Sometimes your backyard isn’t as spacious as you might like. And, living in Texas, we have the ability to spend time outside for more months of the year than many other people in the country. So, why not make the most of a small backyard?
It can be hard sometimes to see the possibilities of how to transform your small space into a fun, welcoming place for outdoor living and even entertaining your friends and family. We’ve helped countless homeowners to create the backyard of their dreams, so we’re here to help provide you with ideas and inspiration to get you started! Take a look below at these tips and landscaping ideas for small backyards, and fill out our quick contact form to get started learning more about what we can do for your backyard!
- Prioritize your space: If you could use your outdoor area for just one or two main purposes, what would you choose? A play area for the kids? An outdoor kitchen or dining area? A cozy seating area with a firepit in the middle? Once you narrow down your ideas and priorities, it can be a little easier to visualize fitting it into your yard, even if it’s small. You might need to cut back on a couple things or make some compromises based on how you want to use the yard the most often. You want to make the space as functional as possible without trying to cram in too many things in the small area.
In a small yard, it can be very easy for the space to appear overly cluttered. Once you narrow your focus, we suggest a streamlined design focused on being efficient and functional. One other tip to help make the small space appear less cluttered: keep the yard well maintained. If your grass is overgrown or your deck is overdue for new stain, it stands out more in a small space and adds to the appearance of clutter.
2. Vertical landscaping: When your yard is small, a great way to visually create the illusion of more space is to use your vertical space in a strategic way. Vertical landscaping typically encourages the eye to take vertical height into account when looking at a space. This allows the yard to feel more spacious than it actually is. Some ways you can use your vertical space include tall plants or trees or multi-layered flower beds or patios. Another great option is adding a pergola to your backyard. Since pergolas are open and tall, and don’t need to be very wide, they can be a solution for a landscaping element that doesn’t take up much space while also helping the yard visually appear larger.
3. Create a focal point: When you first look around a yard, you tend to scan the entire area as a whole. This makes it very clear right away how large (or small) the space actually is. That’s why one of the ways you can make the yard appear to be bigger is to provide a focal point for the eyes to land on. The focal point could be some type of structure like a fire pit, or it could be a beautifully placed stamped concrete walkway through the area. If you’re breaking your yard up into different areas based on purpose, a walkway between these areas can be as useful as they are visually appealing.
4. Use bold colors: When it comes to small spaces, sometimes, the bolder the better! Bold pops of color can create visual interest and seemingly add more to your yard without needing to add more things. Some easy ways to add color are blooming flowery plants, a bold paint color, or colorful throw pillows for your outdoor seating.
At Nortex Fence, we’re experts in transforming backyards and helping homeowners to make the most of their outdoor living areas. We’d love to help you make the most of your yard, too. We have the experience you can trust, since we’ve been serving homeowners and businesses in the Dallas, Frisco, and other areas of Texas for many years. Give us a call or fill out our quick contact form to get started!