Size doesn’t matter, it’s what you can do with what you have. When it comes to interior decorating, or as in the case of this blog, exterior decorating, it’s all about how to make the most of your outdoor space. We’ve got some great decorating tips for making even small outdoor spaces feel bigger and less confined.
Creating illusion of space
You may not have the physical space, but with a few decorating tricks, you can create the illusion that your patio area is bigger than it actually is. The trick is to create little areas that are all interconnected. You can also add layers to create height, and use colors to make the space open, bright, and welcoming.
Creating subtle boundaries
Fencing and thick hedges are a classic choice to break up your yard and create inviting spaces for lounging, entertaining, relaxing, cooking, or gardening. With smaller yards, however, you want to design similar spaces, but to keep the boundaries light. You want to design an open plan yard, where everything is one big space. A few sub-spaces should be created within the open plan using flowers, furniture, and pathways. If you make the boundaries too big, thick, and heavy you will end up chopping up your yard, making it feel even smaller and more cramped.
Another decorating tip for making the most of a small yard is to create continuous pathways. Create loops around the garden so that it feels like there is always somewhere else to go in the yard. That way, it’s like your outdoor space is never-ending, and it will make a small yard feel bigger. Making two entryways to each section of your yard, from the patio to the outdoor kitchen to the veggie garden to the tree swing will keep a great flow of traffic throughout the yard. When you are entertaining, your guests won’t feel like they’re constantly bumping into each other or running out of places to hang out.
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