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Designing Your Outdoor Living Space for a Small Yard


Summer is finally here, and a lot of people avoid having guests over because they feel their backyard is too small (and hence, hard to design properly). Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with your friends and families despite the size of your outdoor living space. We found the top renovations you can make to your backyard to feel bigger, and allowing you to enjoy may summer days (and nights) together with all your friends and family.

This first idea is something everyone can do. It's a minimalist's dream and by just keeping your space mess free, avoiding clutter and only keeping out the essentials, you too can replicate this look. By putting away the stuff you don’t necessarily need it will make your backyard feel much bigger. One idea to help condense some of your things is to buy big plant containers to remove many small ones.

One of our favorite ideas to make your backyard feel bigger is to use a focal point. Add one thing into your backyard that you love and base everything else around it off of that one point. That will help to draw everyone’s attention on one area. Your guests are only focused on that one spot, not even realizing the rest of the backyard (or lack there of!).

Adding in some color will also help to create a more spacious backyard. This summer, the top colors are neon and bright. Incorporating in these fun pops of color will not only add character to your backyard but give it an inviting feeling, as well. Now it’s time for you to pick your favorite color and sprinkle that in to your backyard in the form of pillows, lanterns, or even outdoor area rugs.

If you can't add square footage, go high! Add on different levels that will help to create some height (and visual depth) to those who are feasting their eyes on it. A multiple-level deck, each with their own purpose allows your guests to move around with ease. This will feel as if they are are moving from room to room, while maintaining a feeling of openness.

Another favorite of ours is laying your decking on a diagonal. By doing this you are creating an outdoor "illusion" for your guests. Layering it to the right or left elongates the space. This allows the pathway to feel longer, and your space larger.

These five tips will be extremely helpful to you in transforming your small space into something that feels and looks a lot larger than it is. Let us know which you try, and how we can add to your space with a free-standing pergola or an attached patio cover.

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