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Retro red metal patio set with beige cushions, a large red geranium canvas and wreath, green plants, and an ocean view.

Small Patio Decor Ideas

Small Patio Decorating Starts with Pretty Plants, a Pop Of Color and the Perfect Balance of Furniture to Accents

Small patio decorating starts with pretty plants, a pop of color, and the perfect balance of furniture to accents. Even if your patio is small in size, it can pack big style and be the worthy retreat that you want it to be. Some clever design ideas, tactful décor, and a few small patio furniture pieces will have you well on your way to enjoying your patio space this glorious season. Give your small patio a very easy makeover,  refreshing your outdoor space with a few seasonal additions to make it even more inviting and livable. Take a look at how to decorate a small patio area with these inspirational ideas.

Small Patio Decor Ideas and Tips

Big Space-Saving Ideas for Small Patios

When space is at a premium, look for smaller-scale or more vertical furniture to set up your patio. Select upright chairs and side tables instead of lounge chairs and space-stealing patio tables. If you are looking to extend your living and dining room activities outdoors, you must be even more strategic to keep the space from getting tight. Collapsible tables & chairs provide flexibility moving between dining to visiting. Hang string lights above your deck versus using floor lamps to make your small space feel larger. This will also extend your enjoyment hours well after sunset.

Embrace Color

Let your patio have its own vibrant personality thanks to the many gorgeous color choices out there in patio sets and outdoor furniture cushions. Make your seating area cozy with a retro red patio set, or let a few vibrant patio throw pillows give your space the right pop of color.

patio with geraniums


Create a Small Patio Garden

Even if your patio is nowhere near any form of nature and you’re working with cement floors and bare walls, you can transform it into a lush oasis with a few of these patio plant ideas.

Aim to add three greenery elements into your space. Put a container garden where it makes the most sense, such as along a deck railing near some sunlight. When you don’t have much of a footprint to work with, go vertical with a hanging plant or two that can drape downward. Small potted trees, outdoor flower pots, topiaries or small ficus trees are all worth consideration. Or, use the help of garden planters and containers filled with summer blooms. This is where you can show off your personality by choosing a unique set of planters that defines your personal style. Ask your local garden store for recommendations based on your climate and exposure to the elements.

A floral wreath that showcases the best that the season has should not be relegated only to the front door. In fact, your patio door or a nearby wall or pillar is the perfect place to show off those blooms.

Home Decorating Tips: Freshen Up Your Patio Decor

Add Structure & Functionality to Accent your Small Patio

Reinvent your seating area with a gorgeous new patio set or refresh the one you have with the easy addition of a new set of outdoor accent pillows. Having a few outdoor poufs on hand will be convenient for impromptu seating is needed when extra guests arrive. Or, try stacking up a few stylish floor cushions to add extra seating that looks fun too. If your patio is very small, look for smaller-sized pieces to conserve space.


Play with Practicality

When space is limited, see where you can make décor choices that can serve multiple purposes. Today there are many backyard fire pits that can double as drink chillers one day or as a side table on another day. Let an ottoman pouf serve as a coffee table to hold a tray of snacks, or switch it to extra seating on another day.

Farmhouse Patio in front of barn

Keep It Light

A small patio space can benefit from a light touch. Choose delicate wrought iron patio furniture in creamy white that keeps the décor feeling airy and light. Hang sheer curtains and outdoor hanging lights to further the breezy look.

Let an outdoor rug in a subtle neutral softly anchor your seating area. It’s amazing how much you can transform your outdoor conversation area when you add a rug. It instantly adds a luxurious element to being outside, as if you were at a resort.

Turn up the ambiance with a set of outdoor lanterns that lend a decorative touch during the day, and add warm light once the sun goes down in the evening.

Get Creative with Small Patio Decor

In a small patio space, you want to choose your accent pieces wisely. Fill a barren wall with a lovely piece of wall art. Use a vintage water pitcher as a vase for fresh flowers. Be sure to have a side table nearby to hold a refreshing drink and a pile of good books. Make your patio, no matter what the size, your very own outdoor retreat!

How will you refresh your patio this summer?

Using the comment section below, share with us how you plan to change up your outdoor patio decor this summer.

Comments (1)

I think furniture with vibrant colors it’s always a good idea. Bring joy to life!

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