Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

To max­imise a small space, it is im­por­tant to use not only the hor­i­zon­tal but the ver­ti­cal ar­eas, Ju­lia Thomas and Fiona Eric­s­son say. Here they point out com­mon mis­takes and give tips on smart ways to style small out­door spa­ces:

COM­MON MIS­TAKES: Peo­ple tend to clut­ter their spa­ces with small ob­jects, mak­ing the space feel un­ap­peal­ing and lack­ing struc­ture. It’s im­por­tant to choose large pieces, such as an out­door ta­ble set­ting and lounge piece, then ac­ces­sories with smaller pieces.

FUR­NI­TURE: Dic­tates how you use the space. You can cre­ate dif­fer­ent zones by plac­ing fur­ni­ture in sec­tions. In a small space, this makes the area feel big­ger. Large planter beds can pos­si­bly be con­verted into bench seats. Built-in fur­ni­ture gives the space another di­men­sion.

AC­CES­SORIES: Pizza ovens, bar­be­cues and other cater­ing ac­ces­sories add am­bi­ence.

PLANTS: Busy peo­ple don’t al­ways have time to main­tain a gar­den, so plant se­lec­tion is im­por­tant. Choose the right plants for the con­di­tions and se­lect plants that re­quire less main­te­nance. If you choose shady plants for a sunny court­yard, they won’t sur­vive, no mat­ter how much at­ten­tion and care you give. Suc­cu­lents, cac­tus, grasses and na­tives are low main­te­nance, re­quire lit­tle wa­ter and thrive in di­rect sun­light. If you have a shady space, se­lect ferns and palms.

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