If you are considering the use of a water fountain for your courtyard, yard, or main entrance to your home, you should know that you have an enormous range of choices available to you.
For one thing, you can always elect to use the classic water fountain design that features tiers of stone over which the water gently spills and flows. You might also opt for a more “natural” look that relies upon materials carved or shaped into designs that have the appearance of natural stone and which present the viewer with the idea of a small waterfall.
There are also many wall mounted designs too, and you could have a small decorative water fountain positioned to greet the visitor who approaches your front door or main entrance too.
Clearly, this means that if you plan to use a water fountain in your home, you also need to make some decisions well ahead of actually selecting the one you hope to use. What sorts of decisions? Firstly, you must ensure that you have an adequate supply of electricity to operate the nearly silent pumps that are used for most fountains. You also should ensure that you have a safe amount of clearance around the fountain’s base. Though you may want a very large and expansive fountain that uses a decorative pool as its base, you must be sure that no one will fall or trip as they make their way past it towards your yard or front door.
You might also want to consider the ways that the fountain can integrate with your yard or garden design. For example, there are outdoor fountains made of bamboo, or which use beautiful brass or stone accents. Can such a thing be used to enhance or emphasize the way you have already designed your garden or yard space? This is a major issue to consider because even the most beautiful outdoor fountain can become too incongruous to work well with the surrounding area.
Consider the example of the homeowner who opted for a large urn fountain…they knew that they could select carved stone, glazed ceramic, and even some metal materials. They also knew that there was a diversity of urn styles to choose from as well, including an olive jar design, a planter style, and others. They took the time to consider how the different shapes and forms would work with their causal gardening plans, and chose the one that fit the best into this general pattern and décor.