Using Ornamental Waterfalls in your Home

If you want to bring a piece of the natural world into your home, these ornamental waterfalls might be just what you need.
Using Ornamental Waterfalls in your Home

Last update: 27 January, 2020

When it comes to decorating our homes, water can be a really interesting resource, bringing a new sense of depth and freshness to the overall aesthetic. Ornamental waterfalls are a fantastic option that all nature-lovers should keep in mind, and can be incorporated into both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Water features such as fountains, ponds and rills are a fairly common sight in modern homes. However, there are other options when it comes to using water into your interior design.

One example is the ornamental waterfall. These charming elements are a great way to decorate your home. Incorporating these waterfalls is all about combining interior decor with the natural world. In fact, you could say that this type of interior design verges on an art form.

Ornamental waterfalls for your backyard

Fallingwater House.

There’s a huge variety of ornamental waterfalls to choose from. Some designers attempt to replicate the natural, wild waterfalls you find in the great outdoors. In other models, the water is carefully controlled, and the structure is specially designed to create a particular decorative style.

Natural waterfalls usually feature a large cascade of water. This may trickle gently, or thunder down in a wild torrent of water, before falling into a small pool at the bottom. The designer may also incorporate rocks or stones to create a more authentic look.

When it comes to more controlled waterfalls, that raw, natural energy is channelled and transformed. It’s here that minimalist or avant-garde styles often play an important role. Designers often incorporate straight lines and simple structures to give the waterfall a stylish and artistic feel.

By getting closer to nature, you can breathe new life into your garden. 

Ornamental waterfalls for your home interior

A large indoor fountain.

Needless to say, the ornamental waterfalls you install inside your house probably won’t be quite as large or fast-flowing as those you find in gardens. When it comes to interiors, it’s best to use more refined, delicate designs, choosing an aesthetic that works well with the rest of the decor in your house. Here are just a few examples:

  • Modular waterfalls can work really well. They’re often made up of layers, which allow the water to flow down in a more controlled cascade, producing a soft, melodious sound.
  • Zen-style waterfalls are another interesting option. The water flows gently from one sheet of glass or metal down to the next, generating a calm, tranquil and relaxing environment.
  • Vertical waterfall walls that allow the water to cascade gently down their surface are a fantastic option for modern homes. In fact, many of them can also be lit up, giving them a stylish and sophisticated feel, and your home a touch of elegance and originality.
  • Buddhist waterfalls are also a popular option. It’s important to remember that, in Buddhism, the ultimate goal is to achieve spiritual peace and inner calm. Followers of Buddhism value the sights and sounds of nature, and use these kinds of ornamental waterfalls to bring peace into their homes.

Waterfall walls for home exteriors

Outdoor ornamental waterfalls.

Vertical waterfalls feature a large wall with a wide opening to allow a continuous flow of water to pass through. You can install these in your garden, or on any other suitable exterior wall. The rear section of the waterfall contains the reservoir and water pumps.

These are fairly large water features, giving you the chance to create your own slice of paradise right in your back yard. They can be made up of stones (like the one in the image above) or materials like metal or glass.

Before you install your waterfall, you need to make sure you have the right infrastructure to ensure it works properly.

Table top waterfalls

If you want to decorate your interior with a miniature water feature, you should be able to find a wide range of simple table top waterfalls. These often feature stones or bowls, that allow the water to trickle gently down all day long.

They usually contain a circuit which directs the water back to the top of the waterfall. That way, no water goes to waste, and it seems to emerge out of nowhere. These make fantastic decorative elements for any home.

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