15 Patio Fountains That Ooze Tranquility

Forget the pool. I’ll take a fountain, please.

'Tis the season for outdoor improvements, and if you're anything like me, you're looking for a small-scale installation that makes a large-scale impact. When it comes to an outdoor space, nothing compares to the wow-factor of a water feature. The soothing sounds can completely transform your atmosphere, and a trendy style can completely transform your design. I personally love a good fountain — they can be simple or elaborate, budget-friendly or totally extravagant. I've rounded up 15 of my favorites for inspiration. Scroll through, and see what you think.

1: Modern Stone

Tiered Recirculating Water Fountain

Tiered Recirculating Water Fountain

Add the soothing trickle of water to your deck or patio with this recirculating modern water fountain. Water pumps through three tiered basins, with the second basin lit from within by an LED light. Set it up once and enjoy it, because this fountain is made from weather-resistant stone resin.

Photo by: Hayneedle


Weather-resistant stone resin makes this three-tiered fountain a practical choice for an uncovered patio.

2: Terra-Cotta Triplet

Terra Cotta Fountains in Mediterranean Outdoor Space

Dual Courtyard Fountains

After passing through the courtyard doors, you are welcomed by dual fountain features that frame the walkway and provide a tranquil feeling upon entry into this private space. Finding the right glass waterline tile for fountain and spa was difficult since we wanted it to be complementary to the antique brick and terra cotta paving colors, but the Bamboo Blend (Weave Series from Walker Zanger) provide the right balance of color, while also providing enough of a highlight.

Photo by: Jeri Koegel

Jeri Koegel

Three terra-cotta fountains coordinate beautifully with the Mediterranean style of this courtyard designed by Drew Sivgals.

3: Ice Blue

Mid-Century Eichler Home Renovation

Patio with Blue Tile Fountain

A close-up view of one of the renovated patios off of the living room reveals a blue tile studded fountain with contemporary outdoor furnishings and a beautiful redwood fence as the background border.

Photo by: Klopf Architecture, www.klopfarchitecture.com

Klopf Architecture, www.klopfarchitecture.com

Klopf Architecture chose a watery ice-blue hue for this tile fountain, playing up the soothing qualities of the water feature.

4: Simple Elegance

White and Wood Modern Exterior

White and Wood Modern Exterior With Fountain

A mix of materials—stone pavers, wood and glass—make up the exterior of this refined modern home. In the center of the front courtyard sits a simple, elegant fountain.

Photo by: Dan Piassick

Dan Piassick

Sometimes simplicity is best. M. Barnes & Co. opted for a small, clean-lined fountain to accent this sleek, modern home.

5: Climbing Foliage

McCaull Garden Fountain

McCaull Garden Fountain

This is a fountain at Highlands garden with green vines growing on it.

Photo by: Photo Credit: Mary Palmer Dargan

Photo Credit: Mary Palmer Dargan

Lush ivy trails up this gorgeous stone fountain, making the structure blend effortlessly with the rest of the landscape design.

6: A Touch of Nature

Modern Neutral Patio

Modern Neutral Patio With Water Feature

This patio features a stone fountain that flows into a pebble-rock bed, and a small seating area, perfect for a chat or a nice meal.

This earthy stone fountain spills into a bed of river rock, adding a natural touch to the contemporary patio.

7: Old World Charm

Burnished Bronze Fountain in Mediterranean-Style Courtyard

Mediterranean Courtyard with Old World Fountain

An Old World fountain mounted on the wall of this kitchen courtyard calls to mind a Spanish estate. Concrete pavers add cobbled texture and nuanced color to the Mediterranean-style patio. A pair of potted olive trees flank the fountain.

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Scripps Networks, LLC

An Old World-style fountain pairs with potted olive trees to make this Mediterranean patio feel like an old Spanish estate.

8: Stacked Stone Stunner

Contemporary Stone Water Feature With Valley View

Natural Stone Water Fountain

A natural stone water feature brings tranquility and contemporary style to this fenced overlook with a valley view.

Thanks to its interesting shape and substantial height, this fountain serves as a focal point, helping to round out the landscape design.

9: Urban Zen

Modern Zen Flowing Water Feature

Modern Urban Flowing Fountain Feature

Zen like and modern, this flowing fountain is a unique and soothing feature to be added to this outdoor urban retreat designed by Iverson Signature Homes.

Photo by: KuDa Photography 2015

KuDa Photography 2015

Fountains aren’t just for sprawling backyards. Here, Iverson Signature Homes designed an outdoor retreat with a streamlined fountain for an urban residence.

10: Brilliant Backdrop

Spanish-Inspired Courtyard With Water Fountain, Blue Mexican Tiles

Spanish-Inspired Courtyard With Classic Fountain

Bright blue tile make a striking backdrop and add a burst of color to this cozy, beautiful outdoor space. The Spanish-inspired water fountain creates a soothing ambiance for the elegant courtyard.

Photo by: Dan Piassick, Piassick Photo

Dan Piassick, Piassick Photo

Though this Spanish-inspired fountain is beautiful in its own right, the bold blue tile backdrop helps the water feature pop.

11: Industrial Vibes

Asian Rock Water Feature

Intriguing Fountain Feature From Natural Rock Container on Enchanting Neutral Patio

A cage of stones decorates this patio and features a water fountain creating natural motion in the calm design. Neutral tones and warm lighting give it a zen and inviting feel.

Photo by: Warwick P Hunt

Warwick P Hunt

Designed by Studio H Landscape Architecture, this intriguing fountain features water flowing from an industrial, cage-like structure filled with natural stones.

12: Instant Ambiance



A large, smooth stone serves as the base for this serene fountain in a contemporary courtyard.

This large, smooth stone softly spews water, creating a calm, soothing atmosphere.

13: Stylish Color

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Courtyard With Blue Fountain

Water Works

A cobalt blue vessel was kitted out as a subtle water feature and sits in a flower bed out front.

This gorgeous blue fountain adds a trendy burst of color to a romantic courtyard.

14: Balancing Act

Round River Stone Patio Fountain

Round River Stones in Patio Fountain Encourage Interaction

A fountain composed of round river stones serves as the centerpiece to this serene patio. The stacked stones create a visual balance, but they can be adjusted to the homeowner's preferences. Changing the stone pattern also creates different sounds with the water, thus encouraging the homeowner to interact with his or her environment.

Photo by: Colin Conces Photography

Colin Conces Photography

Designed by Sun Valley Landscaping, this river stone fountain is adjustable. Moving the stones generates different sounds with the water, allowing the homeowner to create a unique experience.

15: Effortless Integration

Pavers Surround Ornamental Grass & Small Pond in Modern Backyard

Modern Terrace With Stacked Stone Water Fountain

A stacked stone water fountain is the focal point in this backyard garden. Below, large pavers surround a small pond leading to an elevated terrace. The multi-level yard allows for fun and intriguing travel through the lush landscaping.

Photo by: Sage Design Studios, Inc.

Sage Design Studios, Inc.

Sage Design Studios integrated this stacked stone fountain into the hardscape design, ensuring it flowed effortlessly with the patio’s elevations.

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