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Decorating With Feng Shui: Focusing on the Earth Element

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Earth Feng Shui

Designing your home or a space with earth elements is considered one of the most balanced ways in Feng Shui. Earth is considered a mix of yin and yang elements.

Earth tones are great for bringing shared spaces together: a circular yellow rug in the living room, beige walls in a study, gray carpet throughout the house, green flora in the bathroom, and terracotta in the kitchen.

Earth elements are sturdy, dry, and sometimes imaginative. Ceramics and other pottery are related to earth. Four animals from the Chinese Zodiac are related to earth: the ox, the dragon, the goat, and the dog. Earth appears in all four seasons whereas the other elements only appear in one:

Water = Winter

Wood = Spring

Fire = Summer

Metal = Fall

This means that earth is highly adaptable and can blend with any of the seasons and the color palettes. You have a great deal of options when using earth in your home.

Nourishment / Destruction

In Feng Shui, earth is said to nourish and bring out metal elements through soil production. Earth destroys water by drying it out.

Earth is created by fire elements. Fire turns into ashes which eventually merges with land. Earth is destroyed by wood which pops out of the ground and dishevels it.

  • If you want to use water elements in an earth based room, mask the energy in metal. The metal will help protect the water from earth which will dry it. Water can be held in metal bowls, replicated by mirrors with reflection, and through metal furniture. Place a glass of water on a metal table.
  • Wood can be used in an earth space by masking the wood in fire elements. Adding fire will help protect earth. The wood could be painted red, white, or yellow. Wood should be in yang like shapes of squares, rectangles, and triangles. Don't opt for wood that is round which has more to do with yin energy, which is the opposite of what fire desires.

There are plenty of items that naturally boost earth energy. I've made a short list below, but I encourage you to think on your own of materials that can help create the earth effect you desire.

  • Pottery
  • Terracotta
  • Clay
  • Earth tones: brown, beige, gray, rusted reds, yellows, sand, dark greens.
  • Images of mountains, gorges, and valleys. The images should show off soil rather than flora.
  • Bowls with rocks, crystals, and stones.
  • Jars of sand.
  • Bricks.
  • Heavy objects that are sturdy.
  • Images related to ox, buffalo, bulls, cows, sheep, rams, goats, dragons, dogs, wolves, and puppies.
  • Images related to Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
  • Concrete.
  • A zen garden made of rocks.
  • Practical items and less abstract and whimsical pieces.
  • Pieces that boost logic: chess boards, puzzles, and games.

Stay Clean and Simple

Earth based energy should be agreeable to family, friends, and other guests. It's overall practical, useful, and logical. Those who favor earth energy are looking for long term vision, prosperity, abundance, and a solid legacy. Earth doesn't bode well with frenetic energy.

Don't impulsively purchase items: think long and hard about how something can fit into your home. Earth is connected to a clean home that thrives off simplicity, humility, and hard work.

Organize your home. Make sure every piece has a place. Earth energy likes to be tidy and effective. The pantry should be well stocked. You should never run out of toilet paper in the bathroom. There should always be plenty of clean sheets, blankets, and towels.

Yin and Yang

CategoryYinYang

Numbers

Odd

Even

Colors

Black and Blue

White, Red, Yellow

Shapes

Circles, Ovals

Squares, Rectangles, Triangles

Exposure

Dark / Dim

Light / Bright

Time

Night

Day

Size

Wide and Short

Long and Tall

Edges

Rounded

Sharp, Distinct Lines, Corners

Element

Water

Fire

Material

Metal

Wood

Moisture

Wet

Dry

Marry spring time imagery with earth elements for a lovely bedroom. It should remind you of the sign Taurus.

Marry spring time imagery with earth elements for a lovely bedroom. It should remind you of the sign Taurus.

Earth Energy Should Feel Relaxing

Earth is the element that represents your body. It is the cavity for where your soul lives. Your home should be a therapeutic place that allows you to recharge. Earth based homes should look like they naturally fit into their environment.

  • Opt for products that are cruelty free. You do not need household cleaners nor hygiene products that were tested on animals nor have harsh substances like synthetics and strong perfumes.
  • Earth should have just the right amount of moisture. It should have a musky like scent -- think frankincense and myrrh.
  • Recycle, reuse, and reinvent. Your home should be green. An earth home feels cozy and present minded, not too nostalgic and not too futuristic.
  • Take away any insulting or menacing material or art pieces in your home. An earth space is meant to be a safe gathering space. Earth areas should be a place where people of all backgrounds and creeds feel safe to enter. Earth is open to multiculturalism. Earth should be benevolent and friendly.
  • Paint your walls in earth tones. Your walls should be smooth and not too pattern oriented.
  • Avoid having wooden floors. Opt for carpet, tile, linoleum, stone, and brick.

Feng Shui

ElementNourishesDestroys

Earth

Earth nourishes metal by creating minerals in the soil.

Earth destroys water by drying it.

Metal

Metal nourishes water through condensation.

Metal destroys wood by chopping into it.

Water

Water nourishes wood by helping it grow.

Water destroys fire by putting out flames.

Wood

Wood nourishes fire by helping it to grow and giving it a path.

Wood destroys earth by popping out of it.

Fire

Fire nourishes earth by turning into ashes and feeding into the ground.

Fire destroys metal by melting it.

Decorating Rooms

When it come to using earth throughout the house, you'll want to think about combinations. My recommendation would be to have each room centered around a season or element and use earth energy to guide it.

  • A winter themed bathroom with water elements guided by clay and terracotta.
  • A spring themed bedroom with wood elements guided by bright colors like red and yellow.
  • A summer themed kitchen with fire elements guided by rocks, stones, and crystals.
  • A fall themed study with metal elements guided by earth tones.
Keep adding pottery and rocks into a bathroom for earth feng shui. Images of mountains, caves, and crag will also help.

Keep adding pottery and rocks into a bathroom for earth feng shui. Images of mountains, caves, and crag will also help.

A Winter Bathroom

A bathroom naturally has water elements from the sink, bathtub, shower, and toilet. These water elements are supported by metal plumbing. Earth should be added for decoration.

I would look to Capricorn to help build a winter based bathroom with touches of earth energy. You could have images of a hermit on the walls, a painting of snow on the ground and the setting sun, or of mammals gathering foods or hibernating through the season.

  • Think caves, solitary places, and hideouts for winter earth energy.
  • Use pottery to store bathroom goods from extra hand soaps to hair pins.
  • For decorations, add bowls with rocks in them.

A winter bathroom should have serious and mature colors. White for snow, black for the night sky, green for pine, brown for acorns, pink for the winter sun, light green from an aurora borealis.

Add scents that go along with winter from figs, cinnamon, and coriander. Incense looks nice in a bathroom as do candles.

  • The flooring should be made up of tiles or stones.
  • Hang up towels in earth tones. It's good to display towels because they're absorbent and that is how earth works.
  • Have a good mix of yin and yang objects.
  • Have plenty of rolls of toilet paper.
  • Add a Himalayan salt lamp.
  • Hang pictures of zen gardens.
  • Add figurines or art pieces of mountains, caves, crag, gorges, and cottages.
Brick looks nice for a bedroom relying on earth feng shui. The room should be in earth tones. Everything should look tidy and crisp.

Brick looks nice for a bedroom relying on earth feng shui. The room should be in earth tones. Everything should look tidy and crisp.

A Spring Bedroom

The bedroom for earth energy should be a good mix of wood, fire, and earth. The bed should be made of wood with a hot color like red, orange, or yellow.

I would look to Taurus to help guide a spring-based bedroom with touches of earth Feng Shui. Taurus is a romantic and guided by Venus, so things should be somewhat romantic and alluring.

Add plants into the room, especially tall green ones in pots. Flowers with red buds are preferred. The walls should be green or a color that reminds you of a fresh garden. Add carpet in a neutral earth tone color.

Add figurines made of clay to bookshelves along with other ceramics. Take a pottery class and make your own pieces to put on display. This will make the room all the more familiar and amicable.

Add pictures of your family to the walls or onto shelves. If you're married, pictures of you with your spouse should be prominent. You want your room to be open to your legacy. It should strive to tell your story and what makes you special.

Add pillows to your bed in different earth tone shades. Hang pictures of beautiful landscapes, especially lush gardens, vineyards, and spring-time imagery. Look for ways to add terracotta into this room.

Everything should be neatly put away. The bedroom should be tidy with the bed made, clothes put away into closets and drawers, and no idle papers sitting on nightstands or dressers. Earth energy wants to keep things clean. Don't leave tasks unfinished. You want your room to look as though you are well prepared and ready to take action.

The kitchen should be a mix of colors, it should be a little eccentric, and it should have an excellent stove. Add pottery for more earth feng shui.

The kitchen should be a mix of colors, it should be a little eccentric, and it should have an excellent stove. Add pottery for more earth feng shui.

A Summer Kitchen

The kitchen should be an electrifying place where you feel a boost of energy. The stove is a central part of the room and should be cleaned regularly.

Opt for a square or rectangular table in metal or wood. If you pick metal, it can be in just about any color. If you have a wood table, make it red, orange, yellow, or white. There should be an even number of seats throughout the room.

Display electric objects on counters from the toaster, blender, air fryer, Instapot, microwave, and bread machine. Fire loves electricity, so it should be prominent. There should be good lighting in the kitchen. You want to be able to see your ingredients clearly and know what you're mixing together.

The kitchen is a place for creativity. This is where you cook, bake, eat, and tell stories. Put earth elements on display: pottery, rocks, crystals, and stones.

Install a crystal chandelier; it doesn't have to be expensive. Crystal is great, but glass should be put away in cabinets where it is less likely to get knocked and destroyed. Glass is more related to water, and for this kitchen you don't really need a lot of water elements.

Your floor should have a unique design. Get tiles with geometric shapes. You want a clean, sharp look for your kitchen.

An office with earth feng shui should look smart, logical, and bookish. Your study might look like it belongs to a professor. Add globes, world maps, and books on geography.

An office with earth feng shui should look smart, logical, and bookish. Your study might look like it belongs to a professor. Add globes, world maps, and books on geography.

Fall Office

Your fall themed office should have plenty of metal and earth elements. Opt for a metal desk, hang up pictures with metal frames, and have coins in jars.

Virgo is the go to sign for summer and fall related rooms based in earth energy. Virgo is technically more of a summer sign, but it does lead into fall.

You should have the following supplies

  • Scissors (metal)
  • Paper (processed wood)
  • Whole puncher (metal)
  • Compass (metal)
  • Protractor (metal)
  • Ruler (wood)
  • Paper weight (earth)
  • Pens (water)
  • Pencils (wood)
  • Thumbtacks (metal)
  • Calculator (fire)
  • Abacus (opt for an earth or metal design)

The office should be a place where you do some of your finest thinking and get creative projects done. Add bowls of rocks and crystals for the decor. Put up objects that are related to your family like pictures, heirlooms, and crests.

Add a world map to the wall or have a globe in a corner. There should be items that remind you of the planet. You should have some books in this room that are about geography. Logic is often associated with earth, so look for games that may have earth elements to them and add them to this room.

Fall imagery should be abundant. If you have furniture, opt for colors in red, orange, yellow, or purple. You could have bowls with acorns in them. Images of the harvest or wheat on your walls will look appealing. Gourds are also a savvy touch.

  • Fall reminds people of school. Think books, backpacks, good walking shoes, and jackets.
  • This is a good room for red colored candles that smell like apples and cinnamon.
  • Throw a knit blanket onto a chair. The blanket should be in fall colors or earth tones.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on January 24, 2021:

Following feng shui can definitely make a home feel more beautiful and relaxed. Best of wishes to you.

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on January 24, 2021:

very detailed. Very helpful for those going to set up their house and a believer of feng shui.

Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on January 24, 2021:

Thank you. I appreciate the feedback.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on January 23, 2021:

Well illustrated. Thanks.

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