5 ways to make your small back garden look bigger

Not everyone has a back garden that stretches for acres, and that’s especially true if you live in an urban or suburban area. The good news, though, is that even if you’ve got a small back garden, there are a few tricks you can use to make it look bigger – and most of them won’t break the bank.

1. Use mirrors

People often use strategically placed mirrors in their homes to make the place look bigger, and the same trick can be utilised in your garden. A well-placed mirror will reflect light and give the appearance of more space. You can even disguise the edges of the mirror with plants to make it seamlessly blend into the landscape.

2. Think about colours

You can make your garden seem bigger by varying the colours in it. While warm colours – like reds, yellows and oranges – jump out and appear closer, cooler colours – like blues, greens and purples – appear further away. That’s why you can create the illusion of a bigger space by planting warmer colours at the front of your flower beds and cooler colours at the back.

3. Get smaller garden furniture

Large furniture can overwhelm a small room and make it look even smaller than it is. Large outdoor furniture does exactly the same, which is why it’s important to get the right furniture for the size of your garden. But don’t go too small as this could make your garden seem doll-like and even smaller than it actually is.

4. Leave some space

It can be tempting to cram a small garden with as many plants and pots as possible. Resist the urge and leave some empty space instead. A cluttered area will always look smaller, so when it comes to modest-size back gardens, remember that less is more.

5. Use smaller paving materials

Enormous paving slabs will make an already small garden seem even smaller. That’s why it’s important to choose the size of your paving materials carefully and only use slabs or tiles that are in proportion with the space they’re placed.

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