Everyday Design Tips to Transform Your Home

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

On 12:50 by Alex Mungai   1 comment
Designing your landscape is a sure way of transforming your home into a serene environment ideal for human enjoyment and experience.  Creating the ideal environment goes beyond the use of plants, placing statues or the use of water features in your landscape. Rather, it involves careful using of the landscape elements to create spaces by considering the activities expected to take place in the home.
Engaging a professional in designing the landscape comes at a cost, but the result is always fulfilling provided the design procedures were well followed. However, as a homeowner, there are tips that you may use to create a beautiful landscape.

 Reuse
 Reusing basically involves using an item for another purpose other than its initial one. In homes
 today, there are numerous materials that can be reused for landscaping purposes. These range from plastic bottles, old vehicle tyres, old shoes, broken doors etc. How about putting these old items into some use.
Old tires, plastic bottles and shoes can form the basis for very good planters which can be placed on
your front yard, patio or any other outdoor space. To make it more interesting, you may add different colours on the tyres/bottles to complement your overall landscape.
Purchasing new furniture to use in your garden can be quite costly especially if the material is wood. Well, how about the old door in your backyard/garage/store? Old doors can be easily transformed into outdoor furniture. To make them more appealing, add some colour or varnish to make them last longer.
Well, there you have it. Convert your old items into superb landscape tips and save yourself some cash.

Create a focal point
Do you have a particular spot in your landscape that you want people to appreciate as they walk around your compound? It may be a pond, an outdoor structure such as a pergola or even a statue. Well, that is the essence of creating a point of focus.
Including a focal point is part of the design process. The element used will basically draw people’s attention to the spot of interest. The focal point may be as a result of natural occurrences or it may be artificial. They range from rocky sites to shrubs or trees.
A tree for instance can be a great focal point. Select trees depending on their outstanding characteristics. Including their shape, fragrance, size or foliage colour. A Japan Red Maple tree for instance stands out for the foliage colour and can be effectively used to lead people to your desired location.
A focal point does not necessarily have to be visual. It can also be auditory, in what case you may decide to use as the sound of a cascade or fountain to attract people.
However, as a rule of the thumb, avoid using to many focal points as it serves a distraction rather than serving the intended purpose.

Use colour
Colour is an important aspect of landscape design. To make your landscape more appealing, play
with a variety of colours that complement each other as well as the building. This ensures that your landscape is not dull looking especially to guests.
The plants provide a contrasting background to the fountain

You may also decide to choose from a collection of contrasting colours. For instance combining
plants with dark foliage with light coloured ones. Another technique is placing plants with dark foliage behind a fountain or cascade. This way, contrast is easily achieved


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