When it comes to landscaping, the modern garden design not the same thing as the contemporary one; the former primarily focuses on minimalism with clean hard edging while the latter is more about achieving a stylish yet natural look.
The contemporary garden design is all about making the most of what nature has to offer, enhancing what is already in place. It can be a mix of things such as sprinkling fresh straws or mulch around seedlings or trimming the native trees to encourage growth.
Even then, some bit of creativity is welcome, as long as it is within the parameters of natural design principles. For instance, hard materials such as stone slabs and creating steps using wood or introducing a streamlined flower bed can result in a contemporary look.
In keeping with the above, below are tips that can help you achieve a garden that exudes a contemporary design.
1. Simple Colours
When you look at your back garden, much of what you will see is plenty of green; but you can silence this by introducing other colours such as whites and browns. In short, try and restrict your landscaping colour scheme to whites, green, and brown. For instance, you can use brown gravel or pale limestone for the paths. Any vibrant pop of colour should come from the plants as they bloom; which will be a colourful display that is in and out of season. For something a bit permanent, you can opt to paint any visible brickwork or even give them an additional element of texture.
2. Work With Patterns And Contrast
How you do your planting and spread them plays a significant role in the achieving the type of design you seek. Planting should be done with two or more patterns in mind. The patterns can be based on segmented cultivation where you consider the foliage and growth of the plants. As you put this into consideration, give some thought to the layout of your yard to help you achieve some contrast. The objective is to determine how the geometric shapes of the paths, steps, and the lawn will blend and contrast with the plants and hards materials.
3. Introduce Furniture And Ornaments
Injecting furniture such as a patio bench and some ornaments give the garden a refined touch of style. Try as much as you can to stick to natural materials that means reducing the use of metals and giving preference to wood and stone and have their surfaces done in white or earthy tones. Try and avoid fads when doing this, which is possible if you put some thought into what you want and have clear reasons for opting for one thing over the other. The furniture and ornaments are a fantastic way of breaking up the lines created by paths and planting segments.
4. Install Outdoor Lighting
Lighting is an essential element in any garden landscaping design. But when it comes to contemporary garden design, the lighting is not about having light fixtures in place, but more about what it is you wish to illuminate and how. Use the lights to accentuate the dull shades and to pop the different textures and patterns in the garden.