The Basic Landscape Design Principles You Should Think About
You may have moved into a new home where the outdoor living space is a blank canvas. It is full of possibilities. Maybe you have lived in the same home for years and recently found yourself wanting to redo your outdoor living space. Whatever the circumstances may be, you may have ideas of what you want but can’t envision it in your yard.
Pinterest boards and researching potential features to install in your yard can be difficult for some to commit to without seeing a 3D landscape design model. If you are having a hard time seeing the potential design on your property there are some landscape design principles that can help you decide which features are functional, necessary and a priority for you.
1st Up In Landscape Design Principles: General Design
Whether you have a blank canvas or want a complete makeover for your outdoor living space, you’ll need to consider the general design feel, look, theme, or vibe that you are wanting. If your theme is desert, tropical, Zen, lush, bohemian, or modern; whatever it may be, you will need to consider a few landscape design principles to make decisions. Here are some variables to consider: simplicity, variety, balance, emphasis, sequence, unity, and scale/proportion. These factors can help you decide which sustainable landscaping to invest in for your ideal outdoor living space.
2nd In Landscape Design Principles: Shape
Another factor to consider falls into the shape of your property line as well as what will be on your property. Depending on the theme or vibe of your general design, you’ll quickly find if you prefer straight lines, curved, vertical or horizontal lines for the features in your outdoor living space. This is one of the landscape design principles that will help you choose placement of your hardscape or softscape features.
Your shape (also known as form) typically becomes the dominant visual element that spatially organizes the landscape. If you are into a more formal look, you may consider geometric forms which include circles, squares, and polygons. If you prefer a more informal and naturalistic form then you may consider meandering lines, fragmented edges, and organic edges. The element of shape should complement both your hardscape features along with your plants and landscaping features.
3rd & Last Landscape Design Principle: Functionality & Necessity
Most of our clients’ favorite landscape design principles fall under the functionality and necessity principle. This is where you get to decide what structures and features you want in your outdoor living space. Usually, you have a general idea of if you want a patio over a deck or if you need a custom pool with a walkway to the garage. Whatever features immediately come to mind when you think about your ideal outdoor living space, those typically serve a necessity and have a specific function that will serve you and your family for years.
You will want to consult with a professional contractor in order to find the balance within the landscape design principles of general design, shape, functionality and necessity. With Unilock contractors who are up to date on new techniques, materials, products while providing high quality service, you will be in great hands to help you decide the overall design of your space. Most contractors have 3D landscaping design software, which helps every client see the vision on their property before purchasing any materials or finalizing any decisions. This is a critical piece for those that are visual learners or have a difficult time seeing hypothetical design elements.
For example, if you want a roof structure for an outdoor kitchen but aren’t sure what your options are that will complement the theme of your space; Unilock contractors will be able to present high quality options that will fit your needs and desires. The great element about landscape design is that everything is customizable. You will be able to customize the design, shape, length, color, etc. of the features that you find a necessity for your family’s needs or wants.
These landscape design principles can help you get started on your vision or list of features that you want/need for your outdoor living space. We always recommend consulting with a professional contractor before making any concrete decisions for your property. At Seasonal Landscape, we provide high quality services, materials, and final products for our clients since we are Unilock certified contractors. We collaborate with our clients in order to find the custom design that they want and deserve. Call us today to turn your dream outdoor living space into a reality!