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Adding a fountain to your home can be an excellent option. Water features provide a relaxing feel, as well as a beautiful aesthetic. They’re also available in a very wide range of sizes, shapes and styles. Are outdoor wall fountains right for you, though? Before you rush out and purchase a fountain, there are some considerations that you will need to make. Here are some of the most important things you need to consider to determine if these water features are right for you. There is always something for each type of personality.
Location, Location, Location
As with real estate, one of the most important things about outdoor wall fountains is the location in which you will install them. There are several factors here that bear consideration. First, does the area have a wall capable of supporting such a water feature? This can be the single most important factor – if you do not have a wall that can support a wall-mounted fountain, then you need to consider a different type.
Of course, if the area lacks proper support (or a wall at all), you can always build one or modify the existing wall. The cost of this should be factored in with your purchase, though. You also need to make sure that you have access to electricity and possibly to a water connection, depending on the type of fountain.
Does It Tie In?
Another important consideration with wall fountains is whether or not the style and materials will fit with your existing theme. For example, adding a stainless steel and glass fountain to an outdoor area with a medieval or Renaissance theme is probably a bad idea. It’s important that you choose a fountain that ties in with your existing theme, even if you want to use that fountain as the main focal point. Clashing themes and styles can have a jarring effect on the eye and the mind, which will eliminate many of the benefits found with using water features.
Care and Maintenance of the Fountain
Finally, before buying outdoor wall fountains, you need to consider the care and maintenance requirements of the fountain in question. Just how much maintenance will you have to do? While this might seem a trivial matter, it can have an enormous impact on your overall satisfaction. Different materials have different care requirements, so make sure you find a fountain that you are comfortable maintaining throughout the year.
Having the right lights in your home can have an important aesthetic effect on its occupants. And that’s especially true for the bathroom. And the best bathrooms have lighting coming from more than one place.
You can’t find a better kind of light than natural light to use in a bathroom. Typically the natural light comes from either an overhead skylight or a big window in one or more of the walls of the bathroom. When you have natural light flooding into a room, it makes the room seem larger and more spacious.
If you decide to have windows or skylights in your bathroom, the biggest thing that you have to worry about is keeping it weatherproof. You want to be be sure that the window seals are airtight and that the “R’ value is high enough for your environment. Because, especially if you live in a cold weather climate, you don’t want cold air drafts intruding on your time in the bathroom.
A second kind of lighting is the ceiling bathroom lighting fixture. This nearly always is the standard lighting in a bathroom. You can have a flush mounted fixture. Alternatively, you can hang a chandelier or other hanging type of fixture. Use your personal sense of style as a guide to the type of fixture that you choose.
When choosing a fixture, keep the size of your bathroom in mind. For example, in a tiny bathroom or a bathroom with low ceilings, a chandelier fixture may take up so much room that it looks totally out of place. On the other hand, in a large room, a flush mounted fixture may disappear into the ceiling and provide no impact.
In the modern bathroom, it is just about a necessity to have so called vanity lighting. Most women especially love this. The presence of vanity lighting makes the whole process of putting on makeup so much easier. Overhead lighting is a standard, and is usually hanging from the main ceiling fixture. Side lighting on the vanity, either in addition to or in place of lighting on the top of the vanity helps to eliminate the shadows that people with just overhead lighting encounter. Not only that, but vanity lighting provides you with lighting where you most need it – in the area just above the sink. It is a good idea to place long lasting bulbs in your vanity if you want to cut down the frequency with which you have to change the lights.
If your bathroom is larger than normal, recessed lighting can give you that extra lighting without detracting from other fixtures in your bathroom. Plus, recessed lighting can add a bit of elegance, style, and flair to the room that is otherwise lacking. The biggest problem that you will have will be wiring the ceiling to power the recessed cans. If you want to save a bit of money, track lighting is a decent alternative to recessed lighting. The look won’t be quite as clean. But the price should be considerably less.
One thing that you should provide for all of your bathroom lighting is dimmer switches. You will be glad you did. This allows you to adjust the mood of the room for those romantic times that you spend in the bathroom, spa, or sauna with your partner.