Past Articles Library | A Landscape Design using Colorful Neighbors-The Analogous Color Scheme
An analogous color scheme can be another easy technique to use when planning your landscape. The concept of this type of design is to first choose a color and then arrange your design around the color on the left and right of that chosen color. An example of how this would work starts off with the color yellow. To the left of that color is yellow-green and to the right is yellow-orange. These are the two colors that will be used in the landscape design.
A great use for this type of color combination is when it comes to door color or a unique exterior home color. Using this technique will require you to use that distinctive color as your starting point. Once that is done, pick the color to the left and right of the starter color. Now that you have done that, it is time to plan the plant placement.
Place your brightest color around the front door or where you would like people to enter. Next plan out this color scheme so that there are masses of colors. Utilizing this approach makes a bigger impact compared to scattering colors throughout the design. Also, consider when plants bloom. Try to pick an assortment of plants that bloom at different times.
To add interest when the plants are not blooming, consider utilizing plant material that has vegetative interest, such as variegation or leaf shape. Do not overlook texture in this design, which again can tie the elements together.
The key to this landscape design is to stay true to the colors. It is easy to stray away from these color combinations and end up with more of a polychromatic design verses an analogous scheme. To prevent this, always ask yourself if the color is true. In our example, the questions may be is that really a yellow-green or more of a green-yellow. Another question may be is that truly a yellow-orange or a yellow-red. A hint to reduce picking the incorrect color is to always carry a color wheel along with you when you are selecting plant material. Prior to purchasing, compare the color of the tag or compare the color of the bloom, if the plant is blooming. I favor the later approach, which gives a clearer view of what the color is going to be like.
An analogous color scheme is a technique to use if you are stuck on what colors go with what or are having to deal with a unique color that you can not change, such as those found on doors, shutters and/or buildings. This technique is also a way of updating a landscape that has utilized a past trendy color. An example of this is the avocado color that many kitchens were decorated with in the 1970s. Utilizing this technique, one can work literally around the color and modernize it. An analogous color scheme is also one of the easiest color schemes for those who are beginning gardeners and/or landscapers.