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Design Tips for a Small Patio

It’s that time of the year again- time to bask in the sun and enjoy conversation on a warm, sunny patio. Luckily, you can still enjoy these things even if you have a small patio.

  • Add bright colors, or at least a pop of color. this will add distinction, liven it up, and make it feel more expansive.
  • If you have a chance to, make the floors of your patio patterned or something else that’s visually appealing. Another alternative is to make the floor the same type as the room your patio leads into (even if the size of tiles, etc. is slightly different) as to create visual continuity.
  • Benefit from multi-functional furniture. Make your patio end-table or footrest work double; use a type that has a drawer on the inside.
  • Use space-saving (and smaller in general) furniture, like folding tables and chairs. Look into sawhorse tables; they’re easy to set up and take back down.
  • Add plants surrounding the patio to give the space depth and dimension. It will feel like you’re in a semi-private room.
  • Use a mirror. If there’s a wall, hang it or prop it there. Mirrors open up any space you can think of.
  • Use a well-placed rug on your patio to brighten it up, and make it look even better and bigger.
  • Hang outdoor curtains for an easy privacy or ambient fix.
  • Use a few varying textures, materials, and colors, but don’t make it look too busy.
  • Go vertical by planting plants that will grow in an upward fashion as opposed to out, which will emphasize height rather than width.

Now go outside and make use of your small patio!

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