Many homeowners think you can only have a beautiful backyard only if you have a big one. Not true. You can have a gorgeous, cozy backyard if you have…well, a backyard. With just a little forethought and planning, even a postage-stamp-size plot can be transformed into an attractive sanctuary that can be enjoyed for years to come. Make the most of a small patio or yard with our ten favorite ideas for a small backyard renovation.

Think Function

Defining function is one of the best ways to make an outdoor space look cohesive. First, think about the ways in which you’d ideally like to use your exterior. Perhaps a large dining table is crucial for al fresco summer dining. Or maybe you’d prefer a lush seating area that’s perfect for relaxation or surrounding a fire feature. Dependent on how much space is available, you can simply stick with one main function or break your yard up into a few distinct areas.

Stay Focused

When people first take in an outdoor space, they tend to consider the area as a whole, which is why so many people focus on how little square footage is actually available. That perception can easily be changed by giving the eyes a strong focal point to focus on instead.

A paver or stone pathway that defines a clear sense of movement throughout the area, can also achieve this illusion. If you’ve decided to split your plot up for a few separate uses, make sure that you include a path to each.

Go Up

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever be able to add more ground space to your small backyard. So, your only option for creating the impression of having more space is to go vertical. Vertical landscaping encourages your guest’s eyes to take altitude into account when viewing your yard. It gives the illusion of space. Be sure to use a variety of plants at varying heights to capitalize on the amount of visual interest you’re bringing to the space. Include tall plants like shady trees, enduring perennials, and sprawling vines, but don’t be afraid to throw in shorter plants by stacking them up in graduated planters or landscaping beds.

Color in the Lines

Small backyards unsurprisingly offer less places to add pops of visual interest than their more spacious counterparts, but using bold colors is one of the easiest ways to make each one count. Just the same as you would with your interiors, you can bring color through the cushions and throw pillows that adorn your seating sets, but don’t be afraid to utilize nature as well. Flowers in bloom are an excellent way to add a strong pop of color to any outdoor space. For a truly pulled together look, utilize only a few (no more than three) colors and design your entire yard around this color scheme.

Less is More

The best advice we can give is to keep it simple. With small spaces, it becomes very easy for the eye to get overwhelmed and your outdoor space to seem cluttered. Streamline your design by keeping decor items to a minimum. Also, make sure that your lawn stays well-maintained with regular cuttings and proper plant care. If you have little ones who are prone to leaving out sports and play equipment, do your best to encourage cleaning up as a priority.

These small backyard ideas will have you relaxing in a space that is so equally functional and aesthetically pleasing that you won’t even be thinking about the square footage. Need a little more help? If so, let us help design and build your outdoor living space! Just remember, whether taking on small projects like a water feature or bigger projects like an outdoor living room, working on your outdoor living space can add value and beauty to any size yard.