Straight lines trick you into thinking a small courtyard or garden is bigger than it is. This can be accomplished by establishing a focal point and extending paving from that point. Counter intuitive as it may also seem, large paving also creates the illusion of space and are ideal in a contemporary setting.
Sometimes the best small gardens are where there is a mix of unexpected elements that offer dramatic visual relief. Try a mixture of paving materials, lawn, features and
container plantings to add real interest so that you hardly notice the gardens size.
You can give your small garden a sense of height by raising up planting, even just a foot or two. Try retaining walls integrated with other hardscape features, such as steps. You’ll help the eye move up and create a pretty visual distraction from the lack of square footage.