The design and size of indoor ponds and waterfalls that you could install in your home or office, are only limited by your imagination and, of course, the space you have to fit them into.
There is something soothing about having an indoor pond especially if there’s the sound of running water with it from a waterfall, or perhaps even just an indoor waterfall on its own. Adding lighting effects to an indoor pond or waterfall, will transform it at night into a spectacular feature too.
In Confined Spaces
If you are limited for indoor space then one of the variously sized natural or sculptured and glazed boulders with a small shallow waterfall from its center can be very effective. Alternatively you can get small multi-level troughs with waterfalls tumbling down them, in a variety of designs and materials.
Particularly effective at an entrance is to have a sculptured human or animal form, often based on classical mythology, that incorporates either a waterfall or possibly a shallow fountain. Within a limited space a pond could be so small as to make it lose the effect you were seeking to create, so unless you can install an indoor pond that covers at least 6 square feet – you’ll achieve a much more impressive effect with an indoor waterfall.
Larger Indoor Ponds
Whilst an Indoor pond can be sunk into the floor of a building it is more usual to build the pond on top of a floor. Any suitable pond building material can be used so, depending on your DIY skills, you could mold your own fiberglass pond, construct a brick or wooden frame into which you fit a pond liner, or if your floor is strong enough make a concrete pond indoors.
However, the simplest way to create an indoor pond will be to build a wooden frame and fit a pre-cast plastic pond, from your DIY store or water features store, into it. If you choose this method make sure the pond is adequately supported where it doesn’t rest against the frame or the floor. To finish the indoor pond you can fit side panels in wood, plastic or faux stone-work to the sides of the frame.
Stocking an indoor pond with fish is a possibility you can consider, but you must have a pump to aerate the water and be careful that the water temperature doesn’t vary too much, according to the ambient room temperature. Buy plants for an indoor pond that will be quite happy not receiving direct sunlight and, if the pond will be seen by many people during the evening, you could install LED lights around the side of the pond, and even under the water itself.
Larger Indoor Waterfalls
An indoor waterfall should be heard as well as seen and there are two ways of achieving this – either by the height the water falls from or the depth of the trough that it falls into. However, if you really want to avoid a noisy indoor waterfall, but still want to have a tall indoor waterfall, then the noise can be reduced by having a soft lining in the trough with lots of plants or stones, or a series of ledges and bumps for the water to fall down – acting like a water baffle.
During daylight seeing the ways that light catches on the waterfall can be quite mesmerizing and you can easily keep that effect going at night by illuminating your waterfall; using waterfall LED lights that periodically change color can be particularly effective.
Any indoor water feature with an aerator or a waterfall effect will need a pump to drive the water, whilst solar/light powered pumps are available, depending on the location of your water feature – you might need to connect it to your power supply. The same also needs to be considered if you have electric lights for your indoor pond or waterfall – water and electricity don’t mix well together and you should seek expert advice as to the best way to connect any electrical equipment to the mains supply.
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