Water features can truly transform just about any indoor or outdoor area. In fact, they can be big or small, high-profile or low-maintenance. What you choose will probably depend on the time, space and budget you have available. But why do we love water so much? And what’s behind the recent rise in popularity for home water features? Luxury London interior designer – and our Creative Director Cinzia Moretti – investigates.
Go with the flow: water features – both indoors and out – are a wonderful way to experience the benefits of biophilic design
The principles of biophilic design
In recent years, the concept of biophilic design has become much more prominent. But what does it actually entail? In simple terms, biophilic design aims to incorporate nature within interiors, and to increase connectivity to the natural environment. In fact, there are a number of different ways to do this. However, introducing a water feature is becoming a more popular option. Also, reconnecting with the outdoor environment in this way has many tangible benefits that go far beyond mere aesthetics. Modern life is stressful at the best of times and, thanks to COVID-19, 2020 has been filled with additional challenges. However, biophilic design can achieve measurable improvements regarding physical health. For example, it can help to lower blood pressure and increase productivity. It can also exert a positive effect on mental health, boosting mood and happiness.
Water features have come a long way since the days of the static pond plus statue. So, you’ll find contemporary indoor options include rain curtains, waterfalls, water walls and fountains
Just being around water is a great way to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. While it’s simply not practical for us all to relocate to the coast, there are many ways to incorporate water into a contemporary interior design scheme. In addition, water is a natural element that promotes feelings of relaxation and calm. In fact, it plays an important psychological and even spiritual role in our life. And you will often not even be aware this is happening. Various studies have shown that both the sound and sight of water can ease stress, increase our wellbeing, enhance focus and boost creativity. Did you know it can even improve our sleep quality? In fact, water’s rhythmic sounds can literally soothe and relax our body and our brain.
Modern water features can be adapted to suit virtually every type of space, regardless of size or shape
Choosing a water feature
So, once you have decided to introduce a water feature to your home, your next task is to choose which type. Thankfully, there are plenty of options on offer, for both interior and exterior spaces. In fact, customised rain curtains, indoor water walls and even water fountains are all popular selections. Then, if space allows, you could even install a waterfall underneath your stairs!
Aquariums and indoor water gardens
Studies have found that watching fish can help to reduce stress and anxiety, increase feelings of relaxation and even decrease heart rate and muscle tension. All of this makes an aquarium an excellent water feature choice for your home office. And, even if you’re short on space, don’t despair. In addition, indoor water gardens, sometimes referred to as water terrariums, are another wonderful way to tap into the interior water features trend. As a result, they can be any size you like, are simple to create and easy to maintain.
Where water features are concerned, small can still be beautiful. If space is tight, consider creating a bijou indoor water garden, using a collection of water terrariums
Lockdown, social distancing and restrictions on household mixing indoors have prompted a rise in alfresco entertaining that seems set to continue well into 2021 and beyond. So there’s never been a better time to invest in outdoor water features. Contemporary options have come a long way since static ponds with statues. Modern options incorporate light, colour, sound and sculpture to dazzle and delight all the senses. The only limit could be your imagination!
Thanks to certain COVID-19 restrictions, alfresco entertaining seems set to continue well into 2021. However, a collection of smaller water features will help to keep your garden looking fresh and inviting
The key considerations
There are a number of elements to consider when selecting which type of water features to install in your home. In fact, some considerations will be aesthetic. In addition to fostering a calm, relaxing environment, the right water feature will also add character and create a focal point. Also, the optimum blend of lighting, colours and materials will enhance a luxury look and introduce a bonus ‘wow factor’.
The other considerations will be practical. Of course, health and safety should always come first. So, consider will young children and pets be safe around your chosen water features? Also, maintenance is another element to take into account before you make your final decision. You will also need to think carefully about how you incorporate your new water feature into your existing décor and design. Can your chosen location accommodate all the necessary equipment, such as drains and electric cables? It’s also important to consider where you will site furniture and appliances.
These days, there is so much more to a ‘wow’ water feature than just water. In addition, the right lighting, colours and materials all combine to enhance a luxury look that adds value and enjoyment to your home
Fake it till you make it
If you love the idea of a water feature, but fear the practicalities are too difficult, Moretti Designs is experienced at providing creative solutions. In fact, there are many ways to mimic the effect of water, without actually using it. Projectors, lasers, LED technology, resin ‘water’ lamps and audio effects can all simulate a realistic water-inspired experience. So, this way, you can enjoy all of the advantages without any potential drawbacks.
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