Not all of us are blessed with huge houses that include a front and backyard. That can sometimes be unfortunate, especially if you have a green thumb and love spending time outside in nature. However, there is no reason to worry as even tiny yards can provide you with everything you need – with just a few cleverly implemented design ideas.
Use perspective to your advantage
When it comes to small spaces, the trick is to convince the eye that the space is bigger than it actually is. In a backyard, this can be achieved by using long, straight lines. Try to incorporate a fence into the design. To create depth, you should make the fence taller in the back and a bit shorter in the front.
Don’t forget about the vertical dimension
Another way to make the yard look larger is by adding some elements that will draw the eye up. Depending on the layout and design, you can incorporate stairs and some elevated planting areas. When choosing the plants, go for a variety of heights. Opt for tall plants like sprawling ivy, shady trees and stoic perennials, but short plants as well which you can put in planters of varying levels.
Streamline for a calmer look
Adding a pathway to your backyard can help you achieve order and tranquillity. When choosing the material for the pathway, bricks or similar options are your best bet as they can be arranged in such a way that it visually elongates the path. The trail can lead to your focal point or connect several different areas. If you are really short on space, just put plants on both sides of the path and make sure there are not too many varieties or that they are all the same colour.
Create a focal point
As it was previously mentioned, you can add a focal point to your backyard. Such a feature draws attention and distracts from the lack of space. A focal point can be anything from a small pergola, a vine arch or a colourful trellis to a fancy fire pit or a miniature fountain. Most of these elements can be made without the help of professionals.
Separate your yard into areas
Just because your outdoor space is small doesn’t mean that it can’t have multiple functions. Separating the yard into zones will actually make it seem bigger. There are plenty of visual benefits to having several seating areas, adding a grill with a dining area, introducing a hanging vegetable garden etc. For such projects, it might be best to contact professional landscape architects as they can provide you with a bespoke garden design that will not look cluttered and messy.
Make it cosy
If you have no need for flowers and vegetables in your garden, you can just focus on making it cosy. You can make a pergola that will cover most of your yard and put different pieces of furniture there. Have a canopy bed and comfy sofas and armchairs. If you want to hide from the sun, find cute drapes for the structure. On the other hand, you can install a retractable awning on the side of your house, and use that for shade while having the rest of the yard open for sunbathing, swimming (if you can fit a small pool) and enjoying the fresh air.
Take advantage of colours and textures
Putting bright colours front and centre will draw the eye and the rest of the space will recede, which will make it seem larger. When it comes to textures, having various plants can help you achieve a lush feel. Opt for bold, tropical plants as their shapes and colours can make your yard more unique.
Utilise every nook and cranny
There are plenty of corners that we tend to completely ignore. Don’t let that happen. Plants flowers in every corner that you see is not being used. This way, you will have a garden while the rest of your backyard can be used for relaxing.
Omit the lawn
Sometimes, we only have the luxury of having a front yard. If that is the case with you, you can use your designated lawn space for planting beautiful flowers and plants. You can put a fence around it if you don’t want people looking in, or a pergola with drapes where you can have some privacy. Whichever option you go for, just make sure it makes you happy.
As you can see, it is not hard at all to make a tiny yard both useful and beautiful. Have these tips in mind when redesigning your space and don’t hesitate to contact professionals when necessary.
Chloe Smith is a design enthusiast and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success. When she’s not working, she’s probably somewhere cuddled up with a good book, and a cup of lemongrass tea (or more honestly binge-watching the newest Netflix hit show).