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How to Match Your Landscaping to Your Exterior Stone

How-to-Coordinate-Landscaping-and-Exterior-StoneA great outdoor living space serves many purposes. It adds value to your existing home, provides a comfortable space for you to unwind after a long day, and offers a go-to destination for entertaining. In fact, your outdoor living area has such an impact on your space, we’ll go as far to say that it’ll make or break the ambiance of your entire home. Because of this, it’s important to keep your exterior cohesively updated.

But updating the exterior of your home is no easy task. During this process, you’ll want to make sure you’re creating a unified space—the stone should match the landscaping, and the luxurious design elements should balance with the functionality of the area. But don’t worry. Our specialized team at Imperial Elite is here to help you through this process. From the beginning inspiration phase to the final stage of installation, we’ll be there for you.

This post will serve as your resource for your initial brainstorm. First, we’ll address what stone works best for you. After this is established, we’ll cover the different landscaping designs you can implement. And finally, we’ll discuss how to put these elements together to coordinate your chosen stone and landscaping.

Selecting your stone


We’ll start our brainstorm off by discussing exterior stones. At most other flooring and stone stores, this discussion would be quick. Other stores would provide you with a list of offered stones and let you choose from the available selection. But our Elite service at Imperial Wholesale goes about this process in a much different way.

At Imperial Elite, we provide custom stones that are just as irreplaceable as you are—providing premium, uniquely sourced materials from all around the world. So whether you’re pulling inspiration from Italy, Mexico, Israel, or anywhere else on the globe, we’re here to make it happen.

When it comes time to select an exterior stone from Imperial Elite, some of the materials we offer include:
  • Travertine
  • Quartzite
  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Limestone
  • Granite
However, your options are truly endless as we offer a completely customizable process. If you’re interested in narrowing down your selection, we recommend contacting one of our stone specialists for further direction.

Designing your landscape


The next step is to select the design of your landscape. Within this step, we’ll outline what you need to know about the most popular landscapes we see within the industry including:
  • Mediterranean landscape
  • English formal landscape
  • Asian landscape
  • Cottage landscape
  • Desert landscape

Mediterranean landscape

Say hello to the coastal areas of Spain, Italy, and France. Because when you implement Mediterranean landscaping in your home, you’ll feel like you’re enjoying a luxurious vacation to one of those beautiful cities.

With vibrant colors, hard architectural lines, and an abundance of plant life, a Mediterranean-inspired landscape embraces a casual yet elegant ambiance. The types of colors found throughout this lively landscape option are vivid, while still maintaining the serene feeling of relaxation. As for the plant life, common trends for this design includes tall grass, moss, garden beds, and flowers.

Is a Mediterranean design right for you?
A Mediterranean landscape is perfect for your outdoor space if you’re looking to use the area to embrace the overgrown plant life, unwind, and escape reality.

English formal landscape

English formal landscape is all about structure. Using straight lines, well-manicured plant life, and elegant pathways to make a statement, this type of design will make your outdoor area feel sophisticated and mature.

When designing your exterior with this type of landscape, remember that it’s all about structure, organization, and symmetry. For example, the shrubs should be well-maintained and the paved paths should remain in place. Also, when implementing flowers, it’s best to limit your choices so the space remains balanced. If you put a colored flower on the north end, carry that some color to the south end so your exterior embraces a cohesive flow.

Is an English formal design right for you?
If you’re looking for a calming area that maintains both structure and organization, an English formal landscape is the perfect design for you.

Asian landscape

When done correctly, an Asian landscape is peaceful, serene, and simplistic. Common elements of this design includes boulders, streams, koi fish, and bamboo. The design also typically includes pebble-filled pathways that are used to lead guests to various tranquil areas in your yard. When installed, this type of landscape will give your outdoor area a modern, contemporary, and stylish feel.

Is an Asian design right for me?
An Asian landscape is right for you if you’re looking for a zen area to sit back, relax, and take in the simple elegance of nature.

Cottage landscape

A cottage landscape design has an all-American feel to it. It’s typically paired with a white picket fence, wrap around patio, and rustic accents. Common design elements to this landscape include natural stones, small trees, and old-fashioned plants of all heights, colors, and fragrances.

Typically, a cottage landscape provides a blank slate for the rest of your exterior designs. Because there are no strict guidelines as to what works and what doesn’t for this landscape, you have freedom to design the rest of your outdoor area however you’d like.

Is a cottage design right for you?
A cottage landscape design is perfect for your home if you’re drawn to classic outdoor activities like all-American barbeques or pool side entertainment.

Desert landscape

Desert landscaping is most traditionally found in climates that have high temperatures, like Arizona, because the plant life stands a chance of blooming all year round. But just because the weather has precedence over the exterior design of your home, doesn’t mean that your designs have to be limited. For example, elements like palm trees, pathways, and natural stone pair well with this landscape and can give your outdoor some added personality.

Is a desert design right for you?
If you live in a state with high climates and are looking for a maintenance-free design for your exterior, desert landscaping may be right for you.

Putting it all together


Now that you’re aware of the type of stones and landscapes you can implement in your outdoor area, it’s time to put it all together. In many cases, this is the most difficult step because there are endless ways to properly pair landscaping and stone.

If you have a strong sense of creativity or direction for you project, this is the step where you can let your personality shine through. For example, if you’re drawn to a particular stone and landscaping design, pair the two together. We’ll help you install your favorite stone, select your preferred plants, and incorporate final design elements until your outdoor area is up to your standards.

Yet on the other hand, if you’re uncertain what works well together, we’re here to help. Here, we’re sharing our standardized rules for pairing stone and landscape together, including:
  • Making it modern
  • Recreating the classic
  • Keeping it subtle
  • Forgoing the rules

Making it modern

A contemporary design is the first direction you can take your exterior décor. Most commonly, the design elements used within this type of design includes stylish outdoor kitchens, infinity pools, and marble fountains.

For the landscaping and stone aspects of a modern outdoor area, we recommend pairing either marble or granite with the desert or English formal landscaping.

Recreating the classic

The next guideline we suggest for matching landscape to stone is to recreate the classics. And by this, we mean taking your project totally vintage—think Tuscan and Mediterranean vibes. Common design elements of this design include warm colors, stand out architectural designs, and a classic layout.

To accomplish this look, we recommend using a mix of limestone and travertine and pairing it with a Mediterranean landscape.

Keeping it subtle

Our next standardized rule is about keeping your look subtle. But don’t worry—keeping your design simple doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to lose your “wow” factor. Rather, simple elegance is something that most seek in their exterior décor. For a subtle design, pull your inspiration from things that relax you most, like the sound of streaming water or bustling leaves.

For a simple design, stones like quartzite or slate and Asian or cottage landscapes work great together.

Forgoing the rules

Finally comes our final guideline for pairing stone and landscape—which is not really a guideline at all. This standardized rule is all about breaking the common design rules you see within the homeowner’s industry.

The designs of your home are supposed to brighten up your day and speak to your unique personality. Which is why we always value freedom of expression at Imperial Elite. We believe that the sky’s the limit when it comes to interior and exterior designs and that you should do what makes you happy.

If you feel like you don’t fit the mold of the typical designs, come see us at Imperial Elite. We’ll help you nail down an idea until you’re completely satisfied with the end result.