Designing with Water and Space

How to bring water, nature, beauty and enjoyment into your home.

Rhythm Brings Order to Your Outdoor Space
Rhythm Brings Order to Your Outdoor Space

How Landscape and Architecture Set the Tempo in Space Much as Emphasis sets the stage and brings focus to your WaterSpace, Rhythm—the fourth of Six Principles of Design—helps to coordinate all the pieces. Rhythm provides an underlying tempo that people sense. Without rhythm the world around is chaos. Space as a place of comfort and ...

How Emphasis Sets the Scene for a Large Country WaterSpace
How Emphasis Sets the Scene for a Large Country WaterSpace

Emphasis: Setting the Stage for Outdoor Entertaining You feel the good mood approaching as you enter the covered porch at the rear of this country home. Whether you’ve arrived for a daytime pool party or an evening dinner, you’ll likely be greeted by enticing aromas rising from the food prep area—set below ground level so ...

The Art of Emphasis: How Focus Adds Appeal to Your Outdoor Living Space
The Art of Emphasis: How Focus Adds Appeal to Your Outdoor Living Space

Emphasis: It’s like creating a stage for the stars of your WaterSpace Design. If you’ve recently sold or read about selling a house, you’re probably familiar with the growing use of professional staging to lift a property’s value. The secret of staging rests in part on the art of Emphasis, the third of the six ...

Whisper and Shout: Use Contrast to Add Interest to Your WaterSpace Design
Whisper and Shout: Use Contrast to Add Interest to Your WaterSpace Design

Things get livelier when you add contrast to your outdoor living design Wherever you add an unexpected change in color, or shape, size, or texture, you’ve got contrast. In this article on the second principle of architectural and landscape design, we’ll look at how contrast helps us achieve that delicate dance between the comforts of ...

Keep Your Balance: the First Principle of Good WaterSpace Design
Keep Your Balance: the First Principle of Good WaterSpace Design

Use balance to pull together all the elements in your outdoor living space Just as we can’t stand erect without balance, humans can’t stand an environment lacking a sense of balance. Like our physical balance, we don’t consciously notice balance in built spaces. Until it’s missing. Then it may be too late. Balance in 3-Dimensions ...