Energy is building as we decorate our homes for the holidays. Our living room has been in disarray as tubs of Christmas decorations are brought up from the basement and gone through to decide what gets used and what stays in storage. We moved to a new home 3 months ago and are deciding where the decor from the other home fits into a different floor plan and yard. Fortunately, I am blessed with a very patient and talented husband, who adapted and modified! As we’re putting things out, I’m drawing upon feng shui principles to maintain balance and harmony in our home during this busy time and throughout the upcoming winter months.
The 5 elements we strive to balance in feng shui are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Although all of these elements do not need to have equal standing in a room, all need to be present to create a supportive, balanced, and welcoming environment.
The wood element comes into play with greenery (real or faux trees, wreaths and boughs) and supports the fire energy (think of wood being added to a fire to keep it fed). It is important to us, as humans, to bring the energy of wood into our living spaces so we can keep the feeling of new beginnings that comes with the promise of Spring, especially during the ebb of life energy that comes during Winter.
The fire element brings warmth and energy to a space, especially important during the cold, dormant winter months when there is not a lot of activity or growth going on. Fire includes people and animals (including art and photos), anything red or shades of red (burgundy, maroon and even orange) not to mention lighting, candles, fires and anything that is triangular or pyramid in shape.
To complement the fire and wood energies, add metal with accessories & decor that are made of, or imitate the look of gold, silver, bronze, etc. including ornaments, garland, oval, circular or arched items, and white or pastel colors. Black, Navy or other dark colors, mirrors, glass and wavy patterns cover the water element, as well as all water features such as fountains and aquariums. The earth element is anything ceramic or brick, earth-toned colors such as terra cotta, rust, browns or yellow and all square or rectangular items.
Practice viewing your home through ‘feng shui eyes’ to see where all 5 elements are represented and how the rooms feel to you. Does each room honor the items you choose to display or is there too much to take in and no place for eyes to rest? I enjoy looking at my collections when they are grouped together, such as my Santas on the fireplace mantle. They make more of a statement than spreading them throughout the rooms.
When it is time to take down the holiday decorations, which can sometimes be a downer, consider keeping more fire and wood elements around through the cold winter days to keep your energy and mood uplifted. Red candles and greenery may be just what the doctors would order, if they looked through feng shui eyes!