05 Mar Art & Feng Shui
Art plays an essential role in our lives. It’s how we bring life and color into our homes. It’s how we express ourselves, personalize our space, and make it our own. So naturally, art is an important part of Feng Shui. The works of art that we place on display can have a powerful affect on the energy of a room, the flow of chi, and the balance of yin and yang.
The first key to understanding the placement of artwork in Feng Shui, is understanding the bagua (pictured above) The bagua is a map or diagram which divides a room or other space into different regions. Each one represents a different area of your life, and corresponds to specific elements, colors, shapes and qualities.
Use the bagua to help you determine where to place your artwork and other décor. For instance, a painting which is strongly feminine, or uses lots of blue and “cool” colors, has no business hanging on the South wall! This area should be decorated with red and other fiery colors, and have a strong yang energy (bright, active, masculine).
Now, here are 5 qualities to consider about your favorite artwork, which will help you determine which region is the best place for it.
The first thing to consider about any piece of art is it’s color. This is generally considered to be the strongest indicator of what energy a particular piece of art brings to the room. Each of the five elements corresponds to certain colors:
- Fire – red and orange
- Earth – yellow
- Metal – gray and silver
- Water – blue and black
- Wood – green and brown
When arranging different works of art in your home, pay attention to their overall color scheme. Is it warm or cool? What color stands out the most? What catches your eye?
Besides it’s primary colors, the symbols and images that a work of art contains plays a key role in determining it’s element, and it’s energetic qualities. For example gods, goddesses and spiritual symbols belong in the Northwest corner. While hearts, doves, and symbols of love and union should be in the Southwest.
Another important consideration is the material your artwork is made of. A sculpture made out of clay has a strong aspect of the Earth element, while one made of bronze or silver will represent Metal. A wooden carving obviously represents the Wood element, etc.
The next thing to consider is shape. Does your artwork have lots of angles and edges? Or is it smooth, round and spherical? These different shapes have very different energetic qualities. And they activate and represent different Feng Shui elements:
- Fire – triangle or pyramid
- Earth – square or cube
- Metal – circle or sphere
- Water – waves and curves
- Wood – rectangle or cylinder (long and thin)
Along with the color of the artwork, and it’s material, it’s shape and form influences the type of energy that it carries, and the elements that it represents.
Finally, consider what the particular piece of art means to you. How does it make you feel?
Does it inspire a sense of power, accomplishment and success? Then it might go well on the South wall, the region of Fame and Reputation. Perhaps it stirs up a sense of loneliness and longing? Then by all means keep it away from the Romance region!
Trust your intuition. Your reaction to a work of art means as much, maybe even more than it’s colors, materials, and other qualities.
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