Designing on an angle tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger by creating an illusion, while setting your area around straight lines is seen immediately by the eye.
A small garden is seen as much larger when set-up diagonally because the hypotenuse is the longest distance between opposite corners. A diagonal design will draw attention and intrigue. In addition to these benefits, you will also have much more space for plants!
Here are a few great less-expensive ideas on how to slant your garden without having to rebuild your small outdoor space!
• The floor – gouge a plain old concrete slab by using a saw cutter to create a decorative diamond pattern, or overlay the cement with tiles.
• Slant everything – slant every element in your small space to the angle or direction in which you choose to slant your design too. Walkways, structures, and flower beds.
• Square things up – use square and rectangular planters to outline seating areas. This will further emphasize your slant work.
• Go up – plant taller shrubs to make the eye look upwards. This will also help to create some seclusion by forming a ‘green wall.’
• Use stripes – get a rug with a striping effect and then place it on a 45 degree angle. Align your furniture on the same slant to maximize the effect.
• Deep space or corners – lighten up or draw attention to deep corners by incorporating a focal point such as a fountain, or large trellis covered with plants.
• Heat things up – use a fire pit to create some night- time glow and to go along with your slant appeal.
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