Design Perspectives

Which of the Four “Elements” Match your Decorating Style?

In the days before the science of chemistry, people thought the world was actually composed of four elements: earth, air, water and fire. Although our understanding of the earth and its materials is far more sophisticated now, it’s fun to determine which of the old four elements we prefer as the strongest focus in our homes. Let’s take a look at how each of the four would look in today’s rooms.

Earth: First, think about colors. Earth tones such as brown, beige, and cream could combine with muted tones of maroon or rust. Floors could be tile or stone in warm tones. Pottery would suit this element, as art that started as clay. When choosing fabric, look for options that combine lots of browns into stripes, like the layers of sediment found on some cliffs. This is a very down-to-earth, functional look.

Water: Rooms decorated with water in mind are more fluid. Perhaps the room might have a seashore feeling, with soft blues and light greens combining with a crisp white. You may find some grey tones like the rocks you may see at the bottom of a stream. Water rooms would benefit from a small interior fountain, which would add the sound of water into the space, bringing the water image to life. A light wood flooring, with the appearance of driftwood, could support this water-look.

Air: Vaulted ceilings are a must in an air room. Think about minimal furniture in clean, uncluttered lines. Clear glass accessories would contain air without hiding it. Sky blue and white are logical color choices, but what about a brilliant yellow green or bright yellow to bring the sun into the picture? Look also for landscape photos and paintings that show lots of sky. And of course ceiling fans!

Fire: A lovely fireplace provides the perfect focal point for a fire space. Use rich warm colors – red, orange and gold – to bring the fire into the space. Brilliantly-colored glass in vivid shades show what happens when fire and sand meet. Be sure to bring light into the room with lamps that feature Edison bulbs that flicker when turned on or lights that mimic candle flames.
Which element is your match? Take a look around your home and see if you can figure it out!

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