The more high technologies penetrate into life, the more overwhelming is the desire to bring a particle of living nature into our vain life. Therefore, probably, the fashion for indoor fountains is spreading more and more in the interiors of our apartments and offices. A little water – and here’s a living nature, it can’t be more alive. Since ancient times, the beneficial, calming effect of water flow on the human psyche has been known. In addition, it helps to improve the quality of the urban person’s habitat, which, as we know, is not ideal. Take at least such an indicator as air humidity. For good health, it should be 40-50%, and in winter in apartments with central heating, this figure sometimes drops below 30%. Fountains act as air humidifiers and reduce static electricity build-up in rooms.
Under the name “home fountains”, experts unite a large group of completely different-looking devices, in which the “main character” is living water. Often they do not correspond at all to the traditional idea of a fountain as a stream of water gushing under pressure with a rainbow of splashes..
You’ve probably seen home fountains. Most likely it was a plastic bowl with a decorative composition inside: a pond of living water, bordered by plastic plants, white swans. Or a tiny fisherman: he sits by a stream and fishes for a fish that does not exist. Not Versailles, of course, and not Peterhof. But you look at these funny naive figures, listen to the bubbling water, and your soul warms up. Desktop fountains are the smallest and simplest versions of fountains, you just need to buy them and plug them into the power grid.
Where are you, rustling grasses, ringing streams, green mountains? You are far away. We are separated by time and space. One day a person comes to the conclusion that one can not wait for the next vacation, but invite nature to visit him. According to the proverb: if Magomed does not go to the mountain, then the mountain goes to Magomed. In this case, not the whole mountain, but a piece that imitates it. This is how an interior decorative landscape appears – a three-dimensional decorative structure designed to be installed in an apartment, and not on a personal plot. There are a great many kinds of such “landscapes”, they usually involve water, stone, plants – after all, they are always nearby in wildlife. Geographically, it can be a corner of any continent: from the jungle to the Siberian taiga. As the customer wishes. Rocks and stones are made by specialized firms in the workshop according to previously developed models, after which they are mounted directly in the apartment – their width is from half a meter. For imitation of rocks, lightweight polymer materials are used with a powder of sand, mica and other natural materials. These products are hollow and therefore lightweight, but at the same time strong and absolutely waterproof. So such a “rock” will never get wet and will not fall to a neighbor under its own weight. Plants are always selected individually: live, artificial or canned. If the choice is given to living plants, the necessary amount of light and moisture is thought out. Lighting – outdoor or underwater – gives a special charm to interior landscapes. It is able to give the landscape a fabulous shade – the composition resembles a corner of a fabulous forest or a space picture. So, sit in the “bosom of nature” and get heavenly pleasure. Such compositions are a great way to hide the protruding part of the main wall, a narrow partition, an inappropriate protruding beam.
Fountains-paintings are a model in a heavy frame depicting a piece of the underwater kingdom, a fragment of a mountain landscape, some kind of stone grotto in the garden. She lives the life that the artist painted. Water in such devices falls down to the floor, where there is a receiving device. In fountains-paintings, water is not only visible, but also audible. Moreover, by the selection of pump modes, the required water noise is found – after all, the sound of a flush tank would not inspire anyone to romantic dreams.
And there are also wall fountains of the “wet wall” type. They can look very different: it all depends on what the wall is lined with, what shape it has, what is the speed and uniformity of the water supply, and the backlight. In them, water flows from top to bottom and is collected in a special invisible device built into the floor, protected by waterproofing.
A thin-film fountain is a water curtain, similar to a glittering glass vertical. Capable of various miracles. For example, a wide tongue of water falls as if it were torn from the wall and exists by itself. Another water picture gives the impression that the water is going nowhere, as if it did not reach the floor. And in the evening, when the decorative lighting turns on, the water curtain turns into a completely mystical vision. And if you equip it with a timer that reacts to your approach, then the water wall will appear and disappear, as if by magic. If there is a timer, designers suggest placing this living curtain in a decorative opening between two rooms or functional areas, for example, between the kitchen and dining area..
The ceiling fountain is still a very rare guest in the interior. It is such a round ceiling light from which water flows directly into the floor, where the receiver is hidden, forming a hollow transparent pillar. Moreover, this pillar can be round, multifaceted, or with a decorative tree, a sculpture in the middle. The trick is that during the day this tree or sculpture is just part of the interior. In the evening, when the fountain and illumination turn on, everything together turns into a fantastic extravaganza and seems to take us to a parallel space. In terms of the effect produced, it can cost the entire interior.
They are mastering modern housing and other decorative water devices. They are called fountains because they also use the principle of moving water. They are purely decorative, they do not humidify the air. It may look like this: glass columns of different diameters, filled with water, which is saturated with many air bubbles with the help of a small compressor. A small compressor sets these bubbles in motion (and sometimes small particles that are placed in the pipes). In the evening, such a water floor lamp with playing color creates a very whimsical and lively interior with the illusion of movement..
All these devices, so different in appearance, are united by the obligatory presence of a water pump or an automated water pumping system, as well as a receiving device for water. Usually, when purchasing “living water”, options for special nozzles are also considered, allowing you to change the shape of the jet. Additional lighting or lighting can be installed both outside and under water.
The prices for fountains are very different – desktop ones, for example, can cost from 500 rubles to $ 500 and more. The simplest water cascade with a height of up to 2 m can be in the price range of $ 600-1600.
Indoor fountains look good in living rooms and dining rooms, bathrooms, saunas, baths. And, of course, in the winter gardens. That is, it would be unforgivable not to mention winter gardens today, they are simply created for each other. Do not forget that moisture-loving plants grow especially magnificently near water..
That’s how much gorgeous beauty lies behind the simple word “fountain”. Today, water decorator is perhaps the rarest and most amazing phenomenon in the interior, say the professionals. Its beauty will be fully appreciated by those who know how to observe this living, mysterious, changeable matter in nature. The majestic movement of the river, the mirrored saucer of the lake, the skipping stream, the orange sea at sunset … Elusive beauty.