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Outdoor Water Features For Small Spaces

When it comes to landscaping and beautifying an outdoor space, adding a water feature can turn a humdrum space into something that is truly spectacular

If you have limited space, it may seem like it will be next to impossible to add a garden fountain or some other feature since it can make things appear cramped and unappealing. 

The great thing is that there are many outdoor water features that are absolutely perfect for those who need to adopt a minimalist mindset.

What are Your Options?

You can have a water feature even if your yard has limited space. Below are the ideal options. 

Wall-Mounted Water Fountains

These are a great idea since it will not be necessary for you to have a huge water fountain installed in a space that is not much larger than a postage stamp. 

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The idea is to have the water pouring from a wall instead of having a large statue of some other huge vessel installed. 

You should also think about having the water empty into a narrow trough. 

This will give you the opportunity to have a breathtaking outdoor fountain without feeling like there is barely room to move around.

Smaller Vessels

There is no law that states outdoor fountains need to be the size of a human. 

There are many people who have made the decision to buy smaller vessels and use them as part of a water feature. 


For instance, buying a small bowl and installing a pump underneath and giving you an outdoor fountain that looks very much like a babbling brook.

 Not only is this a great idea if you are looking to save space, but this is great for those who are trying to be economical.

Stacking Vessels

When it comes to having a water fountain outdoor experts will tell you that stacking vessels is a great way to maximize the space you have while managing to have the aesthetic you have been looking for. 

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A great example of this would be installing a small birdbath directly over a small bowl. 

This will give you the fountain effect that you are looking for while giving robins and your other avian friends a place to hang out.

Dying The Water

If you are forced to have a smaller water feature, then you need to do everything you can to make it stand out. 

Imagine having an outdoor space designed by an expert and having a water feature nearby. 

Something as simple as a small white bowl with rippling blue water is enough to totally transform the mood. 

This can make you feel like you are relaxing in some treasured vacation spot when you are actually just spending some time in your own backyard.

As an aside, make sure that you choose colors that will enhance the space without taking away from anything else. 

For instance, if you only have neutral tones in your outdoor space, adding a bright green may be too shocking and make this the only thing that people notice when they are spending time in your space.

Watery Walls

In the event that your space is so small that adding a vessel seems like far too much, you should consider adding a wall that has water trickling down from it. 

Choosing ornamental brick or some kind of stone will make the place look especially nice once there is water flowing down over it. 

One great bonus of something like this is that the sound of the water can reduce noise that flows to your yard from the neighbors, loud people who pass by or traffic.

Non-Moving Water

If you do not have enough space to put a fountain with moving water or something like that, you can try adding a small pond. 

By placing things like fish, frogs and other aquatic life in there, you will be able to get a bit of movement without having to invest money or compromise any of the limited space you have. 

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For those who are not fond of living things being in the water, you can consider things like colorful, floating tops, small balloons or tea candles.

Table Top Water

There is no law that states a fountain has to be large and in charge. 

In fact, there are plenty of fountains available that are small enough to rest on the top of a table. 

One such fountain that is very popular in many places is a small wishing well that has coins on it. If that is not your type of thing, you can look for something that is a bit more subdued. 

Either way, it is possible to find many options that are small enough to fit there comfortably while being eye-catching enough that people will notice it when they are in your space.

Salvage Ideas

People who want to stand out from others should definitely think about this when thinking about outdoor water features

Using old bathtubs, metal basins and water pitchers is very eclectic while managing to be economical. 

The idea is to find old items, restore them and use them as a way to give you boring outdoor space a boost. 

Try taking an old white tub, giving it a fresh coat of glossy paint, then strategically adding aquatic plants to it. 

Everyone will take notice and tell you how creative you are when this project is one that does not take very long or require much work.

Old Urns

If you have any urns that have seen better days, try drilling a hole in the bottom and using this as an added part of a small water feature. 

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For instance, try adding this to the edge of a bathtub that you restored. It will add so much dramatic effect and people will not be able to stop talking about it.

Don’t Let a Small Space Stop You

Having a great outdoor space may seem impossible if you have one the smallest yards around, Do not sell yourself short; there is still hope for you. 

There are so many ideas here that you can use to make a tiny space into something that has a huge impact. Keep all of this in mind the next time you think about landscaping.


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