Having to come to terms with your small backyard in a world of lush, spacious private oases can seem like a difficult task, especially if you have no idea how to optimize the space you do have to seem more spacious. But all of that is about to change. Here is an easy guide on how to get the most out of a small backyard.
Clean out your yard
Before you introduce any significant design and decor changes into your backyard setting, you first want to clean, tidy up, and declutter the space. This will instantly make the yard feel more capacious and create a perfect empty canvas you can build upon.
Divide it into zones
A small backyard can serve a multitude of purposes, and a great way to utilize every inch is to break the space into sections. This can be as simple as changing the design of each area to correspond with the intended activity, such as a leisure area, a kids’ play area, or a grill section.
Tie it with your interior design
Another great way to make you small yard feel bigger is to tie the look with your interior design. You can follow the colour patterns and textures you have in your living room to unify the space and make it feel like your interior is stretching all the way into a garden oasis.
Pay attention to scale
If you are already working with limited space, you wouldn’t want to clutter the setting further with chunky furniture or big dining tables. Instead, opt for smart, modular furniture you can easily convert to accommodate several people, or put away to let the kids play freely.
Add a charming pool
Cramming a pool into a small backyard might seem like wishful thinking, but it’s absolutely possible, you simply need to plan your design approach thoroughly. Fortunately, contemporary above ground swimming pools come in various sizes and no matter how small your backyard might be, you are bound to find a unit that fits the setting perfectly. You’ll even end up with room to spare, perfect for a poolside lounge area or a grill.
Create a focal point
Whether it’s a beautiful dining area with a round table, a swimming pool, a flower bed, or a play area encircled with cobblestones and greenery, you want to create a focal point that will tie the space together and allow it to breathe. A strategically positioned focal point will also take the attention off the actual size of the yard and will focus it on the individual details instead.
Control the view
Small backyards are mostly present in dense urban areas, whether it’s the city centre or a popular suburb, and more often than not, the view from your backyard is less than pleasant. Luckily, you can easily eliminate the problem with dense trellises or even better, a beautiful vertical garden. This will also create your very own personal oasis, shielded from the troubles of the outside world.
Give it a dash of personality
Finally, the design of the backyard needs to resonate with your own personality and taste. Much like you would design and decorate your home’s interior, you want to approach your backyard as if it were another room in your home, and introduce some personal flair. You can do this in a number of creative ways, from making flower arrangements, to creating an intimate lighting scheme, from adding a small bar to a comfy leisure area filled with plush pillows and blankets.
Having a small backyard doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy all of the perks of a more spacious setting, you just need some prudent planning to make it work. Be sure to use these tips to create your very own, roomy backyard oasis.