Five steps to make your courtyard feel like a backyard
Mon Oct 03 10:00:00 AEDT 2016
Owning or renting an apartment without a backyard can be tough, but it doesn’t mean you need to miss out on having your own garden space. Whether you’re tidying up in preparation for sale, planning on renting out your investment property, or just wanting to freshen up your yard, here are 5 tips on how to make your outdoor area feel more open.
1. Start with a plan
With a small space you have little room for error. It helps to know exactly what you want. Start by deciding what you will be using the area for: whether it’s to entertain guests, a quiet space away from the rest of the family, somewhere the kids can play, or maybe you want to cultivate your own little garden. Once you know what you want it’s easier to make the most out of the space.
2. Choose your furniture wisely
Don’t fill the courtyard with furniture if your goal is for the kids to have their own play area. Alternatively, if you’re looking to host dinners for your friends you’ll need more than just a small table that seats two.
Take some time to look online and at local garden centres to find the right kind of outdoor furniture for you.
It’s not a bad idea to measure out how much space you have so that when you’re shopping for furniture you end up with something that actually fits.
3. Adding in some greenery
If you’re looking to make more of a garden out of your courtyard, invest in some garden boxes to keep everything contained. You can have the area overrun with greenery without confusing the courtyard for an abandoned forest.
Lining the courtyard walls with potted plants can also bring some life to the area while keeping it tidy.
4. Keep it simple, keep it balanced
With a small courtyard you can’t afford to let clutter mount up. Consider keeping the area clear by having just one focus of attention. A small water feature mixed in between some plants can help balance out the space while hanging a mirror up can help reflect light to maximise the natural sunlight.
5. Get creative
Your courtyard might offer you limited ground space but when you consider what you can put on walls or hang from above your options start to grow. If you have any outdoor cover, such as an awning or a canopy, you can hang lights and decorations.
Decorating a trellis will also give you more options for bringing some life and personality to your courtyard.
Designing a courtyard doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Focus on what you enjoy, and you’ll be enjoying your new, improved courtyard in no time.
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