Many Tulsa area residents with smaller backyards may start to assume there’s not much they can do with their outdoor space. But the Tulsa landscape designers at Oklahoma Landscape would say otherwise. Outdoor living spaces do not have to be large to be engaging, practical, and filled with overwhelming beauty. Notice these tips for creating functional Tulsa outdoor environments in even not-so-big outdoor spaces.
Plan Things Out
You may want to dive right in and start tearing plants and hardscapes out to renovate your outdoor space, but as every good landscape designer knows, careful planning is worth the wait.
Think about how you would most like to use your Tulsa outdoor living area. Do you enjoy cooking out or entertaining? Would you most often use the space simply to read and get away from the world? Do you love water and would like to have a spa or a decorative water feature? How you plan to use your landscape will shape what features comprise the space, and with thoughtful design you can add more features.
Know what your focal points will be and then you can design other things around those main features.
When you’re working with a smaller space, it’s important to have things planned out so that every part of the space is utilized to get the most function from the area. The sky’s the limit – although you may have less ground space, you can create more vertical space for gardens and additional storage.
Our Tulsa landscape designers can assist you with planning the most practical design for your outdoor space.
Create Different Outdoor Living “Rooms”
To make the most of your small outdoor space, create separate outdoor living areas in the same space by artfully dividing the space depending on its intended use.
For instance, you can have a dining area on a small patio area and cover it with an arbor or small pergola that will visually separate the space. Create a “living room” area with an L-shaped sectional sofa made of indoor-outdoor materials, an area rug and even a coffee table that will effectively divide the space. A fire pit can also be a focal point for a seating area and form a cozy atmosphere for entertaining.
You can use raised flowerbeds as edging, foliage such as vines or bamboo to separate and add privacy, or use different pavers and hardscape materials to differentiate the spaces. Although you want these areas to be slightly divided visually, you will also want them to connect or seamlessly flow from one to another so that it does have the feel of one complete outdoor environment. Walkways or stone paths can help accomplish this.
Enlarge the Space with Color and Texture
Color makes the world seem brighter. Texture can add dimension and character to a space. Adding these to your outdoor living space will create more depth and interest in your yard. Colorful container gardens filled with plants of varying textures are very practical.
Pavers and other hardscape materials come in an array of colors, sizes, shapes, and textures. These can often add more charm and are easier to replace or repair than concrete.
Bright, coordinated colors and attention-grabbing fabrics for throw pillows, rugs, and seating areas can make the space more inviting. Using reclaimed, distressed, or antique pieces can tastefully be used in your outdoor space to add character and sometimes even a pop of color.
With a little planning and creativity, any size outdoor space can be the setting for a gorgeous Tulsa outdoor environment. As your premier Tulsa landscaping company, Oklahoma Landscape can help you design the most practical and most engaging outdoor living space.