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Add a Relaxing Touch to Your Home with Interior Water Fountains

Before Buying and Installing a Relaxing Water Feature, Consider the Style and Proportions of Your Living Area

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Fountain at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail fountain; photo courtesy Bernard Gagnon

This article was updated on 01/21/19. Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Adding an indoor water fountain to your home is a great way of bringing the relaxing and soothing sights and sounds of nature into your home. There are a wide variety of styles available. These include freestanding floor models and fountains which are designed to be mounted on the wall.

Some styles are sleekly elegant, while other styles have a simple rustic and natural look. This makes it easy to match the general theme of your home while remaining within budget.

Some Tips for Choosing Indoor Fountains

Size is always a major factor to consider when selecting an indoor fountain. It is one of the first things to think about. There is a wide range of sizes available, but in order to choose the correct size and dimension for your room, first measure the floor and wall space. This may seem obvious but it is surprising how many people skip this step and "impulse buy."

As a general rule, you should keep the fountain and the room or wall in proper proportion with the fountain size. For example, if you have a smaller room, it will be overpowered by a large freestanding fountain. On the other hand, a medium sized wall fountain or a cylindrical shaped floor fountain might just fit the bill perfectly. If you have any doubts on this step, consult with an interior decorator before plopping down hard-earned cash.

If you have a large room or one with a high or vaulted ceiling, then the space will look best with a tall fountain. And of course it will be more impressive. If you have a wide wall, a horizontal fountain is most likely your perfect choice. You should also take the overall style of the room into consideration when selecting the perfect fountain.

As you might imagine, a contemporary-styled room will look best with a sleekly modern fountain, such as one with a mirrored or brushed metal surface. A room styled in a country or traditional fashion looks best with a more natural-looking fountain, such as one with a slate, wood, or copper patina finish.

Great Indoor Water Feature Locations

Although you can use a fountain in any room of your home, there are some locations that just seem to naturally work well. As an example, a fountain can add an elegant and welcoming touch to your home’s foyer area, especially if it’s larger in size.

Complementing an indoor water feature with a few tropical plants is a great way to add a nice natural touch. Fountains also work well in reading rooms and offices, where the sound of running water can add a relaxing and soothing touch. They are also a nice added touch in an indoor patio or garden room because they add to the natural atmosphere in a natural way.

If you would like to go with a far eastern theme, setting up some banzai trees add a great touch.

Even if you only have a small amount of floor space, you should consider installing a vertical column-shaped fountain, or possibly a wall-mounted fountain.

Installing an Indoor Fountain

When installing a fountain, it’s important to pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions. Although many fountains are very easy to assemble and install, you should make sure to always install the splashguards properly so that your floor and walls stay dry and safe.

When hanging a wall-mounted fountain, it must be attached to the wall securely, to avoid the risk of it falling. Ideally, you can find studs in all the appropriate places. If not, you’ll want to consider removing some drywall and adding backing between studs.

For backing, there’s no sense in skimping on materials. At a minimum, use 2” X 6”s, although it is always a good idea to check your local building code; it may vary. Although you can toe-nail the backing in place, galvanized metal brackets are a better idea.

As for the water supply, always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations. From a practical standpoint, PEX tubing is very easy to work with, as well as being very dependable and temperature friendly.

It’s also important to note that your plumbing, pump and electrical supply are properly hooked up. You should also never use an indoor fountain outdoors, unless it clearly states it is safe for outdoor use.

And as always, when doing any plumbing or electrical projects, check your local building code to determine whether you need to pull permits and/or find a licensed plumber or electrician.

If you found this information about selecting and installing a relaxing indoor water fountain helpful please pass the link along. Comments or ideas? Add them in the comment section below. Thanks for visiting.

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