Today lets talk Feng Shui and the element Earth. I love the idea of including Earth into design work. For me it gives me the sense of feeling grounded and one with nature. There’s a feeling of harmony when you blend just the right amount of earth into a project.
Some designers that I know can go a little crazy when it comes to this element. One quick way to tell is if you experience the sensation of boredom. Basically it’s hard to put a smile on your face. Well at least that’s my test for this element. Also let’s face it most Earth pieces tend to be a little neutral. There’s nothing wrong with neutral but it does add a sense of seriousness and can dull out a room.
One of the tricks I like to use is either including art that references landscapes or at the least have earth tones in it. I’m also a big fan of rock crystals and cool looking stones. When all else fails try to incorporate sand in creative ways.
One of the things I love about the element known as Earth is that it just takes a quick walk outside or a gander at the Discovery Channel to get inspired. Remember stick to tones of brown and green and you should be safe. Maybe even use a vase or two with those tones. Have fun and remember always strive for balance.