15 Tricks to Make Tiny Outdoor Spaces Look Bigger


Have you ever looked out at your garden and wished you had more space? Or wondered why you never really use your balcony? Yes, having a small outdoor space can be a challenge, but the good news is that you can make these spaces look bigger with some easy to implement tricks.

So how can you design a small space so that it feels bigger?

First of all there are some quick and easy ways you can draw the eye around the space, making it look bigger. Try right away, experiment with the placement of your furniture – a lamp placed in the corner of your balcony, or some tall planters in the garden can both lead the eye across the space and make it feel more spacious. Play with perspective  – position large plants in the foreground, with smaller ones in the background,  it will create the illusion of depth and make the end of the garden appear further away than it really is.

So what kind of furniture should you put in your small space? Stick to smaller items, they take up less floor space and will make the area feel bigger. Rattan or wicker furniture is a great way to go – it allows the light to flow through, creating a sense of more space. And don’t underestimate the power of a simple mirror– it can visually double the size of a small space.

There is so much you can do with a little colour theory to open up your space.  Choose soft, pale tones to paint your walls or fences. Pale colours recede; they appear to move away from you, so a garden or balcony will feel less enclosed if you visually push out the walls by painting them with pale colours.

So whether it be a tiny balcony, patio area or garden, we’re here to tell you that any small space can feel bigger with the right design. Read on for more space-expanding trickery, so you can create an outdoor space you‘ll really enjoy.


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Babs is a Senior Content Writer and financial guru. She loves exploring fresh ways to save more and enjoy life on a budget! When she’s not writing, you’ll find her binge watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! 


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