Shapes have special significance to the practice of Feng Shui. They are related to elements which should be offset to achieve harmony and happiness within the home. When incorporated with positive intention, contrasting shapes, lines and, silhouettes can be used to invoke energies and achieve balance.
But which shapes relate to which Feng Shui elements?
– The Wood Element stands for growth, expansion, abundance, vitality and vision and is represented by rectangular shapes. This includes tall or upright furniture and strong objects. Tall up-lights in the corners of a room invokes the wood element through vertical lines, too.
– The Metal Element represents purity, clarity, and precision and can be enhanced using circles (a mathematically pure shape). Oval mirrors, arched window frames, and circular tables will enhance this powerful element.
– The Earth Element plays a key role maintaining hope, health, and inner balance as well as grounding and increasing mental activity. It is represented by squares, flat surfaces, and horizontal lines. Grand dining tables, low rise sofas, and futon beds all add Earth.
– The Water Element is mysterious and complex, and is a powerful way to enhance function, freedom, and flow within the home. Water is incorporated through the use of undulating shapes and wavy lines. Asymmetrical sculptures and curved mirrors are great ways to promote water – but remember, since it’s such a powerful element, it should only be used in “splashes!”
– The Fire Element works to invigorate our work and personal lives when we’re feeling low by adding extra spark. Triangles, sharp angles, and jaggered lines evoke this element. Integrate easily with candles, animal prints, strong lighting, stars, and pyramids.
Sometimes an object will contain properties of multiple elements. Generally, when you have difficulty defining the Feng Shui element of a specific décor item the color of the item will be used as the first criteria. Second comes shape (see above), then the material from which the item is made.