No outdoor living space is completely successful until it is integrated with the surrounding landscape. Just as there are principles for designing interior spaces, there are also guidelines for exterior ones. If you are choosing a site for a gazebo or a patio, it is one of the most important landscape design decisions you’ll make. If the structure already exists, you can enhance it by assessing and changing the landscape. For instance, you may want to plan a garden around a gazebo, planting shrubs and flowers to highlight the beauty of the site. Or you may want to treat the gazebo as a secluded retreat. Achieving either goal takes careful planning of the site and surrounding plantings.Evaluate the site. The landscape design should provide a framework for your outdoor living space. The views, lines, property configuration, and traffic patterns need to work together. Spend some time getting acquainted with your site and noting any special features. What are the site’s assets? Are there beautiful views? Are there natural features, such as trees or streams? Consider the size and shape of your lot, the style of the house itself, as well as your own lifestyle needs and preferences.Balance the elements. This is the process of arranging various site elements so that they are resolved and balanced. A visually heavy or large object can be balanced by a visually lighter or smaller object on the site if the smaller object is darker in color value, is unusually or irregularly shaped, has a contrasting texture, or is more elaborately detailed. All of these strategies will help to draw attention to the smaller object and thereby visually balance it with the larger object. For example, let’s say you have a large clump of pine trees on one side of your yard. To visually balance the trees you might plant smaller, more colorful ornamental trees on the other side of the yard, or you might use a man-made object such as a gazebo.Create a cohesive design. Harmony can be achieved by selecting and using elements that share a common trait or characteristic. By using elements that are similar in size, shape, color, material, texture, or detail, you can create a cohesive feeling and relation among the various elements on the site. An example this might be using a shape, such as a square. Imagine having a square concrete patio scored in a square (or diamond) pattern with a square table covered in a checkered tablecloth. The results can be extremely pleasing and harmonious.
Outdoor lighting lets you enjoy your yard in a different way in the evening. An illuminated cupola brings your yard to life at night and an enjoyable place for visitors and neighbors to view and experience.Curb appeal is the impact your home/business makes when seen from a car. One has just a few seconds to make a first impression and capture interest. Cupolas create a focal point, with an impressive, eye-catching focus, with a little country charm. The windowed cupola can provide a sky light, or be wired to provide a beautiful outdoor light. Outdoor lights show off your lawn at night, highlighting the best features of your property.”Today, the biggest excitement in outdoor lighting is the whole artistic aspect,” says Dan Blitzer, education consultant for the American Lighting Association. “Think of it as painting a picture of the landscape at night, using lights to achieve the look a home owner wants.”By adding the right lighting accent, buildings become transformed and value enhanced for years to come. Custom features are a great way to achieve a one-of-a kind look that stands out. Today there has been a rebirth of interest in cupolas for their decorative accent as well as outdoor lighting.As more people choose to stay home and linger in their patio after dinner, there has become a fascination in outdoor lighting. Lighting the outdoors offers a creative way to showcase your home and property after dark. Night lighting can be both functional and aesthetic. It’s an art to understand how much lighting to place and where the focal points are. A cupola provides a focal point and draws the eye to them, adding class, sophistication, or a little country charm to the roof of your buildings.Lighting your cupola up at night presents an imaginative way to add value to your property and home after dark. Outdoor lighting lets you enjoy your yard in the evening, plus enhancing the night time curb appeal for your home/business. It is a shame to lose the use of your backyard just as the sun is setting, the air is cooler, and one is home from work.The placement of a lantern in the wired window cupola is a sure way to generate a second look. There are several types of bulbs one can use, from incandescent to compact fluorescent bulbs produce soft lighting, while providing energy savings. Another option is placing the lighting on a timer so the light will go on and go off at a specific time.Outdoor lighting increases your property values and gives your landscape nightlife. The creative light scheme is destined to get raging review, making the outdoor environment more inviting, creating dramatic effects by spreading light around and illuminating your featured point.As our population works harder and puts in longer hours we often don’t even get a chance to see our yards after dark. Cupola lighting provides a soft look to the dark environment providing a magical appearance. It provides a warm, inviting ambiance that beckons us further into the surroundings. It creates a mood, an eye catching focus, with a little country charm, interest that intrigues all.Copyright (c) 2011 Elda Titus