Water is one of the most versatile elements on the Earth.  In home décor it can take on many uses but can also be used to appeal to all the senses. From the exterior of your home to the interior, water is calming, organic, and demands respect when placed in the home.  Here are 5 beautiful ways to bring decorative water features into your home.

1.) Exterior water features add ambiance: An outdoor water feature added in a garden, at a pool, or near the front entry of your home are welcome additions for guests and home owners. Outdoor water features are beautiful to look at, and even better to listen to.  If you have a busy street that your home lies adjacent to, or you want a serene atmosphere, consider adding an exterior water feature.  Water features also help keep away bugs in the summer time due to the moving water, and at night can be lit up for a display of multi-colored lights and sounds.

2.) Add water to a foyer or entryway of your home: If you’d like to add a dramatic entryway to your home, consider adding a water feature. Accent walls with river rock and water trickling over them makes a beautiful backdrop to an open entry foyer.  A Koi fish pond with a fountain adjacent will be focal point of discussion and enjoyment for guests visiting your home.  A landscape architect could help you design the perfect pond for your home.  Do it yourself varieties can be researched at your local home improvement store.

3.) Add architectural interest with aquariums: Fish have a very calming effect on humans, especially when they are located in beautiful aquariums. Water features can include using architectural niches in your wall to add aquariums.  Aquariums can be simple or elaborate and can range in prices from thirty dollars into the thousands.  Aquariums can be housed in walls that separate spaces or in private bedrooms, bath rooms and hallways.  If you’re concerned with maintenance, aquarium services are popular and are similar in nature to hiring a pool maintenance service.

4.) Use desk sized water features to relieve stress: Water features don’t have to be major installations into your home; they can also be portable for personal use.  Desk sized fountains and water features can help make your home office more productive and relaxing.  Some water fountains have soothing pre-recorded sounds to play to relax and create an organic atmosphere in any part of your home.

5.) Still and moving water are both therapeutic: Still water in the form of reflecting ponds indoors and outdoors are welcome additions to entertaining spaces.  Evening entertaining around water features can add a beautiful backdrop for dining, mingling, or intimate guest gatherings.  Moving water can include waterfalls and artisan built one-of-a kind sculptures.  Artisans who specialize in water sculptures can visit your home and create a feature that includes the colors and textures of your home.

Water in our homes can be soothing and invigorating. From waterfalls to soothing aquariums, your home can experience it all with the addition of water features. If you decide to have water features installed, consider using professional contractors and landscapers to plan, build and execute. Unless you are confident with what you’re doing, water leaking and infiltration back in to your home can cause major problems in the future. Professionals will know how to properly build and seal the water features for home construction. Try and of these 5 ways and see how they beautifully calm your home!

Freshome reader’s do you have any water features installed in your home? How about the portable sized ones for your home office? Do they help calm you?