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Interior Water Fountains: Benefits of Relaxing Water Features in Your Home

Updated on November 24, 2015

Indoor water fountains in our homes and offices, used as standalone or table top décor features is a great interior décor idea. Asides serving as decoration items, they also function as natural soothing elements that provide us with calming thoughts and unmatched serenity.

Sheer tranquility indoors!


Water Features - Not Only About Aesthetics

Owning a water fountain indoors is not only about placing a pleasing decorative element on your coffee table or setting wall waterfalls as your living room’s focal point. Watching water cascading and flowing over rocks and stones is therapeutic and is an important part of a discipline that focuses on people's relationships with their natural environment . . . it’s really like living indoors with nature around you.

This creates harmony with natural forces which is believed to influence us all in a positive manner.

Many of us purchase indoor waterfall decorations for its soothing clean sounds and for its ability to distract from other noisy nuisances in our interior spaces. Waterfalls and fountains sounds of flowing water for example will help to drown out 'chit chatting' sounds of noisy workers, or from conversations, or the ‘click-clicking’ sounds of keyboards in an open office environment.

So asides the aesthetic beauty of indoor waterfalls and what it may represent to different people, if there are disturbing sounds around you, you can ‘drown’ them out with the wonderful and graceful sounds of gently cascading water.

An Interior Water Fountain
An Interior Water Fountain

Types of Indoor Water Fountains

There are numerous styles and varieties of water features that you can use indoors, made from materials ranging from ceramics and natural stone to coated steel, PVC based, and glazed pieces. Styles range from the classic and traditional to the contemporary and modern.

They fall under the following categories:

  • Wall mounted
  • Table top waterfalls
  • Desk top fountains
  • Standalone units
  • Patio fountains

Five Benefits of Waterfalls and Fountains Indoors

  1. The calming and soothing sound that emanates from water falling slowly helps focus the mind on pleasant thoughts. It’s like listening to the distant sounds of a mountain's waterfall, only that it’s within an interior space.
  2. Waterfalls and fountains are known to produce beneficial negative ions which are minuscule electrically charged particles that help tremendously in keeping us alert but in a relaxed mode . . . great therapy.
  3. The humidifying effect of water moistens the atmosphere. This is good in that it increases the elasticity of the respiratory walls and passages, making breathing easier and thus healthier.
  4. Indoor water features have a fantastic effect on the skin of home occupants. It keeps the skin moisture 'filled' and supple, an added benefit for people with dry skin. It’s also good for the prevention of rashes and flakiness.
  5. The quietly flowing sounds and ripples are stress and tension relieving. It is a great thing to come home after a hard and stressful day's work to a tranquil interior. The soothing sight of flowing water, the falling sounds and the clear sparkling waterfalls will calm raw nerves and inspire a relaxing mood and atmosphere.

Therapeutic negative ions:

  1. Removes impurities from the air in the interior space
  2. Helps in alleviating skin allergies caused by air pollutants
  3. Decreases interior pollution and the risk of respiratory problems

What’s the Right Kind Of Indoor Water Feature for You?

There are many exquisite and stylish indoor fountains that can be bought 'off the shelf' but you’ll find loads more to choose from if you shop online.

If what you seek is something that makes a bold statement in your interior, water fountains do that so powerfully because they look elegant and decorative, even in restaurant, hotel, and office interiors. And it is certain you must have seen some companies integrate their logos into fountain designs, set in their reception areas. This affords them a striking focal point for their organisation.

Regarding materials used to create an indoor waterfall, you have a choice of natural materials . . . rough stone, slate, and granite, terracotta, metal, or marble, or man-made ones produced from materials such as glass, wax, and plastics.

But which type will work best for your interior space?

The placement area (surface), or the available space you have (if standalone) will determine the type and size of water feature ideal for your interior.

1. Table top interior water fountains

These types are also referred to as desktop water fountains. Depending on the surface you intend to place them on, they come as small as six inches high to anything as high as three feet.

You can use a small table top fountain on a desk, coffee table, corner table, floating shelves or just about any other surface. Table top water features possess a unique look that enhances the appearance of any element on which they are placed.

2. Standalone (floor) waterfalls

These can be incorporated into the theme of any room, even your bedroom if you have the floor space though they hardly occupy much floor space. Use is diverse . . . they may be placed up against the wall, placed in a floating position, or placed to serve as a decorative room divider.

For an illusion of a French door for example, a floor fountain with water falling over a flat face will appear like a frosted window/door. These types require no plumbing and are very easy to set up with simple step-by-step assembly guidelines.

3. Indoor wall water features

Wall water fountains are mounted on a clutter free wall and if installed right will dramatically enhance the ambiance of any home or office wall. Many that fall into this category are made from fine copper, steel, glass, slate and stones.

If you have them installed on a prominent interior wall, they can serve as your focal point of the room.

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Indoor water features are very easy to maintain and as they come with self-contained (built-in) plumbing, there isn't any need for extra plumbing works.

All that is required in terms of water supply is to ensure the water is topped weekly, about a couple of cups a week depending on the size and design of the fountain/waterfall.

Flow pumps are quite durable and generally adjustable so you can decide on a slow or fast flow for re-circulating the water coming from its usually small reservoir.

A Tabletop Interior Water Fountain
A Tabletop Interior Water Fountain

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    • GPAGE profile image

      GPAGE 6 years ago from California

      V! I used to have one of these in my home......thanx for reminding me! I could really use one now......another fantastic hub from you! I hope you are well! G

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      Hi G. Always so good to see you.

      Funny, i have always seen these lovely decorative pieces, but never thought of purchasing one, that is until i decided to use them for an ongoing project. Now i need to get a floor interior water fountain for myself.

      I just so love the look and sounds of gently flowing waters.


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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information. I am glad to have one of indoor water fountain. Thanks for share with us. Vote this Up.


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      viryabo 6 years ago

      Hi Prasetio, nice to see you here. I'm sure you are enjoying your interior water fountain.

      Thanks for visiting and the 'up' rating P and GodBless

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      Debbie 6 years ago

      A really interesting article. The physical health benefits of an indoor water feature would make getting one worthwhile even without its aesthetic appeal!

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      I agree debbie. The therapeutic qualities of indoor water features almost outrank their aesthetic qualities.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Harsha 5 years ago

      Where can i buy these affordable Ecofriendly Indoor Floor Water Fountains. I'm in love with it. Also the

      Bamboo Interior Water Fountain. Want to buy it. Please advice. xxx

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      viryabo 5 years ago

      Interior water fountains are beautiful aren't they.

      They can be found at many on-line stores including on Amazon and eBay.

      Thanks for visiting Harsha.

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