Some may think there’s nothing we can do with a small patio but we beg to differ. Find out how by simply orienting the eye in different directions can create a huge impact for your small patio!
Whether it is rows of well-maintained hedge plants or a pergola, placing plants or structures that create parallel lines trick the eye by making things in the distance look smaller.
When working with a small patio, we tend to follow its natural direction for things, committing to its natural boxy or rectangular shape. By creating a diagonal or zigzag path, it fools the onlooker that the space is bigger than it seems.
Leave as much open space you can in the middle to trick the eye that it’s larger than it seems. We’re not saying that you should just leave it as it is. Instead, prioritize utilizing the periphery of your patio to stretch the spacious illusion of the place.
Plant for Space
Avoid plants that tend to overcrowd the look of the already small patio. Opt for minimalist looking garden plants to create a spacious look to your outdoors.
One most overlooked design feature is leveling. Raised decks, vertical plantings and wall-mounted plant boxes all free up space and distort the spatial perspective, giving the impression that there’s more to your patio.
Creative Storage Space
Need to store firewood, pillows and outdoor stuff? Make use of empty space under furniture, decks and stairs. A little creativity in storage spaces goes a long way to preserving space needed for foot traffic and plants.