Blogger Haeley Giambalvo took some outdoor furnishings and, with clever multi-uses and placement, created a colorful space for a smaller outdoor area. See how easy it is to do the same …
Haeley’s patio prior to her hayneedle.com colorful update:
And the patio now: Hello, happy!
Shop all of Haeley’s picks on her Styleboard.
It doesn’t require much space to create your own outdoor haven – just a comfy place to sit, a surface to rest a cold drink, and a flower-filled pot or two. Sometimes the smallest space can offer the coziest of nooks!
If you have a small patio or balcony, a couple of key pieces can make a big impact. Here are 7 easy tips for maximizing your space:
- If you have room for only a chair or two, go for an extra special piece like this amazing hanging egg chair. Not only is it a gorgeous focal point, it also adds a big dose of fun! I could spend an entire afternoon curled up in there, and my young daughters get just as much of a kick out of sitting in it as I do.
- A small space instantly takes on the feel of another room in your home with the addition of a rug. A bright indoor/outdoor rug is an affordable way to bring an element of comfort outdoors.
- Planters are often an overlooked opportunity to add more color to your space. They can add spring color to your patio even before your plants have started blooming.
- Look for pieces that can do double-duty. An outdoor serving cart fits the bill perfectly. Not only can it hold food and drinks for casual patio entertaining, it can serve as a plant stand for potted flowers or herbs in between. The wheels make it easy to roll anywhere you need.
- Even if you already have your main furniture pieces in place, accents can make the space extra special. An outdoor ottoman provides a place to rest your feet, but can also hold a tray with drinks or provide additional seating if needed.
- A garden stool in place of a standard side table can add personality and space-saving flexibility by being easily moved around the patio.
- Art isn’t just for indoors. Adding a little decoration like metal wall art to your outdoor space further creates the feel of an indoor room.
Small on space doesn’t have to mean small on style! I hope you enjoy dreaming up some simple, stylish updates to create your own cozy outdoor nook.
– Haeley Giambalvo, Design Improvised
Photos by Candice Stringham, Handmade Mood