Contemporary Garden Decor: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Roots

ft-171__41801.jpg The incredible architecture of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to enhance your home.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Inhabitants of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the designer. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often utilized by Romans to beautify their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains.

The Many Styles in Garden Fountains

A garden can be a little sanctuary, providing you a tranquil place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. While there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and built, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it.

Investing in a breathtaking garden is good, as it will enhance the “curb appeal” and value of your home. Experts recommend adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a lovely water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

A water fountain can make a significant difference to the charm and tranquility of your garden. Where you once had a plain area, you will now enjoy an outdoor wonderland. You are not the only one who will love the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly creatures visiting. The rest of the garden will suddenly become just background to the beautiful new fountain.

Select a Wall Mounted Water Element for your Home

Your house or garden are great places for a wall mounted fountain. Is the room you have available too small for a water element? A wall fountain can eliminate this problem. You can install one anywhere including any wall, post, or fence. When you have decided on the precise location to put your water feature, fill it with water and connect the fountain’s pump electrical cord. Your functioning water fountain is now ready for inside or outdoor use. Your wall fountain can be installed in any number of places so be certain to carefully choose the best place for it. Use your imagination to visualize the perfect place to display your wall fountain. Look at your fountain under different lights including daylight and evening light, as this will influence its final look.

The Best Way to Mount a Wall Water Feature

Any space will benefit from the inclusion of a wall fountain. The calming sound of the waterfall will de-stress and sooth. People tend to hang wall fountains in any room where folks gather, but most commonly in foyers. How to install one varies somewhat depending on the model, but there are some general directions that apply to all of them. Note that different components will need to be put together during assembly.

First you should attach the base to the upper part, then connect the pump and the tubing. The directions should be read first to make sure it is assembled correctly. You will find the procedure relatively simple. Keep in mind, though, that each design might need a slight adjustment. Another person can be helpful to hold the wall fountain in the correct place so that you can mark the wall. The simplest way to ensure it is hung correctly is to use a level. Both the top and the base should be marked. Wall features can be mounted in more than one way. The first is to use screws which you slide into the slots on the back. Alternatively, you could install brackets to the wall and use those. The second option is better suited, especially for larger wall fountains. Mark the point on the wall where the brackets need to be installed. Utilize a drill to make the pilot holes on the wall for your drywall anchors. Insert the anchors by correctly hammering them into the wall. Use a cordless drill or a screwdriver to mount the brackets, making sure they are straight. It is finally time to hang your wall fountain onto the mounting brackets. Be certain it is both secure and level. Water can be added as soon as the fountain has been positioned. Make sure there is enough water to cover the pump. Plug the pump into the wall and watch the water begin to flow. The water should fill the basin to within one inch of the upper end. The basin will overflow when the pump is off if it’s too full, so be sure not to fill it completely. The water level will rise because all of the circulating water will settle down at the bottom part of the basin. When there is too much water, it will spill out and can damage your flooring and furniture.

What Are Landscape Fountains Made From?

Most contemporary garden fountains come in metal, although various other types exist. Metals tend to create clean lines and unique sculptural accents and can fit almost any design theme or budget. The interior design of your residence should establish the look and feel of your yard and garden as well.

A popular choice today is copper, and it is used in the making of many sculptural garden fountains. Copper is common for both inside and outside use and is widely found in tabletop and cascade fountains, among others. Copper is also flexible enough that you can select a range of styles for your fountain, from contemporary to whimsical.

Also common, brass fountains typically have a more old-fashioned look to them versus their copper counterpart. Even though they are a bit old-fashioned, brass fountains are quite common because they often incorporate interesting artwork.

Perhaps the most modern of all metals is stainless steel. A cutting-edge steel design will quickly boost the value of your garden as well as the feeling of peacefulness. As with any type of fountain, they are available in numerous sizes.

Fiberglass fountains are well liked because they look similar to metal but are more affordable and much less cumbersome to move around. Caring for a fiberglass water fountain is fairly easy, another benefit that consumers seek.

Multi -Level Water Features

Fountains with more than one tier are very easy to find, and typical especially in gardens. You can find a lot of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European nations. Piazzas and building courtyards are very popular places where you will see tiered fountains. Tiered fountains come in a wide array of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively basic types.

Traditional or classic locations are great places for them. It should look as if the fountain has been part of the decoration since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Improve Your Life with a Water Fountain

Having a fountain around can enhance your daily life as the soothing sound of the water provides a sense of tranquility, and the movement of the water serves to clean and moisten the air.

There are many positive aspects to having an indoor or exterior water fountain which you may not even recognize. People around the world flock to coastal cities and major bodies of water, most likely driven by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. Water is required for life, and a water feature can provide the benefits of water in a convenient and affordable way.

Your patio, porch, or back yard can be improved by getting an outdoor garden fountain. However lovely it already is, your site will be even more beautiful if you add an outdoor water feature from the wide variety available. A wonderful idea is to install one on the wall of your screened porch, or perhaps outside as part of your outdoor decor. If you have a flower bed, consider installing a beautiful tiered type there to add a feeling of harmony. Birds love birdbath fountains because the cascading of the water ensures that it stays clean and does not accumulate bacteria and algae. Add the final touch with the tranquil sound of moving water in your garden.


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