Subtropical Modernism: Lively Landscapes in the Florida Keys
Debra Yates and Benjamin Burle of Debra Yates Great Space, Inc. in the Florida Keys use brilliantly colorful garden walls and sculptural plants against a neutral backdrop for a lush, lively take on modernism. Here, they share six tips on how they achieve their signature look.
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Design the interior and exterior together
While most landscape designers stick with the out-of-doors, Burle and Yates blend interior and exterior design so their landscapes are perfectly integrated with the home. Yates says, “if we’re using wood floors inside, we’ll run wooden decking outside in the same color, size and direction.” That same idea of continuity can be used with stone, concrete, or paint colors to make the home and landscape feel as one.
Another technique they employ is to create a clear line of sight from the front door all the way through a neutral-toned home, to an eye-catching pop of color outside. “Making the exterior visible from the interior is key to success,” says Burle. The contrast between neutral and bright draws the eye and provides an immediate invitation into the outdoors.