Pocket backyards are common in suburban communities and inner city lots, however there are many things you can do to make the most out of your tiny yard space. Here are 30 awesome ideas that will transform your backyard into a comfortable, functional and impressive space for outdoor entertaining.
1. Trim Trees
When shopping for your shrubbery, be savvy and select upward growing trees. Green giant arborvitae, magnolia, cherry, maples, Persian Ironwood, and even bamboos can attractively line up your backyard, give you shade, and provide fresh air without taking a lot of space.
2. Murphy Picnic Set
Enjoy meals al fresco with a hideaway picnic set that you can fold up when not in use.
3. Side Gardening
Line your fencing with side gardens and leave the centre of your yard open. This format will create the illusion of space.
4. A White Backyard
Light colours give the illusion of space. White walls, furniture, and light hued plants create a cool and airy backyard.
5.The Skinny Pool
Who says swimming pools are limited to large backyards? A narrow lap pool is a great addition to a small backyard.
6. Mosaic Pathway
Introduce colour and shape into your backyard with a detailed mosaic pathway.
7. A Grassy Nook
Segment a portion of the yard to grow a lush patch of grass to relax on.
8. Vertical Box Gardening
Don’t let the lack of space stop you from creating floral garden beds. Vertical box gardens are popular throughout smaller spaces.
9. Water Feature
A unique and striking water feature will add a strong focal point to your backyard, de-emphasising the size restrictions of your yard.
10. Clean and Modern
Even the tiniest yard can be transformed into a comfortable outdoor nook. Introduced a minimalist aesthetic to your backyard with simple planters, cultivated plants and lean benches.
11. Corner Seating Hub
Create the illusion of a wider space by strategically placing your features in one corner of the backyard and leave the rest of the area open.
12. Diamond Pavers
Bring in some drama and depth into your pathways with diamond patterned pavers.
13. Plant Contouring
Keep in mind the shape of your garden when choosing plants. This vibrant cluster has the right height, complementing shapes, and a variety of delightful colour.
14. Classic Symmetry
You can never go wrong with the classic symmetrical garden plan.
Give your backyard character and colour with brickwork. The warm red seen in brick flooring vividly contrasts against vibrant greenery, creating a lush mini forest.
16. Terrace Gardening
Fill every nook and cranny of your backyard with a terraced garden. Using timber framing helps to add a more rustic vibe.
17. Cultured Pergolas
Add a romantic quality to your small backyard with a choice of fragrant climbers. Adding a pergola with fragrant climbers like jasmine, roses, wisteria, or sweet peas will transform any yard into a dreamy space.
18. Square Pavers and Gravel
Square pavers and gravel keep the backyard neat and modern. The tandem also perfectly complement wood fencing and decking.
19. Asymmetrical Decking
A long and narrow backyard is ideal for the non-conformist asymmetrical deck plan. Create a nook, install strategic lights, and plant as you go along the length of your backyard.
20. Simply Lush
Transform a sparse backyard into an emerald forest by filling it up with green lush plants.
21. Fire and Water
Stay by the fire on nippy evenings, or take a dip during warm nights. This fire and water themed space is very popular among small backyard ideas.
22. A Live Wall
Rather than planting on the ground, save space by cultivating a live wall.
23. Neat and Squared
Among the popular small backyard ideas, the squared garden design is most suited to people who like order, simplicity, and poise.
24. Lawn and Nook
Love a lawn and a nook in your backyard? This modern backyard plan directly divides the area into two distinct spaces – with a generous side of greens.
25. A Round Patio
Turn a small corner space into an entertainment hub complete with a fire pit, a barbecue grill, table and seats. Keep things organised with a rough round patio.
26. Spa Themed Garden
Go ultra-modern and Zen with a water, wood, and stone garden. Cool and refreshing.
27. Pallet Patio
Creating a fancy backyard doesn’t have to be expensive. Recycled pallets can make a charming and bucolic patio.
28. Wood and Grass
This wood and grass backyard is made interesting with the irregular shapes.
29. Arbour and Swing Set
Add a touch of quaintness and romance to your small backyard by adding an arbour and swing set.
30. Fancy Wicker Furniture
Wicker pieces are timelessly charming. Bring in a fabulous and delightful wicker furniture to complete your backyard.
Do you have any sensational small backyard ideas that we haven’t covered?
Meetings are not exactly something to look forward to when you work in an office, although this is a relative situation. Creating a pleasant meeting environment and having an office design that makes everyone feel comfortable has a lot to do with the way a meeting goes and how it is perceived. Some offices have decided to give a playful twist to this particular area and the designs they now feature are some of the most inspiring you can find.
Red Bull Office.
The employees at the Red Bull office in Mexico City give meeting an informal feel. Their meeting area has swings and bean bag chairs and is defined by a faux grass carpet. This is actually a very refreshing spot, connected to the rest of the work spaces and also great when used as a hang out area. This playful meeting space was designed by SPACE.
Some office meeting rooms can look cheerful without needing any unconventional features. Such is the case of the Resignation Media office by Chioco Design. The office is located in Austin, Texas and, after a complete building renovation, includes a bright and open meeting area centered around a long table surrounded by stylish armchairs of different colors.
The Zamness office in Barcelona occupies an area of 300 square meters and is mostly designed as an open space. The glazed facade fills all the areas with natural light creating a bright and suitable work environment. Yellow was chosen at an accent color. You can see it on some of the walls in the meeting room where it emphasizes the bold nature of the décor. The design was a project by Nook Architects.
When designing the Airbnb offices in Dublin, architect Henegan Peng chose to organize the space into several different nooks and pods. The individual pods which are used as meeting rooms were designed to incorporate all sorts of interesting features from around the world. They each have glass walls on two sides, this connecting them to the rest of the office.
Fairphone Head Office.
Sustainability is very important for Fairphone company, their head office in Amsterdam was a project by Melinda Delst Interior Design and definitely reflects this detail. Covering a surface of 1300 square meters, the office offers beautiful views, has an open plan and features a variety of recycled and environmentally friendly materials. Reclaimed wood and glass, for example, form the cube-shaped meeting area.
An eye-catching design can be achieved using very simple strategies. The Autogasco Headquarters by Nicolas Maino Gaete is located in Chile incorporates a metal and glass meeting area designed as a separate volume inside the open plan. The glass walls are decorated with a random geometric pattern of intersecting lines.
The main piece of furniture inside the meeting room of Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco is a custom made table with a metal frame which also incorporates six chairs. The rounded base allows this whole piece to be used as a large swing. This unusual idea was applied here by Lundberg Design.
Creating an inviting and comfortable work environment seems to have been the focus in the case of the WeWork London office designed by Oktra. The whole office, including the meeting room, has a very casual and homely feel. All the wood, the area rugs and the use of vintage accents contribute to an overall welcoming and warm ambiance.
Fifty Three Inc.
The meeting room is a space where creativity and inspiration should take over, a space where new ideas are born and where concepts come to reality. The design and décor of this space should all of that possible and natural. The Fifty Three office in New York by +ADD uses walnut wood, blackened steel and concrete, a combination which seems to work in this case. The meeting room also has long curtains able to provide privacy when needed.
When envisioning their office in Melbourne, IsIs wanted this space to reflect their values and character. As a result, design firm Kannfinch illustrated all these details using diverse methods. For instance, the transparent meeting rooms reflect the company’s transparency in business. The design of these spaces is simple and elegant, featuring glass walls, white partitions, wooden flooring and rectangular area rugs defining the center.
The largest It company Yandex has a representative office in Kazan. Situated on the 16th floor of the Suvar Plaza business center, the office is divided into a series of functional zones including separate work areas, a lecture hall as well as two meeting rooms. A meeting nook can serve as a private relaxation nook thanks to its pleasant and fresh design.
A colorful geometric approach was used by the team at SPACE when designing the Grupo CP office in Maxico City. Organized on three levels, the office incorporates a vestibule, a lobby, a series of open areas, private rooms, conference spaces, dining areas as well as informal meeting zones. Each of these spaces has a distinct design and uses different colors and defining geometric shapes.
Jakarta Praise Community Church.
Color also plays an important role in the design of the Jakarta Praise Community office. The project was conducted by Sidharta Architect in 2013 and was envisioned as a space for meetings, both of a formal and informal nature. The design had to be versatile but also to stand out. As a result, different colors, materials and textures were used throughout.
Leo Burnett HQ.
For the Leo Burnett headquarters in Hong Kong the best word to describe its interior would be “simple”. The design was created to Bean Buro and uses industrial features to its advantage. The meeting area, in this case, has a rather formal design. However, this doesn’t make it uninviting. It actually gives the space an elegant allure.
Aiming at a sophisticated and elegant look, the team at Bakoko came up with a unique design for the meeting nook created for the CDS Offices in Tokyo. The round central meeting room features a timber frame which wraps around it and spirals up to the ceiling adding drama to the space. A round table occupies the center of the room.
Red Cross Blood offices.
Housed within the shell of a 1920s warehouse, the Melbourne Processing Center for the Red Cross Blood Processing Service rejuvenates the building with its modern and stylish design. Using an old building for this project allowed the organization to follow a sustainable design. Transparency is also important. Areas such as the meeting room have glass walls which allow them to overlook the laboratories and the rest of the spaces. All of this was a project by At Design Inc.
At Zendesk, hospitality is a defining feature. Their headquarters in San Francisco is envisioned as a large residence where everyone feels like a family. The space was designed by Blitz Architecture with the ground floor containing the reception area and the basement level housing a series of individual work nooks and casual meeting spaces. A vertical moss wall connects the two floors.
Gensler Chicago Office.
An inspiring quote is sometimes everything you need to get the job done. The Gensler Chicago Officesnows how this idea would materialize. The meeting rooms here are quite simple. They use neutral colors and don’t include any eye-catching features except for the writing on the glass walls.
In 2013, Estudio Guro Requena designed the Walmart office in Sao Paulo. The design was created after conducting research and interviews in order to determine the values, needs and expectations of the employees. Each of the five floors uses a different type of wood and feels welcoming, comfortable and informal. Yellow, orange, blue and green are the accent colors used throughout.
Truly Madly Office.
For the meeting area inside the Trully Madly Office, the team at Studio Wood created three conference rooms, each with its own character. One of them is a semi-casual meeting room with white walls, a blue floor and a wood and glass frame which opens it to the open plan and allows it to stay bright and airy.
Project VIL was developed by Domaen and refers to the transformation of an existing warehouse for Conscious Minds in order for it to become a modern office. The client requested a highly flexible space allowing multiple team configurations. This materialized into a simple and transparent design with casual meeting rooms wrapped in wood and glass.
The most beautiful thing about the meeting room inside the Loft Office by Jvantspijker is the roof garden. The office is located in Rotterdam and the meeting room we’re talking about is a transparent glass box with a light and bright design and a staircase attached to the exterior which leads up to the green garden.
Hudson Rouge New York.
A space where you can write on walls and pin stuff to them is what a meeting room should be like if you want it to offer inspiration and to stimulate creativity. The Hudson Rouge New York ad agency has an office which reflects this very idea. This meeting room couldn’t be more lovely. This was a project by M Moser Associates.
A contrast of colors, materials and finishes is what makes the meeting ara inside the Media Storm office stand out. Designed by DHD Architecture and Design, this space combines the cool nature of blue with the warmth of natural wood and velvet. The ceiling is an intricate collection of intersecting lines with sphere pendant lamps hanging above the table.
Software company SAP wanted their office in Walldorf, Germany to be modern and for that they worked with the designers at Scope Office. The result was a minimalist and very chic working environment with elegant features such as long curtains separating the meeting areas, clean white walls and soft curves throughout and a touch of warmth in the form of wooden furniture.
The ceiling is the focal point of attention in the case of the Heavybit Industries office in San Francisco. The office was designed by Iwamotoscott. The challenge was to transform a former warehouse into a workspace. The client wanted to retain the industrial character of the building and to also emphasize the vintage accents. This was done by playing with contrasts and the design of the ceiling is the best feature to describe this.
Fujitsu Oceania Headquarters.
The Fujitsu Oceania Headquarters is located in Sydney and is a space of 9,000 square meters organized on nine floors, designed by Woods Bagot. The company’s Japanese heritage is subtly referenced throughout the office through elements such as folded graphic motifs or the layering of timbers. The meeting rooms are designed with smoked oak timber cladding and have a graphical design.
Microsoft’s San Francisco office was designed in collaboration with Fennie+MEHL Architects and its role at that time was to serve as a space where the company’s innovators could work with specialists in order to create new and unexpected product designs. The challenge was transforming a brick and timber building into the inspirational collaborative office you see here.
Conde Nast Entertainment Office.
There are several different types of meeting rooms in the Conde Nast Entertainment Office. Located in New York and designed by TGP Architecture, the office has more than 20 conference rooms spread out over three floors, each with their own style and character, ranging from mid-century modern elegance to playful contemporary charm.
The contrast created between the crisp white walls and the earthy colors of the wood table and of the chairs is what allows this meeting room inside the Decom offices in Venray, the Netherlands, so special. The space was designed by Nu interieur|ontwerp. Their goal was to create comfortable spaces for all departments and to work with design classics and vintage accents.
Thumbtack San Francisco Headquarters.
Boor Birdges Architecture faced an interesting challenge when asked to design the Thumbtack San Francisco Headquarters without making it look like an office. The client wanted a space that would feel more like a home. As a result, the team had to incorporate custom furniture and to be creative and unconventional. A representative space for this office is the meeting area which looks like a casual living room.
Located in Krakow, Poland and designed by Morpho Studio the u2i office’s meeting room definitely knows how to be stylish. The beauty of this spaces comes from the use of the wallpaper, the lovely earthy color of the carpet and the combination of dark green and yellow office chairs arranged around the white table. The framed whiteboards bring the whole design together.
D&B Cloud Innovation Center.
Using wood in an interior design in order to create a warm, pleasant and inviting ambiance is a common practice and a strategy that was also used by Evoke International Design when developing the new Vancouver offices of the D&B Cloud Innovation Center. A palette of textured hickory wood paneling was used throughout the space as a way to create a contrast in combination with the polished concrete floors.
Schlaich Bergermann and Partner office.
There are many things which could be said about the elegant meeting room inside the Schlaich Bergermann and Partner office in Stuttgart. The space was designed by Ippolito Fleit Group and combines a variety of styles in a very harmonious and elegant ways. The ceiling, the light fixture, the curtains and pretty much everything else is in perfect sync.
Size is not necessarily what makes a space stand out and this is exactly what this small meeting room inside the Dentsu Office shows. The office is located in India and was designed by Praxis. The textured exposed stone wall and its curvature give the room character while the framed artwork connects it to the rest of the office by means of color.
Dropbox New York.
A similar design strategy was used in the case of the Dropbox offices in New York City. This was a project by STUDIOS which uses exposed brick and wooden flooring to its advantage. The meeting room is organized as a casual space similar to a residential living room.
When moving into a new office in Budapest, Hungary, Skyscanner wanted the space to reflect their originality. They worked with Madilancos Studio in an effort to give it a fresh design able to reflect the company down to the smallest detail. The use of bold colors and artistic images is a defining feature, especially for the meeting rooms.
The Pinterest Headquarters in San Francisco is a huge and inspiring space. It was a project by Schwartz and Architecture in collaboration with All of the Above and First Office. It combines casualness with functionality is a great way, using neutral colors, bold accents and contrasting materials.