Many people believe that the only way you can have a beautiful backyard is to have a big backyard- but this simply isn’t the case. Small backyards can be transformed into delightfully cozy spaces, and with the right design tips, you can even make your small backyard space look bigger.
Here are a few things you can do to make the most of your small backyard space and maximize its potential. Try incorporating these into your backyard design if you want to create a bigger, more open space.
One of the easiest ways to make a small space appear bigger is to split it into different areas and levels. When you look at a small, two-dimensional space filled with outdoor furniture, it can appear dull, crowded, and uninteresting. By adding a raised deck, you can create the illusion of more space!
To create the different levels, we would recommend using materials that are strong (to support your outdoor furniture) attractive (to add interest to the space) and easy to maintain (so you can spend more time enjoying your small backyard!)
One of the best materials we’ve come across for creating raised decks is composite decking. This decking is made using a combination of wood fibers and polymer resin, giving a real-wood effect that won’t need continual upkeep.
The way that composite decking is made makes it much more durable than traditional timber or plastic decking, which are known for warping, cracking, and splitting under heavyweight. You can see from the picture above that composite decking can be used to transform a relatively small space into an inviting staggered seating area.
Create Width and Length
You may have heard that wearing horizontal stripes will make you look wider. Well, the same optical illusion can be applied to your small backyard!
Laying decking or paving in a horizontal pattern emphasizing the width of your backyard. Similarly, laying them vertically will emphasize the length of your backyard. Thinking about the way you can use lines to trick the eye can really help you make the most of your small backyard.
Don’t Over Clutter
Adding ornaments, furniture, and plants to your small backyard can make it feel cozy, but it’s not always the best idea if you want to make space appear bigger. In this instance, less is more!
Keeping accessories to a minimum will give the illusion of a larger open space. By adding select furniture, ornaments, and shrubbery, you can add your own personal touch without creating too much clutter.
We’d recommend taking time to choose your backyard accessories carefully, only choose things that you really like, and don’t be afraid to sell or get rid of things over time if you want your garden to look bigger.
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you make the most of your small backyard. Remember, limited space doesn’t mean limited potential!