The Five Elements

The Five Elements
The Five Elements is the Feng Shui term that describe the colors, shapes, and textures around you and the attributes they bring into your life. This is the way you can use Feng Shui to color your world.

The Five Elements are: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood. Each Element has a characteristic shape and colors and represents specific attributes. What do the names of the Five Elements conjure up in your mind? Most likely it is the same thing as their attributes: passion, grounding, clarity, movement, and growth, respectively.

Here is a description of each of the Five Elements, and what they add to your life:

The Fire Element
Fire is the Element that represents passion, emotion, and high energy. The Fire Element is the reason why you never have a long, leisurely meal in a restaurant decorated in red. The color red is too full of energy to slow you down.

Actual Fire Element objects are hot and blazing, like burning candles or a roaring fireplace.

The colors of Fire are also hot, like red, crimson, scarlet, orange, deep purple, and pink.

The shape of the Fire Element is triangular, like a flame.

The Earth Element
Earth is the Element that grounds you and makes you feel stable and balanced. That’s why so many people love hardwood floors, because the earthy color makes you feel grounded.

Actual Earth Element objects are composed of substances made from the earth, such as the tile floor in your bathroom, clay pots of your patio, or granite countertops in your kitchen.

The colors of the Earth Element are the colors of your world: brown like the soil, yellow from the sun, terracotta like clay.

The shape of the Earth Element is square.

The Metal Element
Metal is the Element that brings strength and clarity into your life. If you need to focus on a project, add a Metal object to your surroundings.

Actual Metal Element objects are things like wrought iron furniture, a bronze light fixture, or the metal headboard. All electronics and computers are considered the Metal Element, as are fluorescent lights.

The colors of the Metal Element are the metallic colors like gold and silver, plus all of the pastel and light colors like white, gray, and pastels.

The shape of the Metal Element is round like a metal coin.

The Water Element
Water is the Element that brings movement, flow, and relaxation into your life. Think of the feeling you get watching a meandering river and you will understand the gentle power of the Water Element.

Actual Water Element objects are represented by an aquarium, fish bowl, or a fountain, and it is represented by glass and mirrors.

The colors of the Water Element are deep blues and black, as if you are looking into deep water.

The shape of the Water Element is anything that has a swirling or curving pattern, like a classic Oriental rug, a paisley print slipcover, or artwork that shows moving water.

The Wood Element
Wood is the Element that represents growth, expansion, and vitality in your life. If your creativity is blocked, add a green plant with rounded leaves to get your creative juices flowing.

Actual Wood Element objects are composed of natural wood, like wood furniture, doors, or picture frames, as well as plants and flowers.

The colors of the Wood Element are green and teal, like tree leaves.

The shape of the Wood Element is rectangular.

Take a look around your home and office and see how you are using the Five Elements. Is the Element you are most drawn to the same one you are already using to decorate your surroundings? The answer could say a lot about what you will attract into your life.

Start making Feng Shui changes today with the tip-a-day calendar in the new e-book from Feng Shui Master Practitioner Carol M. Olmstead. Click here to order your copy of "365 Feng Shui Secrets" from the e-book store at

Join me on Facebook where I post tips, advice, links, and answers to your Feng Shui questions. Click here to "like" the "Feng Shui For Real Life Page."

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

You Should Also Read:
Chi in Feng Shui
Understanding the Bagua
Eight Tools of Feng Shui

Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

Content copyright © 2023 by Carol M. Olmstead. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Carol M. Olmstead. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.