When it comes to deciding on a color scheme for your outdoor spaces, the possibilities truly are limitless. While certain colors serve to simplify a design, enhancing its timeless appeal and versatility, other colors can be used to display your unique personality. Here are a few tips and ideas to help you pinpoint the perfect colors for your Lacey, NJ, landscape.
Neutrals as a safe starting point
Light, neutral colors like beige, buff, and tan are always safe to incorporate into any landscape design. These subdued shades are versatile and understated enough to allow other darker, or more vibrant, colors to take center stage.
These colors are especially valuable if you’re considering creating a modern yet resort-like poolside. These hardscape designs tend to contain a lot of fabrics, textured stone, and light colors for an ethereal look. Shades that are found in nature, like sandy brown, can have a wonderfully soothing appearance and enhance the relaxing atmosphere of these hardscapes.
Light neutrals are also excellent color candidates for small spaces, as they can make outdoor rooms appear more spacious and aerated.
Balancing warm and cool colors
Even neutral materials often have either warm or cool undertones that are hardly noticeable at first, but have an impact on the overall color scheme of the landscape. While warm colors can make outdoor rooms feel more intimate and poolsides more tropical, cool colors can create a contemporary industrial look. Whether you choose warm or cool colors to dominate your landscape depends on the tone you’d like to elicit.
You could, alternatively, decide to create a balance between the warm and cool components of a landscape. This could entail surrounding a cool blue pool with warm sandstone or incorporating burnt orange accent pillows into an outdoor room filled with cool grey elements.
Certain hardscape features, like fire pits and fireplaces, can be enhanced when built from warm-colored materials. The color of the vertical units can improve the ambience created by amplifying the fire’s visual warmth.
Work with your existing landscape, not against it
There are certain permanent elements that already exist within a landscape, including plants and, most importantly, your home. Ensure that the colors you select complement any existing structures and plant life that you aren’t prepared to tear down. In addition to various shades of green, plant beds can contribute bright reds and yellows to the landscape. A neutral color scheme will blend seamlessly into your existing softscape, while the warm undertones of beige and tan will pair stunningly with its deep greens.
One of the most important functions of an outdoor space is to complement the home. Your home exterior, roofing, and driveway will all affect which colors you choose for your landscape design. The color palette of the home should serve as a guide to homeowners and contractors as to which colors to incorporate into their landscape. The goal is to create a cohesive landscape that doesn’t contain any elements that appear out of place.
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