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What are the Different Types of Wall Water Features?

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Wall water features are popular both inside and outside the home, as the sound of flowing water is often soothing. A wall fountain can add either elegance or a natural look, depending on the style. Many homeowners opt for the flat fountain that features water streaming from the top to the bottom, often over a stone or glass background. Others prefer the type with a bowl attached at the bottom so that the water can flow down into it. There are also freestanding fountains that can be set on the ground and leaned against the wall, either indoors or outside.

One of the main types of wall water features is a flat fountain that looks similar to a picture frame. The water usually flows from the top part of the frame to the bottom, with the cycle starting over again once the water reaches the lower frame. Since the flow is usually continuous, with no collection of water at the bottom to create a splashing sound, this type of fountain usually makes little noise. The background surface may be made of glass, or it might be constructed of stone. Slate, copper, and stainless steel are also usually options for the background material of some flat wall water features.

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Some people prefer fountains that make more noise, such as a splashing sound, in which case they may consider wall water features that have a basin attached to the bottom. This type usually consists of a spout at the top that pours water into the bowl attached to the bottom. Since there is always water in the bowl, there is typically a splash when the spout releases water, making a sound reminiscent of a waterfall rather than the trickle of picture frame wall water features. Thus, this type of fountain is usually best either outside or in a room in which some noise is okay.

Not every wall is strong enough to safely hold up the average fountain, which is why some homeowners are better off with the kind that can rest against the wall. This type is usually placed on the ground or floor, with tile or a similarly hard surface being the best type of support indoors. This is because carpeting can become wet and is not always steady enough to hold the fountain perfectly straight. Smaller wall water features of this kind can also be placed on a table or counter, as long as there is a wall behind them for support. This way, the fixture is easily seen by visitors despite its small size.

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