One of the most common searches on my site is for landscape photographs. Many homeowners rely on photos of other peoples’ designs to get ideas. The most common questions people seem to have are related to specific shapes and design ideas.
How to Use Landscape Photos
It would seem that with as many pictures of landscaping that are available online, you might think that almost everyone could find a close match to their own property that could be copied. The truth is that everyone has a slightly different situation for their own property. So even with the endless landscaping ideas and examples out there, it’s still unlikely that you’ll find an exact match to the shape of your property.
I use pictures of other peoples landscaping as an educational tool and to get new ideas. However, unlike most people, I don’t search for an exact idea to copy. I look for unique, creative, and new ideas that fit into the project I am working on.
When looking at pictures of landscaping, pay attention to the details, ideas, and principles that are universal to landscaping designs. Look for the things that are common and repeated often by different designers. These are the elements that look good because they are generally based on basic principles of art. These are the things that you can probably incorporate well into your own design project regardless of shape.
Other peoples landscaping pictures are a great design tool to help you get ideas and get your project done. However, instead of hopelessly searching for your exact layout, borrow several ideas from several different landscape designs. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration and have a much better chance of creating something unique to your own property. There is also landscape design software available that can assist you with visualizing exactly how a design will look once, completed.