Ideas & Inspiration
Small Patio Ideas
Enjoy the weather in style by creating a beautiful, functional patio for your home. Even if you’re working with limited outdoor space, you can find ideas for decorating a small patio and make a big impact.
This guide offers small patio ideas, including the right seating, lighting and ideas for decorating a small patio.
Prioritize your time outside by making an outdoor dining area your patio’s focal point. Since you’re decorating a smaller space, choose a size-conscious option like a patio conversation set, a quaint bistro set or a slim rectangular table. Many outdoor tables have matching chairs or you can mix and match for a more whimsical look.
Install sun sails for a modern take on the traditional patio umbrella. Available in a selection of attractive colors to enhance your decor, they provide ample shade and help to block out harmful UVA and UVB rays. Sun sails are an affordable shade option, and since they’re hung overhead, they take up minimal space.
Bring the comfort of your living room outside with a cushioned seating set. Choose a small sofa or two lounge chairs, then add an ottoman or coffee table if your space can accommodate these pieces.
Outdoor loveseats are available in an array of high-quality materials like dark wicker, woven steel and acacia wood. Accent the furniture with outdoor pillows and outdoor rugs in whichever color or pattern best fits your style.
Borrow techniques used for small rooms when thinking about small outdoor patio ideas. Choose pieces of patio furniture that have a smaller footprint and leave more open floor space. Use tall, narrow planters to draw eyes up from the patio floor. Hang a mirror to create the illusion of a larger space.
Small outdoor patio ideas don’t have to break your budget. Throw pillows and a matching outdoor rug quickly spruce up your space. Use simple planters with succulents, flowering annuals or perennials to freshen your patio. Remove clutter around your small patio by using furniture with hidden storage.
Patio ideas for small spaces should make good use of what’s available. Maximize wall space and grow a vertical garden with a DIY planter wall project. Personalize the look by choosing plant pots that fit your outdoor design theme. Place a trellis against a wall and let plants grow vertically for a space-saving solution that can also add privacy on a balcony.
Brighten up your outdoor space with strands of charming string lights. Choose metallic string lights with large exposed bulbs for a contemporary look or lantern-style string lights for a classic accent. Having string lights in your arsenal of small backyard patio ideas arsenal will draw eyes upward and create the feel of a bigger environment. If you're unable to hang lights, use outdoor lanterns to accessorize and light up the space.
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