Incorporate the five classical elements of nature—air, earth, water, fire, and space—into your interiors. With a variety of symbolic meanings, each element creates a different ambiance and sparks an innate response. Explore each one below, and set the mood for your space.
Look to air to create a light and uplifting interior. Think skylights, breezy drapes, and a minimalist palette. Eric Abrecht’s series perfectly captures this sense of weightlessness.
With warm tones and organic materials, earth interiors have a comforting, grounding effect. The natural colors and textures in Shivani Dugar’s work complement an earth-inspired space.
Interiors influenced by the blues and greens of the sea, create a peaceful atmosphere. Liz Barber’s Sunset Wave 3 illustrates the fluid movement of water.
Add some fire to give your room a vivacious spirit. Incorporate vivid reds and oranges into your furniture, or on a bold accent wall. David Rothermel’s piece exemplifies the intense energy of fire.
Interiors that channel the fifth element—sometimes called ether or spirit—are quiet and a little mysterious. Katia Poulin’s Equinox has a celestial quality that embodies this element.