Who says you need a big backyard to enjoy your outdoor space? From porches and patios to balconies and sunrooms, even the smallest spaces can be transformed into the perfect outdoor oasis. Create a place you can go to relax and enjoy the outdoors in the privacy of your own home. Here are some ideas to create your very own outdoor retreat.
With some careful planning and creativity, you’ll be surprised by how much you can actually fit into your small outdoor space. Here are the essentials to incorporate into your design: seating, container gardening, and lighting.
Stick with simple seating but make sure it is comfortable. You want it to have a cosy feel so you can truly sit back and relax. Adding an interesting mix of seating can really make your outdoor space feel like a comfy indoor living room.
When limited with space it is a good idea to go up with hanging baskets. Put plants that need sun up higher, and shade plants down lower in containers. You can also purchase a bag planter that hangs up on the wall.  Adding several plants in the right spots can also help with adding privacy to your retreat.
The right lighting always sets the mood for those quiet, relaxing evenings. Choose candles, torches or lanterns to fill your space with beautiful light. String lights, like small Christmas lights, are also a great touch.
For the daytime hours, it is nice to make sure your outdoor space, if not completely covered, has some shade. If the space allows for it, set up an umbrella or fabric gazebo.
There are also many decorative extras you can add to your space. A water fountain is a great way to make the space more tranquil and serene. Even a small one will add that special touch.