Just because you don’t have a big backyard doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fresh air. Use these ideas to make whatever you’ve got into an outdoor oasis.
1. Keep It Cheerful
On the brick patio of a tiny California bungalow, designer Krista Ewart kept the mood fresh and playful to match the decor inside. A white 1960s lawn furniture set is perked up with a pink patterned tablecloth.
2. Get Creative With the Floors
Amber Throne of Dulcet Creative dressed up her tiny patio with an outdoor fireplace, minimalist seating, and a few throw pillows. But that detail that really pulls it altogether is the patterned floor.
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3. Don’t Dismiss Your Rental
Ananda of A Piece of Rainbow thought outside the box when she redecorated her rental apartment’s drab patio. From shipping pallets, she and her husband made free-standing walls, floating floor tiles, and furniture — all of which could be easily removed when it’s time to move.
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4. Rethink What You’ve Got
Don’t write off a small patch of land because it’s overgrown with weeds or is awkwardly located. Designer Myra Hoefer was inspired by the way Parisians turn balconies or pathways into “poetic spaces for lunch, drinks, or dinner.” She transformed her tiny front yard into a pocket paradise, a walled courtyard with graystone pavers, a fountain, Adirondack chairs, and a marble-and-iron table.
5. Be Strategic About Furniture
Invest in some space-saving furniture like folding tables and chairs, nesting tables, or two-in-one pieces like storage ottomans and benches.
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6. Add Plants
This seems like a no-brainer, but in small apartment balconies like blogger The Desi Wonder Woman’s, it’s important to mix in greenery to offset the urban environment. To create a “jungalow” feel, she added wicker chairs, vibrant pillows, a leather footstool used as a side table, and a striped rug.
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7. Hang a Mirror
Mirrors can work magic indoors and outdoors, helping to expand a small space. Designer Dan Marty loves to entertain friends and family in the patio of his Los Angeles apartment, so he added interior accents such as a mirror, chandelier, and plenty of candles.