Maximizing Your Outdoor Space
You’ve found the perfect home and it has everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Spacious, modern kitchen. Gloriously open floor plan. Giant bedrooms. Great location and neighborhood. The only downside is the backyard is slightly smaller than you’d hoped. But no reason to stress. There are many ways you can optimize your outdoor space to make it feel much larger! Check out our favorites below. Let us know which recommendation is your favorite!
Separate Your Space
Breaking up your outdoor area into separate spaces or nooks can help make your backyard feel larger. Place items like planters, small walls, or outdoor light fixtures in between the spaces or separate them by installing different ground surfaces, such as decking, gravel, grass, and concrete. You can use a variety of items or stick with a theme, depending on the look you are going for. It helps to stick to plants that are used to the Pacific Northwest weather patterns for easy maintenance.
Use Plants Creatively
Place plants throughout your backyard to help open up the space. Use plants with larger leaves to create depth, place warm-colored plants, such as red, yellow, or orange, near the front or in the center of the yard to catch attention, or install a trellis or plant taller plants to draw the eye upwards. A combination of plants will always have a classic look and be a centerpiece of your yard.
Incorporate Strategic Decor
Use big structures like pergolas and arbors to frame your outdoor space and give it a grander feel. Add a large sculpture or water fixture in the center or towards the back of the yard as a focal point, then arrange your furniture around it. Finally, hang large mirrors with steel, stone, or wooden frames to reflect light and trick the eye.
By using these techniques and more, you can alter perception and make your small yard feel like the large one of your dreams. All of these ideas and more can make your house feel like home.