Quite simply, a garden is a place to breathe in. In order to give it a sense greater than the literal one and turn it into a space where you will find peace and quiet to restore your inner harmony, it needs meticulous adjustments. Combining the elements that drive our entire energy is the answer to creating a perfectly harmonious garden. These suggestions will guide you to achieve the most balanced combination.
Why the Minimalist Aesthetic?
We live in a hectic world driven by materialism and consumerism. It is the excess of things, actions, and information surrounding us that creates the greatest pressure. If you want your garden to become a shelter from daily life, it needs to be void of any clutter, a place of clear lines, and free movement. This makes the minimalist approach the only possible one.
Elements That Achieve the Minimalist Aesthetic
Earth, wood, water, fire, and metal provide the essence of the Feng Shui principle. Each element causes a different influence on your mood and energy. Wood controls the power of creativity, growth, and intuition, water is a blend of spirituality and emotions, metal strongly influences logic and mental clarity, earth is a source of balance and stability while fire inspires enthusiasm and boldness. In order to achieve harmony in your garden, individual elements need to be balanced per se and as a whole as well.
Fountains and streams are a great way of providing and controlling the water element in your garden. Aquariums and ponds work well too, especially if asymmetrical shapes or free forms are used. Another great way of implementing them is making them look as an extension of the interior, thus expanding their influence to the interior of the house as well.
Plants, trees, and flowers are great means of making the minimalist approach less sterile. Using your favorite greenery additionally increases the rejuvenating effect. Wooden, rattan, or bamboo furniture is also welcomed. However, the less is more principle needs to be applied in order to not overdo this element and create excess instead of harmony.
The foundation of your garden should be low, flat surfaces which enhance the earth element. Carefully placed rocks and pottery pieces are also a great addition, just as rectangular shapes done in earth colors of brown, green, and sand are.
Being bold and dominant in its nature, metal should be the least present element but clearly visible. Metal handles, a small coffee table, a garden faucet, and bronze sculptures will provide suitable accents and make their mark without being obtrusive.
Last but not least, fire is an element that needs special attention since it can easily get out of control. On one hand, fireplaces are excessive when it comes to minimalist design while candles and torches are insufficient. The best solution is to add fire pit balls since they are a perfect example of an open and controlled fire source.
Combining the Elements
The synergy of all elements is of utmost importance. Regardless of the element in question, excess or lack of any of them will ruin the cumulative effect. Once again, the minimalist approach is the only way to achieve harmony. It allows enough space to each of the elements and at the same time keeps them under control providing the most positive aggregate influence.