The Five Elements are WATER, WOOD, FIRE, EARTH, and METAL.
These elements can be represented by the element itself, by shape, by color, or texture.
Examples of Water:
Examples of Wood:
Examples of Fire
Examples of Earth:
Examples of Metal:
Some items will have more than one element present. For example, an aquarium has water. But, other elements are also represented. Fire is represented by the Fish. Wood is represented by water plants. Metal can be represented by the shape of the aquarium. Earth can be represented by the sand/gravel.
As you can see, there is a vast and varied way to view the elements.
With Feng Shui, we use the elements to achieve balance in our spaces. We can highlight an element to achieve a goal, or we can downplay an element to harmonize a space.