Water Fountains – The Love Affair Continues...
Steep in tradition, high on style, the very latest in water features designs are quickly finding its way into our homes and hearts. Why the sudden attraction to water features? Whatever your reason might be, for many, it is the total freedom to enjoy and relax at any time in the privacy of one’s home to the sound of trickling water. Elegant, soothing and tranquil… enough to alleviate the stress of the day. Water fountains are good for the soul, any time of day.
Architects, designers, and discriminating homeowners worldwide welcome the beautiful and relaxing qualities that water fountains bring. The love affair does not stop there. Throughout history, the calming and healing effects of water offered reprieve to men and women. Water features surrounded ancient Roman spas.
Many business establishments have enhanced the image and ambience of their office suites by adding an elegant and stylish water fountain. To draw more customers, many spas, restaurants and hotels are also making water features their top-design accessory.
Modern or classic water features come in a variety of designs - from the elaborate sculpted pieces to simple freestanding falls. These fountains are versatile – they can easily match with any décor in your home or office. If you are still undecided, consult with a designer or talk to friends about their impression.
There are several ways to decorate with water features. For instance, display large fountains on their own or you can add a few accessories around the waterfall e.g. a vase or sculpture. For smaller fountains, you can always add a little more knick-knacks but nothing that would eclipse the aesthetic qualities of the fountain.
In the home, a water feature added to your indoor area can help transform dull surroundings; enhance the well-being of the residents in the home. They also provide a wonderful setting for other forms of relaxation, such as meditation or yoga.
Whatever design you have in mind, waterfall fountains are stylish and functional units that can revitalize not only your home but also you – the homeowner. It is sure to bring character to your living space. Portable fountains can fit in any space such as an end table, desk, nightstand, or mantle. They also make perfect gifts for special occasions.
Here are a few things to remember before you buy a water feature:
Space: Check the size of the area where you want to install the waterfall. Make sure the size of the fountain will fit in the area. Include the length and width, and give room for people to move about. A fountain that is too big for a space can stand out like a sore thumb and a fountain that is too small for the area can lose its presence. The area that you want to install your fountain is one of the most important aspects of a successful design.
Style: Contemporary water features such as an indoor waterfall comes in a wide range of materials and designs – granite to stainless steel. Choose a style and finish that complements an existing area or décor. Fountains made of copper, slate, wood and other natural materials are among the most popular environmentally friendly choices. Black slate, stainless steel, glass, and mirrored wall-mounted waterfalls are particularly dramatic but can be difficult to maintain. Fountains made of bamboo, ceramic or stone can provide a feeling of lightness and provide an exotic overall feel.
Safety: Check traffic flow patterns around the fountain to avoid accidents. Electrical wirings must be properly installed and keep away from small children and animals.