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Colors in Landscapes

By March 18, 2019March 19th, 2019One Comment
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Colors in landscapes are varied, combining different combinations can make a lovely impact on your curb appeal. How do you make the colors work within your landscape? Colors pop in landscaping that draws the eye toward the beautiful plantings. The question is how do you use color to make an impact? It really isn’t any different than creating a color palette for a room.

You first have to look at the architectural colors that the landscaping will be surrounding. Depending on those colors you can choose a color scheme that intrigues your senses.  First, become familiar with a color wheel and then it will be easy to choose which direction you are thinking of going in.

Use the color wheel to enhance your landscapes

complementary color scheme is colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. So let’s say you have a yellow house, purples and blue would be very pretty mixed in with some yellows. Due to these colors being opposite one another they stand out, making a bold statement.

Another color scheme that I have seen beautifully done is an analogous color scheme. Here you take one color on the color wheel and use the colors on either side. to create a color palette. These create a serene look by using one of the colors as the more dominant colors and the other two to complement it. Think of marigolds, they come in an analogous ray of colors and work very well with each other.marigold for color

Doing all one color in various shades from light to dark is known as a monochromatic scheme. You can not only use flowering plants but also consider the leaf of plants. Using bright green to shades of darker green create a stunning display of color.

In spring when purchasing annuals consider a color theme that complements the color of your house. Also, consider the other plants surrounding your home and what will complement these features. Since plants are not all the exact same color these three main color scheme will gain various results which is the beauty of nature. Having the basic knowledge and goal in mind when planning your landscape will get you started in creating an outstanding landscaping plan. I enjoy observing how colors work with one another in my landscape each year. I make note, move things, add things and each year my beds become more and more stunning as time goes on.

I would love to see some of the successful combinations that you have created.

Other good reads:

Planting Annuals for Lots of Color and Curb Appeal

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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