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How to make the most of your small alfresco

The most important factor to consider when it comes to a small alfresco area is the layout. If you have a rough idea of what you want to include and what you can do without, this will allow you to create a space that is both practical and attractive.

Having large furniture in a small space will make it look even smaller. Focus on incorporating various pieces that aren’t so large. This will open up the space and allow you to combine a few elements to make the most out of your outdoor living area.

Opt for a two to four person table or couch that allows you to entertain without feeling cramped and claustrophobic. If you would like to include a barbeque but it takes up too much space, consider a small grill or place the BBQ around the side of the house so it’s out of the way.

If you feel as though you don’t have much seating space, add a wrap around bench into your backyard. Add some comfy cushions and you will have room to entertain more guests. If you have limited storage space, build bench storage with seats that flip open and allow you to store items inside.

Need extra storage and room for guests to sit? Why not incorporate a storage bench - Source: www.harrisonslandscaping.com.au
Need extra storage and room for guests to sit? Why not incorporate a storage bench – Source: www.harrisonslandscaping.com.au

One of the most important things you can do with your alfresco is clear out any clutter. Keep it simple! If you have any decorations or sculptures, large plants or even trees, move them to an area with more open space or re-plant them in your front yard. If you want to incorporate some greenery into your backyard/alfresco area, consider a wall garden that will grow vertically. Another suggestion is to add a water feature that sits against the wall or fence and won’t take up any valuable space, but still gives the area that extra touch of elegance.

Simple yet effective feature for your small alfresco - Source: www.pinterest.com
Simple yet effective feature for your small alfresco, adding light makes a world of difference  – Source: www.pinterest.com

If you’re feeling adventurous, a great tip is to try see-through furniture. If you use tables and chairs made from acrylic, glass or very thin-lined metal, this will create the illusion that it takes up a lot less space, therefore providing the look of a larger alfresco area. If you feel these tips have worked well but still want that extra spacious feel, a large glass sliding door to the patio will make it feel like it is part of your indoor area and will really open up your small alfresco.

Thanks to http://www.patioliving.com.au/

If you enjoy the smell of perfume, why not add some alluring scents created by a range of beautiful plants. There are so many to choose from and some plants release their fragrance in the evening, perfect for when you want to entertain guests.

Choose from these fragrant favourites – thanks to www.burkesbackyard.com.au

  • Cherry pie (Heliotropum arborescens)
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis)
  • Fragrant herbs (rosemary, basil, several others)
  • Frangipani
  • Gardenias
  • Lavender
  • Madagascar jasmine (Stephanotis)
  • Mock orange (Philadelphus)
  • Native frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum)
  • Orange jessamine (Murraya paniculata)
  • Port wine magnolia (Magnolia figo)
  • Roses
  • Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

The last tip to add some extra character to your small alfresco area is to incorporate lighting. Dimmable LED garden lights mounted into the ground or garden beds can add a great touch to your backyard and provide the illusion of space when placed on the outer extremities.

Add some light features to your alfresco - Source: www.golights.com.au
Add some light features to your alfresco – Source: www.golights.com.au

 

Take a look at these great small alfresco ideas from Ventura Homes

A quaint and cosy alfresco with colour and warmth - The Macquarie by Ventura Homes
A quaint and cosy alfresco with colour and warmth – The Macquarie by Ventura Homes
Cosy corner of the house, with that extra storage underneath the bench
The ideal hangout for you & your loved ones, with extra storage underneath the bench – The Bel Air by Ventura Homes 
Keep it simple, add a two seater outdoor setting and a fireplace for those cooler winter nights. Source - The Allure by Ventura Homes
Keep it simple, add a two seater outdoor setting and a fireplace for those cool winter nights – The Allure by Ventura Homes