There are few people interested in interior or garden designs that have not seen something with an Asian influence. Whether it is landscaping, furnishings, or even garden fountains, the ancient styles of the entire continent or specific regions have made a permanent impact.
When looking strictly at Asian water fountains and their symbolism it will become plain that there are a few different levels in which symbolism plays a role. For example, there are images, shapes, and even considerations around the placement or location of the fountain that are all seen as symbolic.
Among the most frequent reasons that someone will opt for a fountain in the Asian style are that their home or office already has this sort of décor and design, or they are seeking to implement a Feng Shui plan in the space. We’ll look first at how Asian symbolism can be forwarded with garden fountains, and then we’ll take a quick look at Feng Shui uses for water features.
The most common format for fountains where Asian styles are concerned are those used indoors. There are wall, floor and table or desktop fountains that provide the sort of serene and natural feel that is so complementary to any Asian décor. Quite often the Asian water fountains will incorporate images or examples of other natural features such as bamboo stalks or leaves, fish shapes, ceramic pots, lotus flowers, stones, and reeds. Each of these images or elements will have special meaning to the individual or the design scheme.
For example, the fish can often be a symbol of happiness in different Asian cultures, and incorporating this imagery into a garden or indoor fountain is a very common occurrence. Fountains can be found images of bamboo on them, sometimes in stone and others on glass.
When speaking about garden fountains and Feng Shui, however, it is the power of the water and the symbols incorporated into the fountain design that will dominate. Water is considered to bring wealth or it can serve as a moving force that pulls the beneficial energy known as “chi” away from the space. For example, in Feng Shui principles, the bathroom is taken into serious consideration, especially if it happens to fall within the wealth or abundance area. This is because the water heading down all of the drains can pull wealth or good fortune away with it.
On the other hand many Asian water fountains used in Feng Shui practice are positioned near a front door in order to attract wealth or good luck inside. This is often seen simply in the use of “water colors”, but the tinkling sound of a gentle fountain is the true attraction and the reason that so many garden fountains appear in Feng Shui designed homes and offices.