A small backyard doesn’t mean you are doomed to never entertain. There are plenty of ways to trick the eye into believing your small backyard is much larger than it appears. For a few simple ways to maximise your yard, check out these helpful ideas.
Bring in Some Patio Furniture
When space is at a premium, a smaller outdoor setting is your friend. You can also create the illusion of having more space with minimalist furnishings. Metal settings don’t have to be plain and boring. You can choose from brushed metal or polished materials, just look for a design that contrasts with your surroundings. For inspiration, check out Super A-Mart Australia . Choosing seating that has a slim profile will take up less space in your yard, making it appear bigger.
Add Hanging Pots
Just because you are trying to maximise your outdoor space doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite plants. Instead, invest in some hanging pots and some hooks to hang them from. Hanging pots free up the space at your feet, as well as giving the plants more access to light. And don’t feel that you have to hang your new pots from the roof – you can attach them to your fencing, handrails on stairs, or even to a wall. If you aren’t ready to commit to drilling holes in a surface like brick, attach some pots to lattice and secure the lattice in an area of the yard that could do with some cover. Fill your new pots with colourful flowers or herbs.
Work in Some Pretty Lights
Lights are a simple way to add colour without going overboard. A few strings of fairy lights overhead turns any backyard into a beautiful spot to relax. That little splash of light is ideal for outdoor dinners in warm weather. If fairy lights aren’t suitable, add some solar lanterns to the edges of your garden bed or around the pathway. They instantly perk up the outdoors and are inexpensive to buy.
Clear Out & Open Up
If your yard is swamped by large growth, trim it back. You will have more natural light, which automatically makes the space bigger. Also avoid the temptation to add a pergola or awning to your backyard. Any structure that stretches overhead will not only cut your natural light out, but will also close the space in and immediately make it feel smaller. Keeping trees and shrubs trimmed back also makes your yard appear instantly tidier.
Bring in Some Pot Plants
The best way to bring in plants without compromising a lot of space is by using tall planters. Tall planters are available in a variety of styles and materials, from brushed silver to rich clay. If you have the space, a pair of tall planters by your doorway, or at the beginning of any path adds symmetry to the overall look. You can then add some fragrance by planting a herb such as lemongrass, or some colour by planting succulents. Add some coloured pebbles around the base of the plant for a mix of texture.
Are you ready to start making over your backyard? What ideas have you had for maximising your yard space?