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Aligning your wardrobe with nature for increasing your potential

Wardrobes  are personal and may define ones character and express their personality.  Wearing the right designs for you that brings you joy can improve your personal happiness, well-being and personal success.

A fun and easy way for designing a wardrobe is with natures elements of  fire, earth, metal, water and wood.  Nature can support your personal growth and help you reach your potential.  Start with these easy steps:

1.  An easy calculation to find your personal element. This is based upon your best direction for personal growth using Chinese Cosmology!

2.  Find your element below that shares:

  • Your elements best style and designs
  • Your power & supporting colors and which ones to avoid!
  • Your power & supporting patterns and which ones to avoid!
  • Your power & supporting and second best fabrics and which ones to avoid!

3.  Start to observe the characteristics of your own wardrobe and if they fall in you personal growth category!  If not, explore your elements characteristics the next time you go shopping.

Dressing in harmony with Nature

  • Fire 

fire 1Fire is filled with warmth, passion, excitement, flair and drama.  A true fire sign shows their sexy inner passion in their style, color, patterns and accessories. Clothes are usually expensive, in style and attention grabbing.  The  styles are tailored to the body to accent curves using  natural fabrics.

1.  fIRE – sUMMER Color palette

POWER COLORS:

Red, Bright Orange, Gold, Pink, Purple, Russet

SUPPORT COLORS: 

Green, Tourquoise, Teal, Brown, Emerald, Olive, Lime & Pale Greens

COLORS TO AVOID:

Black, Blue, White, Grey, Silver, Bronze, Pewter, Copper, Brass & Pastels


2. Fabrics

power FABRICS:

Cotton, Silk, Satin, Wool & Leather 

SUPPORT FABRICS:

Bamboo, Flannel, Linen

FABRICS TO AVOID:

Polyester, Lace, Chiffon, Taffeta, Crepe


3.  Shapes & Patterns

POWER SHAPES & patterns:

Flames & Angular Shapes;  Triangles, Diamonds, Chevron  & Herringbone

SUPPORT SHAPES & patterns:

Plants, People, Animals, Vines, Stripes, Scrolls

SHAPES & PATTERNS TO AVOID:

Irregular, Curves, Wavy, Spirals, Moon & Crescents, Circles, Spheres, Half-Circles

See Fire Element Examples on Pinterest


  • Earth

Earth 1The element of earth is source of living things on the planet.  Without earth there would be no metal, water, wood or fire.  It is a warm, nurturing and grounded element.  It has a range of color crossing styles and designs of the other 4 elements whether casual or classic.  It is tailored and can be soft with some flowing qualities or solid.   It is the element that can connect to other elements and make them work!

1. COLOR PALETTE

POWER COLORS:

Light & Ochre Yellows, Tan, Beige, Brown & Deep Oranges

 SUPPORT COLORS

Red, Bright Orange, Gold, Pink, Purple, Russet

 COLORS TO AVOID:

Green, Brown, Teal, Turquoise, Emerald, Olive, Lime & Pale Greens, Black, Blue, White, Grey, Silver, Bronze, Pewter, Copper, Brass & Pastels


 2.  Earth – FABRICS

BEST :

Corduroy, Woven Fabrics, Linen, Tweed, Velvet, Chenille

 SUPPORTING FABRICS: 

Cotton, Silk, Satin, Wool & Leather 

 FABRICS TO AVOID:

Bamboo, Flannel, Linen


 3.  Earth – SHAPES & PATTERNS

POWER SHAPES & PATTERNS :

Checks, Squares

SUPPORTING SHAPES & PATTERNS:

Flames and Angular Shapes;  Triangles, Diamonds, Chevron  & Herringbone

SHAPES & PATTERNS TO AVOID:

 Plants, People, Animals, Vines, Stripes, Scrolls, 

Irregular, Curves, Wavy, Spirals, Moon & Crescents

See Earth Element examples on Pinterest


  •  Metal

Metal 1Metal is enduring! It represents elegant and classic styles that can be worn with the changing styles and seasons through eternity!  They are expensive, well made and represent an investment.  The clothing is designed to showcase the accessories!  The jewels, shoes and handbags!

1. mETAL – aUTUMN COLOR PALETTE

POWER COLORS:

White, Grey, Silver, Pewter, Bronze, Copper, Brass & Pastels

SUPPORTING COLORS: 

Light & Ochre Yellows, Tan, Beige, Brown & Deep Oranges

COLORS TO AVOID:

Red, Bright Orange, Gold, Pink, Purple, Russet, Blue & Black


2.  Metal – FABRICS

POWER FABRICS :

Cotton, Leather, Lace, Silk & Satin

SUPPORTING FABRIC: 

Corduroy, Woven Fabrics, Linen, Tweed, Velvet, Chenille

 FABRICS TO AVOID:

Polyester, Lace, Chiffon, Taffeta, Crepe, Wool


3.  metal – SHAPES & PATTERNS

POWER SHAPES & PATTERNS :

Circles, Dots, Half Circles

Supporting shapes & patterns: 

Checks, Squares

shapes & patterns to AVOID:  

Flames and Angular Shapes;  Triangles, Diamonds, Chevron  & Herringbone,  Irregular, Curves, Wavy, Spirals, Moon & Crescents

See Metal Element Examples on Pinterest


  • Water

Water is the element that is flamboyance!  It is swirling and whirling and flowing patterns and designs that are unusual and unique.  Like water it can be soft or fierce!  It is a powerful and feminine.

Water 1

1.  Water – WINTER COLOR PALETTE

POWER COLORS:

Baby, Dark and Colbalt Blue, Aquamarine,  & Black

SUPPORTING COLORS: 

White, Grey, Silver, Pewter, Bronze, Copper, Brass & Pastels

COLORS TO AVOID:

Light & Ochre Yellows, Tan, Beige, Brown & Deep Oranges,  Green, Brown, Emerald, Olive, Lime & Pale Greens


2. Water – FABRICS

POWER fabrics:

Polyester, Lace, Chiffon, Taffeta, Crepe

SUPPORTING FABRICS 

Cotton, Leather, Lace, Silk & Satin

FABRICS TO AVOID:

Corduroy, Woven Fabrics, Linen, Tweed, Velvet, Chenille, Bamboo, Flannel, Linen


3.  water – SHAPES & PATTERNS

POWER SHAPES & PATTERNS: 

Irregular, Curves, Wavy, Spirals, Moon & Crescents

SUPPORTING SHAPES & PATTERNS: 

Circles, Dots, Half Circles 

SHAPES & PATTERNS TO AVOID: 

Checks, Squares, Plants, People, Animals, Vines, Stripes, Scrolls

See Water Element examples on Pinterest


  • Wood

Wood 1The wood element designs are long and tapered shapes and comfortable. This is the element that is casual and sporty. This is the element that would include fashionable yoga wear and where the outdoor wear comes indoors!

1.  wOOD – sPRING COLOR PALETTE

POWER COLORS:

Green, Teals, Tourquoise, Brown,  Emerald, Olive, Lime & Pale Greens

SUPPORT COLORS: 

Blue & Black

COLORS TO AVOID:

Red, Bright Orange, Gold, Pink, Purple, Russet, 

White, Grey, Silver, Pewter, Bronze, Copper & Pastels


2. FABRICS

POWER FABRIC:

 Bamboo, Flannel, Linen, Cotton, Silk & Wool

SUPPORTING FABRIC: 

Polyester, Lace, Chiffon, Taffeta, Crepe

FABRICS TO AVOID:

 Leather, Lace,  Satin


3. SHAPES & PATTERNS

POWER SHAPES & PATTERNS:

 Plants, People, Animals, Vines, Stripes, Scrolls

SUPPORTING  SHAPES & PATTERNS: 

Irregular, Curves, Wavy, Spirals, Moon & Crescents

SHAPES & PATTERNS TO AVOID:

Circles, Dots, Half  Circles, Flames and Angular Shapes;  Triangles, Diamonds, Chevron  & Herringbone

See Wood  Element examples on Pinterest


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Wearing the elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood

BeFunky Collage white dress

In this figure above showing white dresses one can see the different styles,  with added accessories and patterns.  Using the color 5 element theory these dresses can be described as:

Colour:  

  1. Metal
  2. Metal & Wood Pattern
  3. Metal

Style:    

  1. Water
  2. Water
  3. Wood

Accessory:

  1. Red Belt – Fire

5 Elements

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One can begin to be aware of the elements in the colors and shapes they are wearing and learning what accessories to use and when by becoming familiar with the qualities of the 5 elements and their cycles of harmony and disharmony.

One can also learn their primary nurturing element  and begin to explore applying these principles to their wardrobe  to dress for harmony and success.  Using Chinese Cosmology find your Kua Number .  This  will give you your element and corresponding color palette.  If at first you are not drawn to your elements color range explore what elements support your primary nurturing element.  For example in the 5 element theory wood supports fire.  If the fire range is too strong a range for you, consider the wood palette as wood supports fire!

Kua Elements

What 5 element are you? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood 

Learning your element, one can then begin to explore the 5 element cycle of harmony or disharmony to accessorize their outfit to express the experience they are wearing.  An example is in the first figure in frame one of the white dress that is in a metal color, water shape and accessorized with a red belt which reflects fire.  In 5 element theory metal creates water so the style and color are in harmony yet the contrasting belt is fire which is considered to melt metal.  The belt is a nice contrast for too much metal and water!

See more design examples their elements 


What 5 element are you? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood

Ones primary element can be determined through gender and birth date called the Kua Number.  Kua means life area and this number differs from one’s Chinese astrological number.  The concept comes from Chinese cosmology, the branch of astronomy that deals with the general structure and evolution of the universe. Chinese Astrology attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.

Potential and life experiences can be influenced by ones Kua number, therefore personal Kua number enhancements can be applied to improve  ones lifestyle, health and well-being. Once knowing it one will know what primary element they are, what colors are best for them, what symbols and directions support them and which ones aren’t.

I consider Kua Numbers for personal enhancements in fashion and decor that is intimate to my needs.

Two Steps to Calculate your Kua Number:

Step 1:

Add the last two digits of your birth year.  Keeping adding until you reach a single digit.  For example:  if your year of birth is 1978, add the last two digits, ie., 7 + 8 =’s 15, which is a double-digit number. Therefore add the two digits, 1 + 5 =’s 6.

Step 2 for Females:

Add 5 to the single digit obtained in previous step. If the result is a double-digit, add the digits to get a single digit number.  For example:  6 +5 =’s 11, which is a double-digit number.  Therefore add the two digits, 1 +1 =’s 2.

Step 2 for Males:

Subtract the single digit obtained in the first step from 10. The resulting single digit number will be the Kua Number for males.  For example:  10 – 6  =’s 4.

Kua Numbers and their element, colors & symbol:Kua Elements

Chart for Northern Hemisphere

KUA #1

  • ELEMENT – Water

  • Symbol – Irregular

  • Colors:  Deep Blue & Black


KUA #2

  • ELEMENT – EARTH

  • SYMBOL – square

  • colors:  Light Yellow, Tans, light pinks & oranges


Kua #3

  • ELEMENT – Wood

  • symbol – upright rectangle

  • Colors:  Dark Brown & Green


Kua #4

  • ELEMENT – Wood

  • symbol – upright rectangle

  • Colors:  Light Brown & Green


Kua #5:  male/female

  • ELEMENT – EARTH

  • SYMBOL – square

  • Male COLORS: ochre orange earthy palette

  • female colors:  lighter red-orange earth color palette


Kua #6

  • ELEMENT – Metal

  • symbol – circular

  • Colors:  white, silver, Grey & gold


KUA #7

  • ELEMENT – METAL

  • symbol – circular

  • COLORS:  WHITE


kua #8

  • Element – Earth

  • symbol – square

  • ochre yellow earth palette & beige

Kua #9

  • element – Fire

  • symbol – triangle

  • Colors:  Red, Orange, Deep yellow, Purple


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Aligning your wardrobe with nature for increasing your potential


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More about Yellow in Design

Yellow

InYellow China yellow was the color of the emperor as it depicted the center of the universe and it is often used to contrast black to complement the yin and yang of these two colors.  Their theory is yellow arises out of black as earth arises out of the dark waters, yin and yang.

Common psychological effects are of hope and optimism.  It is a warming and stimulating color that often is associated with happiness and drawing out intellect.  A mid-range yellow palette  supports grounding and stability.

In 5 element theory the palette of yellow has a range considered the fire element and a range considered the earth element.  The fire element of yellows range from bright yellow to the gold of the emperors cloths while the earth range is light yellow and ochre shades of yellow.

The palette range of yellow has different cultural associations, such as dark yellows the color of the sun and happiness and the shade of sulfur as deceitful and evil.    Therefore it is important that in your home or business that the palette chosen is one that is appealing to you!

Best room placements for painting yellow in your home or office:

  • It is an appetizing color that represents fertility, abundance and richness making it a great color choice for the kitchen.
  • It stimulates conversation  and socialization making it a great choice for rooms designed for gatherings; waiting rooms, foyers, living rooms, dining rooms, dens, open group offices and meeting rooms.  (May not be the best choice for bedrooms and private working spaces!)

Wearing yellow:

There are two palette choices wearing yellow;  the sun yellows in the fire element and the ochre yellows in the earth element.

  • Fire Element

In the 5 element nurturing cycle wearing the yellows in the fire element can be accented by the greens and browns in the wood element.   The yellows of the fire element can also be worn to accent the earth palette.

If an outfit is too much fire it can be contrasted with black, the yin to yellows yang!

  • Earth Element

In the 5 element nurturing cycle wearing the yellows in the earth element can be accented by the palette in the fire element.   The yellows of the earth element can also be worn to accent the wood palette.

If an outfit is too much earth add dark blues and blacks in the water element, blues and greens in the wood element and whites and shades of grey in the metal element.

Wonder if yellow is your color or not?  Learn your primary color by reading more at: What 5 element are you? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood

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Missing Corners on Floor Plans according to 5 Element Theory

If a portion of the square or rectangular shape is missing in a floor plan it is considered a missing corner if it is one-third of the width or length of the house design.  Floor Plan - Missing Corner

Missing Corner on Floor Plan

A missing corner implies imbalance that effects the occupants to the home.  Each area determines what occupant or area of life is affected.

Some common design shapes that may create missing corners are U-shapes,  L-shapes, T-shapes, and Z-shapes.

Read article on property with missing corners @  LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Recessed Entrance facing a T-Shape Intersection


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 More on the Language of Nature

T-shaped Intersections according to 5 Element Theory

A T-shaped intersection facing a house is considered to create rushing energy called “sha chi” towards the house.  Translated this is attacking energy.  Imagine at night-time and the lights of the oncoming cars aimed at the house.  This is a visual of the secret arrows that are constantly aimed at the house!

T - shaped Intersection

T Shaped Intersection aimed at House

Read article on property with missing corners @  LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Recessed Entrance facing a T-Shape Intersection


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LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Recessed Entrance facing a T-Shape Intersection

2015-06-21 10.40.36Renee Lindstrom  & Guest Writer ~ Dyan Grant Francis

  • Observations Written by Renee Lindstrom,
  • Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom &  Dyan Grant Francis individually

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Observations of Property

A minimalist style house and groomed landscaping.  Main floor of house and garage are the shape of the low flat and square earth element.  Window frame shapes mirror the low flat shape of the house on the main floor.  This continue with the earth element shapes of the frames on the garage door.  The upper floor has a slight upward angle to the roof line that hints at the element of fire. Viewing the reflections in the windows on the upper floor you can imagine why windows reflect the water element!

The wood siding of the house reflects the wood element, yet the wood is laid sideways versus up and down,  mirroring the house and window frame shape. The doorway is recessed and accented with grey square stone bricks reflecting the element of metal .  The door itself is wood and accented with  bars that could be long rectangular windows with black trim.  The trim of the house is painted gun-metal grey with some white highlights which are both metal elements.

From the angle of this photo the upper floor of the house behind this property aligns with the garage and at first glance adds the fire element with the triangular shape!

The façade may have a missing corner on the right as you face the house or it may be an extension out (determined by square footage).  This creates a view of the façade as being smaller than the main body of the house.  The sidewalk leading up to the front door is a straight line and the front door faces a street directly aimed at it that is called a T-shape intersection.

Numerological House Number

Cardinal Direction of Front Door – West 

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Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

The front door faces a street that ends in a T Shape intersection and the sidewalk continues this alignment extending the straight arrow to the front door. This would be the starting point of creating a change to shift the influence of these straight lines and what they represent.  Imagine arrows being aimed at the front door with every car driving up to this intersection. I do not view any design or enhancement to curve, slow down or deflect these arrows.

The placement of the garage is in the back right hand corner behind the house so it is not the first thing you see viewing the property therefore a more nurturing influence to the experience of settling or grounding.   Though it is located in the corner that reflects relationships!  Could this reflect connections that involve travelling?   An interesting point is that the garage has a large peaked roof behind that towers over it.  The peaked roof resembles the shape of fire and the garage shape resemble the earth element.  In the nurturing cycle of the element theory fire creates earth.  In this case though it may not be in the best interest of the occupants to leave this power with their neighbors!

The main body of the house and garage is an earth element shape that supports a west-facing door.  A west-facing entrance way is considered the creativity doorway that reflects children and the future.  The west-facing doorway is a metal element and in element theory earth supports metal.  Other metal features of the house are accented in the grey rock around the front door and in the trim colors of white and gun-metal grey.

However the wood siding in element theory is disruptive to earth and metal is considered to be the element to destroy it.  So here we have an earth shaped house disturbed by the wood and that is framed by metal that destroys it!  Water is reflected in the windows that are contained earth shaped frames and there is a hint of fire in the upward angle of the roof line!  Given the design of the house facing a T-shape intersection this cycle of elements that has been chosen may be productive.

The front door itself is located in the recessed design that imitates a cave like entrance.  This enhances the zen like quality of metal and remember metal is the element of a west facing front door!   Viewing the front door, it seems that it could be in two quadrants that reflects career and knowledge areas.

I love exploring the numerology, elements, cardinal directions and placements and finding the synchronicity!  If on-site I would begin to observe the personal relationships to life areas and each other as part of a enhancing or correcting area’s. Of particular interest would be the balance of the front door’s Yin with the T Square intersections Yang!

Renee Lindstrom


Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis

The major features of this home are of the earth element – the long flat surfaces of the roof, the square shape of the structure, the rectangular windows, and the earth-toned colour of the horizontal siding.  While the home has wood siding, the strength of the colour and position of the boards exerts a strong influence for the earth element.  The garage at the rear of the lot has a flat roof as well, increasing the power of the earth element with a garage door whose shape and colour mimic the earth of the building at the front of the lot.

The trim and accent colours are of the metal element – white, silver, pewter etc.  In the nourishing cycle of the Five elements, earth creates metal, symbolically, like the gold or silver in an ore-rich mine.  These two elements are in balance in this structure.  Too much metal would drain the earth aspect and create imbalance.  .

As much as we are influenced by the surrounding environment, we are also influenced by the structures in which we live and work.  In this example, there is a predominance of the earth element bringing stability but also difficulty with flexibility.  Like a mountain, earth structures have a presence that is unchangeable and dramatic.  Earth promotes credibility and honesty with the focus of self-love being through service to the greater good whether it be environmental activism or counselling the poor on food preparation for example.

The hedges along this property provide excellent boundaries and are in an earth shape – low, flat, horizontal.  The stone beside the front door as well as the metal accents on the door itself strengthen the metal element of this west facing door balancing the predominance of the earth element.


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