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How to Make the Most of a Small Outdoor Space


As the population of Melbourne continues to expand, living space is at a premium and many inner city dwellers are having to settle for modest backyards and balconies. Happily, having limited outdoor space doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful green oasis and relaxing alfresco entertainment area, it simply means you need to be economic with your landscaping. This week, we take a look at how you can make the most of a small outdoor space.

Keep it simple

Whilst it might be tempting to jam as much design into your small garden space as is possible, this can actually make your space seem smaller. Try sticking to a single colour palette, and avoid geometric patterns as these tend to make spaces feel smaller. If you want to make a statement with paving, a decorative finish like exposed aggregate is perfect for Melbourne homes, as it is durable enough to endure the weather and provides both colour and texture without the shrinking qualities of a patterned design.



As simplicity is the key to giving the illusion of space, it’s important that the contents of your outdoor area is also carefully curated. Think carefully about the plants and furniture you want to have in your yard, and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit with your vision of and outdoor oasis.


Go vertical

Having limited square footage in an outdoor space forces you to become more creative in how you decorate it, and one of the biggest urban landscaping trends at the moment is vertical gardening. There are innumerable ways to utilise your garden fence, ranging from traditional options like vines and hanging baskets, through to more unorthodox ideas like living walls, pipe gardens, and kokedama.


Add depth

Putting a mirror in the back of a small room to make it seem larger is a classic interior design trick, but it also works in enclosed garden spaces. Try hanging a few vintage mirrors on your back fence to create a sense of continuation. If you have a larger budget to work with, installing French doors which connect your indoor and outdoor spaces is also a very effective way of opening up your garden space and creating a sense of flow.


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