Over the past few weeks, we’ve shown you a wide variety of gazebos, pergolas, pavilions, arbors, cabanas, pool houses and more, and of the several themes that have run through these structures, one stands out above all others – water.
That’s right, many of these items are designed to be used near some form of water feature, whether it’s down by the water front, or, more typically, next to your swimming pool.
Now, we realise, of course, that not everybody has room for a pool in their back yard, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without a water feature completely.
So, as you may have gathered already, we’re going to be looking at outdoor water fountains today.
Clearly, they don’t replace pools completely (e.g. you can’t go swimming in most fountains), but they do provide many other benefits.
Firstly, of course, there’s that magical sound of trickling water (click the Audio MP3 icon below to simulate this while you read the rest of this article).
We don’t know about you, but it seems as though there’s something primal about that sound – that, and bird song, are two things that remind you of Mother Nature, and it’s also very relaxing, for some reason.
Secondly, and speaking of nature, fountains are a great way to attract birds to your yard, so if you enjoy watching our feathered friends, you could always set up a fountain outside your gazebo (or whatever structure you choose to install), and sit there, sipping on a cool drink, while you watch them come and go.
Then, if the fountain designer has done their job well, there is the aesthetic element to consider – the clever interplay between the fountain, the water, and the light as it sparkles off the water. A truly inspired fountain can be really mesmerizing!
So, having hopefully whetted your appetite, as it were, let’s take a look at just a few of the many designs that are available:
|Large Rockfall Fountain||Palazzo Fluted Fountain|
|Palazzo Pouring Cherub Fountain||Palazzo Urn Fountain|
|Grand Plaza 3-Tier Fountain||Parisienne 2-Tier Fountain|
|Rainy Girl Palazzo Fountain With Matching Resin Umbrella With Spray Ring||Grande Millennia Dolphin Fountain|
|Four Tier Renaissance Fountain In Toscana Pool||Beauvais Fountain|
|Valencia Cherub Fountain In Pool||Three Tier Renaissance In Valencia Fountain|
|Palazzo Quattro Tier Fountain||Palazzo Venus Fountain|
These too can take up a fair bit of space, especially the Grande Palazzo Fluted Fountain shown at the top of this page (which, by the way, is the largest displayed on this page – it comprises 29 pieces), so if you don’t even have room for any of these, then you can always consider a wall fountain, such as the Estancia Wall Fountain, depicted here.
This particular model is just 46 inches wide, 58 inches tall, and from front to back, it’s just over 26 inches, so it’s incredibly compact, and yet still offers you all of the benefits of your very own private water feature.
Our Top Ten Indoor Water Fountains
If you don’t have the space for an outdoor fountain, then check out these indoor water fountains (many of which can be used outdoors too, if you want):
|Flowing River Fountain – Flame Finish||Tree Bark Fountain With LED Lights|
|Four Tier In The Forest Fountain||Asym Floor Fountain On Pedestal|
|Water And Fire Fountain||Triple Nojoqui Falls Water Wonder Fountain In Stainless Steel|
|Circular Cascade Fountain||Emperial Amphora Fountain|
|Etched Bamboo Gardenfall Fountain With Dark Copper Frame – Large||Silver Mirror Gardenfall Fountain With Brushed Stainless Steel Frame – Large|
There are plenty more water fountains you can choose from at Garden-Fountains.com – their range includes fountains made of all sorts of materials, including cast stone, fiberglass, stainless steel, copper and wood, for both outdoor and indoor use, as well as other items such as waterfalls, bird baths, statues and planters (some of which we may cover in future articles).
In case you were wondering, then of the ones we’ve presented to you here, Mark’s favourite is the Large Rockfall Fountain (it has a Zen-like quality to it which is really appealing), while Rae’s favourite is the Grande Palazzo Fluted Fountain.
Click here to find your favourite fountain…
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