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5 Genius paving tips to transform a small space

If you have a small garden, you’ll really want to maximise the space to ensure you can make the most of it. Paving can therefore be a great option as it’s practical, versatile and low maintenance. There’s also a few simple tricks you can use when it comes to paving to give the illusion that the space is bigger than it looks. Here’s our top tips...

Keep it light 

Colour can make a vast difference when it comes to smaller spaces. Black or dark paving will create the illusion that your space is smaller than it actually is. So, opt for lighter, more natural tones that reflect sunlight, helping to brighten the space and make it appear larger. 

We have plenty of lighter toned paving, ideal for smaller spaces including Kandla Grey, Kotah Blue, Ripon, Raj Green and Grey Smooth

Pave diagonally 

Like colour, another visual illusion you can use is to pave diagonally. When laid square, paving can make your space appear smaller so this simple visual trick can open up the space. 

Diagonal paving isn’t easy to achieve so we’d recommend getting professional help to ensure it is laid correctly. The last thing you want is a shoddy job, making your garden look even smaller!  

Use height 

Different levels and heights in a smaller garden can draw the eye up, taking the emphasis off the small footprint. Planters are a great way to do this and can be easily incorporated into your paving design. 

You can choose to build them using brick or wooden sleepers, depending on the finished look you’re going for. Just be sure to plan all the measurements out first and play around with the layout to really help ensure you maximise your space. 

Keep it simple 

Less really is more when it comes to a small garden. Getting elaborate with paving patterns may seem like a good idea but it could end up looking cluttered and a bit too much. Instead, we’d recommend opting for a simple paving layout which won’t draw attention to the limited space. 

Focus on a design that will really maximise your space and help ensure every inch of the garden has a purpose and can be used. 

Let there be light 

As with lighter paving stones, bringing lights into the garden will help to create the illusion of a larger space. There are plenty of garden lighting options available depending on the style and aesthetic you want to achieve. 

Hidden uplighters are ideal for illuminating the walls of your garden and brightening up those darker corners. They also look great in planters, highlighting the greenery around the outskirts of your space. 

If you plan to incorporate built-in seating into your garden to save on space, under-seat lighting can be a great way to brighten up the area. This keeps things seamless and fully integrated whilst enhancing the lighting in your space. 

You could also just keep things simple with a table top light or some fairy lights to add a subtle ambiance. 

If you’d like any further help on choosing the right paving for your smaller garden, we’d be happy to assist. Call us on 0116 380 0545 or visit our contact page