Feng Shui Adjustments Demystified

Although feng shui cures are often specific to each situation (and the people living or working there), I’ve found that you can shift the energy of your space, from a feng shui perspective, with a high level of confidence when you understand the reasoning behind the change. You’ll be likely to experience a higher level of success, too!

Feng shui cures correct specific problems. Some cures are practical and straightforward. They make a lot of sense. Other cures are more spiritual or transcendental. They don’t seem logical, yet they work wonders. Your feng shui practitioner can provide you specific cures unique to your situation.

Adjustments, on the other hand, shift the energy of a space. You might adjust a space to visually enhance it, to make it more comfortable, to correct elemental imbalances, to uplift the energy of an area and even to slow it down. Enhancements are best put in place when a space is free of clutter and in good working condition.

There are ten categories of feng shui adjustments. They use common items that fit your style. The intent is to create a smooth flow of energy. When making a feng shui adjustment, it is best to avoid drawing attention to things out of place or to creating imbalances.

The ten categories of feng shui adjustments are:

  1. Art
  2. Color
  3. Crystals
  4. Light
  5. Living Objects
  6. Mirrors
  7. Natural Objects
  8. Sound
  9. Water
  10. Wind Dancers



Art is a wonderful way to personalize your space, to express yourself, and to reinforce your intentions. Pay attention to the history of your art, its energy, as well as the message it conveys. These are aspects of subtle energy that are often overlooked. When I ask clients why they hung a particular picture, a common reason is that the colors fit nicely in the room.  A more effective reason would be that you love the piece you’re hanging or placing or that your selection reinforces your intentions or objectives! Art includes:

  1. Photography
  2. Paintings
  3. Sculptures
  4. Textiles, etc.



Color often sets the tone for a space. They can be warm or cooling, clear, muted, and more. Colors have elemental associations and can be used to activate an area, balance the energy, as well as support your intentions. It’s important to use colors that you love. Also, even though the feng shui bagua indicates specific colors that support each gua, this does not mean that each area of your space should be painted according to the bagua. Elemental color associations:

  1. Water: Black, Dark Blue
  2. Wood:  Green and Blue
  3. Fire: Red, Pink, Purple
  4. Earth: Yellow, Peach, Brown
  5. Metal: White, Gray and all Pastels

A little bit of color can go a long way. In each gua, it’s helpful to have at least one of the feng shui colors. It doesn’t need to be the predominant color though.



Crystals are used to regulate the energy of a space. They help to activate sluggish spaces and to slow down overactive areas. They are often used to soften the energy of poison arrows (knife-like edges). They are also used to hold your intentions, such as in the Wealth gua.

  1. Use round, faceted crystals to circulate chi
  2. Hang crystals on a red string, such as embroidery floss
  3. Cut the string in 9” increments, such as 9, 18 or 27 inches



Lights are used with intention to uplift the chi and to also draw attention or focus to an area. Lights can be used very effectively outside to correct sharp, downward slopes of land in the Wealth area. During the evening, soft lights help to set the mood of a space and also help to prepare you for a deeper sleep.

  1. Lamps
  2. Candles
  3. Spotlights
  4. Sunlight


Living Objects

Feng shui is about living in harmony with nature. Living objects increase the vitality of a space. You can have too much of a good thing, however. Too many plants may smother a space and too many animals could feel chaotic. Trees, plants, and flowers increase Wood energy, while animals and fish contribute Fire energy. Living Objects include:

  1. Trees and Plants
  2. Animals
  3. Fish
  4. Flowers



Mirrors are often called the aspirin of feng shui. They have many uses and solve or correct many problems. Mirrors expand the size of a space; thus, they can be used to add depth to a narrow hallway or a small room. They can also be used to pull in or deflect energy. You do this with intention. The mirrors you use must also be in good condition. Avoid foggy mirrors, as these distort reality. If you want to see your reflection in a mirror, hang it so that you can see your entire head while standing straight. Mirrors add Water energy. The shape and color of your mirror will also add a different elemental energy. Elemental influence by shape:

  1. Water: the mirror itself
  2. Wood: Rectangular
  3. Fire: Triangular
  4. Earth: Square
  5. Metal: Round or Oval


Natural Objects

Natural objects help to draw the outside in and contribute to living in harmony with nature. In addition to plants, trees, flowers, and gourds, consider:

  1. Rocks … help to ground a space
  2. Shells … add Earth energy and can be grounding and stabilizing
  3. Crystals … contribute a myriad of qualities based on the type, color, and shape.
  4. Driftwood … adds Earth energy if the wood is dried



Sound adds to the quality of energy in a space. Is the sound soothing and pleasing or jarring and disruptive? Sound can help to contribute to joy and happiness, calm you down, fray your nerves, or also increase anger or anxiety. If you place sound outside, take your neighbors into consideration and contribute to pleasing sounds.

  1. Sounds of nature … birds, animals, trees, fish swimming, etc.
  2. Music
  3. Musical Instruments
  4. Wind Chimes
  5. Bells, Clocks, etc.



Water is the "shui" aspect of feng shui that helps to bring flow and balance. Water reduces the sharpness of the metal element and it brings life to flowers, plants and trees. Water also keeps Fire in check and gives nourishment to parched Earth. In feng shui, mirrors and glass represent virtual water.

Water includes:

1. Ponds, birdbaths, fountains, waterfalls, lakes, rivers and ocean.
2. Mirrors and glass also represent Water.
3. Virtual water can introduce a cascading effect.
4. If you have flowing water, have the water low toward you. This brings favorable energy.

Wind Dancers

Wind dancers can be fun and whimsical. They help to activate and liven up a space. Favorite places are quiet areas of a room, entrances, porches, gardens, and low roofs (for weathervanes). Weathervanes and other wind dancers are also wonderful to use for houses that are below the road … ones where you drive “down”, and the road is above the main floor.

  1. Whirligigs
  2. Windsocks
  3. Flags
  4. Banners
  5. Weathervanes, etc.

This summary is intended to get you thinking about your space and various items you might have around that could be put to good use. Remember that when you place an item from a feng shui perspective, do so with purpose and also to energetically transfer your intention into your object as you place it. Take all action with positive intention, for best results.