There are a few tips to keep in mind when planning a small garden, courtyard or patio garden to help maximize the feeling of space.
1. Using only what is necessary
Try and limit the functions that are only absolutely necessary for one particular area. For example if a washing line is paramount but so is an entertaining space, then try and make one (the one you don’t use as much) a flexible ‘fold-away’ option, by using a fold away washing line, or seating that doubles as storage etc.
2. Use larger formatting
For paving or tiled areas, always try and use the largest format (size) to reduce the number of grout lines. This will maximize the ground plane and simplify it, echoing the clean lines of the sky above. Use grout in a light shade rather than darker than the tiles/paves.
3. Using specific coloring
Light colored materials like tiles, wall paint and furniture help to increase the feeling of space and draw the eye out of the space rather than in, giving an illusion of more space.
4. Some creative thinking
When positioned correctly, mirrors can be used to reflect light into a small space and reflect key points making the space seem much bigger.
5. Restrictions can work in your favor
Restrict the number of plant varieties to bring cohesion and an illusion of a flowing, rather than bitty, space.
6. Plant selection is important
Choose vertical or narrow foliage plants that allow a lot of light to filter through. Good choices for patios and courtyards are small bamboos, Nandina domestica, grasses, Phormiums, Dietes and Irises.
7. Adding rocks and other stones can give the appearance of a larger setting
A light strip of pebbles around the perimeter of the paving or lighting the perimeter with tube or spot lighting can draw the eye out of the center of the space and so increase the feeling of space.
8. Make sure everything is in it’s proper place in accordance with the space you have
Organize your garden according to the existing space. If your space is confined by the walls, make it up the part of your decor. Paint walls with white or any other bright color. Dress the walls with vines and climbing plants to maximize the space. Growing climbers near the wall also help in reducing the use of a trellis.
9. Don’t be afraid of some redevelopment
Redevelopment to hide unsightly objects like garbage cans or rainwater storage by hiding them behind trellises. Later you can grow beans, flowering vines and other climbers to cover them or simply obscure them by planting bamboos.
10. Ground Appearance
Do not neglect the appearance of the ground: A united, clear and wide material for flooring will enlarge the space. A pavement, white gravel, light wooden tiles, a deck. With blades oriented lengthwise and facing the main light source will bring depth to the scene.