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Elemental Design | Connecting Humanity with Nature

METAL - activate metal qualities with white, grays, and metallic colors.

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 Metal element. Metal is associated with focus and clarity, and it assists with health, wealth, and love. You can implement it by leaning on both brassy tones and also softer shades.

"You can work with adding any pastels into your decor palette or metallic furniture—gold and silver tones," Feng Shui expert, Patricia Lohan says. "This can be done with cushions, throws, or artwork.”

Metal is related to beauty, joy, and efficiency. It is cold, rational, rigid, and unwavering. Metal is also connected to speech, and how we are able to speak up for ourselves and what is right. If you don’t have enough metal, you may have a hard time articulating your thoughts or finding your voice.

To activate metal qualities through color, bring in white, grays, and metallic colors. White or light gray walls are an effective way to introduce the metal element, and they are also a great neutral backdrop for artwork and other decor. There are also a lot of fun metallic decor options, like chairs for your kitchen or office, that can be a stylish way to add more metal to your home. If you want to add metal on a smaller scale, look for metallic planters or bookends, or small metal sculptures.

If you're looking to add a more bold metal element, check out Kue King's impressive wire wall sculptures, which can be displayed both indoors and outdoors. King uses bronze, brass and stainless steel to create his masterpieces.


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