Feng Shui Decorating | Earth Element

Updated: Jun 16

The five elements are a cornerstone to Feng Shui design. Each element contains its own characteristics and qualities that reflect not only a space, but a person as well.

Understanding what your dominate element is can help you better arrange your space to suit your needs and energy. If you don’t know what your primary element is, read through my post, “What’s Your Element” to find out. If you have and it’s brought you here, continue on to find out how to decorate for the Earth Element.


Polarity – Yin

Season – Late Summer

Direction – Center

Organ – Stomach

Qualities – Sympathy, Thoughtfulness, Reflection

Needs – Family & Friends, Comfort

Plenty of Storage


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Earth people are very sentimental. That being said, they tend to hold onto things. Storage is very important to incorporate into the design for this element. Kitchens should not have open shelves (unless it’s to highlight a few key family heirlooms), and wherever you can find ways to incorporate storage will be beneficial for these sentimental pack-rats.

Heirlooms & Antiques


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Being sentimental, Earth people have lots of family heirlooms and antique furniture that has been with them for years. Find ways to artistically showcase some of their treasures. Curio cabinets, shadow boxes, gallery walls, and displays are all great ways to highlight their collections.

Comfy Seating


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Kind, easy-going and friendly, this element likes to have conversations and connect with people. Having comfy seats where they can relax and chat for hours is a feature to include for Earth people.

Low Ceilings


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Psychologically tall spaces help us feel more expansive and open, while low ceilings make us feel safe, cozy, and secure. Generally being homebodies, having these types of spaces for Earth people helps them feel relaxed in their homes.

Muted Colors


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While Earth people like earthy, neutral colors, they appreciate them in muted tones. Mustard yellows, rustic oranges, and hunter greens all are colors that work well with this element.