Guide to Small Patio Decorating

lounging on the patio

If the tiny house movement has taught us anything, it’s that a small space doesn’t have to mean a small life. With the right furniture and accessories, you can turn the smallest of backyards or patios into an outdoor oasis.

The following tips will help you create a fresh air destination for lounging and entertaining.

Give Yourself Some Privacy

One of the biggest hurdles city dwellers encounter when trying to create an outdoor space is privacy. Unless you’re really good friends with your neighbors, chances are you don’t want to spend every moment outdoors staring them in the face. Curtains offer an easy way to create a visual divide between you and the outside world.

In essence, curtains let you create an additional room. To keep the space light and airy, opt for white or tan curtains made from a light fabric. This will allow light to come through while keeping prying eyes at bay.

Go Vertical

Another fun way to create some privacy is with a living wall. Build a tall planter in which you can plant a variety of flowers and edibles to dress up the space.

This tutorial by Den Garden focuses specifically on how to build a vertical vegetable garden. Just imagine if your small outdoor space could make a substantial contribution to your kitchen!

You’ll also want to consider using any walls that surround your patio. This can be a great place to hang decorations and/or store additional items. A floating shelve could hold a watering can and extra blankets. You may use a series of hooks to creatively display any gardening tools you may have or outdoor barware you want to quickly access.

Use Your Lighting to Make a Statement

If you plan to use your outdoor space after the sun sets, light is a key element. Very few among us like to sit in utter darkness. In a small space, one of the best ways to add lighting is overhead. This helps to draw the eye up vertically, making the space seem larger. String lights are an easy addition that adds a warm vibe. You may also consider adding pendant lights in one corner.

Depending on your setup, you might combine your string lights with an overhead lamp, as the folks from Coco & Kelly show off below. This is actually from a small restaurant patio in Seattle, but the idea could definitely be applied to your own small home patio.

To add another layer of light, you may consider a few LED lanterns. These offer double duty, delivering aesthetic beauty and light. As an added bonus, they don’t need to be plugged in. This means you don’t have to worry about reaching an outlet or mess with pesky cords cluttering up your space.

Layer Your Comfort

Chairs are an easy place to focus when you’re creating your outdoor space. But there’s so much more to a great patio than just chairs. Consider the ground. Adding an outdoor rug can make the space feel warm and inviting. You might include a few floor cushions to provide alternate seating options. And, don’t forget pillows. Outdoor throw pillows can add bright pops of color that liven up a space instantly.

Add Some Background Noise

Music is a good go-to for drowning out outside noise. But sometimes you want a quieter moment to yourself. Adding a small water fountain to your outdoor space is a great, natural way to muffle the noise of neighbors and traffic. Melissa from The Inspired Room used this principle on a side patio update. The addition is both beautiful and effective.

Give Yourself a Place to Lounge

Don’t assume a small patio means plastic chairs with horrendously uncomfortable backs. Who would want to actually spend time outdoors sitting on one of those? While you most likely don’t have room for an extra-large sectional, measure your space. You may have room to accommodate a plush love seat, giving you comfy setting for two.

You can then add additional pieces that serve as double duty for more seating when guests join you – such as a side table that can also be used as a seat.

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