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Making the Most Out of Your Small Yard

By Kellen Owings

With the warmer months almost upon us, now is the time to start planning and making improvements to your yard or outdoor space. But if you have a smaller yard, you might feel there isn’t much that can be done with it. This isn’t true!

There are lots of things that can be done with a smaller space. But keep in mind, when designing a small space, it is important to focus your ideas and plan. This plan should include which elements you'd like to incorporate into your yard. Consider the following items.

Choose one large focal point

A small space will not be able to accommodate multiple large objects. Be selective in your design plans and decide on one large item to include in your design. Once you decide on that larger item, whether that be a small pool, fire pit or dining table, the rest of the planning will fall into place.

If you choose a pool, draw guest's attention with a luxurious pool liner or wow them with your creative poolside seating arrangement. Determine the placement of your focal point based on the layout of your backyard. Typically, this will lead to the center of your yard or wherever the most natural path to a threshold occurs.

Functional furniture

A backyard is going to need furniture. Utilizing built-in furniture will accomplish that need, while also saving space. You can even dress up your built-in furniture with colorful cushions that can be tied to decor inside your home, as an attempt to expand your space.

Set the tone

Create the vibe you are craving in your yard with well thought-out zones. This can be done with well-placed benches to create hard angles or other accent furniture to give the appearance of different rooms. The strategic placement of your outdoor furniture, and in turn, outdoor rooms, will transform your small backyard into an intimate retreat.

Add features and plants

A beautiful statue, a grouping of plants, a water feature, or small, in-ground pool may take the attention away from the size of your yard and allow your guests to focus on the beauty instead.

Whether you have a green thumb or are just looking to incorporate a few florals, consider doing it vertically. Hanging baskets, creeping vines, and petite patio trees are all great options to add greenery to your yard. Utilizing the vertical space in your smaller yard will save you space, while also bringing the style.

By following these tips, you’ll have your small yard our outdoor space feeling like a sprawling oasis in no time.

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