Blending the indoors with the outdoors is one of the defining characteristics of mid-century modern architecture, and it’s likely among the primary reasons that the architectural style has seen a resurgence in recent years. In today’s highly technological world, many of us are craving more nature in our lives, and the indoor-outdoor harmony of modernist homes makes it easy to get a daily dose of Mother Nature.
That being said, the style’s connection to the outside world means that it’s critical to give thoughtful attention to the outdoor landscape to maximize the home’s potential. And if you don’t have a ton of experience on the landscaping front, it can be tough to figure out where to even start, so we’ve done it for you.
The following homes totally nailed mid-century landscaping and offer all the inspiration you need to create the indoor-outdoor magic this architectural style calls for.
Mid-century homes are known for their simple structures and clean lines, so it’s a great idea to create landscaping to match. This pared-back exterior uses structural elements, stepping stones and a small rectangular pond, to complement the home’s airy and minimal vibe.
Speaking of clean and simple, desert plants, like cacti and succulents, offer plenty of visual intrigue without crowding a design. They look particularly compelling when paired with other xeriscaping elements, like gravel.
It’s a great idea to consider both your home and its surrounding setting when developing your landscape. In lieu of grass, which requires more water than desert locales can naturally provide, this yard uses sand and gravel, which also complements the colors of the home's exterior stones.
Contrasting landscape components are stellar for maximizing the clean, structural feel of modernist architecture. This home contrasts a simple lawn with structural concrete blocks, resulting in a balanced, eye-pleasing overall composition.
Minimal most definitely isn’t the only way to maximize a mid-century home. If you prefer a little more oomph in your landscape, then consider piling on desert botanicals in a contained area, like the owners of this Eichler, which really helps blend the home into the surrounding landscape.
Designed by George Bissell, this home is a flawless example of how the artful use of landscaping lines can elevate the architectural style. All of the lines in this yard are perfectly parallel to the abundant lines found on the home, which provides instant visual satisfaction.
If you’d like to eliminate the hassle of landscaping maintenance altogether, then take a cue from this gorgeous backyard. The pair of open-air patios leaves just a handful of square feet that need to be landscaped while flawlessly merging the indoors with a lot of outdoor living space.
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