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The small territory of the summer cottage is no longer a problem, because with the help of certain design techniques, you can visually enlarge the site and make it not only cozy, but also spacious, for example, for additional plants and small architectural forms.
To date, there are several ways to visually increase the cottage allotment, and they work great. Now you don’t need to think about moving the fence a few centimeters every night or about self-capturing, for example, part of the roadway at the expense of your own territory, everything can be done legally, inexpensively and without a lot of effort, you only need to know a few design secrets. It is these that we intend to share with you right now.
Lighting can play a fundamental role in visually expanding a site. In this case, you can consider both natural and artificial lighting.
First of all, the site should be bright, not limited to a lot of high greenery and buildings that will overshadow the territory. Of course, the shading of the zones creates a certain cosiness, but does not increase the space, therefore, it is worth thinking about this method even at the initial stage of registration of the territory.
Also, artificial lighting plays a significant role. Naturally, this will require some investment, but, as they say, beauty requires sacrifice. It is necessary to arrange the illumination of the tracks, dim and monotonous, possibly in the form of many small bulbs that repeat the contour of the tracks, visually taking it into the distance, even to the border of the site with shrubs. It would be nice to play with the brightness of the light, which should decrease with distance from the main lighting zone. Thus, the dying light will work at a psychological level, showing a gradual distance, and hence the lengthening of a certain part of the site.
If we talk about architectural forms, then, on the contrary, they can be accented with brighter lighting, or even light shading. This will significantly distract from the boundaries of the site, which experts generally advise to do without backlighting, so as not to focus on the already small area. Also, be sure to try to arrange the lighting so that direct light does not get into your eyes.
Lawn as a means of increasing the territory
The lawn on the site visually increases the internal space only if it is neat and tidy. The lawn should be mowed, cleared of weeds and empty flowers, plants that you have not planted. Try to lengthen the area of mowed grass as much as possible, maybe even draw restrictive lines of stone or another color of grass along the lawn to give the impression of stretching the lawn into the distance. Also, you can use a kind of decor on the lawn, which will play only on hand. These are medium-sized boulders, several in a single composition, but not symmetrically and not in the center of the plot, but at a distance, creating a more natural look. It would also be nice to create chaotic plantings of flowers, limited only in the composition itself, but not in the overall design. It does not fit several tall, solitary plants on opposite sides of the garden, which stretch upward. It is advisable to land them on the side of the cottage, where there is nothing more in the background, but only a clear sky and horizon. If possible, the effect will be amazing.
But, all this should be against the background of a green, well-groomed lawn, perhaps even decorated with some decor and small architectural forms.
Paths in the country
Tracks in the country are a great way to increase the space visually and reduce it, therefore, with the location and shape of the tracks, you should be extremely careful.
Remember, direct and symmetrical to the sides of the track section will only reduce the space visually, so you should not use them in a small summer cottage. You need to choose winding paths that go into the distance, and preferably diagonally. It will be good if the tracks are located on an uneven surface, that is, go up and then down, since all strict forms and straight lines always work in the direction of decrease. An excellent technique is the gradual narrowing of the tracks, which increases the impression of their remoteness and duration.
You can, in general, create a whole network, a web of paths in the country, without increasing their number to uncountable, since busting is also not good, but just neatly dividing the site into some landscape zones. It can be paths made of stone and other natural materials, and there can also be thin, winding paths with turns, for example, for dense vegetation, buildings, small architectural forms, and so on. The main thing here is the average number of tracks, their maximum naturalness and design with natural materials, and maybe even vegetation. Do not forget to apply the right lighting for tracks that increase the space visually, which we talked about earlier.
Color matching for a visual increase in space
You can have a very long conversation, and argue a lot about the colors and shades on the site, which will help to increase it visually. But here the whole point is that all colors have the ability to change under natural or artificial lighting, and therefore, only the discussion about any one color in static lighting will be correct. At different times of the day, the same color can show a completely different picture.
But, there are colors and shades that you can work with - these are natural sets of green, gray, wood, red, brown and their various shades. That is, again, there is more nature on the site, and everything will be just perfect.
Plants for the visual expansion of the suburban area
A huge role went to plants, which can now not only decorate the site and fill the internal microclimate with a charming aroma, but also do a lot of useful for increasing the visual area.
With flowers and flower beds, you can carefully work on the background of the lawn so that it does not seem too empty if the budget for architectural forms is limited. Also, they can decorate paths and division zones.
Trees and shrubs are more suitable for the main role in increasing the space, since with their help you can create a simply amazing effect. One of the techniques of professional landscapes is the gradual planting of plants of different growths, from the central zone of the summer cottage. Crawling and stunted plants go immediately, then small decorative trees and shrubs, bonsai, and so on, and only then trees that gradually grow in height, which become the border of the territory, but only physical, but not visual at all, because the effect is created on this the level of the plot does not end, but leaves, for example, in a large garden or forest.
An excellent technique is also used in the East, and, from a very long time ago, these are plants with different leaf sizes. In the central zone of the allotment, plants are planted with large leaves, further, with smaller ones, and almost at the border of the site with small leaves that seem to be such because of the great distance.
An example of a perfect plot enlargement visually
We worked on this topic for a very long time, as it is interesting for us, and at the same time, not only described for you some ways to visually increase the territory, but also studied photos of finished works that were created by professionals. And so, one of them simply rushed into our eyes, since the photo shows a really perfect magnification with almost all the tricks that we described above.
Look carefully at the color selection of the landscape design - it is purely natural, without red and yellow, purple and ultramarine colors, which are so many in the modern design of large summer cottages. Only the greenery in the background, some wood trim and the deep grayness of the wooden fence, which beckons to peep what is behind it.
You can pay attention to the lawn and paths - low-cut, well-groomed two-tone grass and a chaotic path, which is finished in stone. Tall plants against a clear sky and small bushes in front of the fence, which do not limit the territory, but even slightly push its borders into the distance.
An interesting technique shown in this picture is also a mirror that blends perfectly with the small architectural form. It resembles doors or even just a transition to the next zone of the territory, to where the extension of your garden is located and a quiet, relaxing place to relax among bright and fragrant greenery. But in fact, this is just a reflection of the garden that is inside your site, and not behind a beautiful wooden arch.
Whatever method you choose to increase the area, or even their complex and harmonious combination, emphasize the distance between objects and design elements, which we talked about when considering narrowing paths, changing the size of plants and their leaf parts.
As you can see, there are many methods of visual increase in space, and those that we talked about, only some of them. Also, you can visually increase the area with the help of mirrors of small water structures, randomly located architectural forms on the site, certain plants, the location of buildings and even recreation areas with furniture. But, it is necessary to consider them only in each individual case, paying attention to the parameters of the site, the possibility of reproducing qualitatively landscape design on its territory, and the personal requirements of the customer or the owner of the site, because each person has their own preferences.