Design Styles - FREE QUIZ

Take my quick 20-question Quiz to Uncover your preferred Design Style!



  1. MODERN/ CONTEMPORARY

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- Clean Lines

- Symmetry & Evenly Balanced Spaces

- Crisp Materials

- Simple Patterns

- Cool Tone Greys

- Concrete

- Nordsternpark Gelsenkirchen (Germany)

- Courtyard outside of the Planetarium Science Center in Alexandria, Egypt (which I got to personally visit in 2018)

- Control Over Nature

- hardscaping a main focus


*NOTE* 'Modern' and 'Contemporary' are actually two different design styles. For the purpose of this test, they have been grouped together.


2. EXOTIC/ ECCLECTIC

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- A Sense of Adventure/Wonder

- Interesting and Comfortable

- New yet Familiar

- Interesting Patterns

- Intriguing and Expressive

- Moon Gate (China)

- Talavera Flower Pots (Mexico)

- Andalusia Pots (Spain)


*NOTE* 'EXOTIC/ECCLECTIC' Design is not purely focused on Japanese Gardens (as shown in the above image). This Design Style refers to inspiration taken from places that have a distinctive colour palette, feel or common material that is different from where you are.


3. NATURAL/ WOODLAND

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- Warm, Natural Materials

- Asymmetry & Organic Shapes

- Smooth, curvy lines

- Stone, Water & Wood

- Focus on Foliage(leaves) over Flowers

- Random/Natural Planting Patterns

- Hypertufa Planters

- Stump Gardens

- Harmony with Nature (can be Nature's control over humankind if not properly maintained/designed)


*NOTE* I often refer to "Natural" Design as "Woodland" Design. Generally, Woodland Gardens are in part-full shade. Natural Gardens could include anything from a shade garden to a wildflower or Prairie-inspired garden in full sun.


4. FORMAL/ CLASSIC

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- Clean Lines

- Symmetry & Ge