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What Are The 7 Principles Of Landscape Design?

Have you ever been mesmerized by a lush garden or a breathtaking outdoor space? If so, you've likely experienced the art of landscaping and design firsthand.

And the chances are good these beautiful landscapes follow some core principles to make the most impact with custom grounds.

Here's a simple guide to the seven essential principles of landscape design that make your surroundings come alive!

1. Unity

Unity means that everything in your landscape works together in harmony. Think of it like a beautiful song; all the notes blend perfectly! Plants, sculptures, and paths unite to create a cohesive and pleasing look. Ideally, everything should mix so well that it nearly looks effortless.

2. Balance

Balance is about creating a design that is pleasing and has equilibrium. Imagine a seesaw that's perfectly level. That's balance. A lawn with proportion is achievable by creating symmetrical (mirror image) or asymmetrical (different but equal) balance. Whether you favor a symmetrical or asymmetrical design, either approach can make a distinguished look that uplifts your property.

3. Contrast And Variety

Contrast and variety make your space visually appealing and exciting! Combining landscape elements, including different shapes, colors, and textures, helps create a unique landscape that ties your property together beautifully.

4. Emphasis

There's always something that steals the show; in landscaping, that's called the "focal point." The focal point could be a beautiful fountain, a majestic tree, or an artistic sculpture. Specialized lighting, such as spotlights and solar lights, can help make it stand out and illuminate the path when the sun is down.

5. Rhythm and Sequence

Just like in a dance, rhythm in landscape design guides your eyes through your outdoor living space. By repeating shapes or colors or arranging plants in a pattern, you can create a flow pleasing to the eye and make the grounds feel alive.

6. Scale and Proportion

Scale and proportion are critical in designing a landscape with form and function in mind. For instance, less is likely to be more when working in smaller areas, as the old saying goes. Overdoing things can make the space appear cluttered or overgrown. So paying attention to scale and proportion are particularly important.

7. Simplicity

Lastly, simplicity is the key to elegant and functional living spaces that improve your property's appearance while meeting your modern lifestyle needs. From exquisite lines to beautiful forms, keep simplicity in mind.

Here at Cut-N-Edge, we pour our heart and soul into creating landscape designs that are not just visually stunning but follow these seven principles. Let us turn your outdoor space into art that reflects your taste and lifestyle. Reach out to get a quote today, and let's begin this exciting journey together!

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