Instead, lay the point of the diamond touching the house – this will create an attractive pattern and the illusion the paving is wider than it is.
It is a simple but effective method used by garden designers. Borrowed landscape is another trick – making use of what is in the spaces to the side or behind your garden, thereby giving the appearance it is bigger.
Do this with half-fencing with trellis on top, enabling you to see through into what’s happening behind your garden. It will make you feel it belongs to your garden and have a big impact. This is obviously not a good idea if you are backing on to someone’s house. But it will work wonders if it is another garden, fields or even a park or road, if it’s not too busy.
If you can’t do that, try PVC garden mirrors from DIY stores. These are an increasingly popular feature. Cleverly positioned to reflect other aspects of your garden, they instantly make it feel bigger.