If the space is scarce, going vertical can free up a lot of space in the backyard. Placing planters vertically will not only look, good but it is also functional. They can be put on tiered planter, or perhaps you could make this your DIY project. Simply use a steel rod and don’t forget to drill holes in it to hold planters. Put bigger planters on the bottom. Using the garden walls or other structures is also a good idea. You could use planks to make shelves for plants or simply drill holes and hang the flowers to make your backyard more colorful.
Nothing can make a backyard look small more than clutter. Having too much stuff in the backyard make it chaotic and crowded, think about scaling down and throwing some stuff out. Consider buying built-in seating, this could free up some much-needed space. Too many plants are actually a bad thing for your backyard. Instead of having 15-20 planting pots, have 5 bigger ones to make the backyard feel more spacious. Hedges and bushes are too big and won’t do good to a small backyard.
Using a little perspective can make a small space seem bigger. Using long lines will give out an illusion that the backyard is bigger, straight diagonal path across the yard should do the trick. Creating a focal point in the yard can help as well. Slant the ends of lines to converge at a point, it will frame the garden nicely. For a focal point, it would be good to use an object like a big colorful planter or a fountain. To better frame the view in a backyard you could use pergolas or arbors.
Break it up
Another way to make a backyard appear larger is to create smaller zones in it. Using pathways and furniture to separate small sections can make it seem spacious. This will also make it more cozy and peaceful. Scale down furniture to give you more space to work with, this is another instance where built-in furniture comes in handy. Create a separate dining area, and put lounging furniture in another. Fold away furniture is also a big space saver, after you are done hosting a dinner simply put it away until next time.
There is a way we can use terracing to our advantage. Creating different levels in a backyard gives depth and makes it seem more spacious. This doesn’t have to be anything exaggerated, a raised container garden or a patio that is on a different level will suffice. Terracing an area will make it appear bigger by adding levels, those walls can be used for hanging planters or decorating. Use some garden landscaping to provide depth to the backyard.
Not everyone is blessed with a big backyard. But with some planning and good ideas you can make a small yard appear spacious. Using perspective to your advantage, adding different levels, dividing up the zones are just some of the ways to make this happen.
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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.
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