How To Make A Small Yard Appear Larger

If your backyard feels cramped or if you're embarrassed to invite people over because it's just too small, there is a solution. It's true that you can't commandeer your neighbor's yard as your own, but you can trick your eye into thinking that the space is bigger than it is with a few simple tricks.

Use Color

If you don't want the focus of your yard to be the end of it, direct the eye to its center or entrance. Plant some eye-catching flowers in a warm palette of reds, oranges, and yellows. These bright flowers will keep people's focus where you want it. If you don't have much of a green thumb, you can use the same concept with a large piece of art. Hang a metal sculpture on a wall or put a free-standing structure in a flower bed. The art pieces will attract much more attention than your small yard. 

Change Fencing

A fence is important for privacy, but it can also cut your yard off, making it appear even smaller than it is. Open things up by making some adjustments to the fence you have or installing a new one. If you have a traditional wooden fence, try cutting the wood slats in half. A waist-high wooden fence will keep critters out and give the illusion of more space. Alternatively, you could install a black steel fence that lets daylight through its bars. If this look is too severe for you, train some trailing plants up its rods and it will look like you have a fence made of greenery and flowers. If you're intrigued by the idea of a black steel fence, contact Watt Fencing for more information.

Use Pavers

Make your yard appear larger by creating a path through it. Use pavers to create a path that trails away from the house. An especially effective technique is to create a path that winds through the backyard. At the bends in the path, place plants that have large leaves, like philodendron. These large plants will hide parts of the path and create shade. A shady path that trails beyond where the eye can see will make the yard appear larger.

Look Up

Another technique to refocus the eye is to plant up. Place an arbor or a tall trellis in your yard and train plants to trail up it. Not only does this technique allow you to grow more in a small space, but it guides the eye up toward the sky instead of out to the end of your yard.

There isn't much you can do to change the square footage of your yard, but luckily, eyes are easy to fool. With these tricks to focus the eye on things other than the size of your yard, your space will appear a lot larger than it actually is.