Landscape design ideas for a small yard include creating a coastal scene, designing on a diagonal pattern, decorating a backyard urban patio with couches and plants, having a '70s-style bar in the backyard, creating a play area for kids, planting an edible garden and creating a modern design with a walkway or patio with clean, crisp lines, a few pieces of furniture and minimalist gardens. People often coordinate landscape designs with their surroundings; those in coastal regions, for instance, use coastal furniture, plantings and decor to create beachy retreats. Yards can also be designed with a theme, such as party area, multi-use space for families or quiet retreat for couples, notes Sunset magazine.
For people living near the water, creating a beachy zen or seaside vibe yard is a good choice. For a beachy zen setting, place a long couch or lounge chair in a corner, along with a chair or two for guests. Small potted trees, green pillows and accessories and a gray stone or gravel seating area complete the look.
For people who prefer entertaining, yards can transform into party spaces. One design features a three-sided couch or bench that wraps around a center firepit. Palms and bushes can be planted for privacy, and a table can be set up on an adjacent patio to seat dinner guests.
For those who want to make their yards look bigger, filling a diagonal corner of the yard does the trick, according to HGTV. Planting lush flowers, sprawling vegetation, and even a small tree or two can make space seem larger. Creating a footpath that moves diagonally through the garden lets people enjoy the scenery.