How to maximize a small space?

1. Go higher

Enhance your space and the illusion of size by planting vertically. Using raised planters not only give plantings an added height to aid in screening, they also allow for ease of maintenance. Added functionality with planter walls being used as seats, will reduce clutter with elimination of the need for scattered chairs and benches. Espaliered plants on a blank wall will add interest and aid to screen and distract unsightly plain walls.

2. Repetition is key

Using a restrained number of repeated planting combinations will create a balanced and cohesively harmonious space.

3. Think Dark

Create an additional sense of depth in a small space by painting out boundary walls and fences in a dark colour. The darker tones create the illusion of a shadow. The green of plants then pops out to catch the eye and any furniture, pots or focal feature then takes centre stage.

4. Be Irregular

Straight lines add depth to a space. By narrowing lines to a focal point will enhance depth. Focal points are elements that catch the eye and lead you through a space visually. Limit the number of focal points in a small space.

5. Use perspective

Straight lines add depth to a space. By narrowing lines to a focal point will enhance depth. Focal points are elements that catch the eye and lead you through a space visually. Limit the number of focal points in a small space.

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