How to Nourish Your Birth Feng Shui Element

  • 01 of 06

    Wood Birth Element Feng Shui Decor Tips

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    Knowing your birth feng shui element is extremely helpful when making decor choices for your home. For example, if your birth feng shui element is Wood, you can apply easy feng shui tips to create a nourishing feng shui home that highlights your birth element. 

    Wood feng shui birth element people are often ambitious—they channel their visionary energy to manifest in specific projects. The Wood feng shui element person is instinctively focused on expansion, a natural and steady growth. They need an appropriate feng shui home to support, encourage, and nurture this energy. 

    • Best Home Decor Colors: Green and brown (Wood) or blue and black (Water)
    • Decor Colors to Minimize or Avoid: Red, orange, purple, pink, magenta, strong yellow (Fire), or white and gray (Metal)
    • Decor Items to Emphasize: Vibrant plants or images of lush forests or meadows, as well as fountains and other water features, mirrors, and water art images
    • Decor Items to Avoid in Excess: Big fireplace in East or Southeast, use of many candles, decorating with images of fire or sunsets/sunrise, as well as strong metal elements in decor items or house features
    • Feng Shui Bagua Areas to Pay Strong Attention to: East (Health & Family) and Southeast (Money & Abundance)

    When working on creating a harmonious home for your feng shui birth element, be sure that the feng shui basics in your home are taken care of.

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  • 02 of 06

    Fire Birth Element Feng Shui Decor Tips

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    Fire feng shui element people are usually high energy and very creative. Not that other feng shui elements are not creative―of course, they are. Creativity does not depend on the element, what varies is the way the creativity is expressed. 

    A Fire feng shui element person is open with their expression of creativity, be it cooking, dancing, or picking up kids from school. They need an appropriate feng shui home to support this open flow and so they can avoid burning out.

    • Best Home Decor Colors: Red, orange, purple, magenta, pink, strong yellow (Fire), and green and brown (Wood)
    • Home Decor Colors to Minimize or Avoid: Blue and black (Water)
    • Decor Items to Emphasize: Fireplace, candles, and images of fire or sunsets/sunrise
    • Decor Items to Avoid in Excess: Fountains, too many mirrors, and water images
    • Feng Shui Bagua Area to Pay Strong Attention to: South (Fame & Reputation)
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  • 03 of 06

    Earth Birth Element Feng Shui Decor Tips

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    Earth feng shui element people are usually the ones who take care of others, often at the expense of their own energy. In order to express their creativity―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 their creativity to flow.

    • Best Decor Colors: Red, orange, purple, magenta, pink, strong yellow (Fire), and all sandy and earthy colors and tones (Earth)
    • Decor Colors to Minimize: White and gray (Metal) and green and brown (Wood)
    • Decor Items to Emphasize: Fireplace, use of many candles, images of fire or sunsets/sunrise, crystals and rocks, and various earthenware decor
    • Decor Items to Avoid in Excess: Metal features (for example, a metal staircase) and decor items made from metal (for example, too many metal art or photo frames)
    • Feng Shui Areas to Pay Strong Attention to: Southwest (Love & Marriage), Center (Heart of the Home), and Northeast (Spiritual Growth and Cultivation)
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  • 04 of 06

    Metal Birth Element Feng Shui Decor Tips

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    Metal feng shui element people are usually calm, focused, and very precise in their energy expression. They are the ones you can fully rely on in taking care of all the details in any given job or project.

    The ideal house for a Metal feng shui element person features fresh, clutter-free, and open spaces. Ensure the home also has a lot of warmth in it; otherwise, the energy of a Metal element person can sometimes become too rigid.

    • Best Decor Colors: All sandy and earthy colors (Earth) and white and gray (Metal)
    • Decor Colors to Minimize: Red, orange, purple, strong yellow, magenta and pink (Fire), as well as blue and black (Water)
    • Decor Items to Emphasize: Metal features (e.g. metal staircase or sculptures), decor items made from metal, as well earthenware decor, crystals, rocks, and Earth-related images
    • Decor Items to Avoid in Excess: Fireplace in the West or Northwest, use of many candles, and images of fire or sunsets/sunrise
    • Feng Shui Areas to Pay Strong Attention to: Northwest (helpful people and networking) and West (creativity & children)
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  • 05 of 06

    Water Birth Element Feng Shui Decor Tips

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    Water feng shui element people tend to be sensitive and have a strong intuition. Expressions of creativity come easy to Water people, but they have to be mindful of the need for a basic structure, as well as the need to follow a chosen path.

    Water element people are often calm and easy-going—just like a free flowing stream. As gentle as it is, water can wear down the hardest rock; so know that Water element feng shui people have a strong hidden reservoir of power inside them. They need an appropriate feng shui home to support and nourish this inner strength.

    • Best Decor Colors: White and gray (Metal) and blue and black (Water)
    • Decor Colors to Minimize: All sandy and earthy colors (Earth)
    • Decor Items to Emphasize: Fountains and other water features, mirrors, water art, or photo images
    • Decor Items to Avoid in Excess: Too much earthenware, too many crystals and rocks, and numerous earth related images
    • Feng Shui Area to Pay Strong Attention to: North
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  • 06 of 06

    Challenging Birth Element Combinations

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    It's helpful to be aware of the most destructive feng shui element pairings. Here are some basic feng shui tips for challenging combinations:

    You and your loved ones' personal energy needs are supported in different ways, so creating a pleasing space for everyone is not easy. Luckily, it's possible, and two people with opposite needs can peacefully live together.