In Feng Shui we work towards creating balance in your space using several different methods (read more about this here). One way we create a sense of balance in a space is through the use of the Five Element System. Feng Shui describes the world through these five elements; Fire, Water, Wood, Earth and Metal. When working on a space we like to know the activities in the space and the desired overall feeling so that we can tweak these elements to gain the precise outcome. I personally really enjoy working with the water element. It might even be my favorite to work with so why not start here!
Are you a creator? Do you love to paint, sing, craft, or even just doodle? Maybe you’re struggling from a bit of writer’s block or you simply need some general inspiration in life. You can benefit from introducing the water element into your space.
The water element provides a feeling of flow, movement, and creativity. Let those creative vibes flow by adding aspects of this element!!!
Not sure how? Don’t worry, we have you covered....
The easiest place to begin is with color. Imagine you’re on a tropical island and on a diving excursion. You begin your dive viewing lovely rich blue toned water, the colors get deeper as you dive further down. Before you know it, you can barely see the surface. You notice the coloring turns to dark navy tones and eventually black. These are the colors of the water element.
Beyond color, look for wavy patterns and watercolor print fabrics as they will also bring this element into play. Look for bedding with a watercolor design or a wallpaper with a loose watery look like the bedroom below.
Adding a decorative backsplash in your kitchen is a fun way to bring in a watery feel. Doesn't this beautiful kitchen below just make you feel like you're at the beach? I love this particular backsplash as from a distance it looks like waves in the ocean. Perhaps you'll be inspired to experiment with new flavors in this space!
This spectacular wallpaper below definitely reads like moving water doesn’t it? I would expect lively conversation would flow wonderfully in this space!
Lastly, artwork depicting water is wonderful as well. Perhaps a beautiful image of a stream or a photo of your favorite seaside view.
If you’re nervous about “diving in” (ha ha) begin with a few small changes, then perhaps more so you are able to remain comfortable while shifting the vibe of your space. Again, we are striving for balance here so its important for the rest of our elements to be working here too!
Now let me guess… you loved learning about the water element, however, just as much loved the imagery, too right? It was an honor for me to use photography from Ashleigh Clark of the Ashleigh Clark Interior Design Group. Her spaces are simply gorgeous!!! As a blue fan, I just can’t get enough! Be sure to check out her website and follower her on Instagram too!
Keep your eyes open for our next Five Element post reviewing the nuts and bolts of the Fire Element!