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Informal: A natural landscape style that is in harmony with nature and the simple, unpretentious architectural style of craftsman homes. The craftsman landscaping style is informal but not random.
Overall sense: The craftsman landscaping style originated in the late 19th century, experienced a revival in the 1930s, and has become popular again in the 21st century. It is characterized by an elegant simplicity of natural elements, artisan craftsmanship, and repetition of materials, colors, and motifs to strengthen the relationship between the house and its surroundings.
Geometry: The craftsman landscaping structures are sturdy and well-defined with clean, prominent lines and exterior details. Natural materials are emphasized with horizontal proportions and a connection with the natural surroundings.
Hardscape: Because the craftsman landscaping design prized architectural detail and a strong link between house and site, it makes sense that its hardscaping elements like handcrafted stone, wood or copper would define a Craftsman garden more than its plants. Craftsman-style homes often have low-pitched roofs with deep overhanging eaves and exposed decorative rafters and deep porches framed by tapered square columns. One recurring detail for these homes is the pergola.
Plants: Plants should complement the home as the home complements the craftsman landscape. Plantings were indigenous to the region just as the house was to be built using local materials. Many homeowners choose old-fashioned plants. Choose shrubs and flowers that complement each other, instead of contrasting. A vine trained to grow up the pergola makes something man-made more natural. Natural shapes are more in keeping with the style than clipped hedges.
Lawn: Lawn or gravel paths can be used most with craftsman landscaping.
Furniture & Décor: Within the craftsman landscaping the house exteriors were usually painted in earthy tones such as browns, red-browns, greens, soft blues and grays like the color of stone. These simple colors played up the architectural details such as columns. Paint for the wood should be some contrast between the brick so if the brick is light choose a darker hue for the wood. Trim should add a third color that complements both the brick and the wood. Bolder colors can be used on the front door. Other details can be brought in such as a lantern near the front door, door mats, bronze hardware and porch furniture like Craftsman or Arts and Crafts-style rocking chairs or planters.