Small garden ideas: 4 ways to decorate a small garden and maximise space

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Not everyone is lucky enough to have acres of land for a back garden and it isn’t always necessary! You can enjoy the little space you have and make the most of it with a few clever interior tricks. Express.co.uk chatted to Elaine Penhaul, director of professional home staging company Lemon and Lime Interiors to find out how to decorate your small garden.

The pandemic has allowed us all to spend much more time in our gardens and really appreciate every inch of outdoor space we have.

If you’re looking to decorate your garden but feel as if you don’t have enough space to work with, there are a few things you can do to trick the eye into thinking your garden is bigger than it is.

Express.co.uk chatted to interiors expert Elaine Penhaul to find out four ways to maximise your garden space.

Flower beds

Who doesn’t love a bed of bright, fragrant flowers? Even the smallest gardens can incorporate flowers.

Don’t just stick a flower bed anywhere though, Elaine has some specific tips.

She said: “The first thing you can do to create the illusion of space outside is to put your flower beds at a higher level than the rest of the garden.

“Raised beds add a new dimension to the space and – if shrubs are not planted too densely – can make the garden seem bigger.”

You can play around with the flowers to make your garden feel even bigger.

Elaine added: “I would also recommend planting flowers and shrubs at different heights to add interest.

“Another visual trick is to make the flower beds stepped or curved in order to avoid straight lines that will make the garden seem smaller and two-dimensional.”

Decking

Your garden is not too small to add some decking! Elaine recommends using decking to your advantage.

She said: “Using decking to create another level is also a great way to maximise your garden space, especially if situated at the end of the garden to elongate the area.

“This concept also works when creating a focal point at the far end of the space – such as a water feature – to draw the eye.

“If you use low planters to create a winding path towards the focal point, it will create interest and make the garden seem longer.”

Mirrors

Mirrors in the garden? It’s an unconventional addition but mirrors are the oldest trick in the book when it comes to maximising the space in any room.

Elaine said: “Mirrors are a great way to make spaces seem bigger and can be used at the end of the garden or at the side to create width.

“Putting more than one mirror together and framing it with climbing plants will soften the edges and help to create a cohesive look.”

Tiles

Tiles come in all shapes, sizes, colours and patterns, and they look fantastic in a garden.

Tiles will also make your garden look bigger than it really is, if you are clever about which ones you pick and where you place them.

Elaine said: “Use light coloured tiling or decorative gravel on the ground, along with white or light grey flower beds, which will help to give the space a bright and airy feel.”

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