The goal of feng shui in interior design is to create a space for the free movement of Chi energy, which is achieved by balancing our surroundings. One way to create harmonious space is to use five elements of Feng Shui.
Bagua literally means "eight symbols" and is known in Feng Shui as the energy map in the house. With this map, you can easily find out which object should be located in what part of the house or what colour is the most efficient to use. It also assists to create enough balance and arrangement of equipment that you get the energy you require.
Five elements of Feng Shui include the essential substances of our lives, such as fire, water, earth, metal, and wood. Each of these elements is associated with one of the Bagua map areas. They have a unique energy that is represented in specific colours, compass directions, shapes, and seasons.
Earth is associated with stability, nourishment, and control.
Area: Health, knowledge, and relationships
Colour: Browns, tans, ochre, and yellow
Shape: Square and rectangular shapes
Season: Transitions between the seasons
Metal represents focus and clarity.
Area: Helpful people and children
Colour: White, metallic, pale greys, and blues
Shape: Circular, spherical
Water is linked with abundance, prosperity, movement, purification, and the flow of emotions.
Colour: Black, dark grey, and dark blue
Shape: Formless and undulating
Wood demonstrates new beginnings, cooperation, and growth.
Area: Family and wealth
Colour: Green, mid-blue, and teal
Shape: Columnar, rectangular
Fire illustrates energy, passion, expansion, and transformation.
Colour: Red, orange and yellow
All objects and phenomenons around us consist of one or more elements of Feng Shui. Locating these elements in the proper position determines the Chi energy in our environment. All the colors used in feng shui are taken from nature which has an essential role to calm down people.
The communication cycle of the Feng Shui elements are in 2 forms:
1. Productive cycle:
Earth strengthens metal
Metal strengthens water
Water strengthens wood
Wood strengthens fire
Fire strengthens earth
The productive cycle can be used when you are required to reinforce a particular element in Feng Shui. For instance, to strengthen the fire element in a specific area of your home, in addition to utilizing fire elements, you can employ wood. Because fire feeds on wood.
2. Destructive cycle:
Earth destroys water
Water destroys fire
Fire destroys metal
Metal destroys wood
Wood destroys earth
You can use the destructive cycle when you need to weaken a particular element in Feng Shui. For example, to reduce the power of the water element in a specific area of your home, you can use the earth element to eliminate excess water energy.
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