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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

© 2011 by Alyssa Davis All rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author’s written permission.

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

Adding an indoor water fountain to your home is a great way of bringing the relaxing sights and sounds of nature indoors. There are a wide variety of styles from which to choose, including freestanding floor models as well as 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.

Tips for Choosing Indoor Fountains

Size is a major factor to consider when selecting an indoor fountain. There are many different sizes available, but in order to choose the correct size and dimension for your room, first measure the floor and wall space.

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 could seem overpowered by a large freestanding fountain. On the other hand, a medium sized wall fountain or a cylindrical shaped floor fountain could look perfect.

If you have a large room or one with a high or vaulted ceiling, then the space will look best with a tall fountain. If you have a wide wall, a horizontal fountain could be the perfect choice. You should also take the overall style of the room into consideration when selecting a fountain.

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 usually 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. 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 can also 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, adding to the natural atmosphere.

Even if you only have a small amount of floor space, you can add 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, check 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 make sure the 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 the building code to determine whether you need to pull permits and/or find a licensed plumber or electrician.

About the author: senior staff writer, Alyssa Davis, specializes in designing with wolf metal wall art and sun metal wall art.

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