Small Yard Designs

There’s a lot of advice to be found on decorating small rooms. But what about small yards? Especially when you live in a small home you want to utilize the outdoor space as much as possible. You can apply many interior design tricks to the outdoors as well. Even if you have a large yard, you can create an inviting nook in a section.

Create a focal point.

decorpad patio decorating idea

Decor Pad

trad home backyard with pool

Traditional Home

southern living outdoor patio

Southern Living

I love the ivy circles and the moose head, so creative! The second picture shows small yards that can enjoy the benefits of a pool too, even built-in (see, John?). Fountains also make a great focal point.

Use textures, with plants, shrubs, planters, weathered furniture, river rocks, and pavers, the possibilities are endless.

pretty patio with plants

My Happy Day

outdoor fountain idea

Home Talk

plants along walkway

Paradis Express

Frame a view. The second picture here is one of my favorite yard images.

backyard-pool in lawn



Create a destination.

outdoor swing in tree

Apartment Therapy

patio setting in lush backyard

vignette design

backyard paver walkway


Make an entryway.

backyard gardening ideas


garden arch with climbing vines

Classic Casual Home

arbor and walkway through garden

Better Homes and Gardens

One of the best tips for small yard designs is to use lighting. Try lanterns, string lights, solar, or all 3.

backyard lighting

The Enchanted Cove

outdoor garden setting at night


backyard with string lights and stone patio

Sweet Thing


outdoor patio space

Another takeaway in many of the photos above is creating vertical interest. In small spaces,  climbing vines works well as opposed to large trees or shrubs that will take up too much space. Keep it simple and you can easily create an inviting garden retreat.

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