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Stylish Contemporary Courtyards

Tiny courtyard gardens can be incredibly stylish & with careful design, very useful spaces too!

Courtyard Garden with separate areas for relaxation & dining. Lovely use of landscaping materials & clever use of space. Nicely integrated water feature too.

Courtyard Garden | Potts Point

Steel - white decking - Bamboo. Really good use of vertical & horizontal straight lines. Limited colour palette of grey, white & green makes this a very sophisticated space

Pure, sleek, elegant. Changes in height & contrast of materials add interest. Horizontal fencing & decking add a sense of space. Planting is simple & architectural. It really doesn't have to be complicated!

I love the way this sleek bench flows into and becomes a planter. The wall colour harmonises beautifully with the plants and other materials - restrained elegance at its best.

In small spaces less is definitely more - yet this clever design adds height through the stepped seating & raised beds, unity through repetition of shapes & fabulous interest through the use of plants with different shapes, forms & textures. Again... integrated seating saves space.

Bringing the outdoors in! This tiny yard works so well as an extension of the house & the lush planting paints such a lovely picture as well as disguising a potentially ugly & boring boundary.

I totally adore the interplay between materials, shapes and light in this space. It just needs a more lush & dramatic plant as a focal point, then it would be perfect!

Librería Old Market / TYIN Tegnestue (15)

How about this for a fabulous evening relaxation or entertaining space! Love the restrained use of materials & colours - the purple accent colour in the plants being picked up in the accessories - a great outdoor living room.

In this courtyard design it's the plants that are the stars of the show - with contrasts in forms, shapes & textures. Imagine it without them!

On a tight budget? This has been achieved with a recycled timber, some breeze blocks & a lick of paint. The trick to the style is to stick to a limited colour palette which brings harmony - but also a great contrast in the textures of the materials.

With lush tropical planting & this fabulous seat - even the tiniest of spaces can be transformed into a stylish oasis.

Simple, clean & stylish - but this would be so much better if the fence had horizontal slats rather than vertical ones

Integrated seating saves space & does away with the necessity for furniture which could clutter the space. This tiny garden even has a water feature. And restricted planting space doesn't mean there can't be plenty of plants!

Small Urban and Courtyard Garden - Contemporary

Tiny budget? Here the furniture is simply reused wooden pallets - combined with a simple black, white & green colour scheme it's quite stylish

Repetition of horizontal lines & shapes increases the sense of space. The small tree is a single, bold focal point

With careful design even a small, awkward shaped space can be great. Restrained use of colour & simple planting also help the sense of space

Contrasting materials add interest, horizontal lines make the space appear bigger

The use of browns & cream here makes this a very cosy space - with a hint of the East in the bamboos & floor cushions. The horizontal slatted screen adds a sense of space.