Hardscaping Color Schemes
Last month I made some informal planting beds from the native reddish-brown boulders on the property, but they needed mulch. After looking at all the mulch colors at Home Depot, I picked out my favorite color, a tan brown. When I bought it home an put it next to the boulders, the color worked out well, but it was *sheer luck*. I know mulch isn't hardscape, but the experience shocked me into realizing that I need to have a larger plan in mind instead of just picking each element based on my own preferences.
I usually hang out on the decorating forum so I should have known to consider each element as part of a whole, but somehow that didn't translate in my mind to landscaping. Since then, I have been reading and taking notes on landscaping, especially hardscaping, but I am still coming in to this on the ground floor. I am trying to learn what I should do next time, next house, to have a more successful outdoor area.
How did you decide on your landscaping color scheme? What did you choose first? Does house color dictate one's color scheme direction? Or is it something else?
Are there combinations that you have found to be especially pleasing, or do monochromatic choices work the best? What makes hardscaping color schemes successful?
Does anyone coordinate with interior flooring to help bolster the indoor/outdoor connection? Or is that even a concern?
I hope everyone forgives my elementary questions, but I am really eager to learn from the amazing knowledge and experience here. Thank you for any insight!