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Decorating With Feng Shui: Focusing on the Water Element

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Adding Water Elements Into Your Home

Decorating your house by using fundamentals in feng shui only takes a little bit of thought and intention. This article will help you to amplify spaces in your home with the water element.

Water Is Considered a Yin Element

Water-yin is made present by adding the following types of features into your home:

  • roundness
  • darkness
  • dimness
  • cool tones
  • colors in blue and black
  • gentle features
  • odd numbers

Which rooms in your home naturally lend themselves to water elements? The bathroom is an obvious place where there should be water elements. Your bathroom will support that water energy with metal plumbing. The kitchen often lends itself to heat, but it also needs water elements to support a variety of meals. Your kitchen will have the power to create ice, and you'll have the kitchen sink and the power to boil water.

Water spaces are fluid and have a variety of features. They can be in the creative birthing process of the kitchen, or in the sleeping gentle slumber of a sofa or bed. Water can be like a subtle leak, a hot shower, or a basement flooding.

How do you know if you have too much yin energy in your home?

  • You suffer from lethargy
  • You feel more sad than angry
  • You struggle with procrastination
  • Your hair and skin is greasy rather than dry
  • You have trouble forming sentences
  • You struggle with depression
  • You have trouble getting out of bed—all you want to do is sleep
  • You've gained a lot of weight
  • You've taken on sedentary attributes
  • You've lost interest in your hobbies
  • You have more trouble accessing your memories

How do you correct these symptoms? Simple. Add more yang features into your house to balance things out—or at least give it a try.

Yin and Yang

CategoryYinYang

Colors

Blue and Black

Red, White, Yellow

Shapes

Circles and Ovals

Squares, Rectangles, Triangles

Exposure

Dark / Dim

Bright / Light

Elements

Water / Earth

Fire / Air

Edges

Curved

Straight Lines and Corners

Size

Wide and Big

Long and Tall

Time of Day

Night

Day

Space

Moon

Sun

Flexibility

Gentle / Soft

Hard / Sturdy

Moisture

Wet

Dry

Action

Passive

Active

Metals

Silver

Gold

Direction

Down / Descending

Up / Ascending

Color Theory

To add water aesthetics into your home, one of the easiest things to do is consider your color choice. It should be obvious, but water's colors are related to cool tones and aquatic shades. Water's power colors are blue and black.

Blue: if you want to quickly give a room or space a water like quality, add blue. You can use a variety of shades from this color. The deeper the blue, the more likely it will make you feel lethargic. Blue is for the dreamer, so if you want to try lucid dreaming -- opt for blue.

Black: I don't recommend painting a bedroom black or sleeping with a black comforter as it will make you feel deeply pulled down into sleep and that can be depressing. It could take the passion out of the room. Black can make things feel more serious and solemn. Black should be used in the kitchen and living room. Opt for dark furniture in metal.

Purple: if you use purple, opt for shades that use more blue than red. Purple can make things feel more majestic or royal. Purple can be a nice bedroom color as it can add a little bit of yang energy.

Gray: this is another color water and yin uses. Gray is subtle, it can be used in a variety of ways, and it isn't too haughty. When in doubt when trying to bring out a water quality, go gray.

Silver: similar to gray, silver can help bring some shine to a room. Think of it as the color of hidden treasure and the apple of the eye for mermaids. Replace gold with silver.

Brown: a distilled brown that mixes well with blue and gray is another color that can complement water elements. I wouldn't make brown a dominate color for a water home as it can look like mud and dry land. It should be used to support blues not take away from them.

Pink: a light pink that isn't too red and maybe even slightly more purple can be used to help blend yin and yang energies. I think this color looks well in the bathroom where you already have plenty of water energy and may need to tone it down somewhat.

Green: opt for greens that are closer to blue than yellow. Use green sparingly as it can remind people more of a forest or leaves, which are nice features but if you're wanting a water feel that might begin to take away from it.

To add more water energy into a home there is one simple step to take: add an aquarium. You could also add fish bowl.

To add more water energy into a home there is one simple step to take: add an aquarium. You could also add fish bowl.

Go Round

When it comes to water energy, you want to replicate it in rounded objects. When you buy furniture, look for items with rounded edges or that are shaped like circles. You don't want jagged corners or parts that stick out and are traps for your legs -- think random bruises and sores.

Rounded tables make it easy to gather and to make things communal. A square or rectangle table is more associated with competition. The rounded table supports cohesion -- it has a quality that supports the idea of merging. Water seeks to merge and become one with its surroundings, this is why softer and less distinct edges fit water qualities better.

Don't Forget the Moon

You could display images of the moon in your house, both as the full moon and as the crescent. The moon belongs to yin energy. The moon is also silver and pale and in the dark night sky -- this is all appealing to a setting attempting to build off water.

Stars are more associated with fire and yang; they are powerful forces of energy. The moon is cool, it reflects light rather than gives it off. Reflection is also a feature water seeks to create. Think of water in a lake and how it reflects the landscape around it -- that reflection is often rounded. Also, when you drop something into water it doesn't ripple out like squares and triangles -- it goes out in circular ripples.

Add mirrors into your home to bring out more water energy. A rounded mirror is even better or mirrors facing each other. Mirrors are about creating copies, dualism, symmetry, and the idea that there is a realm beyond us. Water seeks to go deeper into emotions and the imagination to try and uncover hidden worlds, hidden trauma, and hidden desires.

Water feng shui tip: go for lighter blues in the bedroom. Deeper hues will suck out your energy.

Water feng shui tip: go for lighter blues in the bedroom. Deeper hues will suck out your energy.

Straight up Add Water Features

Water is one of those elements where you can literally bring it into your home in its natural state. If you want more water consider adding the following items:

  • An aquarium: nothing quite says water like an aquarium of swimming fish in your house. You can add nautical features into your fish tank. Read up on what fish go together, and don't put saltwater fish into a freshwater tank (and vice versa).
  • Fountain: whether inside or outside your home, fountains can help circulate water and be a stunning feature that catches people's attention. Obviously, a large fountain should probably go outside unless you have the house structure to handle a big water piece. There are smaller more decorative fountains you can add that will work just fine inside your home.
  • Images of water: add landscape art of water onto your walls. Consider lakes, seas, and oceans. Rivers and streams are okay, but their shape is more yang than yin.
  • Bubbles: whether you have a bubble making machine, want to hang up circular objects like bubbles, or want to display art of bubbles this can add some joy into your home. A bottle of bubbles to blow, a bottle of bubbly champagne, and a bottle of bubble bath could all be the soothing treatments you need.
  • The sound of rain: the sound of rain is your calling card. Play sounds of rain in your home. Try to create an atmosphere of sounds that matches the way you feel. Consider listening to the following: ocean waves crashing, a waterfall surging, sounds from the deep sea, whales.
  • Rainbows: use sparingly, but a rainbow is a promise. It comes from a mix of rain elements and light. Adding a rainbow to an area that feels depressing can help revive the energy in the room.
  • Snow globes: keep in mind ice and snow are still elements of water. Little snow globes can bring joy, and also be a reminder to dream and dream big.
A black kitchen with rounded objects has the core of water Feng Shui elements.

A black kitchen with rounded objects has the core of water Feng Shui elements.

Gentle / Soft

Water and yin energy supports gentle features and textures. You should try to create a relaxing environment under this sign. Add more blankets and pillows into rooms, but don't go wild with towels. Super absorbent materials should be put in cupboards or cabinets -- these items promote dryness rather than wetness.

Add fragile or delicate features into your home. Glass mimics ice, so this is something you can add to bring out water elements. Blue antique glass looks pretty and classy and would bring a pop of color into a room.

  • Add a coffee table with a glass covering.
  • Display bowls, cups, and plates made of glass.
  • Leave a glass vase of flowers in rooms. The flowers double as a gentle feature.
  • Mirrors are similar to glass.
  • Add figurines and breakable items to shelves, especially sentimental objects.

Flowers are supported by water. Blossoms are generally rounded. These will look pretty in your home, the smell is alluring, and the look is gentle and romantic. Avoid plants that are jagged or sharp, like cacti.

Your mattress should be soft and flexible. Don't go too firm. To help the mattress maintain its shape, get a frame for your bed and don't leave the mattress directly on the floor.

Conceal pointy objects like knives, swords, and sticks. These should be put away. You don't want dangerous items sticking out in your home. Don't put antlers in a water element space. Instead display things like fabric, seashells, buttons, marbles, ships in bottles, pillows, cushions, and glass.

Water Feng Shui uses blue and gray and rounded objects.

Water Feng Shui uses blue and gray and rounded objects.

Feng Shui Lesson

When it comes to supporting a water element space, you should opt for metal furniture. In Feng Shui, metal nourishes water. Earth destroys water, so avoid too many earth like qualities that would dry out water. (Avoid clay and pottery, unless you mask that pottery in another energy.)

  • Water should be a space to turn away from your computer, your television, and social media.
  • Don't try to mix too many water and fire elements -- unless you want steam.

Water nourishes wood, so you could also have wood elements in your home. Metal stays cool better, and also, it's easier to find black metal as opposed to black wood. Too much wood can look earthy, like a forest.

  • Water is the ancient Chinese symbol for prosperity and abundance.
  • Flowing water symbolizes income -- this is another reason why metal supports water. Metal = coins.

Water elements are best served in the southeast, southwest, and north quadrants of your home. The front entrance is called the mouth of qi -- it is where energy and opportunities enter our living spaces and into our hearts. Water should flow up and then down.

Remember: water will douse fire. So be careful not too add too much water in the bedroom or the kitchen where it could be counter-intuitive and cancel out passion.

Feng Shui Chart

ElementNourishesDestroys

Water

Water feeds trees and helps them to grow.

Water destroys fire by taking out the heat and the pathway.

Wood

Wood feeds fires by making them bigger.

Wood destroys earth by popping out of it.

Fire

Fire turns into ash and feeds earth. Fire helps it to expand.

Fire destroys metal by melting it.

Earth

Earth feeds metal by producing minerals.

Earth destroys water by drying it out.

Metal

Metal feeds water through condensation.

Metal destroys wood by chopping into it.

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.

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