EARTH - grounded interiors with natural elements and rich colors (stone, wood and texture).
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese developed a design system for arranging objects to create spatial harmony. It incorporates the five elements to increase the vital energy or chi.
Let's explore the Earth element. In feng shui, the earth element represents health, knowledge, and stability. It’s also strongly associated with familial and romantic relationships. Using earthy materials, colors, and images in your home can help channel positive chi around those values.
Earth is associated with stability and security in both relationships and business. Unsurprisingly, it's there to keep you grounded and safe. Feng Shui expert, Patricia Lohan, recommends that you bring Earth tones (primarily creams and browns) into your decor. And if you're not super into neutrals, crystals are another great way to incorporate Earth into the space.
Earth is related to overall well-being, self-nourishment, and boundaries. It is stable, grounding, and reliable. You may need more earth if you are feeling ungrounded or anxious, or if you want to focus on self care or creating stronger boundaries. Adding more earth is also helpful if you want to work on being more caring and generous towards others.
To enhance the earth element with color, add earth tones, like yellow, orange, or brown. There are many ways to do this, depending on your decor and style preferences. It can be as subtle as adding a brown rug in your bedroom to ground your space, or as bold as an earthy yellow statement couch in your living room. You can also start with something smaller, like a brown terracotta flower pot, a live edge wood coffee table or an onyx bowl.