Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that shows ways to balance the environment to assure health, wealth and good fortune.
"Feng" meaning "wind" and "shui" meaning "water" - pronounced fung-shway.
In Chinese culture gentle wind and clear water always had a connection with a good harvest and good health, so came about the term good feng shui. Today it means good livelihood, health and fortune.
The 5 Elements of Feng Shui are wood, fire, water, earth and metal.
The element of power of creativity, growth, birth, strength, flexibility and intuition.
Too much causes feelings of being overwhelmed, rigid, stubborn and inflexible. Too little shows a lacking of creativity and depression.
Use fresh and/or silk flowers, plants and trees, cotton and other natural fabrics and wood furniture.
The element of increased enthusiasm, leadership skills, encourages expressiveness, inspiration and boldness.
Too much appears as anger, aggression, irritability and impulsive behavior. Too little express emotional coldness, lack of vision, inexpressiveness and a lack of self-esteem.
Use candles, sunlight, radiant lights, colors and shapes of red, pink or purple
The element of physical strength, order, an overall feeling of grounding, balance and stability.
Too much creates a heavy feeling, boredom, sluggishness and seriousness. Too little causes feelings of being unorganized, confused and distracted.
Use earth tones (browns, greens and sand), squares and rectangular shapes, flat, low surfaces and landscapes.
The element of clarity, logic, characteristics of organization, focus, righteousness and analytical abilities. Too much is seen as chatty, overly critical and speaking without thinking. Too little creates a feeling of cautiousness, quietness and lack of focus.
Use round or oval shapes, items made of metal, steel, iron, aluminum, gold or silver, rocks, stones, colors of white, grey, silver or light pastels.
The element of spirituality and emotions, inspiration, wisdom and insightfulness. Too much creates the feeling of being unbalanced and that you are drowning, emotionally. And making you feel overwhelmed and overly social. Too little, may show the lack of sympathy, loneliness, isolation, stress and pettiness.
Use the color of black or other dark tones, mirrors, gazing balls, wavy free formed shapes, aquariums or fountains.
Black or blue, the color of water energy, helps us to concentrate, contemplate, mediate and be creative. Blue is known to slow the heart and breathing rates and lower blood pressure. Using this color can increase coolness, calmness and a feeling of privacy.
Green, the color of wood energy, creates growth, certainty, action and motivation.
Red, the color of fire energy, supports life energy, can increase heart rate, respiration and blood pressure, promote activity and alleviate depression. Known as the color of passion and love.
Yellow is the color of earth energy that can cheer, instill hope, clarify and elevate mental activity, create a sense of stability and nurturing. Yellow is often used for children with dyslexia, improving focus.
White and metallic are colors of metal energy. They can support carefulness and focus, as well as purity. Combination Colors
Mixing colors also mixes the feng shui energies related to them.
Salmon, a combo of yellow/orange and red/orange, is a unique balance of earth and fire elements that's quite harmonious. Use salmon to call attention to the heart of a space, create a sense of abundance and encourage conversation.
Turquoise, a blue-green combo, evokes the qualities of wood and water. It has both the contemplative qualities of blue and the life of green, making it a great choice for spaces that allow movement and growth.
Lavender, a mix of the qualities of blue and purple, can evoke a sense of calm, spirituality, contemplation and quiet. Use lavender to minimize high activity, calm a stressful situation or create a special spiritual space. Lavender is best not used in spaces where conversation or high activity is encouraged.