Cosy, compact, cute and quaint – all pleasant alternatives for describing a garden that’s rather on the small side. These days though, skyrocketing property prices are making even the tiniest of gardens the kinds of privileges not to be taken for granted. What’s more, even if you’ve only the most limited amount of space to play with, there are plenty of ways and means you can make your garden look and feel much bigger.

Here’s a quick overview of just a few tips for making smaller gardens look at least a little larger:

1 – Care with Colours

First of all, it’s important to be mindful of the colours you choose for your garden, just as is the case indoors. From plants to shrubs to walls to pots to garden furniture and so on, follow the same rules as those that apply to interiors. For example, ‘cooler’ colours like purple, green, pink and blue fade into the background and are great for surrounding areas. By contrast, ‘warmer’ colours like orange, brown, yellow and red make effective points of focus, therefore are better when positioned centrally. This way, focus is drawn away from the borders/confines of the garden, creating the illusion of a wider space.

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2 – Play with Textures

It’s the same story with textures too – finer plant textures melding into the background, while courser plant textures create focal points of interest. As such, it’s a good idea to think about using courser plants alongside those with warmer colours as central features, while positioning finer textured plants toward the edges and around the garden’s borders.

3 – Size Matters

Plant size can also have a marked impact on exactly how small or otherwise the garden feels. Just as is the case indoors, the more open space you have in your garden, the bigger it will look and feel. Which is why larger trees, bushes, shrubs and plants have the potential to overcrowd and build a cramped impression – even if they do look quite beautiful. Dwarf and patio plant varieties could be your best friends for a smaller garden.

4 – Effective Accessories

You might also want to think carefully about the accessories and furniture you bring into the garden. Large and luxurious loungers are all well and good, but if they take up far more space than you have to spare, you’ll never feel as comfortable as you might. Think of the more compact options available and be strategic as to where and how you position all garden accessories.

5 – Perfect Paving

Last but not least, beware the temptation to get too carried away when it comes to the intricacy and complexity of your patio area. Simplicity and straight lines can often work best with smaller gardens, though be sure to choose stones in suitably vibrant colours and styles. Patio paving slabs and stones can be bought from your nearest garden centre, but you’ll often find prices on the Internet from websites such as easypave.com cheaper with more variety.