If you are a homeowner with a smaller garden that wants to utilise your space to its full potential then this is the article for you. Sometimes when researching how to enhance your garden it can become overwhelming if you don’t have a huge space to work with. However, this does not mean you can’t add garden features and additions to have your space looking its best even if you have a smaller space to work with. Within this article we will look at 8 ways homeowners can utilise the maximum potential of their small garden and work with what they’ve got to give you inspiration for your project.

Proportionately Planning

When you have a smaller garden space to work with you have to ensure you plan thoroughly before adding any features to not overwhelm the area or have disproportioned additions to the space. Ensure you have a brief plan of the size of your area mapped out and decide where you want features to go, such as tables and chairs that will fit in the space proportionately and enhance the area without cluttering it. When working with a small area you have to be careful with the sizing of features you are adding and the placement of additions to help create the illusion of a larger space. Work with what you have got and ensure as well as focusing on aesthetic you are also considering important factors such as accessibility and practicality so that you will utilise the entire space. Additionally, pay attention to aspects in planning such as which spots in your garden receive the most sun to position furniture in the best possible places. Try to avoid where possible placing garden furniture under trees that will create a build up of debris on the surface of your furniture, leading to more maintenance.

Add focus feature to the space

If you have a small garden but still want to make it stand out, then a great way to do so is with the addition of a focus feature. This will create an eye catching point in the space, where your eyes are drawn to and detract from the fact the surrounding environment is smaller. Focus features can be anything from an outdoor bar, hot tub or even a water feature. A focus feature doesn’t necessarily have to be in the centre of the garden such as an entertainment area might be at the end of the garden for guests to enjoy when you host parties. However, a focus feature doesn’t have to be majorly expensive and can be anything that enhances the space. Look for inspiration online and ensure you are choosing a feature that will complement your existing environment.

1. Building a composite deck

You can install a small composite decking for as little as £400. The area may not be huge, but it will create an aesthetic living space for the summer. Composite decking may cost more than timber decking, but the overall look and performance against mother natures elements are far greater. Composite decking’s durability is significantly better, and the level of maintenance required is minimal.

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2. Use plants to blend your decking into the garden

Rather than having the edges of your composite deck displayed, you can plant different flowers and forms of vegetation around the perimeter of your deck. When the flowers grow, they will create a natural and beautiful border. The use of plants/vegetation will also give a beautiful blend between your decking and the surrounding outdoor space.

3. Less Is More

A more obvious method to create the illusion of a larger space is by ensuring you keep a decluttered and clear space that will make the space look open and larger. A minimalist design is favoured when working with a smaller space as you can still add features and décor but without overwhelming the space. If you are looking to enhance your small garden, look around and see what can be thrown out or recycled to declutter. Not only will this make the space look bigger but will also help it to look tidier and cleaner. This method does not mean your garden has to be boring or uninteresting in terms of décor, you can still add some beautiful décor pieces that don’t take up too much space or clutter the place. This method is of course dependent on your personal style and the aesthetic you are going for. Some homeowners prefer a busier garden aesthetic with lots of different features that are eye catching and might find it difficult to have a minimal aesthetic. But remember, less is more!

4. Create An Indoor-Outdoor Feel

The flow of a space and transition from one room to another is important to consider when planning your garden project as it focuses on the movement in the area which can affect the way the space feels. To extend your space and make it feel larger try to make your garden an extension of your home through complementing and even matching your interior and exterior designs.  This is a great way to create the feel of a larger living space without having to actually extend the space which is not in everyone’s budget. The trick is to make both indoor and outdoor spaces cohesive whether that be through style and colour or levelling the surfaces out to be the same so you immediately enter the space seamlessly without any need for steps. The colours don’t have to match identically but ensure you are selecting complementary colours or varying shades to retain the cohesion of the space. This is an easy way to ensure you utilise the space more often and is perfect for summer time.

5. Building a shelter in your small garden

A gazebo or pergola can be an aesthetic addition to your garden, and it will be useful in the warmer months. If your garden is south-facing and you find yourself getting too hot during the summer, building a basic shelter will complement your outdoor living space. With an array of options from pergolas to large umbrellas, the variety is limitless. You may also seriously consider building a small shelter if you have decking. Over time timber and composite decking lose some colour due to the U.V rays. Having a small shelter will keep the decking cool and ensure that the decking retains all of its colours over its lifespan.

6. Table For Two

If you have a smaller garden space but still want to add seating and tables then you will have to be careful the styles and sizes you are choosing. There are smaller exterior coffee tables and breakfast bars that are available on the market which are practical yet won’t take up too much space in your garden. Of course, this option is only available if you are living with less people however, even if there are just two of you at your property that doesn’t mean that you can’t have outdoor furniture to enjoy throughout summer. Shop around the market to see what furniture is available and you might be surprised at what you can add even for just 2 people. Benches are a great addition if you want to add the feature of seating without having to spend thousands on garden furniture and know that you won’t require dining furniture.

7. Build a multi-level composite deck

This is a more complex design for your composite decking. The deck will allow for multiple levels set at different heights, which can be connected with stairways or ramped paths which look amazing upon completion. The obvious downsides to this are a big increase in installation time and the cost of materials.


8. Light Up The Area

A method to utilise when working with a smaller space is using lighter colours rather than dark colours to open up the space and create the illusion of a larger area. Darker colours can create a calming atmosphere especially in a garden setting that is cosy and intimate. However, in turn this can create the illusion of a smaller space as it closes the space up. Therefore, utilising lighter brighter colours such as whites and creams will give the illusion of a larger space as it opens the space up as the light is reflected. Natural light reflects off paler colours which gives the illusion of more light which provides an open effect. This method can even be applied for plants and accessories, so choosing lighter colours when it comes to not only flooring and exterior walls but also décor and plants can help open the space up. This trick is subtle but can make a big difference when used a long side other methods.


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9. Mixing texture to add dimension

When enhancing your garden area, mix different textures and materials to add aesthetic value and create some dimension in the space. This is a simple yet effective method that can be achieved by just alternating materials throughout the space. For example, utilise both brick and wood when adding fencing or switch between various flooring materials to give the look of a larger space. Composite decking is perfect for this, through the addition of a patio which sections off the space and will make it feel bigger as you have different areas to enjoy. By mixing the materials for your fencing you can actually still provide security and privacy to the space whilst still enhancing the appearance of your garden. Adding trellises to the top of brick fencing will also open up the space as it will feel less closed off than tall solid brick or wood fencing.


In conclusion, there are many ways to utilise your space when it comes to a smaller garden area. Whether you are on a budget or not you can find the best method for your home to best enhance your smaller space. Remember, it is imperative to plan your project first to ensure you are making the most of the space and ensure it is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.

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