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Landscaping – A Lovely Art

In a country as beautiful and warm as South Africa, who needs an attractive interior if one can have a striking exterior? In a recent poll, it was determined that the landscape architect profession would have a larger than average growth within the next ten years, while architecture would only have an average growth. This proves that more and more people want to spend on beautiful gardens and as the world becomes more “green,” why not join the movement and benefit in the meantime.

Start with the front yard and show the world that style tips can come from Mother Nature. Colourful flowers with bold, bright hues can make visitors feel at home. It always helps to let a professional take a look at your space before you start designing, because even though a cheaper option might look more appealing at first, the ultimate result could not be exactly what you planned on. Design on paper what you have in mind then let a designer give you advice. This will ultimately save money, because you won’t change your garden every year.

Divide the project into phases or areas in the landscape, because this allows you to start imagining the whole picture and you can make changes before it is too late. Look at online catalogues and guides to expand your knowledge on plants and to determine fair prices. One should also visit botanical gardens and arboretums to get a visual idea and demolition sites can be a perfect source of stones.

When designing ones landscape, one should get to know the terrain, natural elevations, natural trees and grass already growing on the ground, because these can effect your plans and will ultimately determine if there is harmony in the landscape. The size of the yard is also extremely important to consider when thinking about elements like walkways, stonewalls or big trees. For example, pathways and steps will work perfectly in a large yard, while large trees and dense shrubs will overpower small gardens. The landscape should enhance the building to make it warm and welcoming.

It is good to keep grass at a certain height and cut it regularly to keep it healthy. Keep grass, plant and shrubs nourished by watering it frequently and use fertilizer to nourish the ground and keep insects away. “Scattering” colour by placing petunias and impatiens as a blanket on the lawn, which will help grow flowers. You should avoid throwing away old wood and yard debris, because (and this will help cut costs) things like wood can be dressed up, painted or bleached to create artistic effects within the garden. Using different shapes and natural colours of stones will also add life to a garden, especially when arranged in a way that would be aesthetically pleasing and compliment already existing decor and design.

After all these thought processes, one should ultimately consider ones own style and what one wants to look at and experience every day. Options are limitless, with patio’s, water features, structures and even garden lighting to consider. Ultimately, excitement and creativity should be the most important elements.

How to Decorate With Black Bamboo

A member of the grass family, bamboo is one of the world’s greenest materials, capable of replenishing itself in a single growth cycle. Surprisingly durable, bamboo can be used for a variety of functions and products, as well as for a variety of decorative styles. From a chic, contemporary room with blond flooring, to a fun, tropical-themed room with bamboo-framed beach signs, the sturdy grass is an affordable and renewable material that is as versatile, as strong and as attractive as wood.

When it comes to decorating with this versatile material, black bamboo raises the bar on style. The sable color and natural form has a look of exotic elegance. Evoking scenes of luxury, it adds a layer of sophistication to homes, both indoors and out. No matter what the decorative style of a home, including accents or furnishings crafted from the glossy black canes adds an international flair to the design, as if the furnishings were collected carefully over time through extensive travel.

While black bamboo poles have the look of rare and expensive ebony wood, they are far less costly. Affordable, they can be used without restraint to make the most of their striking appearance. As a bundle displayed in a large vase, they make a strong design statement that adds style, depth and texture to a room’s decor. They can be used to create distinctive frames for black and white photographs. These poles can quickly transform a simple mirror into a handsome accent.

Professional decorators and landscapers value the color black as a design element. Black adds weight, mass, depth and gravitas to both interiors and exteriors. When the color is available in a natural material, it becomes even more useful in design. Indoors, the inky color adds a feeling of weight and durability to a coffee table crafted with bamboo poles and a glass top. Outdoors, using black outdoor bamboo fencing will make a yard or garden appear larger than it is, while adding a note of modern style to the scene.

Natural elements, such as canes, grasses, wood and stone, are valuable design elements as well. They can be used to give rooms the exotic feel of a tropical jungle or to create the serene mood of the seaside at sunset. Both indoor and outdoors spaces are always more effective when the goal is to create an environment that best suits those who inhabit them. Using natural, renewable materials like black bamboo is an affordable way to establish atmosphere with style.

Balance Is the Key to a Happy Landscape

Balance is important in all types of art, architecture, decorating, and especially in landscaping. With balance all things become equal in a particular setting. It is not always as simple as I make it out to be, but I will put it into terms that simplify it a bit for the inexperienced and the do-it-yourself types among us.

To achieve a sense of balance gardens, landscapes, and other environments whether natural or unnatural, need to be equally proportioned, otherwise the natural look and feel of balance will not be obtained. The majority of landscapes lack symmetrical form. They are most often asymmetrical and lack the balance that would make them more inviting and comfortable. To landscape properly can many times depend on other aspects to bring balance and harmonize that particular environment by uniting the available elements.

Often, the shortage of balance is a result of a need for repetition, or patterns. A pattern of like elements whether it be shrubs, flowers, or stones throughout a particular landscape can bring together separate areas. It only takes a single repeated patterned plant type, hue, type of decor, or fence to make this happen.

A balance shortage is commonly made by putting too much or all elements that fail to match in a single landscape. This will lead to a mess by the time the plants are mature and make for an uncomfortable habitat. At the outset of your planning, less is more, put only a few matching plants about the landscape, and make sure any other matching is very little. You will always be able to add int the future as you see fit.

Most problems people have with landscaping choices are those of shape. Shape is different in every landscape and the shapes you decide on should fill your wants and desires. But, many shapes even overflowing with positives are still boring, empty, ugly, messy, and without balance. Balance sometimes depends on shape, but not in every situation. I wouldn’t dwell on trying to achieve balance through shape.

Landscaping is subject to all the influencing elements that all other types of art are influenced by. Pattern, togetherness, and balance are an important part of any landscape and work together to make it beautiful.

Building designers and interior decorators utilize pattern. They make entrances, colors, molding, overhangs, and such all similar in shape and size. If everything in your home was different it would look rather ugly. It would be a hard place to live and be happy. The same applies to landscapes and gardens.

To make a landscape appealing and inviting we need repeating patterns. Only one matching element in opposing ends of the landscape can bring it together.

The easiest way to achieve it is by using plants, shrubs and grasses. But paths, fences, and walls can also be used to reach the ultimate goal. Which is Balance. Visit http://landscapingideas.houston-forum.com for more great landscaping tips.