June 05 2015
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How to Create That Added Pop of Color

A clean-cut landscape is a beautiful thing. It can stop people in their tracks, elevate your property’s curb appeal, and genuinely brighten your day.

Healthy, vibrant, and masterfully designed—great landscaping in NJ is part of what makes the Garden State great. A big part of that comes down to color.

Do you use color appropriately with your property? Is there a landscape/property color clash? Or is their something missing from the overall look and feel of your home?

Then let’s add some color! Here’s how:

A DASH OF COLOR

From Instagram pictures to our actual backyards, a truly epic environment requires a proper color combination from Mother Nature’s palette.

But what colors work best?
The answer is based on preference and property, but a great tool to help guide you along the way lies in the Color Wheel.

THE COLOR WHEEL & COLOR PAIRING

The Color Wheel’s influence is all around us: in fashion, in advertising, and in everything we use, wear, eat, and see. However, the full spectrum of color is never more beautiful than when it appears in nature. It adds drama, emotion, and intrigue to a scene and it’s part of what makes life awesome.

When it comes to adding that “pop!” of color to your landscape or garden, the color wheel is a great start. Using the Color Wheel, you can determine the color pairings that will have the most impact. Deciding to pair a few colors together will help add depth to the scene, so consider two-color or three-color combinations when selecting your flowering plants. Don’t forget, these color combinations aren’t limited to the flowers and foliage; consider everything on your property, from your home’s walls and roofing to the shutters and walkways.

The primary colors—Red, Yellow and Blue—are the foundations of all color. Analogous colors, or colors that sit right next to each other on the Color Wheel, also make for delightful pairings:

Analogous Colors

  • Red & Orange
  • Orange & Yellow
  • Yellow & Green
  • Green & Blue
  • Blue & Violet
  • Violet & Red

A second option is to choose colors that sit directly across from each other on the Color Wheel. These are known as Complementary Colors:

Complementary Colors

  • Violet & Yellow
  • Blue & Orange
  • Red & Green

Complementary Colors can also be doubled up in pairs, to create a medley of vibrancy.

A third option that exists is to triple up with a Color Triad. This is a fun way to truly bring out a great level of depth to your property. The combinations include:

Color Triad (the three colors equi-distant on the color wheel)

  • violet, orange & green
  • red, yellow & blue

An obvious question that comes with color pairings is “wait, what about all the green?” In terms of landscape design, greens and whites oftentimes serve as neutrals, adding beauty but not necessarily drawing the immediate focus. Nevertheless, they can be combined by themselves to create their own statement. They can perfectly accent areas in which colorful furniture or a charming walkway is to be the main focus.

CREATING IMPACT & DEPTH

Once you’ve got a few colors and mind, there are several options to consider when creating that wow factor.

Firstly, don’t underestimate the potential for using just one color. Exploring the various degrees and shades of all red or all blue can really create something wonderful. A monotone approach will bring more attention to the property as a whole when viewed apart from others in the surrounding area.

Second, understand that dark colored plants and flowers can be used to make areas appear larger than they actually are. This is great if you have a smaller property or area. And when combined with a contrasting color, the juxtaposition can create a truly impressive site (like black and white colorations).

Purple can be an excellent addition to a sea of greens. Violets, purples, and plum-like colorations will add character to a garden, and create a calm background for some other grandiose flowering plants you might want to showcase.

Thirdly, consider using red, orange or yellow—which draw the eye quickest—to create a sudden eye-catching impact. Include these colors in the areas you want to draw attention to, and keep them away from spots you might not want people to focus on (like near garbage cans.)

TIMING, SPACING, LAYERING

In New Jersey, we have the good fortune (or sometimes no so good fortune) of experiencing the full range of nature’s seasons. As a landscaping company in NJ, it’s our recommendation that you make sure to include time in your landscape design deliberations.

Proper planning for your eye-catching landscape design needs to take into account when you plan on enjoying your property. Will you be limited to the evening hours? Maybe consider some white or silver flowering plants, to enjoy that shimmer effect during sunset. Or maybe you have some outdoor lighting that can accent a few key parts of your property.

Whatever the case may be, it helps to have an idea of when and for how long you can expect your property’s flowering plants to be in bloom. Any NJ landscaping company worth their merit should be able to provide that information.

Focus on certain “scenes” or areas with a muted or neutral background, such as a wall or fence. A beige, grey, or brown background can help set the stage for elevating the color perception of a red rose of yellow daffodil. Likewise, having proper spacing and breaks in between areas of color will be easier on the eyes. Soft colors and open fields or walkways can pull the viewer in and maximize the experience.

Taking things a step further, interjecting color at the bottom or forefront of your flower beds will help to add depth to your heavily planted areas. Combine that with a few well-placed planters or rustic pieces, and you will set the stage for a scene with true character.

ENJOYING THE PROCESS

One of the best parts of your landscape is the constant element of change. Nature is an active event, and your landscape will respond to a number of different factors outside of your control. Enjoy the process, hold true to the requirements, and you will be on your way to creating the natural setting you deserve.

As a NJ landscaping company, it’s our job to bring out that beauty buried deep in each property. The right dose of color is often a key ingredient to doing that. Ask us about the process and how we can help your property truly shine!

Helpful Links:
Best Garden Flowers for Color All Summer (This Old House)
10 Perennials to Extend Your Garden’s Summer Color (Houzz.com)