How Feng Shui Elements Are Expressed in Shapes

Understand the five elements feng shui theory

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Generally, when you have difficulty defining the feng shui element of a specific item, the color will be used as the first criteria. Second feng shui element criteria is the shape, with the third being the material from which the decor item is made. wigwam press/Getty Images

This article on the application of five feng shui elements has three parts. You are now reading part 2.

Part 1: Colors as Expressions of Five Elements
Part 2: Five Elements in Shapes
Part 3: Productive and Destructive Cycles of Five Elements

Along with using color as an expression of the five feng shui elements, you can also bring the presence of each element with specific shapes. This can make feng shui decorating really easy, subtle and powerful, too!

Here's how the feng shui elements are expressed in shapes:

  • WOOD: Rectangular
  • FIRE: Triangular
  • EARTH: Square
  • METAL: Round
  • WATER: Wavy

When you start applying the feng shui theory of five elements, you might be confused as to the feng shui element representation of a specific piece of furniture or a decor item. In between color, shape and material, how would you define the feng shui element of a specific object?

Let's take the example of a coffee table of blue color, square shape, made from wood. Blue being the color of the water feng shui element, is this table bringing the water element into your home or is it bringing the wood element (as the table is made from wood)? To make it more complicated, the shape of the table is square, which is the earth element. So which one of the three elements does the table actually represent?

Generally, when you have difficulty defining the feng shui element of a specific decor item, the color of the item will be used as the first criteria. Second comes the shape, and then the material from which the item is made.



Of course, when the feng shui element is obvious, such as a metal staircase (metal element) or a plant (wood element), there is no guesswork! In most cases, though, you will see that each decor item brings two or more elements, and in time you will find it easier to sense, or understand, the feng shui element expression of various items in your home.

Decorating with the 5 feng shui elements is a bit of an art, you have to experiment and play until you get to a place where you easily understand the language, or the feeling or a specific object, as well as how it fits into the bigger picture.

This is not hard, as we all have an intuitive knowing, an immediate response to any quality of energy; it is only a matter of experimenting and starting to trust your inner voice. Everything speaks to you all the time, you just have to allow yourself to listen.

Read: How To Decorate with the 5 Feng Shui Elements

Once you know how to balance the five elements in your home by using simple decor items, as well as various feng shui cures, a harmonious home is truly yours to enjoy!

Continue Reading: The Productive and Destructive Cycles of Five Elements