You don't need a sprawling backyard to create an outdoor space worthy of relaxing and entertaining. If you plan accordingly, you can make the most of this cozy space. These tips will help.

  • Prioritize - What is most important to you in your backyard? If you cherish your Saturday morning breakfast outside with the family every week then keeping your table and chairs will be essential. If you rarely have more than one additional person in your backyard then perhaps you will want to focus on creating more of a sitting area for a living room atmosphere.
  • Limited Color Palette - Large spaces accommodate broad color palettes a little better. You can still choose bright colors, but keep it to just a few. Green and other dark colors tend to get lost in the horizon, especially at night, so you will lose definition. A silver or white palette will provide stunning contrast at dusk, if you do a lot of evening entertaining.

Kenroy Arcade Outdoor Solar Floor Water Fountain

Kenroy Arcade Outdoor Solar Floor Water Fountain
Dimensions: 23" x 23" x 44"

  • Add Solar Fountains - If you have a small backyard then there is a good chance you have extremely close neighbors. Maybe you even live in a condo, townhome, or row house. You want to make the most of your outdoor space, but it can be hard to feel like you are getting any privacy when yards are so close together. Solar fountains create a tranquil environment with their soothing sound, but that sound serves the purpose of a noise barrier, as well.

Garden Urn Solar Table Top Fountain

Garden Urn Solar Table Top Fountain 

  • Layer Lighting - You need to choose your lighting thoughtfully. You don't want bright lights facing your neighbor's bedroom window, but you do want to illuminate your own property. Solar stakes along walkways and in flower gardens complemented by solar lanterns should be enough light for your small space.

Kenroy Provence Outdoor Solar Fountain

Kenroy Provence Outdoor Solar Fountain
Dimensions: 44" x 22" x 22"

  • Bio Ethanol Fireplace - Create the right ambiance with a bio ethanol fireplace. You can use a tabletop or freestanding one that can also be used indoors. Since these fireplaces don't create smoke, you can burn them in the city where you can't enjoy a traditional wood-burning fire.
  • Scale Everything - Every choice you make should be for smaller scaled elements. This includes plants, planters, narrow trees, benches, bushes, etc. Even walkways should be skinnier than normal. If you are adding a walkway, create one with graceful curves. It will make your yard appear larger than if you have a straight one.