You’ve found land in the Los Angeles area – but now, what to do with it? It is challenging to know where to start when designing your outdoor space. You want your Valley Village home to stand out, but not as the odd one! Adhering to some principles of landscape design can be a great starting point.
8 Principles of Landscape Design
Unity is the measure of repetition and consistency in a landscape design. Repeating plants or decor brings unity, as does the consistent use of similar materials and elements in your space.
Symmetry is one type of balance you can bring to your garden. You can achieve this by creating identical sides in your garden like mirrors of each other. Asymmetrical balance uses different objects that have the same imaginary weight. Placed opposite, they make a different kind of balance.
3. Contrast and Harmony
Contrast is the difference in elements. Harmony is achieved when these elements look unified. Place contrasting elements near one another using complementary colors or shapes, bringing harmony to your garden.
Color can create movement in your landscape. Warm colors such as yellows, oranges, and reds give the illusion they are moving towards you, seeming closer. Contrastingly, cooler colors like greens, blues, and purples move away, creating perspective.
If you want smooth changes, try applying the element of transition or gradual change. Many aspects of landscaping can transition, such as gradually varying color, plant size, texture, shape, and more.
Everything in design comes down to lines. They are used to create pathways, beds, edges, plant designs, and more. It provides structure and gives the illusion of distance and depth.
Proportion is the size of an object in comparison to others. To have a nicely flowing landscape design, you must ensure each element is in proportion to the others, so one doesn’t draw attention away from the aesthetic.
Repetition keeps continuity and unity in your garden. Too many differing elements, plants, or materials give a cluttered, unplanned vibe. Repeating yet not overusing features can keep your space feeling very well put together.
The Principles of Landscape Design with Design Scapes
Design Scapes uses these principles of landscape design when we work. If you would like help creating and implementing a beautiful, balanced design, please contact us today to learn more about our services.