Don’t whine over your small yard. Just be grateful for what you have. I know that it literally small but you can make it look bigger with the right steps. Here are the tricks.
Make it into two spaces
Yep, that’s right. Even with the small outdoor space, dividing it into two areas actually make it looks and feels bigger. It creates a separate illusion when dividing space into spaces.
A small wood pergola will do the job. You can purchase it at the local home improvement stores or build it yourself. The wall is another way to divide your outdoor space. Wait, really? Wall? C’mon guys, we are not talking those bold and big concrete wall. Install short trellises, wooden fence, or arbors to separate the seating from the table. It will make the visitors walking around in the available space instead of walking directly to it. It makes your small outdoor space feels more spacious.
Keep away those stalkers
A peaceful condition feels roomier than a noisy place. Who knows you will end up staring awkwardly with your next door neighbor when you enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon rest. You can create a blissful atmosphere just by using well-positioned plants.
Plant a tall wide bush, the purple smoke bush for example, along the edge of your outdoor spaces. It’s easy to maintain and can grow up to seven feet every year. Make sure to trim it to keep it on the right track. You don’t want your neighbor to protest your bush which invading their land right? Just make sure it growing up not out. As long you can do that, you will experience an elegant privacy screen.
Another way is installing climbing vines around the trellis. This way is better if you don’t want to sacrifice the place in the edge. It will wrap around the trellis and tell your neighbors to stop staring at your place.
If you can’t go horizontal, vertically is not that bad. Optimize your wall, fence, or trellis by installing vines. You can create a living wall too by filling it with flowers, herbs, or greenery. It creates a different look by raising the focal point outwards and up to the sky.
Dramatic Focal point
If you want to attract your visitor with a dramatic focal point, you can add a water feature to your outdoor space. For instance, a bubbling birdbath or wall fountain can impress every eye who stares.
Go with the darker surface for your water feature. It makes is easier to reflect the scenery with the black bottom. The sky and trees will reflect well and make you outdoor space feel expansive. Remember to keep it small and forget a long edge-style pool because it only takes your outdoor space.
The same way goes with the mirror. It will reflect the scenery around and make your yard more spacious. No need to purchase a large mirror, the normal-size mirror is enough to d