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A water fountain can be a brilliant addition to any home's interior or exterior. Not only does it add to the aesthetic value of the home, it is also popularly believed that as per Feng Shui, having a water fountain helps with health, wealth, and prosperity. Our section on water fountains will give you a peek into the different kind of water fountains you can choose from. It will also help if you're keen on building one yourself.

Indoor Decorative Fountains

Indoor decorative fountains can magically transform your home into a peaceful natural surrounding and you can bring to your home the soothing sound of running water that has such a relaxing effect. Over the years, indoor fountains have increased in popularity because of their ability to heal; not only do they add a soothing effect through their bubbling sounds, but also are a treat to the eyes.

Indoor and outdoor fountains come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The toughest part, when it comes to building a fountain is deciding on how to attain the desired height of the fountain. The bigger the structure you build, the greater will be your expenses. So, there is no point in building a massive structure. So, if you are planning on decorating your home with outdoor or indoor fountains, there are two main aspects that you need to focus on―the cascading design of the fountain and the pool into which all the water will collect.

Choosing a Fountain

A small fountain will be just as effective in creating a calming atmosphere as a big one. There are a few things you need to keep in mind before you go ahead and build your indoor (or outdoor) fountain. First and foremost, you must consider the location. If you are planning on building it in the garden, then your fountain must be plainly visible and it must fit in with the natural landscape of the garden. You can use bronze, slate, stone, or any other type of solid material for building your fountain. If you are planning on building an outdoor fountain, you must always keep in mind the variation in temperatures. Polyresin is a lightweight but tough substitute for marble or heavy stone and it has the ability to take on a number of finishes without really burning a hole in your wallet.

An ideal fountain needs to strike a balance between blending in with the current surroundings and standing out as a decorative piece. On one hand, if the fountain is too small, then it will fail to have that eye-catching effect. But on the other hand, if it is way too big, then it might look like it belongs in a park and not in your home garden. So, if you have a small balcony or a narrow entrance, you should probably opt for a tabletop or wall fountain. But, if you have a huge garden, then you can create a universe of your own by making cascading fountains. From indoor table to wall attachment fountains, there are so many varieties of indoor decorative fountains that it can be quite challenging when it comes to choosing the perfect one for your home.

Solar Fountains

With a rise in energy costs in places like California, an increasing number of homeowners are now trying to look for other alternative energy sources. This, however, has encouraged its usage. These fountains are eco-friendly and are pretty much affordable. Since they work on sunlight, there is no electricity required. Thus, they don't have to be located near any power source.

The greatest advantage here is that there will be no position restriction. For instance, solar pond fountains can be placed in your garden pond itself, away from any power points. Thus, there are no electrical cords to jostle with, as these can be dangerous around water. You can allow these fountains to float on the pond, or you can use a rope or an anchor to hold them in place. Unlike most other fountains, solar fountains are low maintenance and do not make any noise. Besides, they are safe to use around pets and children. They can be used any time of the year, even in winters as long as the temperatures do not fall below freezing point. If the solar panel is attached to the fountain during freezing weathers, and if there is sunlight outside, it is possible for the pump to get dented. It is best to disconnect your fountain in such weather conditions.

Along with the resale value, indoor decorative fountains can greatly transform the look and feel of your home. If you like fountains and waterfalls, but don't feel confident enough to build them on your own, then you can hire a home improvement professional or a landscaper. They will be able to transform your home into paradise in less than a day's time.

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