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How to Feng-Shui Your Garden for Your Family & Kids
Gardens are a common extension of our living environment. They offer the opportunity for a tranquil retreat or an inviting place for play time.
What do you envision when you think of a ‘child-friendly garden’? A proper family garden should contain something every member can enjoy, and as much as we like to envision objects like colourful swing sets and windmills – what if we told you that you don’t need to overwhelm your garden with an abundance of items?
Turn to Feng-Shui.
A common practice of ‘arranging items in their best possible locations and positions’ in alignment with your goals, Feng-shui is highly associated with the feelings you experience in a place, so today’s guide is going to show you how you can encourage family time in a child-friendly garden:
1. Define your ‘Bagua’
A Bagua is an energy map consisting of 8 trigrams (originally used in Taoist cosmology). The ‘compass’ points represent the principles within the Bagua, which applies to your garden with each point corresponding to a particular goal or emotion. In this case, we want to focus on the western regions of your garden:
- Gardens packed with plants and stones based on the west side encourage playtime and feelings of vitality, which makes your garden a great place for your children to play in. It can even increase bonds within the family by encouraging family-orientated sports activities.
- Play features and centrepieces (whether it’s a swing set or monkey bars) should be placed in the far west of the garden to encourage feelings of activity and play.
- If your children are showing signs of green fingers – encourage them to plant in a patch they can call their own. Teach them to plant seeds, and use garden decorations, fencing and flower pots. A decent bit of gardening done by your children can add to its feng-shui and act as an encouraging and life-changing skill!
2. Create a Chill-Out Spot
A place for the family to sit and relax is imperative for relaxation, eating and entertainment. Seating is imperative to any garden and can further reinforce your desired feng-shui. Seating allows you to relax and absorb the feng-shui, silence or faint noise you have installed in your garden space.
We generally recommend natural materials to encourage an earthy, grounded element to the southern regions of your garden, however, any Bagua you choose will be highly complimented by any seating or bench area you add to it. Placing a seat in the western region of your garden will encourage feelings of family unity.
3. Add an Outdoor Fountain
If you truly want to increase positive feng-shui then water features are no stranger to this practice and are a go-to for a simple change in your garden.
Water symbolises the flow of life and is perfect for visual and audible pleasure. If you’re more in-tune with nature then we highly recommend wooden water-features, particularly in the southern regions of your garden. If you prefer a modernistic feel then opt for stone or metallic water features that would work wonders for your garden.
4. Incorporate Some Accents
It’s all about harmony and making things work together. If you find that certain colours are contrasting or ‘washing out’ with one another then add simple accents with the use of neutral or boldly-coloured objects (depending on the colour-coordination issue you’re experiencing) such as outdoor art hangings, wind chimes, or dot statues of objects you like around these areas to accent the area you’re having most trouble with.
Accents can also be incorporated in the western parts of your garden in the form of hedges to induce feelings of protection whilst acting as a natural outdoor divider.
5. Bring in Some Wind Chimes
No ‘feng-shui-ed’ garden is complete without a set of wind chimes. If you’re not a fan of the loud clanging noises then we highly recommend dotting small wooden chimes around your garden by hanging them on elevated plant pots, hooks or sheds. These create an atmospheric yet subtle sound that isn’t overpowering. We recommend placing them in the northern and western regions of your garden.
Read more about how the bells and rods of your wind-chime can affect the energies you’re trying to achieve.
6. Don’t Forget Some Light Features
Solar-powered lights are good for your feng-shui as they harness energy naturally (and make your garden look delightful in the process). Lights are known to add a ‘fire’ element to your feng-shui, which is beneficial for feelings of activity and excitement, but can also reinforce the placements of objects in accordance to the Bagua you are trying to achieve. We highly recommend balancing out your garden with lights; never leave it too dark as you want these positive energies to flow day and night.