How to maximise small outdoor spaces and balconies


Oh to have the luxury of a big back garden to lounge about in this summer. But if like us alfresco aperitifs packed into a few square inches sounds more like your reality then knowing how to maximize small outdoor spaces is key.

We caught up with Sarah Kenyon, interior Designer at Harvey Norman to get the insider expert lowdown. Here’s her top tips.


First consider how you are using the area. If you are limited on space, be sure you aren’t closing this in by trying to do too much.

Declutter by selecting just a few items to dress it. This could be a tidy seating solution, contemporary wall/balustrading hung planters or a few large ornaments.


Hanging furniture will open up the floor area and prevent it from feeling closed in.

Simple clean lines in both furniture and planters will stop the space feeling to fussy.

Try not to display everything at floor level. If you have planters and ornaments on the ground try displaying these from vertical surfaces or using stands to prevent the floor space feeling too condensed.


Fancy a free interior design consultation with Sarah Kenyon? Book a free consultation by dropping into Harvey Norman Carrickmines store or by emailing Sarah directly at



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