Water is an element that is vital to one’s life. While quenching the thirst, it can also be a form of therapy. The feel, sight, and sound of water have the ability to calm and heal one’s mind and body. That being said, it would be great if water becomes a major aspect in our home’s design. Just imagine living in a home that is facing a large body of water such as the sea, river, waterfall, or lake. Blessed are those who reside close to these natural surroundings.
Luckily for the rest of us (who don’t have such luxury), it is possible to incorporate water into our interior design. We just have to have a pretty wide backyard, state-of-the-art materials, and an unlimited supply of creativity to create these attractive, earth-friendly, and even therapeutic water features.
One of the best ways to accentuate water into your home is by building a garden pond with gurgling waterfalls. This idea does not only make your space seem appealing but eco-friendly as well since you are allowing living things like plants and aquatic animals to dwell in your home.
You just have to invest in time and building materials in making your dream pond into a reality. Create the base of the pond by excavating the area, laying with rubber, piling up rocks, and installing pump and power chord. Then you may inhabit it with water lilies and other plants once the base has been filled up with water.
Aside from aquatic plants, you may breed aquatic animals such as koi fishes into your pond. Koi fishes are one of the best fishes to be kept in your pond. These fishes prefer water temperature that ranges from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius but they can adapt to colder temperatures. They also have a long lifespan. They usually live for 25 to 30 years but can last up to 100 years if they are well taken care of. You may also breed frogs or toads if you see no problem with the presence of these hopping amphibians in your home.
Make your pond come to life by adding a wide array of plants around it. Aside from cleaning and filtering the air, plants invite wild living creatures such as bees, butterflies, and birds into your space, allowing beautiful harmony to flow. Whether you prefer a traditional or modern appeal, it is pretty amusing that the touch of nature can blend to any type of interior or exterior styles.
If you don’t have a large backyard for a koi pond but you really love aquatic creatures, you always have plan B: an outdoor aquarium. Just imagine how wonderful it is to see different kinds of fishes enjoying their stay inside the glass tanks, providing a calming underwater scenery while you’re drinking your morning coffee.
Instead of the having typical fish tank decorated with synthetic plants, be more creative in displaying your fishes. You may add life to your plain, boring fish tank by putting pebbles, live plants, and flowing water. You may also think of a non-conventional, custom-built fish tank that will blend naturally with the mood of your exterior. Instead of putting the tank top of a table, think of great angles like putting the world underwater beneath your walls, or making it an extension of your pool.
Just keep in mind that the idea, no matter how extravagant that is, should also benefit the lives of these aquatic creatures. The temperature and climate of your area play a huge role, so it’s important to choose the fishes that can endure changing temperatures like Goldfishes, Carps, Paradise Fishes, and Black Skirt Tetras.
Isn’t it pleasing to hear the sounds of water splashing and birds chirping in your garden? Attract wild birds into your serene sanctuary by putting a bird bath, a shallow pond for birds to bathe, drink, and chill for a moment.
You can find great-looking bird baths in some outdoor furniture stores and pet supplies stores but if you don’t want to spend that much, you may create your own. Instead of throwing away your old basins, shallow bowls, flower pots, and even old sinks, you may use them in creating a colorful and attractive temporary dwelling place for wild birds. Combine them with natural elements such as wood, rocks, bamboo, twigs, and plants for a more natural appeal.
This one is for those with deep admiration for waterfalls. You can have your very own man-made one by acquiring a fountain. Feng Shui experts claim that having a presence of flowing water in your home indicates flowing wealth and income. Whether you’re a believer of this Chinese philosophical system or not, a water fountain can be an interesting addition to your exterior since it brings motion to your space. Aside from the fact that it’s visually appealing, water fountains can also serve as a way of rejuvenating one’s mind and body.
There are many kinds of fountains but the most common are those made up of stone, concrete, and fiberglass. These fountains can either be a wall mounted or freestanding. Based on the personality of your home, you may furnish them with classical statues and figurines, natural elements like rocks, wood, and bamboo, and special kind of lighting to highlight its beauty in the dark.
The author is a writer for Wincrest Home Builders, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family Homes in Australia.