Bringing unusual water decorative elements and objects into your home interior is one of the sights of ultimate luxury. There are tons of ideas about what you can do – here I share my personal favorites.
Notice that most likely, your chosen water element is going to be quite eye-catchy, so try to keep its background plainer and simpler to avoid visual overstuffing of the room.
In case of single water object, try to locate it at the most prominent location, so it’s not hidden in the dark corner behind sofa from the eyes of your appreciative guests ;)
When using different water ideas in one room – try to balance them by choosing which one is going to dominate solely. Use less dominant water objects in a similar if not the same shapes and colors, so that their visual importance “fuse” with the background.
I want to assure you that you can “implant” water object into any interior style with any color scheme imaginable. Just break stereotypes and let your home become a water wonder land. ;)
Let’s start with the most common “water based solution” – aquariums. If simple idea of the contemplative “home for fishes” does not satisfy your interior design ambitions why not to implement aquarium as a part of the furniture or wall design?
Below you can see such examples, when aquarium theme was woven into the kitchen island, kitchen backsplash and…. the floor.
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Remember to make life of your aquarium fishes as comfortable as possible by providing adequate lighting and oxygen, not to mention, the food supply. Or, you can make it with no fish at all! Just plants, stones and corals – check here for more info about how to start an aquarium without fish.
For extreme nature lovers and especially Koi fish enthusiasts Indoor Koi Pondsexist in this diverse world. While counting your pros and cons for installing Koi pond consider following:
Koi fish like space – your pond should be not only as big as possible but also at least 3 feet or 91 cm deep;
Open water increases humidity in your home – to balance it use fan or dehumidifier;
Be aware of the water leakage as it can affect your home base structure;
Housing small children and indoor pond safely under one roof requires some risk-managing measures as:
While designing the pond Increase its depth gradually using steps
Use non-skid material for steps and floor around your pond
You can put some barrier for better protection as mini-bushes or fence
If you opt to maximizing greenery in your home – go for indoor water garden. Actually, it can be of any size. If you have extra space – go for lake like structure with various aquatic plants, glimpsing gold fish, mini water mill or even pagoda.
Same safety rules as for Koi ponds are applicable here.
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What if you like the idea of water garden in your livingroom but want to avoid hassle of keeping it indoor? Look at the picture below and see that everything is possible.
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I know there is no water on that pic . But it presents the idea of glass enclosure with an open roof above and letting a piece of wildness be inside your home (you can add your own water idea there).
If your space is scarce or you just want to enjoy little nature without digging into the newly polished floor – “table water garden” is the perfect solution for you. This simple yet perceptible decorative element can be purchased or DIY made: it is likely to get a lot of "Wow"s from the visitors.
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Going beyond “cup water garden” with mostly decorative plants you can install aquaponic or hydroponic garden to grow tasty organic tomatoes, salad and even cauliflower on your windowsill.
Both of these garden systems share same idea of soil-less water based performance. Simply put, you grow your food on water surface.
In hydroponic scenario there are only you, water and plants (plus some nutrient solution in water). While in aquaponic one - incorporating Mr. Fish creates mother-nature-like “complete eco-act” without extra chemicals needed.
Whichever you choose remember to supply it with great deal of the natural sunlight or use special "grow lights": Fluorescent Lights, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs or LED.
Traditionally, water based veg systems don't have attractive "water part" of the structure, which is OK if you do your gardening for the sake of gardening only. But nothing stops you from making your hydroponic or aquaponic prettier than boring garden bed. On the following picture you can see what I mean.
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Well, enough for now. But to be continued as still many more water wonders exist that can enhance your interior design.