You are here: Home Gardening 15 Small Backyard Ideas To Make Your Space Feel Larger 15 Small Backyard Ideas To Make Your Space Feel Larger Field Outdoor Spaces / Flickr (Creative Commons) by Jessica Barrett Halcom July 9, 2018, 5:07 pm No, you won’t be building an Olympic-sized swimming pool back there, but your small backyard can still be an oasis for your plants, your friends, and your mind. We’re going to take a look at several small backyard ideas that can transform your cozy yard for maximum use and enjoyment. 1. Make Use Of Your Side Yard MULTIPURPOSED • This narrow side garden between our house and garage used to be even more slanted and covered in unruly grass. Literally tons of sand and river rocks, a bike rack, old café table, some planters, plants and tiny trees later, we might be on to something. Instead of a traditional gated fence to the backyard, we overlapped two partition walls to make an open gateway leading into a secluded lounge area. ••• #gardeninspiration#garden_styles#mynorwegianhome#cafestagram#backyardigans#sidegarden#haveliv#plantasjen#sideyard#sidegarden#landscapingdesign#gardenlife#trädgårdsinspo#styleithappy#riverrocks#mygardenlife#mygardenrocks#hagelivoguterom#hageliv#hageinspirasjon#jardineria#uterom#patiolife#patio#mygardentoday#gardendesign#lavender#landscapingideas#naturally_imperfect#exteriordecor#pottedplants A post shared by MforMarte® (@mformarte) on Jun 25, 2018 at 12:30am PDT We often assume that our side yards are never noticed, are out of sight, or are just wasted space to toss the dog’s old toys or store spare tools. They can be so much more, not only just to beautify, but to create the illusion that your yard is wider. Consider creating a walking path or a small flower garden. You can even create a lovely nook or cozy space, just large enough for a small chair to enjoy your morning coffee. 2. Plants Vs. Walls Photo by Verdance Landscape Design – Discover landscaping design inspiration Don’t build walls. While having zones is a great idea, walls actually shrink the spaces they’re in. Consider the use of tall plants and grasses that only give the illusion of separation. Just be careful to find plants that aren’t so large they dominate their respective areas. 3. Think Diagonally Photo by Rebecca Smith Garden Design – Browse deck ideas Square or rectangular designs make yards look narrow. Try thinking diagonally when selecting placement—from your gardens to your walkways and even your deck. This will make your outdoor spaces appear more expansive. 4. Add Something Unexpected Green eye owl2 crafted by myself. #gardenbuddy #greatart #craft #owlsoninstagram #lovewhatyoudo #bigeyesart #capetowncraft #gardenstatue #owlmania A post shared by Sheremone Stanford Lottering (@sheremonelottering) on Jun 16, 2018 at 3:17am PDT Little garden surprises can be a fantastic way of catching someone’s attention as they enjoy your backyard. Consider a small fairy garden under a tree or a charming little statue of your favorite animal. 5. Add A Big Something Unexpected Before we left on our vacation we put up another set of the outdoor string lights, like we have over our fire pit on our pergola. I love how it turned out and I’m excited to enjoy this space when we get home!! . Screenshot this pic to get shoppable product details with the LIKEtoKNOW.it app . http://liketk.it/2wjgl @liketoknow.it @liketoknow.it.home . #liketkit #outdoorliving #backyard #backyardinspo #yard #backyarddesign #pergola #woodworking #cozyspace #flagstone #blogger #diy #utahblogger #farmhouse #farmhouseinspired #farmhouseinspo #homeinspo #homedesign #instadesign #homedecor #interiordesign #blogger #blackandwhite A post shared by Kaycie | Grey Birch Designs (@greybirchdesigns) on Jun 27, 2018 at 10:05am PDT Another option for making the most of a small backyard is to give it a focal point. You can design the space so that the first thing a visitor notices is something large like a pergola or unique bird bath. 6. Rediscover An Overlooked Space Beautiful under deck patio completed today! 400 sq ft Blu Smooth shale grey with a charcoal 6×6 border and a small sitting wall and fire pit completed in Mini-creata Champlain Grey. #patio #sittingwall #firepit #outdoorliving #underdeckpatio #blusmooth #techobloc #shalegrey #champlaingrey #onedayproject #hardscapebrotherhood #hardscapelife A post shared by J & D Landscaping (@jdlandscapingllc) on Apr 9, 2015 at 11:39am PDT Sometimes, we have lived in a place so long that we don’t even realize what we’ve got available to work with. Take a fresh look at the outside of your home. Do you have areas that you could repurpose or areas that have flat-out been neglected? Related Post: Best Metal Pergolas One of the most common is the space under a second-story deck that may currently be used as storage. What about turning that into an outdoor entertaining space? 7. Create Traffic Flow Photo by Seed Studio Landscape Design – Discover landscaping design ideas Designate your backyard into separate zones like green space, dining and entertaining areas, and a grilling section, by making traffic flow in a deliberate way. You can do this through the use of pathways, furniture arrangement, pottery, and garden beds. 8. Change To A Spiral Staircase Photo by Scott Christopher Homes – Look for deck design inspiration If you’ve got a deck leading down to your patio or yard, chances are the wide stairs are taking up space. In a small backyard where we’re looking to maximize the space we’ve got, a spiral staircase can reclaim a few precious feet. 9. Use Built-in And Multi-functional Pieces #tbt to one of our first ever landscaping jobs. We built this sweet sunken patio into a sloping front garden. We used a variety of rocks, including Mount Bundy granite for the seats, Burmese slate floor and a massive slab of Jasper for the table. We love it! Want one in your garden? Call us! #darwinlifestyle #darwinnt #tropicalliving #tropicalgardens #sunkenpatio #gardendesign #darwinlifestyle #darwingarden #groveygarden #loveyourgarden #loveyoudarwin A post shared by Down2Earth Gardens&Landscapes (@down2earthgardens) on Nov 9, 2017 at 2:58am PST In any small space, the more versatile your pieces are, the better. Seating is the biggest challenge in a small backyard. Look for ways to create built-in seating into your designs, such as around an in-ground fire pit or benches built right into the side of your deck. Related Post: Metal Fire Pits Also, look for pieces like a table with a built-in cooler or seating that doubles as storage bins. 10. Utilize Vertical Landscaping And Plants Justin built this amazing vertical garden for our patio, complete with its own irrigation system🌱🌱. He’s currently growing tomatoes, peppers, green onions, chives, thyme, mint, basil, and strawberries. I’m so thankful for his handy work and his ability to cook😘 _ #verticalgarden #verticalgardening #patiogarden #herbgarden #citygarden #gardening #gardeninspo #gardeninthecity #gardeninstagram #gardeninspiration #greenthumb A post shared by SimplySheppard (@simplysheppard) on Jun 27, 2018 at 5:53am PDT Not only do vertical plants take up less space, but they’re visually stunning as well. Choose plants and flowers that grow up rather than out. Related Post: Vertical Herb Garden You can also plant your herbs and vegetables vertically in stacked crates or wall gardens to ensure that you’re not missing out on Roma tomatoes and sweet basil every summer, simply because you don’t have room for a larger garden. 11. Create A Tiered Yard To get to the top, simply take that next step up. No need to make it more complicated than it is – just climb those stairs baby! My try at Motivation Monday. 😁 . . Have we reached the top? No, not even close! But we have a vision of what kind of company we want to be, and we keep taking steps to make that vision reality. What are we doing today? Connecting with another outdoor living design and build company that truly inspires us. We want to learn from them and apply that knowledge to our team. BTW, if you want to see some exceptional outdoor spaces check out @visionscapes . . . . #outdoorartisan #brucesaundersphotography #stonestairs #stonewall #boulderwall #retainingwall #retainingwalls #outdoorstairs #stonewalls #stonework #drystonewall #boulderwalls #stonesteps #spiralstaircase #masonry #stonemason #charlottegc #charlottelandscaping #hardscapes #hardscaping #slope #backyarddesign #backyardideas #backyards #naturalstone #curvedstairs #stonestacking #stoneslabs #stonestep #motivationmonday A post shared by Outdoor Artisan Inc. (@outdoorartisan) on Jun 25, 2018 at 8:32am PDT This is a creative solution for both sloped and small backyards alike. By building separate tiers, you provide usable, level space, giving yourself small platforms that can act as individual “zones,” while simultaneously creating natural retaining walls. Consider installing steps so that you can access each tier safely. 12. Keep It Simple Photo by Southview Design – Discover landscaping design ideas Remember that one of the easiest ways to make the most of a small space is to resist filling it. Choose the functions that your backyard space needs to perform and choose items and furnishings with those necessities in mind. It’s sometimes best to select a few large pieces rather than cluttering your space with many small ones. 13. Use Foliage And Texture A stone-studded gravel pathway edged in steel leads through columnar Italian cypress, splays of hardy Musa basjoo (Japanese banana), and sweeps of Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ in this Portland, OR garden. Designer Lauren Hall-Behrens of Photo by . . . . #gardendesign #plants #tropicalgarden #portland #pdx #portlandgarden #gardendesigner #landscapedesign #plantlovers #plantlover #plantlove #gardenlove #gardenlover #gardenlovers #bananaplants #italiancypress #trees #tree #plant #gardenpath #gardening #gardener #gardens #garden #gardendesign #plants #tropicalgarden #portland #pdx #portlandgarden —————————————————————– Repost:@gardendesignmag A post shared by Gardening Life (@gardening.life.insta) on Apr 26, 2018 at 1:25pm PDT Think about changing the scale of your backyard by introducing some large, bold plants. This creates a lush, deep-green landscape and helps your yard feel larger. Related Post: 6 Plants That Like Wet Soil It also creates a unique and somewhat exotic look that in itself is intriguing. 14. Cut The Grass—Literally Photo by BE Landscape Design – More landscaping photos Cut it out altogether. If you don’t necessarily have a need for a lawn, consider making a small backyard a haven of plants, veggies, and flowers. Form walking paths throughout the yard so that you have easy access to care for them and stagger your plants based on height and color. 15. Streamline Photo by – Look for patio design inspiration If you’re a fan of minimalism in your interior design, you may love the idea of doing it outside as well. Consider just a few types of plants or flowers and perhaps one or two colors blended to create a calm, serene oasis in your backyard. See more Previous article 25 Pipe Shelves To Add Rustic Flair To Your Home Next article Frugal Living: Everything You Need To Know Written by Jessica Barrett Halcom Jessica is an outdoor enthusiast who can be found dreaming up any excuse to make her way to the woods, the mountains, or the beach. Growing up in the country in a small town in Wisconsin, she had aspirations of one day moving to a big city to make her living as a writer. Her love of the country won out over the city, and though she makes her living writing, she has chosen the hills of Tennessee as her home where she lives with her family. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.