Ever wonder where in your house or business
to hang a painting or place a piece of furniture?
Feng Shui principles give you a clear picture of the best placement of objects in any building.
The five natural elements of Feng Shui are fire, earth, metal, water and wood.
- The color red represents fire and the direction is south.
- Earth is the color yellow and the directions northeast and southwest.
- Metal is white, with its directions west and northwest.
- Water is black or blue and the direction is north.
- The wood element is the color green and directions are east and southeast.
Each element reacts with or against other elements, making combinations
either compatible or incompatible. For instance, on the negative side, metal
destroys wood. Wood is against earth because roots of trees penetrate the
ground. Earth absorbs water, therefore defeats it. Water destroys fire and
fire destroys or melts metal.
Elements produce good energy when combined with other elements in the
following ways. Fire turns to earth as it becomes ash. Earth produces metal
and metal becomes water as it melts into liquid form. Water grows wood and
wood produces fire. Likewise, each element has Feng Shui items that
characterize the element's powers.
Earth items for the home or place of business include porcelain vases, pots,
ceramic statues and paintings or drawings of mountains and hills. These
should be placed on the northeast, southwest or west side of the house or
living room. Since the west side represents metal, earth items increase
positive energy for the west side of the house. Northeast and southwest are
earth directions, bringing good luck and good energy. However, placing these
items on an east wall brings bad energy, because north is a water direction.
Earth absorbs water.
Wood items are wooden statues and houseplants. These objects should be
placed on the east or southeast side of the building -- the directions
representing wood. South (fire) is also a good direction for placement of
wooden items, because wood (trees) produces fire. However, northeast and
southwest (earth) are not suitable for wooden items, because wood destroys
earth. Therefore, northeast and southwest are bad luck areas for wooden
Metal items include pianos, wind chimes and cookware. Since west is metal's
direction these should be hung or placed on the west wall of the room.
Northwest and north sides of the house are good places for metal items,
because metal becomes liquid. However, if you place metal objects on the
east side or southeast side it becomes metal against wood (east) and is bad
Water objects are fish aquariums, water fountains, wine storage cases and
refrigerators. They belong on the north (water), east and southeast (water
grows trees) area of the house. It is bad Feng Shui to put them on the south
(fire) sides of the building. Paintings of a river or ocean waves are also
considered water objects and belong on the same side as other water objects.
Fire items are any red objects, microwave ovens, lamps and paintings of the
sun. Place fire objects on the south (fire), southwest and northeast (earth)
side. Since fire turns into ash (earth), it is good luck. It is bad luck to
place fire items on a north (water) or west (metal) wall.
Following the correct Feng Shui directions and principles leads to good
luck, happiness and a long healthy life.