By Roelf Nel

The Vital Principles of Landscape Design


Landscape Design is not a new idea. Almost everyone who owns a home would care to beautify it. However, the task can be a daunting one especially if you have inadequate knowledge of the principles of landscape design. You will need the skills and information on how to go about landscaping to create a welcoming outdoors retreat.

Landscaping is not an easy task and therefore you’ve got to arm yourself of the necessary know-how of the principles of landscape design. It does not matter whether you plan to create your own landscape design or you wish to copy the already existing ones from magazines or brochures. What is important is you incorporate its principles.

Getting a grasp of the principles of landscape design only serves as an aid for you so that you could come up with the creative ideas. A great landscape is always appreciated by the eyes of its maker. And that is you. If you see the beauty of your creation then so be it. Below are the important principles of design that you need to be aware of.

Unity. This is one of the main goals of landscaping. This is further referred to as repetition and consistency. Repetition is created by repeating the nature elements like those of the plants, décor, and other plant groups throughout all of the landscape. Consistency creates unity when all of the used elements fit together to make up a whole. Unity is further achieved by the combination of texture, height, colour schemes, and size of the employed elements thereby harmony is created.

Simplicity. This is a very integral principle of landscape design. The themes need to be simple so that beauty would be achieved. Do not employ an over decorated landscape design.

Balance. This refers to equality in every element employed therein. There are two categories of balance in the principles of landscape design. They are symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical balance means the matching elements used must be spaced equally whereas asymmetrical balance means that the variations of elements are allowed but they must be able to create differing attractions.

Colour. This is what gives life to the landscape. The neutral colours are best to be used for the background of the bright colours. Colour is able to direct the attention of one to the landscape design.

Natural transition. It means a gradual change that may be ascending or descending. It needs to be employed in the colours, sizes, texture, and the likes.

Lines. They do suggest meanings and emotions. The lines used in the entryways, way beds and walkways are suggestive of flowing or abrupt effects.

Proportion. This means the relation of the size of all the elements with one another.

Repetition. This is mainly related to the principle of unity. When properly done, a diversified dose of expression is created.

Never take it negatively—the principles of landscape design are your guide so never treat them as if they are very strict rules. Good luck to your landscape design endeavour!

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By Roelf Nel

Finding the Focal Point

The focal point of a room is the main area of interest where the eye is drawn. It is not always located in the middle of the room, and may not be as obvious as you think.

To determine your room’s focal point, ask yourself these questions: When you enter the room, what is the first colour that pops out? What is the first thing that your eyes rest on? Do you have a fireplace or an oversized or bow window? Is there a large object in your room, like a piano or sculpture?

The focal point of a room is usually located exactly at eye level. An example of this is a piece of art over a mantle or a glossy black and white piano tucked in the corner.

A room’s layout and traffic flow will have a significant impact on what a room’s focal point is, and you should keep this in mind when redecorating. You can use a mirror to transport a focal point to another place in the room and maximize its effect. You should especially do this in open floor plans.

It is crucial to define the focal point of a room so that you can plan your décor layout around it. The focal point establishes lines of reference and a pattern of symmetry that are followed to achieve equilibrium and harmony within a room.

Painting just one wall will really change the focal point of the living room without getting into a major redecorating project. If your room has a niche, it is the perfect choice for extra colour. You can choose a bold, contrasting colour picked from a floral fabric, or a subtle tone darker than the tone of the other walls. Any change in colour will add interest and splash!

There is one element in your bathroom that completely stands out above most others, and has the ability to completely change the look of a room. Bathroom vanities. Bathroom vanities are able to set the mood for the whole room from their style, and are inevitably the focal point of a bathroom’s décor.

To take advantage of your focal point as much as possible, define it in a way that can be seen from the entryway, exit, and main areas of the room. Make sure that seating areas are located directly around the focal point, and that while confined enough for successful interaction, they are aimed directly at the point of focus.

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By Roelf Nel

Traditional Decorating Design Style

Traditional styles of décor are characterized by having a classic look that stands the test of time. It defines a tranquil environment and maintains order. The architecture and furniture placements are in balance. Conversations are encouraged by the grouping of furniture.

Traditional rooms are not as sophisticated as formal rooms, but they are more glamorous than a casual or simplistic style of décor.

Furniture in a traditional style room is focused on the focal point and set up around it in straight lines that circle an axis.

Furnishings are large and follow clean lines, and are often upholstered and have no sharp edges. Accessories and furnishings appear in pairs to establish a sense of order and symmetry. However, the style is relaxed and more focused on comfort than aesthetics.

Furniture woodwork is generally clean and curvy with smooth edges and a limited number of sharp angles or vertexes.

A traditional room presents a mix of vertical lines that add sophistication, with horizontal lines that establish comfort and tranquillity. Complex patterns and bright colours are too distracting for traditional types of décor. As they usually keep within a strict theme, use plain fabrics and colours, and simple shapes like squares, triangles, and circles.

Colours are kept within a minimum wavelength of change to maintain order as much as possible. Tones are usually pale and light, pleasing to the eyes and easy to match.

Dark and bright colours can be used as accents, but are seldom employed as wall colours. Accessories are kept simple and many are limited to functionality, such as lamps, mirrors, paintings, framed laminates, and screens. However, the use of other items that are purely for decoration is also common, and these include porcelain china, plants, and vases.

The traditional style is simple and classy. Applying a combination of rules from the formal and casual styles of décor, the traditional style is a perfect mix of both.

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The Vital Principles of Landscape Design
Finding the Focal Point
Traditional Decorating Design Style