If you own a property that has a small yard, you are probably making the best of it while at the same time wishing that you had a larger outdoor space where you could perhaps fit a large in-ground pool; or even a small play area for your children or your dogs. But did you know that there are actually ways to make your small yard feel and look larger than it actually is?
To transform your tiny outdoor space into what appears to be a much larger area where you can gather with friends and family comfortably for some fun, continue reading for some surprisingly easy tips that you can begin implementing right away so that you can fall in love with your yard all over again.
Incorporate the Right Colours by Planting the Right Flowers
Our brains interpret various colours differently. When it comes to outdoor spaces, you can make a small yard appear larger than it is if you focus on planting warm coloured flowers closer to your house. These include plants that bloom in colours that range from red and orange to yellow and brown. These colours draw us in, so they almost appear as though they are coming towards us.
On the other hand, if you use cooler colours, such as blue, green, pink and purple, along the edges and perimeter of your outdoor space, it will appear as though these edges of your space are further away from you because they will blend in with the rest of your landscaping plan much more easily and your eyes will not be drawn to them as quickly as the warmer tones.
Create Different Smaller Areas Within Your Larger Space
If you can divide your yard with various geometric shapes, you can create the illusion that there is more space. For example, set down a pathway that can lead to your vegetable patch, flower garden, or fountain. Add raised garden beds, decks, or patios where you can place a table and chairs. And focus on using different textures throughout as well, from pebbles to a variety of stones.
Play with Perspective
You can even play with perspective by gardening in a smart way that will open your yard up. Accomplish this goal by placing larger plants closer to the area where people will be spending time in your yard. Smaller plants should be planted further off beyond these larger varieties. Of course, you want the smaller plants to still be in view. The idea is to create the illusion that there is a lot more space than there actually is between these small plants and their large counterparts.
If you have a small yard, you need not fret. You can still achieve the illusion of a larger space by adding some strategic elements to your space, from small patio areas and raised garden beds to a variety of small and large plants and even plants of various colours and textures that will help you make your space look larger.
Jenny Wadlow is a freelance blogger who writes for Deck It Out Decks, a specialist deck or pergola building company based in Melbourne. She is a fun loving person and likes to take up many home improvement projects. You can catch up with her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.