Tips on how to design your small backyard
Over population is a serious issue, so many urban environments have to make concessions in broad strokes. Just a few decades ago, it was so much easier to find a household with an expansive backyard for a reasonable price, but this has become virtually impossible these days without burying yourself in a serious debt. However, even if you own a petite backyard, this still doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the most out of what you have. If you want to make your private exterior space pop, here are some nifty tips on how to design your small backyard.
Go big with the details
Now, the counter intuitive move most DIY designer enthusiasts make when it comes to small spaces is that they opt for equally miniature details. This is a wrong choice. As long as details don’t take up space, they should be as big as they possibly can. The basic rule of design is not to over stuff your small space with small details but chose only a few elements that appear big. This is how a small space becomes significantly bigger to the eye.
Therefore, if you decide to create stone steps, make it three instead of five and make them bigger. If you are creating a rock trail across your lawn, choose the biggest possible rocks. When it comes to trees that line your backyard, purchase the ones that grow tall but don’t take up too much space (like the cypress trees from the Van Gogh painting).
Be smart about the pool
Adding a swimming pool as an element in your backyard might also sound counter intuitive. After all, pools usually take up a lot of space. However, you should know that it is not that hard to find really practical pool shapes these days that are practically designed for small yards. With a high-quality crispy pool paint color that pops and contrasts against the dark green hue of grass, you will have something truly special on your hands – a yard that doesn’t only look roomy enough to have a pool, but the one that also boasts an airy feel. Keep the shape simple and geometrical. Avoid organic curves in small spaces, and you should be golden.
Create a cosy corner
Every backyard needs at least a basic cosy corner – a place, usually on a deck, that has a vantage point over the rest of the garden area and the one where all family members and guests can comfortably spread around. Plush pillows notwithstanding, keeping it basic is exactly what you should go with. In order to create a cozy corner in a small backyard, first you need to opt for furniture of lighter hues – possibly cream or white. Arrange several elements – a sofa and two or three chairs, or two sofas and one chair, around a rustic table. The same rule applies as with going big with the details – make the furniture big and bright. Then line the zone with bright curtains that will flutter lightly on the breeze, and voilà!
Think about the outline
Of course, a cosy corner is not the only spot that needs to be outlined. In fact, the entire backyard needs to have a strongly defined outline so it wouldn’t appear small. Measure up its sides and find the one that is the longest. Then arrange everything parallel to the longest line of the small backyard. The contours should be as straight as possible, and they should follow this rule to a T, so be careful about how you arrange the garden areas as the plant life tends to “rebel” and start to take over after a few years.
Small backyards are not a curse. If you go out of your way to apply some of these basic design tips, you can end up with a truly gorgeous private garden that has an allure of a magical meadow. At the end of the day, it is all about the details and smart outline, and even the smallest backyards can look like chic environments where the most glamorous stars can easily feel comfortable.