Basics VII: Focalization
Series: Basics of Good Design
Foundations I: Why Design Your Landscape?
Foundations II: Pre-Design Work
Basics I: Line
Basics II: Shape & Form = Theme
Basics III: Color
Basics IV: Scale
Basics V: Unity
Basics VI: Balance
Alright, are you feeling unified and balanced? Great now it’s time to continue your Yoga and start to focus! Picture running water or a beautiful sculpture in a perfect setting, relax.
Focalization: A good design directs the viewer’s eye to a key feature via elements. Straight lines are stronger and draw attention quickly whereas curved lines are weaker and slowly engage the viewer (see blog part 1 – Line). A bench, fountain, sculpture, pool, firepit, unique plant or some other object can be a focal point. It is rewarding to people to have focal points as they create drama and a sense of fulfillment. A fun trick is to use shrubs or a curved path to lead someone to a focal point or a secret garden.
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Andrew J Marble
Landscape Design Artist