Everyone has their own personal dream backyard. It differs for everyone but everyone has a vision for how they want their outdoor living space to look. Many people, however, may not have as large of a backyard as their ideal vision allows. While having a small backyard may seem like an obstacle for executing your dream space, it can actually open doors to a new world of possibilities. One of the key things to focus on when having a small outdoor living space is that you have the opportunity to have a much more intimate setting than a larger area would allow. An intimate setting allows for romantic evenings for two, fun nights outside with the family or friends, or just a quiet place to decompress after a long day. Since you want your backyard to reflect a certain style, you need to consider what style of patio you want. Consider the type of floors you want, whether or not you want it screened in or open, or if you want it to be for more quiet activities such as reading or for intimate group events. Just because you have a small backyard does not mean that your patio or porch should suffer. It’s best to decide the basics such as flooring and style first before you decide what other qualities you would like your living space to have. There are many ways that a small outdoor living space can be turned into your perfect oasis by adding some creative elements. 1. Fire Pit: Having a fire pit as the focal point of your outdoor living space can serve many purposes. Not only is it a conversation starter, but it serves as a visual centerpiece and a great way to keep you and your guests warm when it’s cooler outside. Fire pits can come in many different aesthetic styles and sizes and can be powered by either gas or coal. They make a great addition to your backyard and help set the tone you want your living space to give off. 2. Artful Structures: When you decide on what you want the focal point to be for your outdoor living space, it would be wise to have an artful structure to stand as a frame. When most people think of artful structures their minds usually go to gazebos. While gazebos are one form of outdoor structures, your choices are only limited by your imagination. Those who fear that these kinds of structures will cause the outdoor space to feel enclosed should not worry. There are many styles that frame your living space but also leave it feeling open. 3. Small Fountains: The typical image of a fountain is a very ornate piece that takes up a large amount of space but with the right fountain an outdoor living area can be a very tranquil ode to nature. While a fountain doesn’t serve as a very good centerpiece, it does serve as a great conversation starter and aesthetic. Also fountains can double as a bird bath which can be a great way to teach your children about nature. 4. Lighting: Lighting can help brighten any small space and make it seem larger. It also is a key factor in setting the tone for your living area. Dimmer lights are an excellent compromise for when you can’t decide if you want brighter or softer lights. There has been a recent upsurge in specialty outdoor lighting ranging from floor to overhead and homeowners can even choose a certain aesthetic of light bulb. If your outdoor living space seems to be missing something definitely consider new lighting to help create a warmer space.