
  • Decor items to minimize: Earthenware, crystals and rocks, earth-related images