The Advantages of a Water Element to Your Well Being

From improving air quality to adding a feeling of serenity to the area, a fountain adds so much to your life. twf023__30478.jpg

You might not even be aware of the extent to which a water fountain, whether inside or outside, will complement your daily life. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be connected to the fact that the human body is made up mainly of water. While there are many luxurious ways to integrate the benefits of water into your daily life (like investing in a beach house!), a much more accessible option is to put a water feature in your home.

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more enjoyable, think about purchasing an outdoor garden fountain. Even if you are already pleased with your outdoor area, the addition of one of the many outdoor fountains available will make you appreciate it even more. If you have a screened porch, give some thought to installing one there, or if not, then on the external wall above your patio. Your flower garden will become a place of glamorous decadence and harmony if you put in a tiered version. You will notice lots of birds coming to your garden if you install a birdbath fountain, as the water stays fresher than still water since it is continuously flowing. The hypnotic sound of trickling water is the magic touch your garden area needs to become an oasis of peace.

Beautiful Backyard Multi-Tiered Water Fountains

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and typical especially in gardens. The regions in the southern portion of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. While they can be found anywhere, they are most prevalent in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people gather. Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most lavish tiered fountains, while others have less complex designs.

People love to include them in places having a classic look and feel. If done properly, anyone seeing the fountain will assume it has been there for a long time.

Fountains: A Must Have in any Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is finished without a water element. You will often find Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simple because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be made of stones, receives the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout.

It ought to have a worn-down, weathered feel as well. People want their fountain to seem as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. As you can probably surmise, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

For something a bit more one-of-a-kind, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then decorate it imaginatively with live bamboo and other natural elements. The aim is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Anyone who has an extensive space to work with can, of course, install a much bigger water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling stream or tiny pool with koi in it.

However, water does not have to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Other options include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of moving water.

A Peek into the Origins of Outdoor Water Fountains

Countless of ancient Greek texts were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. In addition, embellishing the city and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his ambitions. Beginning in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the bidding of the Pope. The mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a custom also restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by him to put up a water fountain where we now find the breath-taking Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Ways to Include the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Backyard

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will draw its healthful energy into your home as well.

Size is not the most important consideration when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. Of course, a large area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your home can be used in the garden. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first want to understand your home’s bagua.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should understand how to utilize each of them to intensify the energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast portion of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. A Zen garden with some nice natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

People thinking about adding a water feature into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

The Many Designs in Garden Water Fountains

A garden can be a little oasis, providing you a serene place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. While it is not a simple undertaking to build one, you will be glad you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it. Investing in a gorgeous garden is good, as it will increase the “curb appeal” and value of your home.

Many people choose to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or adding a water feature.

A significant improvement to your garden can be realized by installing a water fountain. A place of harmony and serenity will appear from what was at first just a plain spot. The feeling of your garden will be very different once you install a water fountain, as the calming sounds of the water will create an oasis for you as well as for the friendly birds and animals it will lure. All attention will now be focussed on the dazzling fountain.


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