Choosing the Right Water Fountain
Choosing the Right Indoor Water Fountain
Today, indoor water fountains are available in a wide range of sizes, styles, materials, and price points. These living art pieces can be purchased in everything from copper to glass to elegant marble. They add beauty to any space they occupy, and the cascading water makes a sound so serene it can transform the room into an oasis of tranquility.
Determine Your Budget
Water features range from under $100 to several thousand. Determining your budget upfront will help narrow down the selection, so you don't spend days sifting through inventory above your price point.
Become Familiar with Styles
- Wall - Water walls are sophisticated and quickly create an eye level focal point in the room. They come in horizontal and vertical varieties, and get mounted to the wall.
- Floor - These freestanding varieties require no special installation. You can place them against any wall, or there are center-mounted varieties that can be enjoyed from different angles. Some freestanding fountains stand 10 feet tall.
- Tabletop - Every room of any size can easily welcome a tabletop fountain. These are portable and can be placed on nearly any flat surface. This category has the most diverse selection.
Choose the Location
The location of the fountain is going to play a major role in choosing a style. For example, if you want one for a narrow hallway, a wall variety would be more practical than a freestanding one that could get tripped over. A few points to keep in mind include:
- Purpose - Are you trying to create a focal point? Do you need to cover a hole in the wall? Is there an empty corner that needs attention?
- Scale - The piece you purchase should be proportionate to the space. The only exception is the tabletop variety. In this case, it should be proportionate to the table size.
- Design - The water feature should complement your current furniture and décor, not become a distraction. If you have a room full of busy patterns, a black spider marble fountain would not be a good idea.
Do you want a water feature with lights? Would you like a dimmer for the lights? Do you want to be able to adjust the speed of the water flow? There are several options to consider, such as a water purification system, extended warranties, self-cleaning capabilities, and drains.
Ready, Set, Shop!
Take your time and browse the selection that is available while keeping in mind all the points you considered in this guide. It is often easiest to focus on price, then size, material, and additional features.