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Indoor Water Fountains for Home Owners

They're Not Just for Luxury Hotels and Spas

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Imagine the subtle soothing mood set by a floor water fountain.

Traditionally, indoor water fountains have been used to add prestige and luxury to a hotel, lobby, or high end spa. But within the last few years, it has become possible and affordable to bring this sign of luxury into your home.

Interior fountains can add a sense of professionalism to almost any living space, creating an air of sophistication to your home.

Because it engages the viewer through several of their five physical senses, an indoor water fountain can be an ideal accessory to add a special touch of class or distinction to your home.

In addition to the obvious visual appeal these units have, there are other benefits that appeal to our senses of hearing and even smell.

  • There is little debate that visually an indoor water fountain is stunning and can become a focal point in a room.
  • An indoor water fountain can be used subtly in the background within the décor of a room.
  • Audibly, the gentle trickle and gurgle of flowing water provides a very relaxing, tranquil feel to a room. This helps create an ambiance of peace and tranquility and creates a gentle backdrop.
  • A water fountain can be used to subtly cover ndesirable background noises such as traffic on a busy street, despite the fact that it is not aggressively loud. The gentle natural sounds can soon fill a room and filter out the undesirable background noises.
  • Even more subtle are the virtues of an indoor fountain that benefit and appeal to the sense of smell and touch.
  • The ever present moving water creates a “freshness” to the air.
  • A water fountain acts as decorative feature in your décor and serves as a natural humidifier.

An indoor fountain can really fit within any style or décor and, as with any other consideration for your home décor, care must be taken in choosing the right match.

Indoor fountains really come in 3 basic models with hundreds of different designs to fit personal preferences and the existing décor within the home.

Despite the different styles available, the basics of an indoor fountain stay constant. They will all consist of a reservoir which contains the water at the base of the fountain, a fountain head (the point where the water starts its decent within the feature) and the pump which moves the water from the reservoir to the fountain head.

There are essentially three main options for a person to consider when they are thinking about adding a water feature to their home. Each model option is virtually self-explanatory, but each model does come with some different factors to consider.

  • Indoor table top fountains are typically small features that sit on a desk or table top. A table top fountain is typically the size of a table plate or bowl in surface area. These fountains range in height.

    Table top fountains are the most diverse of all indoor fountains since they can incorporate a combination of textures and features, including candles, mist (from an artificial mister), slate, granite, glass, bamboo, aquatic plants, river stone, sea shells, or an artificial resin surface.

    Because table top fountains are rather small, they are typically not used as a feature in a large room. They can be easily displayed on an end table. Despite their small size, table top fountains bring the unique and classy sights and sounds of moving water to a small room.

    Incorporating a table top fountain on a bedside table can add a very romantic and sensual feel to the master bedroom.

    A table top fountain is easy to set up. Except for limited assembly, it's almost a "plug-in-and-go" fountain.

  • Indoor floor water fountains follow the same concept as the table top fountain, but in a larger format. Floor water fountains are typically more vertical than horizontal and are the most costly water feature that the average home owner might consider.

    A large floor fountain can really become a main feature in a room. These models are also very diverse. The surface over which the water flows down is glass, slate or a resin composite in most floor standing models.

    Artificial light is incorporated in several floor standing water fountain models. This adds another dimension to the feature.

    Floor water fountains are easy to install. The cord can be very easily hidden.

  • Indoor wall water features add a touch of sophistication and class, regardless of the details of the design. They typically become the focal point in a room.

    Within a copper or stainless steel frame, wall mounted features often incorporate a slate, river stone, or fiberglass or resin surface over which the water flows.

    Artificial lights are frequently incorporated into wall mounted units to draw attention to the feature.

    Wall fountains can be challenging to install and are more permanent features. These units will require installing a mounting bracket to the wall and require a GFI electrical outlet. If the GFI electrical outlet is not directly behind the wall-hanging fountain, the cord can be difficult to hide.

No longer are luxury hotels the only place to enjoy the sights and sounds of cascading waters. Water fountains are very interactive pieces of art that engage the viewer and draw in most people with their broad appeal.

If you are looking for ways to create a unique yet classy look to your living space, you might want to consider your options for integrating an indoor fountain.

See tabletop fountains, wall fountains, and floor fountains at Premium Indoor Fountains.

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