Water features certainly bring aesthetic value to your outdoor living space. Moreover, the sound of running water has a calming effect on a lot of people. It induces a sense of tranquility that enhances our relaxation experience. The same could be said for allowing our thoughts to wander as we watch the water make its way through the continuous cycle.
If you’re considering adding a water feature this year, there are all types from which to choose. Of course, the more elaborate the design, the more cost you’ll incur. However, the finished product is sure to have a dramatic effect on your surroundings—inside or out!
We often see water walls, bubblers, or elaborate waterfalls outdoors in the pool area. However, indoor water features are popular too.
An indoor water feature works in the same way that outdoor ones operate. It circulates water in a controlled cycle purely for decorative purposes. They can sit on the floor, be installed on the wall, or placed on a tabletop.
There are no special plumbing requirements as there is a reservoir within each unit that is filled with water upon installation. Then, the water continuously circulates through the cycle.
Lighted features may require additional installation if you want the lights wired to a specific light switch, for example. Otherwise, the majority of them simply plug into a wall socket.
Benefits of water features
The number one benefit in a lot of people’s minds has to be the effect of the sound of the gently trickling water. I could almost utter a contented sigh just thinking about it.
There are other benefits to installing a water feature besides the relaxation factor.
Release negative ions
Negative ions get depleted in enclosed areas due to the presence of electricity. Moving water generates negative ions which is beneficial to your health.
Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain which results in more focus, feeling less drowsy, and puts you in a better mental state overall. Studies suggest that negative ions can guard against germs in the air which reduces the symptoms of those suffering with respiratory issues.
Moving water increases humidity levels. This is especially beneficial in areas that are consistently controlled by central heating or air conditioning. Pretty sure that we meet that qualification living where we do, right?
Improved interior design
Not that your tastes were less than desirable before deciding to install a water feature to heighten the ambiance! Still, incorporating natural elements, such as water, into the space can make it even better. It won’t be difficult to find the perfect feature to blend with your overall tastes.
If you’re into Feng shui…
Water features are an integral part of Feng Shui—a practice of arranging your furniture and other possessions in specific order to create balance with the world. They are also essential to geomancy, which is a method of divination that interprets markings on the ground or the patterns formed by tossed handfuls of soil, rocks, or sand.
Both beliefs agree that water features are the best way to bring positive energy into the home.
Which style suits you?
Perhaps you have the perfect water feature in mind and can’t wait to get it installed. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, here are a few ideas for you to consider.
Water walls are often found in the center of or bordering a swimming pool. A smaller version can be the perfect addition to your lanai area whether it’s enclosed or not.
It would seem that this is a water feature that skilled do-it-yourselfers tackle pretty readily because there are loads of how-to videos on YouTube.
However, if working with metal isn’t your thing, you may want to hire a professional instead. You’ll need to get hands-on with cutting metal and drilling holes in the tubing—unless you purchase a pre-made kit of some type, of course.
Cutting takes precision and you could soon find yourself making costly mistakes.
Sconces or wall fountains
Whether you call them scones or fountains, this type of water feature makes a striking statement without taking up much space. While it seems water scones are often depicted including a lion with water coming from his mouth, we’re pretty sure there are designs out there sans the king of beasts.
It would be easy to show you an entire catalog of different floor fountain designs because they come in every style imaginable.
When installing a floor fountain for an interior space, it might be wise to consider choosing a faux stone fountain over real stone due to the sheer weight difference alone. Stone or concrete fountains could be to heavy for interior floors without first installing reinforcement.
Floor fountains are assembled when purchased and are easy to install. Moreover, you can easily move them to another area of your lanai or patio.
Tabletop fountains may be scaled way down, but it doesn’t inhibit their ability to provide a sense of tranquility to the room. The trickling water can become mesmerizing just as easily as their bigger counterparts—and at a fraction of the cost.
Actually, there’s a big difference in the cost between tabletop water fountains and those that are regular size. You may decide to use a couple of tabletop fountains rather than installing a larger version.
Welcome to tranquility
Once you’ve made your decision and have your new water feature installed, your outdoor living area is going to be your favorite place to relax and unwind after a long day. If it was already your favorite spot in the house, you’ll look forward to being there even more than before.
That may seem hard to believe, but just wait until you hear it… the sound of water trickling along its set path is going to have quite an impact on your senses.
Let’s just close our eyes and imagine it for a moment and… all together now… release that contented sigh.