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Harmonious Pool Design Part 1

I’m planning to build a pool at my Amagansett home soon, and I have been doing a lot of thinking about how to integrate good feng shui into the design. Here are some guidelines that I am following in my pool design, and hopefully they will help you create a harmonious oasis of your own…


A pool is a body of water (obviously), and in the five-element cycle of Feng Shui, the “water” element works best when it is near the “wood” element. So a pool surrounded by trees, plants, and flowers creates a harmonious environment that is pleasant to be around. Conversely, a pool surrounded by concrete does not feel as inviting.

...this is the 5 Element Cycle of Feng Shui

Also, in the five-element cycle of Feng Shui, water and fire do not mix (since water puts out fire). Therefore, I do not advocate having fire too close to a pool. However, it is absolutely fine to have a fireplace in the same landscape, but there should be distance between the two elements.

...here you see a nice separation between the pool and fireplace.


Feng Shui is all about finding ways to live in harmony with our environment. When designing a pool, make sure there are strong visual and physical links between this wonderful natural feature and the interior of your home. You might ask yourself the following questions:

– From how many rooms can I see the pool?

– From how many places in the house can I easily walk to the pool?

– How will the pool look in the winter? (If you close your pool in the colder months, how can your landscape remain inviting?)

– Can I see the pool at night? How will the pool be lit?

...good lighting lets you enjoy the pool well into the night.



 Even in a small space, it is important to make sure that your pool has enough room for lounge chairs, greenery, and ease of movement around the water’s edge.

 To create the best dimensions for your pool, consider using the Golden Measure, which is 1.618 to 1. So a pool that is 18 feet wide would be about 29 feet long. The Golden Measure (also called the Golden Ratio or Golden Mean) is believed to be most aesthetically pleasing proportion, and is found throughout nature.

This is me at one of my favorite pools  –  at the home of my husband’s parents in East Hampton, New York. It was built using the Golden Ratio, and has a natural elegance:

Check back soon for Part 2 – and please share any of your pool design tips!



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