Are you looking for ways to improve your small Milton, MA, outdoor area? Maybe make it appear a bit more spacious? Small landscape spaces offer a cozy appeal which gives you the opportunity to get creative with their design. If you want to transform your landscape into a visually larger area, here are some things to consider:
Create Separate Areas
Even though we are talking about a relatively small space, dividing it into two or possibly three separate areas can actually make it seem larger. The trick is simple, creating separate spaces for different experiences means making fuller use of the area and encourages moving from one area to another, creating the psychological impression of more room. Grand structures will have the opposite effect, so dividing the area should be done with more subtlety, such as using a different paver or laying pattern for each area, or using border pavers to separate the spaces.
Use the Vertical Space
One of the cleverest ways to visually expand an area (and create extra space for plants) is to go vertical. If the vertical space in your small backyard is abundant, use it to distract from the lack of horizontal yardage. Add vines, a living wall decorated with flowers, and other colorful greenery on your retaining wall, fence, or railings. A ladder can be an attractive decoration that will freshen up the space with its chic appearance and you can use its rungs as shelving for flowers or other decorative elements. Your vertical space is a great way to draw the eye up and outwards and create a different experience in your backyard.
Add a Focal Point
Having a centerpiece in your backyard draws the attention away from the lack of space. The focal point can be a dramatic piece, like a water feature or a fire pit that will create interest and add intrigue. The size of the focal point determines whether the space will appear larger or even smaller. It is recommended to choose a smaller focal point for smaller spaces because a larger element, like a bold fireplace design, may overwhelm the space and have the opposite effect.
Keep it Clean and Simple
After you divide the small backyard into functional areas, unify the space using similar hardscape materials. Incorporate elements with similar textures and contrasting or complementary colors that will highlight the greenery. Light colors and large format pavers are ideal for visually enlarging the area. Another way to expand the area is to incorporate diagonal lines. Avoid creating short, straight lines on your deck or patio. Instead you can have the pavers laid in a diagonal orientation.
When you are dealing with a smaller backyard, it is crucial to avoid cluttering it with an overflow of furniture in different colors and textures. It is a better option to keep it clean and simple with minimal furniture in preferably neutral or light tones that suit the area.
Landscape professionals recommend elevation changes in smaller backyards because it makes the space look larger. For your backyard, you can keep it straightforward and create different heights with a raised wooden deck, adding retaining wall terraces, or including a layered arrangement of plants of various heights.
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