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Create Harmony in Your Outdoor Space: A Guide to Outdoor Feng Shui

Have you ever wanted to discover the art of cultivating harmonious outdoor spaces with the principles of outdoor feng shui? If you’re looking to create an environment that fosters positive energy, balance, and serenity in your outdoor areas, you’re in luck. From the strategic placement of elements to the mindful selection of colors and materials, this Redfin article featuring Feng Shui experts shares techniques to infuse your outdoor space with harmony, inviting nature’s wisdom to embrace and uplift your surroundings. So whether you’re seeking to create a tranquil retreat for an outdoor patio for your apartment in Indianapolis, IN, or a vibrant gathering place in the backyard of your house in Prescott, AZ, use these outdoor feng shui tips to design an outdoor oasis that connects you with nature.


1. Keep areas clean and tidy

A clutter-free and well-maintained outdoor space allows positive energy to circulate freely, enhancing the overall balance and vitality of the surroundings.

“Do keep all areas clean and tidy, especially around the entrance,” recommends Landolac Designs. “Landscaping shouldn’t have visible weeds, trash cans should be out of sight, and debris should be swept or hosed away.”

2. Introduce the elements

Introducing the elements in Feng Shui is crucial as they represent different energies and qualities that contribute to a balanced and harmonious space. Each element—water, wood, fire, earth, and metal—brings specific attributes and characteristics that can influence the energy flow within an environment.

“I love using all five elements to create a balanced, calm, and harmonious outdoor environment,”  shares Alejandra G. Brady of Life. Styled. “Introduce the element of water with a water feature, birdbath, or pool. The wood element can be represented by plants, trees, flowers, and furniture made of wood. You can bring in the fire element by adding a fire pit, spiky plants, lights, and lanterns. While the earth element can be brought in through ceramic pots, crystals, and rocks. Wind chimes, metal furniture, and outdoor accessories all count as metal elements.”

Feng Shui | ADARSA Elemental Design adds, “Place a water feature in the southeast, such as a birdbath, a decorative feature, or even your water source activates wealth energy. Combining the natural greens of the wood element in the environment with neutral tones for furniture brings in the earth element. A great BBQ placed centrally will activate both fire and metal.”

3. Implement the Bagua Map

Implementing the Bagua Map is vital as it serves as a blueprint for analyzing and harmonizing different areas of an outdoor space. The Bagua Map divides a space into nine areas, each corresponding to a specific aspect of life, such as wealth, relationships, career, and health.

“Your outdoor space is an extension of your homes and by implementing the Bagua Map to this space you can help attract positive energy to all nine areas of your life. From adding a fountain to your wealth area for more abundance, to adding a fire pit to the fame area to help you receive the recognition that you deserve either at home or at work to placing your beautiful wooden furniture in the communal area to create a stronger connection,” says Trish John of Magical Spaces.


4. Ensure chi can harmoniously flow through your space

Allowing chi, the vital life force energy, to flow freely in outdoor Feng Shui is essential for creating a balanced environment.

“When it comes to outdoor Feng Shui, it’s all about ensuring that the chi can harmoniously flow through your space easily to energize your space without any distractions,” notes Feng Shui Roots. “Once you have a good idea of your cardinal directions, you can enhance the chi by creating balance by incorporating the five elements theory in your design strategy to harmonize your color selection to create an inviting and comfortable space that is beneficial for your personality, goals, and intentions.”

5. Remember certain feng shui truths

Catherine Dean Feng Shui, who practices BTB feng shui, notes, “Remember certain feng shui truths: more curved lines instead of straight, no clutter, easy access to the front door, and using colors you love. It may take some thought to bring in all the elements, but you can do so with color.”

6. Place objects in strategic locations

Placing objects in strategic locations in outdoor Feng Shui is crucial for optimizing the flow of energy and creating a harmonious environment. By strategically positioning objects such as sculptures, fountains, or planters, one can enhance specific areas of the outdoor space and promote positive energy.

Kerstin Tracy of Ready2Heal says, “Taking time to place objects, plants, and pathways in strategic locations will ensure that all elements within the space are balanced and inviting. Invite butterflies with fragrant flowers and birds with bird baths and feeders to allow for abundant energy to enhance your yard and home. Adding features like a water feature in the North, East, or South East directions, as well as taller trees for protection in the back, will help to create an outdoor area that is both aesthetically pleasing and energetically harmonious.”


7. Install windchimes

Wind chimes can also create a sense of tranquility and harmony, adding a soothing and calming element to the outdoor space.

“To invite good energy into your yard, windchimes are a common Feng Shui cure that doesn’t just enhance your home’s energy but brings a peaceful sound as well to your yard’s environment,” remarks Honey Lune Hivery. “Windchimes help to break up stagnant energy and keep the chi flowing smoothly. It’s important to invest in a good quality wind chime that is properly tuned and can withstand the elements. Place it by your entrance to your home to invite this positive energy into your life.”

8. Maintain your Ming Tong

It’s important to maintain your Ming Tong, or clear and vibrant energy, in outdoor Feng Shui.

“The ‘Ming Tong’ or ‘Bright Hall’ is the open area or plaza in front of a building. It should be well-lit, well-maintained, and without obstructions or plant overgrowth. Ideally, it would be flat or gently sloping downward from the building to the street. The door should be visible, and if there’s a walkway, curved is best for a gentle chi flow toward the door. Added exterior garden and walkway lighting will move the chi towards the door and around the building,” remarks Helen Keating Consulting.

9. Fix the front garden area

The most important residential garden area is the one leading to your front door. This is known as the mouth of chi and is where beneficial energy moves to your entrance and then flows throughout your indoor space.

Debra Duneier President of EcoChi shares, “The path to your door should be meandering, so if you have a straight walkway, use vibrant, healthy plants to create a more natural flow. The most auspicious facing direction for your front garden is south which is very lucky but if this is not the direction available to you, use red flowers, a red front door or a garden statue of a red phoenix. If your garden faces north, this is the area that has the energy of prosperity. To enhance this energy, place a pond, bird bath, or water fountain in this area.”


10. Honor your front door

Honoring your front door in Feng Shui is highly significant as it’s considered the mouth of chi, the main entry point for energy into your home.

“Honor the spirit of your home by giving special care and attention to the front door. Designing a gently curving and easily walkable path to the door with illumination and maintained plants helps create an energetic connection with the land and a flow of nurturing, positive energy to your threshold, providing blessings for the home and its residents. Clearing away overgrown shrubbery around the door can be incredibly impactful and signifies within your physical environment that you’re open to new opportunities finding you,” remarks Natalie LaBonte, owner of One Light Interiors.

“When we are in harmony with the outdoor surroundings, our lives become much more balanced,” adds Feng Shui & Ba Zi expert Master Maša Zorn. “To attract positive chi from outside to our interior, we need to bring focus on our front door, curb appeal, and the views that are surrounding us. It is recommended to have greenery in the garden, to reconnect with natural chi.”

11. Add winding pathways

Adding winding pathways in outdoor Feng Shui can create a natural and meandering flow of energy throughout the space. These pathways encourage a sense of exploration and discovery, inviting visitors to engage with the outdoor environment.

“When using feng shui to design an outdoor space, you can apply the same principles as indoor spaces,” notes Laura Morris, teacher and co-founder of Mindful Design Feng Shui School. “You want to ensure that the chi (the energy) can flow smoothly through the space. Try adding winding pathways that create a sense of ease. If you have a lot of straight edges and hard lines in your outdoor space, you can soften the energy by adding plant material and shrubbery with round or irregular shapes. It is about balancing out the yin and yang of the space.”

12. Raise your eye level to raise your energy

Selecting taller furniture in outdoor Feng Shui is important as it helps to create a sense of stability and grounding in the space.

Sanctuary Feng Shui shares, “Aim for always lifting energy up to give you a calming and relaxing vibe. Often, outdoor furniture is super low to the ground, so adding in additional items that raise your eye level will also raise your energy resulting in those wonderful vibes, like a hanging umbrella, plants that grow tall like small trees or vining plants, or overhead Edison light bulbs.”



13. Install a water feature

Installing a water feature in outdoor Feng Shui is highly significant as water symbolizes abundance, wealth, and the flow of energy. A well-placed water feature, such as a fountain or pond, can attract positive chi and enhance the overall energy balance in the outdoor space.

“My favorite way to enhance an outdoor space is with a water feature,” says Pure Living with Lisa Morton. “The trickle of a water fountain can be so relaxing on a summer evening. Ensure that the fountain flows towards the home and not away from it. Water represents wealth and abundance in Feng Shui, so you want it flowing toward you.”

14. Note the way people move through the space

Noting how people move through a space in outdoor Feng Shui is crucial as it allows for the optimization of energy flow and the creation of a harmonious environment. By observing and understanding how individuals naturally navigate through an outdoor area, you can identify potential blockages or areas that may require adjustments to promote smooth energy circulation.

“When planning your landscape, pay attention to how people move through the space. Creating soft, curving paths is thought to help energy move intentionally through the space rather than rushing out. Also, keep your materials and colors balanced throughout,” notes Frisella Nursery.

15. Don’t have a pool at the center of your property

Avoiding a pool in the center of your property in outdoor Feng Shui is important as it can disrupt the energy flow and create an imbalance in the overall energy dynamics.

“Don’t have a pool in the center of your property. It will destabilize the energy of your property and your life,” says Dr. Lydia Anne Mitchell of Spiritual Reality. “Do keep the pool clean to ensure good money flow and no murky finances.”


16. Create pockets of interest where chi can gather

Creating pockets of interest in outdoor Feng Shui is valuable as they serve as focal points where chi, or energy, can gather and circulate.

“Positive chi likes to flow and meander, so if you have the space, think gently curving pathways that lead to a quiet sitting area that you can relax in, a fire pit for social gatherings, or a beautiful garden bed you can admire,” recommends Home Abundance. “To ensure that the chi here stays positive and beneficial, keep these areas maintained and tidy to avoid the energy becoming heavy and stagnant.”

17. Be purposeful with your tree placement and landscape

Being purposeful with tree placement and landscape in outdoor Feng Shui is crucial as trees hold significant energetic influence and can greatly impact the overall energy of the space. Carefully selecting and positioning trees based on their size, shape, and elemental qualities can help create a balanced and harmonious outdoor environment.

Roger Lan of Basic Feng Shui Theory shares, “There should be no big trees directly in front of the main door because it will block your future. When you walk out the front door, the tree on the left-hand side should be taller than the right-hand side so it is easy to succeed. The backyard also must have a higher building or a hill, not an empty landscape view or a large swimming pool that is not easy to be helped by others and will feel insecure.”

18. Bring in elements that remind you of your favorite travel destination

Bringing in elements that remind you of your favorite destinations in your outdoor space adds a personal touch and evokes positive emotions.

“Consider bringing in elements that remind you of your favorite travel destinations, and begin to recreate the look and feeling,” notes Lisa M. Alban, CFSP, FSSP of Cloud 9 Feng Shui. “Solar powered café lights and lanterns are whimsical and useful in the evening, while windchimes or breezy grass can help to mitigate traffic sounds. Outdoor screens, sunshades, and creative landscaping can help to create a canopy where it is missing and also add privacy to any exposed areas.”

What Can Feng Shui Do For You?

What is your knowledge about this long practiced method of using energy flow to improve your life? Read on to learn some of the facts vs myths so you can benefit from this ancient practice.


Many of you are aware of feng shui but have not taken advantage of its benefits. I believe that is because there is so much written and a lot of circulating information, which can be overwhelming. I totally understand that! Books, articles, blogs—there is a lot. But that goes to show you how intricate feng shui can be. But that statement alone can be unnerving! Before I became a Certified Feng shui consultant, I was aware of certain feng shui adjustments, but I really didn’t understand how it all worked. It is my intention to simply explain some of what feng shui can do to help you in your day to day life, and dispel some of the myths.


There are different schools of feng shui, and therefore, many different types of practi-tioners. Your understanding of feng shui could be that you need to have a red door, or that you have to have wind chimes and mirrors everywhere. While these are useful tools that we use for adjustments, it is a myth to think they are the only ones. Depend-ing on the training of your consultant, there will be different approaches for different circumstances. The method your consultant uses reflects their training, and some are more complicated than others. I practice BTB Feng Shui, often called Western Feng Shui. It encompasses the ancient teachings, but has been adjusted for the lifestyle of the modern Western world. I describe this more in-depth here.

Feng Shui consultants use the Bagua to help determine many things about the space you occupy. Simply put, the Bagua is a map that is placed over a blueprint of your home, office, or a room. It can be used on many other surfaces as well from a table to a desk. It is comprised of 8 different sections or guas, each of which rep-resents an area of life, including one’s career, family or wealth, with the center re-served for Health. The Bagua is placed in relation to the front door and tells us many things about good or not so good positioning of bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, among many other things. It guides us as to how we can help. To read a more in-depth description of the Bagua, click here.

Our lives have become so busy and often times chaotic. Feng shui addresses this in many ways . When working with a client, I first determine where there may be stress in one’s life. I offer a simple quiz that helps one understand where they most need assistance. Once that is determined, I can offer suggestions to help improve the situation.

Mirrors and crystals are two of many different tools used as feng shui adjustments. But it is a myth to think that they are mandatory. Mirrors are very effective in ex-panding a space, which is often the solution to a problem, but not always. Crystals keep energy from going stale. They are common and inexpensive adjustments and they definitely have their place.

What can be tricky is knowing when and how to use a crystal or a mirror. Does the crystal have to be big or small? Does the mirror have to be expensive? Where do you place it? Can you use mirrors outside? What else can I use instead of a crystal? These are areas where your consultant can help.

Feng Shui Is Not A Religion

It is another myth to think that feng shui is a religion. It is a fact that feng shui stems from the Tao, but its teachings are not about reli-gious beliefs or dogma. If you practice a par-ticular religion, feng shui does not interfere with that or replace your personal belief sys-tem. Feng shui supports us by using the flow of energy to our advantage. In BTB feng shui, we also add the power of our intentions as well. This enables our positive thoughts to circulate throughout the universe, which strengthens the power behind our adjust-ments. Remember, feng shui is about energy.

How can feng shui help you? Well, how are things going for you? Are you in a fulfilling relationship? Does your work feel meaningful to you? How are your finances? These are just a few questions that bring to mind how feng shui can help. As a certified feng shui consultant, I can help you discern what areas of your home or office are not working to give you the support you need to meet the goals you have in mind.

We live with feng shui every day, whether we are aware of it or not. When you make adjustments to your surroundings to enhance the feel of a room, whether it be your living room, bedroom or office, that energy is being channeled to help you in your life’s endeavors. When correctly utilized, feng shui can be very effective in bringing about positive change in your life. You can sign up for my free Feng Shui Tidbits newsletter and receive a free download on how to enhance your home’s entrance. I wish you all Peace, Balance and Abundance.

When It’s Time For A Change

Changing a Room Color Changes the Balance of Energy. Feng Shui Brings it Back


WHEN IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE in your home, be it the family room, office or kitchen, there is a lot to consider.  From a design perspective, you want your home to be pretty, comfortable, cozy and welcoming. And from a Feng Shui perspective, you also want it to enable the best possible energy flow, so you get your best energetic support.


One way to promote energy balance in your home is with color.  In my home, our family room is located in our Partnership area of the Bagua.  It is the gathering place in our home and years ago I had it painted this beautiful coppery orange because I loved the color.  I did not know at the time that this was a great color for the partnership area of my home, because this orange-y color represents fire and promoted lively conversation.  Also, while the color for Partnership on the Bagua is pink, the color orange (as an extension of red) brings some fire to the space and fire always sparks up the Partnership area.  


Yet when you have something that works well but you want to change it, how do you replace that built-in gain when new colors negate that very advantage?

Here is a picture of our family room before I had it painted. We enjoyed this color for nearly 10 years. It was cozy and inviting and visitors always complimented us on it. But after being cooped up in the house during Covid for over a year, I felt it was time for a change.

One of the many wonderful things about Feng Shui is that it allows usnumerous, flexible remedies when we find ourselves at a disadvantage due to color, location, room size or shape.  In my case, yes, I was losing the energetic support of that color, but I knew I could balance all of that out by implementing Feng Shui principals and adjustments.

Going from a coppery orange to an off white brought in the metal element to the Partnership Area. The element associated with Partnership is the Earth element. Metal comes from Earth and here, does not cause a problem. However the black around the windows is the Water element. In Feng Shui (and in life) water extinguishes fire. Because we want lively conversation, I brought in the Fire element by placing votive candles on the bookshelf. Also, there are orange-y pots on the bookshelf and orange in the wall pictures. Read on to see how this whole space was ultimately balanced.

The bookshelf itself is where I finished the balancing of the Partnership corner. I placed a round yellow placemat, put a terra cotta decorative tile on it to enhance the Earth element which is really all I needed to do to enhance the Earth element.  However, because I like balance (who doesn’t?) I brought in all the Elements.  We have Wood (plants), Fire (as mentioned) Earth (as previously described,) Metal on the walls and the shelves and Water (the black around the windows.)


When a room has Feng Shui balance, along with good design, the energy is there to support you, not work against you.  Remember to keep your place clutter free and display possessions that represent your story or items that you love.  And don’t forget to display pairs in the Partnership area!   


If you find yourself unsure of how to proceed on your next design project, or if don’t know how Feng Shui can help you, give me a call!  I offer many packages to suit your situation and am ready to help you achieve Peace, Balance and Abundance!  

Thoughts For The New Year

The holiday season is over and it’s time to think about the new opportunities that are available to us with the coming of a new year. Here in Western New York, we always have the added challenge of the winter weather which can be so unpredictable, with the exception of the gray skies, winter snow and blustery cold. But in spite of the chal¬lenges of the weather,

Holiday Tips

Well, it’s hard to believe but it’s December already and the holidays are upon us. And just like that, another year is drawing to a close and a new year is on the horizon. Have you given any thought to how you want to spend your holidays? Will you be continuing with your holiday traditions or will you start new ones? Are you overwhelmed or mov-ing along at an enjoyable pace? Do you feel like there’s too much on your plate or does everything feel just right?

Feng Shui Sleep

Everyone is hoping to wake up feeling refreshed and renewed every day. The sad fact is however, that many wake up feeling like they don’t even want to get out of bed. Or that they’re not well rested. I have written about how Feng Shui is used to help us get a good night’s rest. This month, I’ll share some tips to set up the master bedroom so that positive energy can enter, negative energy can leave and you’re surrounded by the best energy possible to support you while you sleep. And a supportive master bedroom transfers into support for the whole household making for an overall better living environment and ultimately a better life.

Feng Shui Sleep


People long for a restful night’s sleep, yet unfortunately, for many, restful sleep can be elusive. You may sleep for awhile and wake up in a panic wondering if you overslept, or did you forget something for that presentation or did you remember to make that appointment? Or you slept through the night but sometimes wake up groggy and grumpy. If you suffer from a physical condition that robs you of restful sleep, it is advisable to seek medical attention for that. But if all is physically well and you just can’t get catch those Zzzs, then you need to look critically at your bedroom, for most likely, that is where the problem lies.

Yin Yang Balance

“If there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation.  If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”

Chinese Proverb


The above quote is timely, considering the political climate we are currently living with.  Not only is America experiencing a nasty political division, but the rest of the world is looking on with trepidation.  Everything is “unprecedented.”  Many watch in shock, others watch and feel encouraged.  Most everyone can agree—we haven’t seen anything like this before.

What is Feng Shui and How Can It Help Me ?

When it comes to feng shui, most people have a basic notion of what it is. Or so they say. Because when I ask people to describe feng shui, they start to falter. “Well, it’s uh…, well, you know…” When we speak of feng shui, we are referring to an ancient art and science dating back over 5,000 years. It literally means “wind and water.” Interestingly, feng shui used to be referred to as Kan Yu – as above, so below, meaning that as things occur in the cosmos, so too do they occur in our lives.