Less is More
When you only have a small space to work with, the less you have filling the space, the more spacious it will feel. De-cluttering means getting rid of anything that does not add to the space. That could be furniture, pots, plants and any other decorations that do not fit. Anything that takes up room but doesn’t contribute to the area needs to be evicted. When dealing with a small space, it is important that you only fill it with functional items, making it a more usable and open space.
Use All the Space
Whether it’s an apartment balcony or small backyard, there is always extra space you aren’t using – and that space is usually on the walls. Free up floor space and use wall mounted or hanging pots for plants. Don’t overdo the hanging pots though and keep the wall mounted ones at a reasonably small size as they can quickly fill the space and make it cramped otherwise. Terraced shelving for plants can also free up a lot of space and looks great in a corner or along a wall.
Most small outdoor areas aren’t going to accommodate a six burner, rotisserie barbeque, unless the entire space is dedicated to it. Think a little smaller and you will find you still have enough room to entertain outdoors. Mini portable grills, such as a Ziegler and Brown model from Barbeques Galore, take up barely any room at all and can still cook up a delicious meal for you, your family, and any guests you have over.
Privacy is important to remember when decorating your outdoor area. There are a number of ways to enclose your space and give you the privacy you need. The most common of these is the use of wooden screens. They can take on just about any shape or size, so the design is completely up to you. Vines and creepers also make a great screen, especially those that come with seasonal flowers.
Illusion and Distraction
The final tip for your small outdoor space is how to make it bigger. Of course, you can’t really change the size of the space, but simple illusions that draw the eye will make the space feel bigger than it really is. Focal points are one of the easiest ways to do this and they can double as nice pieces of art or decoration. They should be placed somewhere they easily stand out, like on a blank wall or even in the very centre of the outdoor area.
These are just some simple décor tips to help you revamp your small outdoor space and turn it into the setting you always dreamed of. How do you deal with having a small backyard or balcony? Leave your comments or tips below.