It’s okay, your backyard isn’t tiny… it’s square-feet-challenged. And we have just the looks to make the most of every inch of space. It’s totally possible to have the dream patio you’ve always wanted, even if you have a small patio, small balcony, or just a small backyard in general. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite small outdoor patio ideas, design solutions, and looks we love.
Fill the with the right
It’s often misunderstood that a small means you must have . That’s true to an extent, but can actually appear even smaller when not properly filled up.
The best fills the without crowding it, so if you want an , a hanging wicker chair, and an or dining set, go for it! Just be reasonable with the you’re working with.
Layer patio décor & accents
Make your as comfy and inviting as your indoor , and don’t forget your personal style! By layering a with different a la carte pieces and mixing and matching styles, you’ve got a cool mash-up that makes your small come alive.
Pair a colorful patio umbrella with an in an eye-catching pattern, or mix and match different materials to create a unique look.
Create a gathering with patio dining
When it comes to , your can pack a big punch of style. If you want a dedicated area for dining al fresco, all you need is an outdoor bistro set or a few and a small table if you don’t want a matching patio dining set.
Elevate your patio design with a vertical
Small living spaces usually mean limited floor or ground , so when it comes to , storage, and even gardening: think up! A vertical can be anything from an arbor or trellis to hanging planter pots and stacked . If you have a blank wall, you can dedicate it to a vertical by affixing different pots.
Decorate your small patio with lighting
If you have a balcony, go for string lights! They instantly liven up your small outdoor space and aren’t only for entertaining. If you have a small patio, add string lights to an arbor or trellis. And of course, you can always opt for some on-trend lanterns.
Be sure to accessorize!
This is the fun part. Go crazy with accessories, patterns, and colors — a small space can definitely handle it. Think a mix of boho-inspired outdoor pillows, garden stools as tables and seating, outdoor rugs, layered planters, and more.
Find More Outdoor Inspiration:
- Brighten up with 15 Creative Outdoor String Lighting Ideas for your Backyard.
- Want more small space ideas? See one blogger’s 7 Tips for Decorating a Small Outdoor Space.
- Take note: Here are 8 Must-Haves for an Apartment Balcony or Small Patio space.