The Aesthetic of Landscaping: Finding the Right Design For You
A greatly designed landscape consists of creativity, understanding, and vision. Most homeowners know the best landscape for them just by looking at it, but when it comes to creating it, they need help knowing where to begin. By finding a source of inspiration through design themes, you will be able to produce more ideas for your own home. The Main Elements of Landscape Design The concepts of landscape design vary depending on who you ask but follow a similar principle all around. It’s similar to how a graphic artist approaches a drawing project before they start—an outline. The terminology is the same; landscape design includes line, form, balance, color, and contrast. Of course, there are many other principles to consider, but they can be categorized under these five principles. Line It’s not surprising that landscape design, much like any design format, includes the basis of symmetry and structure. Line is the ultimate beginning of any design as it is necessary to provide a visual of movement or flow and the distance between structures. Lines can also be utilized to detail the length of walkways, patios, pavers, and lawns. Form One of the most important aspects of design is form signifying the shape of objects within a space. Therefore, a contractor may balance shape and proportion when exterior design to curate subtle details through the landscape. For example, plants spread along one side of a yard can feature circular shrubs with flowers planted purposely to resemble a similar shape. In addition, circular forms are often softer than rectangular ones, which gives off a professional, ordered design. Balance Proper distribution of components in a given space is essential in any composition. For example, imagine a backyard fitted with structural features, walls, and plants that follow the principles of form and line—but then, the other side of the yard is void of any design elements. This empty space would not match the rest of the composition, thus throwing off the balance of the space. Balance also considers elements' scale (size) to ensure a visually pleasing landscape. Color After the basic design features are complete, adding color brings the space together. As the seasons change, color can be versatile, fitting the fall theme, for example, by highlighting orange, dark browns, and deep greens. With landscaping, color brings out the natural beauty of it, enhancing the appeal of the space, which can be carried on into the hardscaping—natural stone, light washing, or plain gray stone can make a big difference. Contrast Contradiction in luminance, or contrast, refers to the juxtaposition of two elements next to each other to further bring out details. A good example is putting two types of natural-colored stones side by side on a retaining wall to bring out the natural color in the other. One will be visibly brighter and complement one another based on this principle. Choosing a Theme Now, it's time to choose a theme that fits your aesthetic. Based on the principles of landscaping design, you can impart these details to fit the space of your property. First, determine how much space you want to use and if you want to carry on these designs to connect with other spaces, such as the patio into the front entrance. It all depends on what you want and what style you want to go for.
- Rustic-themed landscapes go back to the premise of farm-styled, homey environments fit for a family.
- Minimalist themes combine a modern take on “less is more,” depicting clean designs that emphasize one or two main elements in a yard.
- Dynamic plants are perfect for homeowners who want to play around with shape and color without breaking the budget.
- Symmetrical aspects for a futuristic feel
- Highlight stone and hardscaping features.