The words “contemporary” and “modern” are often used interchangeably when referring to house design or decor. But in landscaping, they have completely different meanings. Your local general contractor Krier’s Construction provides a closer look at the differences between these two popular landscaping styles.
Modern landscaping is closer to its architectural counterpart in that the designs are clean and minimalistic. Hard, straight edges are prevalent, with a pronounced use of metal and concrete. Steps are favored over slopes, and the greenery is often combined with pebbles or gravel for texture.
Modern landscaping lends itself well to elements not usually found in landscaping design, such as glass and marble. Artificial waterfalls, moats and fire pits can also be integrated into the design. Transitions between plant and non-plant components are clearly delineated, which requires careful and frequent maintenance.
Contemporary landscaping, on the other hand, leans towards a more naturalistic approach. Instead of carving and leveling, it works with what’s already in place and makes it better. Wood and other natural elements are placed front and center. If a tree happens to be in the yard, the landscape design would be centered around the tree, preserving as much of it as possible while still keeping a recognizable design.
The approach in contemporary landscaping is informal and reacts to existing elements as opposed to the carved and leveled look of modern landscaping. Ultimately, the look is eclectic, but is certainly not random.
Choosing the Right Landscaping Style for Your Home
It’s easy to default to modern landscaping if you have a similar home style, and with the right design, this combination can be particularly effective. But the truth is, it depends on several factors. With tastefully-chosen elements, modern landscaping can add a fresh look to a traditional home. Conversely, contemporary landscaping can add a rustic touch that contrasts with the clean lines of a modern home.
Krier’s Construction can help you design and create the exterior landscaping that your home needs. For more information about this or our services as roofers, call us today at (920) 328-0747. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve many areas in and near Oshkosh, Green Bay and Appleton, WI.