In feng shui, each of the guas or areas of the home are represented by an element of nature and they all work in harmony with each other. The five elements are:
Earth element - The areas that are represented by the earth element are the knowledge and spirituality area, the center of the bagua and the love and relationship area. Earth is a grounding element. It’s stable, secure and provides the nourishment for other things. Colours such as yellow, tan, and terra-cotta as well as items like clay, mountains, rocks and sand are things you can use to increase the earth energy and create a solid foundation for the rest of your life.
Wood element - Wood is represented in the family area of the bagua and the wealth area. Wood represents growth, stability and abundance. The family area is often represented by hard woods such as oak, maple or walnut and the wealth area is represented with soft woods, such as pine, spruce and cedar. Incorporate natural wood elements such as plants, bamboo stalks, fresh flowers, and natural fibers such as cotton, linen and hemp into those spaces to encourage growth and stability.
Water element - Water is often represented through the use of wavy patterns and textures, the colours dark blue and black, and round shapes. Water represents the flow of energy going into your life. Think of a long, deep flowing river. The only areas that water is the predominant element are the career area of the bagua and at the entrance to your home.
Metal element - Metal is a key element in the helpful people and travel area as well as the creativity area.
Fire element - The fire element is most prevalent in the fame and reputation area of your home. Fire is passion, fire has a yang energy vs the ying energy.
Use these elements in the different areas of your home to help shift the energy in each area. But don’t do too much at once. People often make the mistake of thinking they need to feng shui their entire home at once. Doing that will just cause chaos in your life and feel overwhelming.