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Landscape Design Styles

  • person Shai Cohen
backyard decor



Landscape Design Styles.


And here we are again at Sweet Blog, the sweetest blog online.

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Welcome to a unique journey today, as we step outside the confines of our usual 'Home concept' and venture into the realm of backyard design.


Contrary to popular belief, a backyard is not just a backyard, it's an integral part of the 'Home' Concept. Its design quality is a crucial component of your overall home Decor strategy. So, let's not overlook it, shall we?

In this article, we will not just introduce you to the types of backyard design styles out there, but we will also provide a comprehensive understanding of each. This way, you can make the specific adjustment that works best for you, feeling informed and empowered.


As always, later in the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation and a video summarizing its content for you.


'Landscape Design Styles.'

Hop on.



1. Make It Wild.


Intuitively, the average person's first perception of a typical backyard is that it is a distinguishable area that is not really an integral part of his home but rather a kind of home-nature combination. 'Ex Territory painted in natural green,' you may call it.

Contrary to the typical perception of a backyard, a unique design style emerges - 'The Wild.' This intriguing concept, which we will delve into, challenges the notion of a backyard as a mere extension of our homes.

The 'Wild' design style is not just another exterior feature of your house. It's a unique expression of your connection with Nature, a way to bring the outdoors into your home.

In a 'Wild' backyard, you'll find a practical garden with durable outdoor furniture and perhaps even some fruit and ornamental trees. It's a space that's as functional as it is beautiful.

The main principle underlying this style is the desire to leave Nature precisely as it is - In Nature - and due to its proximity to human residence, it will be given some aspects of 'Home' (Furniture, delicate landscaping, and more). But its main imprint will still be primarily natural and 'Green.' The benefits of this approach include a low-maintenance landscape, a habitat for local wildlife, and a peaceful, natural retreat right in your backyard.

Imagine a classic grandmother's garden in some small eastern European village - Something like that.

As mentioned, the things you will usually find in a backyard of this type are:


Simple/durable furniture.

Diverse seedlings and plants.

(Broken...) Wooden fence.

Empty and full planters.

Old rocking chairs.

Extremely minimal and straightforward lighting.

Everything you need for a good old BBQ.

An old lawnmower.


One of the defining features of the 'Wild' design style is the absence of a clear boundary between the house and its natural surroundings.  This design approach aims to create a sense of being at home while also feeling a part of nature.

It will usually also contain discarded scrap, bicycle skeletons, and maybe even a tiny, old-fashioned warehouse.

The 'Wild' design style, in contrast, lacks sophistication and innovative thinking. It is characterized by its simplicity and concrete nature, which may not align with the complexities and evolving needs of modern landscape design. 


Now, as for our two cents regarding this style:

It can indeed be considered the most authentic. You can even find some similarities to the well-known 'Vintage' style. But despite the rising nostalgia, unfortunately, we do not believe there is still a design justification for using this old-fashioned style in modern times.

The concept of landscape design has evolved significantly, leaving behind the 'Wild' style. With all due respect to its origin, it is a relic of the past and not suited for modern times.




2. The Modern Design.


Now, let's delve into the intriguing world of the 'Modern' landscape design style, a unique concept that brings the interior of your home to the great outdoors.

Contrary to what was stated in paragraph one, this concept is about 'Bringing outside the house's interior' instead of preserving nature as is.


Imagine your living room, with all its components, moves out to a place not bounded by concrete boundaries called a 'Backyard.'

In such a backyard, you will see minor "Wild nature" with more colors/artificial materials.

The ground is usually not green (grass) but covered with flooring/deck.

Most of the accessories you will see will be made of synthetic materials.

The 'Modern' landscape design style is all about striking a balance between 'Nature' and synthetics, a harmony that exudes modernity and home comfort, giving you the confidence to create a unique outdoor space.

Step into a backyard designed in the 'Modern' style, and you'll find a harmonious blend of home comforts and meticulously planned creative design elements , a space that inspires and excites.

So, if summarizing all the elements that would typically contain this landscape style, It would roughly contain the following list:


A Portable Propane Fire Pit.

Backyard Streams, Ponds/Waterfalls.

Patio Furniture.

A Treehouse.

Water Feature.

TV viewing area.

Retractable Shade.

Shaped plants.

A Hammock.

Propane-Powered Torches.

A Play Area With a Sandbox and Tire Swing.

Outdoor Kitchen.

Outland Living Backyard Fire Table.

A Wood Fire Pit.


Backyard as another room in the house


The above are just a few examples of what you will find in the 'Modern-style' backyard.

You can read more here about trendy backyard ideas with a 'modern' twist.


And now for our two cents concerning this style:

We genuinely prefer this style over the previous one, which, as mentioned, is more outdated. That being said, we will still be obliged to pay more attention to and not neglect the concept of Nature while mistakenly turning our backyard into another room in the house.

It's perfectly fine to grant your yard a comfortable/modern/and homely design touch - we totally get it. Just remember to draw a clear line between your house and yard during the process.

Excessive design and modernization can lead to completely blurring those boundaries, which most people don't want. But, if you are built differently and are still interested in some design creativity, please read this article.

With that being said, let's move forward to the last paragraph in our list of landscape design styles.



3. Intermediate Style.



the American author Taylor Jenkins Reid once said:

"The truth often lies, unclaimed, in the middle."


In the paragraphs above, we have expressed our professional opinion on the different landscape design styles and their suitability.

Although it is clear we are more supportive of adopting the second style over the first, we still have some doubts and reservations about it, especially regarding the option of completely blurring the backyard-house boundaries, thus erasing our backyard's uniqueness to some degree.

Therefore, naturally, the ideal style in our view is somewhere in the middle:

On the one hand, one that will get most of the modern style's features and, on the other hand, will still have few elements of some green and Wild nature.


decorFind the middle ground!




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