In the green industry, (gardens) the realm of water features has been the fastest growing segment for nearly thirty years, according to Lilipons and other water garden experts, exhibiting a growth increase of about twenty percent for most years. According to landscape architects and landscape contractors, more people than ever before are requesting some kind of water garden on their property. A pond, waterfall, fountain or even a stream is nearly commonplace in many backyards today. And, it seems, the same phenomena is happening now inside the house too.
This is in part due to the growing influence of Feng Shui, which though comprised of various branches which do not necessarily agree on many issues, all of which do insist that water is one of the five essential elements and is a vital element to have in the home. (Exactly where in the house may be another question, with different answers depending on who you ask.)
According to Feng Shui, a fountain in the house is said to have a variety of benefits. Flowing water is an ancient symbol of prosperity and abundance. (Feng Shui means, Wind and Water). The flowing water is also said to diffuse healthy negative ions into the atmosphere, and of course, it adds moisture to the air, also said to be beneficial to health.
There are now countless interior decorators who are Feng Shui practitioners and of course, almost all advocate having moving water in the home. Usually it is said that water is best in the East, Southeast and North truyền nước tại nhà areas of the house, but other practitioners will say that this will depend on the ‘Ba-Gua’, or energy map of your home which may in part be determined by when your home was built. Others say that the energy map changes over time or from year to year.
Be that as it may (and will you and I ever really know?), interior designers and decorators are finding other reasons for having, and some, for not having, moving water, or table-top fountains in the home.
There are so many styles of fountains available that it is possible to find one that synchronizes with any room’s ‘theme’ or look, contributing substantially to the overall success of the interior design scheme. A lot can be done with just one element that either sums up the motif or lends ‘pop’ and pizzazz to a room’s décor.
For example, if the décor is designed to be quiet, soothing and peaceful, a table-top fountain (made of natural materials only, of course), with a gentle burble or soft splash of water can become the focus, or emblem, of the meditative atmosphere the décor was designed to convey.
Or, conversely, if the room was designed with the dramatic in mind, a stunning, contemporary piece with a bold display may be just the thing, especially if in contrasting colors or textures (but again, only in natural materials – stone, wood, ceramic or metal.).
Why only natural materials? As our world becomes ever more inundated with artificial things made to look like natural things, the importance of natural materials becomes increasingly difficult for people to appreciate, yet remains as vital a factor as it ever was.
Rooms are designed to be beautiful, however one may define that word. Now if your tastes run to plastic and resin, (materials of which many fountains are made) either for aesthetic reasons or because products of those materials are less expensive, then you need to beware. Some plastics (and resin is a kind of plastic) contain BPA which has been found to be a serious health threat, associated with an array of illnesses and diseases.