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.