Basic Principles of Landscape Design

Understanding the craft behind landscape design is one way to increase the worth of a client’s property. To be the best and up-to-date in landscaping a property, you’d have to be vast in implementing a few principles. Before you worry so much about it, everyone in this industry has strategies and principles they craft their designs on. Today, we’d look at basic principles to help increase your creativity in delivering over-the-chart landscape design ideas without having to hire a professional landscape design company. Let’s get started!

Stay Consistent With Your Design Themes

To fully break grounds in landscape designing, you’d have to be flexible and creative with your designs. Meaning you might have to think outside the box, brainstorm more often, and present updated charts to your clients. However, in all of these, landscape designers have the potential of getting carried away with the creative trend. In as much as you choose to drift away from the norm in some cases, ensure you’re consistent with your design elements.

A good landscape designer knows to create his/her work around a few design themes for consistency’s sake. When you have your work centered around similar fundamental elements, they are easily identified. This will in no way affect the uniqueness of your job.

Consistency in your design ideas helps create sync in every property landscape you touch.

Contrast & Harmony 

The importance of great contrasting can never be overlooked in landscape design. With the right contrast information on your design, we get to see every detail on each element. Designers often take advantage of contrasting elements when they are out to capture viewers’ attention on a piece. For example, placing a contrasting flower plant just beside the doorknob leaves everyone wondering what the catch is. 

Harmony, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of including contrasting details in your design ideas. Virtually everyone uses this principle in their landscape designs. It’s basically putting things that match to create the perfect synergy. Harmony, at its best, is creating an ambiance where every piece of color and object on the property speaks one voice.

The Color Factor 

What’s a landscape design without a color theme? Knowing your colors and what dimensions they reflect on your design is a good attribute of a great landscape designer. It should be known that warm colors help create an alluring effect on viewers, making the objects look closer. On the other hand, your cool colors like the ‘greens and blues’ make objects look even pleasing. This is basic knowledge for color selection in landscape design. If you want to learn more, read our post about landscape design tips for beginners.

When you get familiar with your colors and the effect you intend creating on a project, it helps you design better. Professionals and clients with artistic taste can tell when there’s a flaw in your color patterns. Of course, there’d be times when you decide to be creative; however, we can put a shabby job miles away.

Accurate Proportion Readings 

Proportion in our line of work is simply your ability to size different elements together. If you never knew before now, proportion is a great deal in this profession. Your ability to decide what goes where, which element should be exchanged for the other, and creating relationships between multiple elements is an obvious principle. Not many designers work with proportional readings and art. But the best in the industry hold this principle to heart. 

Always work with elements you are certain of their proportions. You wouldn’t want to have to start a project from scratch because you guessed a reading wrong. It could set you back days that should have been put to good use.

Right Balancing 

Being super conscious of balancing in landscape design singles you out from others. We have two forms of balance in landscape designing; asymmetrical and symmetrical balance. Both have different roles to play, depending on what kind of design you envision for a project. 

Symmetrical balance is when you have two sides of the landscape looking alike. Alternatively, some designers go for an asymmetrical balance where the entire landscape structure is balanced on varying objects with relative imaginary weight. Once you’ve got your proportions figured out, you can decide what balancing technique suites the project you’re working on.


By now, you should have in-depth knowledge of the things to know before starting a landscape design project. These principles are trusted and have been applied in multiple geographical areas. So be assured that the information you’ve learned and intend to use on your designs would give outstanding real-time results. Go get that landscape designed today!