Beyond the Picket Fence - Bringing Contemporary Designs to Your Backyard
“Less is more.” First coined by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe nearly two centuries ago, this phrase summing up the minimalist approach has pervaded pop culture in recent years. With a renewed focus on minimalism in fashion, design and even lifestyle (think Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’), this simplistic, efficient, streamlined approach to everything from makeup to furniture certainly has its advantages. Upholding this idea that less is more, contemporary design appeals to a range of homeowners, yard enthusiasts, and design-lovers alike. Offering something outside of the white-picket-fence-box, contemporary landscape design has been one of the top pinned, grammed and shared styles in recent years. And for good reason. Clean lines and a streamlined design serve as the framework for contemporary outdoor design, integrating natural elements like wood and stone that build easily off the already-existing landscape.
Following the hay day of both modern design and the arts and crafts movement, contemporary style emerged in the latter half of the 20th century. Blending sustainable materials with dramatic visuals, it’s no surprise that the contemporary aesthetic is still a favorite today. Its universal appeal works well with even the most colonial of homes, offering a refreshing juxtaposition to a traditional architectural style.
From New England to nouveau, the space, aesthetic, and materials chosen all play an integral role of the landscape design end game. Does your heart go pitter patter for swaths of roses climbing along a crisp white lattice? Or perhaps cedar and stone speak your language? The truth is – style is quite personal. And if you find yourself wondering what’s beyond the picket fence, you might consider contemporary. It’s eclectic, yet purposeful. Informal, yet structural. While there are no hard and fast rules to contemporary design, it’s also not just a hodgepodge of styles. Simply put, contemporary design is all of the stylistic qualities of present-day aesthetics.
Shaded to Perfection
When thinking about your landscape design, you might consider the layout, materials, and general aesthetic. But are you really thinking about a contemporary way of living? For example, if you have an active family with small children, you might consider creating play zones to keep the sports off your terrace. Or perhaps your inner yogi is seeking a quiet place for renewal and meditation. A hidden arbor-covered corner can offer you all of the Zen your Kripalu-heart desires. Do you like to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening? Install a sleek AZEK pergola to make an outdoor seating area where you can sip under the stars.
Contemporary pergolas flip the script on traditional design with an eclectic use of materials and a careful mix of textures. A contemporary AZEK pergola can offer your patio or deck a right-this-minute transformation with streamlined visuals, minimalist sensibilities, and on-trend color palettes. Go against the grain and create your own, distinctive take on a pergola. Need a muse? Here, western Red Cedar and stainless-steel lathing work in tandem to create a distinctive (and enviable) contemporary outdoor dining space shading both a kitchen and seating area. The sunlight streaming in through narrow slats overhead and the resulting shadows are a dreamy bonus.
Slatted and airy, this pergola provides structure to the poolside spaces without confinement. The stone columns are the crowning jewel of the sleek, custom Western Red Cedar Pergola. When planning your AZEK pergola design, look to linear details, interesting angles, and surprising materials for a streamlined aesthetic. Integrate custom built-in lighting to your already stunning AZEK pergola for a swoon worthy outdoor space perfect for a quiet night in or entertaining friends and family. Walpole’s line of contemporary pergolas can be customized with a palette of more than 100 color choices in vinyl safe paint from Sherwin Williams, with a 25-year warranty.
Add style and panache with a clean, contemporary arbor. Vinyl arbors create intimacy and interest, and they also anchor your space, offering a design solution that’s both functional and easy on the eyes. Here this Walpole elliptical arbor transforms the garden from meh to magnificent with curved custom vinyl gates. To keep things visually interesting, Walpole’s selection of vinyl arbors offers a combination of refined finishes and vertical definition to enhance any outdoor space.
Whether you’re marking the entrance, framing a pathway, or carving out a garden room, vinyl arbors are an instrumental tool in the landscape design toolbelt. Why? They are incredibly versatile, they create a dramatic focal point, and they make the kind of first impression that makes your friends jealous. Plus, Walpole’s custom vinyl arbors and custom vinyl gates can be tailored to reflect your personal style.
Because it's likely the most visible element in the landscape design, your arbor sets the tone for your space. This custom Moon Arbor would probably look out of place in a small English rose garden with a picket fence, where a more traditional garden arbor flanked by lattice and a white finish would better fit in. Conversely, a spindle top arbor might not be the ideal choice for a coolly minimalistic rock garden, where strength and solidity rule. Whether putting the finishing touch on your customized design or serving as a sophisticated stand-alone statement, Walpole's extensive line of commercial pergolas, custom vinyl arbors and custom vinyl gates offer a versatile solution for discerning homeowners.
From the colonial gateways to the contemporary pergolas, Walpole’s extensive line of carefully crafted outdoor products is long-lasting and distinctive. Completely customizable, built to last, and offer little-to-no maintenance, Walpole’s custom vinyl gates, arbors and pergolas come signed, sealed, and delivered in one of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors. Walpole Outdoors specializes in creating incredible outdoor spaces. Our team of designers are available now to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so you can get your outdoor project underway!