Many people know that Fung Shui is a Chinese system of geomancy believed to use the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive qi. However, few know that this can also affect your garden layout and the furniture you put in it.
Historically, Feng Shui was widely used to orient buildings in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of Feng Shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass.
Some garden landscapers consider Feng Shui when designing outside areas and take particular notice when placing furniture or making patio areas.
Furniture and patios invite you into your garden to relax and enjoy the beauty around you. This is of great importance in terms of Feng Shui as if this area includes a tables, chairs and a parasol, it represents the ultimate symbol of shelter and protection.
Why? According to Fung Shui this provides shelter from the sun and rain and will make you garden harmonious and more pleasant to be in.
There are other Feng Shui considerations to note, such as where a bench is placed, since the ancient Chinese thought it was unlucky to sit in an exposed part of the garden. They also believed that any item of furniture must be kept in good condition as good quality furniture shows health, whilst any broken furniture will attract sickness.
If you believe in Feng Shui, a similar rule applies to pots and planters. Therefore if you have any broken items, it is best to throw them away to avoid attracting illness to you and your garden.
Some very strict Feng Shui followers will also argue that dependant on the direction your garden faces, garden furniture should be made out of a particular material and shape. For example, rectangular wood or teak tables is best for gardens facing East or South East and is more receptive to Feng Shui harmony than any other material such as metal or plastic, or shapes such as circle or square.
All this may be interesting, but in our opinion you should choose your teak garden furniture based around your guests, your garden size, budget and what you enjoy; that way, you and your family will get the most from your outdoor living space.