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Landscape Design - The Importance of Properly Balanced Home Landscaping

Any kind of art forms and design require balance, and this includes landscape design. Balance is required to give an impression of equality. If you are new in the field of landscape design, I will try to make it easier for you to understand.


Whether it is a landscape, garden, or any type of equivalent proportions will feel and appear balanced in nature. On the other hand, the fact is that the majority of gardens and landscapes are not exactly in a symmetrical shape. Instead, they are unbalanced and abstract and frequently have no balance that is natural. For that reason, landscaping generally requires other elements so balance as well as harmony can be achieved.


The lack of balance often occurs when there is not enough repetition. If you repeat similar elements like plants or stones all through the landscape, different areas will be unified to each other. You can do this with at least one repeated corresponding plant group, hardscape, color, or piece of decor.


When you place excessive elements that do not match each other, there will also be not enough balance resulted. If this happens, it may look messy and neglected if the plants start to grow. When you start your design, try to plan for less. Do not put too many groups of matching plants all through the garden, and minimize the decoration. If you would like to add more, you can do it later on.


People are often confused of a design’s shape, no wonder I’ve been asked such a question. Each design has its own unique shape and the shape will eventually follow all required paths as well as your visions. On the other hand, you can fill any shape with elements yet they will still be boring, empty, loud, messy, or irregular. It is true that balance can depend on shape, but that is not always the case. Therefore, do not try to be too focused on balancing everything out by shape only.


Landscape design has similar principles with other forms of art because it is also an art form. The principles of repetition, unity, and also balance can’t be separated from each other.

In a design, architects usually use repetition by creating the same sizes, styles, as well as forms of doors, trims, windows, fixtures, and others. Just think how messed up and unattractive your house will be if all of them do not match each other.


This principle also applies to landscape design.


You should make a regular repetition in a landscape that needs more balance, interest, and comfort. At least one matching element positioned in opposite directions can generate an impression of unity and regularity. This is often created in the softscape (ornaments, plants decor, lawn, and so on) as it will be easier. Nevertheless, the hardscape (driveways, walks, necessities, walls, fences, raised beds, boundaries, and so on) of your plan of design should also be well thought-out.

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