How Do You Define Modern Landscape Design?
We hear the term ‘modern landscape design’ often used in conversation or talked about in trendy coffee table books. But, how do you define a modern landscape design? Which elements of the design give it a modern vibe?
The elegance of a modern landscape can be achieved in various ways. Like any other style, modern landscape design is influenced by current trends. Busy lifestyles, greater environmental awareness and a changing design aesthetic all impact the contemporary landscape.
However, there are some features of design that all modern gardens have in common. The two cornerstones of modern landscape design are balance and symmetry. These are expressed through the use of materials, colors, clear definition of space and a preference for geometric forms.
Modern landscapes are characterized by the innovative use of materials both old and new. Pair seemingly incompatible materials for a unique aesthetic. Hence, you could pair board form concrete with corten steel or stone paving with grouted pebble joints for a streamlined look.
Color is extremely important in a modern garden. Use neutral colors that are everlasting in their beauty and will not go out of style when trends change. You can introduce pops of color with colorful accents and accessories. These can change as trends evolve, but the basic color palette is always subdued. Think timeless fashion basics; a neutral colored blazer is a must have for the modern woman’s wardrobe. It will never go out of style and you can dress it up with a variety of stylish accessories to suit your mood.
Definition of Space
Clear definition of space is essential for modern landscape design, which prefers clean, sleek lines. Hence, pathways, patios and decks are clearly edged and separated from planting areas. This is what gives the garden its structure. Surround plants with a hedged border to keep them contained for a neat, uncluttered look.