Feng Shui Your Patio or Porch
Designers the world over tout the principles of Feng Shui as a method of increasing peace and harmony in your life. There are several philosophies of Feng Shui, including the free flow of energy and making your space free of clutter. Whether you want to use your patio to entertain guests or as a private sanctuary for meditation by a beautiful glass fire pit, you can use the principles of Feng Shui to make the most of your space.
Clean It Up
Clutter, whether in your bedroom or on the patio, can lead to mental disruption and stress. The first step to using Feng Shui on your patio is to get rid of any existing clutter. Garden tools should be put away. Sort and dispose of (or at least put away) any accumulated junk. Then, clean and fix fixtures like screens, doors, windows, and furnishings so they look comfortable and inviting. Cleaning up in preparation for Feng Shui means getting rid of everything that should not be in the space so that when you sit down, you can focus and be at peace.
Design Your Walkways
No one is relaxed and open when they are constantly navigating through random furnishings. The main principle of Feng Shui to use on your patio is to create unobstructed walkways. Depending on the size of your patio, you may have an eating area, a socializing area, or a cooking area; work to make transitions between these areas fluid. It’s important to make sure that you don’t have to dodge umbrellas, plants, sofas, books, and chairs along the way. Free-flowing paths are your goal, as is organizing furnishings to provide fluid access end-to-end.
Semi-circular or L-shaped seating arrangements help promote conversation and provide everyone with a clear view of the patio area. It also prevents anyone from having to sit with their back to another person, fostering an inviting and friendly atmosphere. Avoid placing chairs with their backs to the entrance to the patio.
Although it’s wise to avoid putting plants, fans, and tables in or near the walkways, a central focal point such as a fire pit or chiminea near the seating area fosters warmth and makes an excellent conversation starter.
No one wants to sit beside a dry and dying plant. It just doesn’t give a good vibe, and vibes are exactly what Feng Shui is all about. Dying plants drop leaves, mold, and may even spoil air quality in closed-in sunrooms and patios, so it’s best to remove them when they’ve reached their natural end. For existing plants and greenery, keep it healthy or use silk and bamboo to create beautiful center- and side-pieces instead.
Your deck or patio is an extension of your home as well as an extension of your life. It takes just a short period of time to reinvent a cluttered, messy deck from drab to fab sanctuary, especially if you follow Feng Shui basics like these. By doing so, you’ll promote the natural flow and relaxation of the area.
With your newly created Zen zone, the patio will call out to you, either for coffee in the morning or for a relaxing glass of wine in the evening – or maybe even for that special evening party you’ve been planning instead.
Starfire Direct has all the patio accessories you need to create the ideal outdoor living space for winter, summer, spring, or fall. Visit today to see how our pieces boost your home’s Feng Shui, making your patio more inviting, lovely to look at, and lovely to spend time on.