29 December, 2014
Some of the most beautiful homes in the world have teeny, tiny backyards for one reason or another. Whether you're located deep in the heart of a city or perched high on the edge of hill, there's no reason your small yard can't have big style. To get the most out of your space, you simply need to think outside the box. Here's how:
Create a little mystery
It might seem contradictory to hide parts of an already tiny lawn, but hear us out: A yard separated into "rooms" doesn't give away how far it extends. You can achieve this by separating segments with a trellis, shrubbery, you name it – anything that hides portions of your yard from plain sight will work. Many people assign an activity to each room, such as gardening or entertaining.
If your neighborhood (and your neighbors) allow it, opt to go totally fenceless. Not only does this blur the line of your backyard and your neighbor's, but the changing landscape creates visual contrast.
Choose a focal point
The easiest way to make a backyard look bigger is by drawing the eye outward as far as possible. You can choose from a variety of focal points, from fountains to statues to outdoor furniture, but you'll want to put them at the farthest corner of your lawn.
Add some height
You may not be able to add width to your yard, but there's a whole lot you can do to add height. Vertical walls of plants or tall awnings can create serious depth when they're placed nearly anywhere in your yard. If you created a focal point, try centering the vertical height directly behind it to create even more drama.
Move your patio
Patios are traditionally attached directly to the back of a house, but that can make a small yard look even more diminutive. Moving the patio to the center or back corner of your yard will create the illusion of extra space.
When you're working with a small space, it's natural to want to render all your decorations in a size that matches. The two things you don't want to skimp on, however, are the size of your entertaining area and the width of your walkways. Leave an ample amount of room for people to walk and relax, and shrink your landscaping or lawn space instead – the quickest way to draw attention to the size of your backyard is to make people feel cramped.
Use your lines
Artists create depth using lines all the time, and so can you. If you have landscaping or fencing running along the sides of your lawn, gently slant them toward each other as they move away from your house instead of sticking to standard straight lines. This will create the illusion of a long, sprawling yard – even if yours is just the opposite.
Mix up your materials
When it comes to creating a lawn that looks larger, you can't have too many landscaping materials. Instead of having a predominantly patio-and-grass lawn, incorporate segments with concrete pavers, gardening plots, wooden decks and more.
Making a small lawn look larger comes to down to how visually interesting the space is. Create as much height, depth and contrast as you can, making sure to carve out an area for outdoor seating and entertaining. Your backyard might seem small you to you, but we promise no one else will notice!