Small Backyard? No Problem!

Mon, Aug 01, 2016 at 9:20AM

Small Backyard? No Problem!

We’ve talked about how to make a small room feel bright and open—but what about a small outdoor space? Your backyard may be lacking in space, but it doesn’t have to lack in character and functionality. In today’s blog, we will be looking at four ways to make the most of a small outdoor space to best suit your needs.

Identify your family’s needs and wants out of an outdoor space

In a small outdoor space, you don’t necessarily have the luxury of multiple spaces designated to multiple purposes—such as an entertaining area, a large vegetable garden, etc. However, you can prioritize and still make room for what matters most! To do so, simply think about what you want out of your outdoor space. Should it be a comfy, casual place with grass for the kids to play in? Or do you prefer a more modern and sophisticated space perfect for entertaining friends and hosting outdoor dinner parties? Identify your needs so that you can focus your design even better.

Establish a unique focal point

If you were to look at a small backyard that contained nothing but patio or grass space, you would immediately notice the space’s size constraints—however, by establishing a unique focal point for family and friends to look at, you can take the attention away from the size of your yard and give the space purpose. This can be anything from a beautiful fountain to a backyard fire pit.

Employ light, minimal furniture layouts

If you decide to include furniture in your backyard, stick to what you need and make a statement. While a full outdoor dining set might look great in the home improvement store, it might not be what every family needs—in fact, your family might be perfectly content with a few cozy armchairs with brightly colored cushions! This is simply another instance of knowing your needs and using them to make the most of your space.

Add height to your space

You might not have the space for a full-fledged garden, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose out on the beauty and fragrance of flowers in your space! Instead of planting on the ground, however, consider adding height to your space and staggering your planters in a stair-step fashion, or planting vines on your walls, to surround your space with beautiful plants that direct the eye upward.

By following these ideas and designing your backyard space with fun and function in mind, you should be able to enjoy a one-of-a-kind outdoor area.

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