Outdoor spaces heighten the amount of fun we have in our homes. An extra room is great, but pure joy exists in going out and enjoying the sunshine along with greenery all around. It is a luxury to see a decent backyard in our concrete jungles. So, if you do have a backyard, then it is important that you make the most of your backyard.
Backyards are versatile. They are great for gardening, playing, and entertaining. The trick is to ensure that you make use of every inch available to you. Compact homes have issues like tight, awkwardly shaped spaces. You need to make these spaces functional, and for that, we have got a couple of tips and tricks up our sleeves.
Break The Space Up
I don’t mean physically take a sledgehammer to the backyard. Instead, play with levels, create defined spaces to make it look like there are multiple levels. Each defined zone can also have a function like cooking, lounging, cooking, and mingling. You are creating rooms in a sense. To further make each space unique, mix materials like decking, grass, and stonework. This will make even a small space seem significantly bigger.
Use Lighting To Your Advantage
For morning ensure you keep the space feeling open and airy. Do not place sizeable overhead architecture like awnings as they would make the whole space feel cramped. For evenings install a multifaceted lighting scheme. Give each area it’s own lighting but also keep a certain amount of cohesiveness in the structure of lightning.
Extend The Indoor Space
Often when your inside room is small, you can extend it outside. Here you can leverage technology to your advantage. Extending the space out will also give your room a certain amount of character. The ambiance change will also add to the versatility of the area.
If you find that your kitchen is a little too small, you can put the table outside and enjoy a great outdoor meal.
Keep In Mind Your Themes
Your house needs to feel cohesive, and the backyard similarly needs to fit the vibe. Your space needs to have colors and textures that represent you. For maximum impact in the backyard, try and add only one central feature. It should not look too sparse but, at the same time, don’t go overboard either.
Add According To Scale
A small space can’t be holding a ten-person dining table. Instead, use built-in and extendable tables. They will help you maintain the yard better. This is why if the backyard is small, it is advisable that you garden in containers. They will provide you with flexibility and allow you to move them around if you are rearranging the space. Also recommended, try vertical gardening.
The more you fill-up the space, the more the chances are that your yard feels smaller. Instead of bringing in furniture from outside, try to incorporate seating into hardscapes. Retaining walls, walkways, and other parts of the architecture are good bases for building on the furniture.
If you have decided to garden, then instead of doing seven small pots, try using five big ones you will create a better, more significant impact because of how clean it looks. Try to avoid making it look like an accidental or chaotic place.
Play With Contrast
Think about contrast when it comes to building a space. Squares, rectangles, and round shapes used in the same space smartly can help you make the most of the space. This also makes the space visually appealing, which is very difficult with just one shape. Provide a counterpoint to your elements.
Design With Maintenance In Mind
Small spaces are easy to clean. So, when you start to design a yard, do not spoil this advantage. Avoid ground cover soil. It will eventually turn to mud and end up all over your patio space. Containers are invariably more comfortable to manage.
Stick to native succulents and grass as they are the easiest to maintain and don’t require too much water. It also highlights where you live.
Terrace A Sloping Yard
If your backyard space and severely sloping, you can try terracing. It is slightly expensive in comparison to all the other methods, but it a visual treat. Terraces are expensive because substructure needs to be created to support the terraces. When you begin landscaping costs do add up quite fast. So, treat this as a last resort if you feel nothing can be achieved from the yard until you do this.
A backyard can be a sad space, or if you play your cards right, an area where you cherish and enjoy yourself. If you feel like you are running into a wall while designing, don’t be afraid to get a consultation from a designer. They will be able to give you an idea about costing much better, along with a better design.
Meet the Author
Serena is an animal-lover and a great cook. She likes growing most of the herb in her own gardening. Maintaining a garden is one of her hobbies. Serena has also written a few books about gardening.Learn more