How to Decorate Small Outdoor Spaces

An outdoor space with a blue table and orange chairs

Having a small outdoor space doesn’t mean it should go unused. Make the most out of what you have by incorporating different items that have dual uses and low profiles to maximize your area. Check out these useful tips that will help you complement your outdoor space, no matter how small.

1. Use Dual-purpose Items

A covered patio

Rethink your outdoor area by using items that have more than just one function. Consider using the balcony railing as the back support for a seating area. Use padded ottomans for additional comfort and seating. Wood crates could create shelving for plants or easy side tables that are great for entertaining. To conserve even more space, add tables that fold out from the wall on hinges. No matter the size of your deck, patio, or balcony, you can create an inviting area to entertain on those warm summer nights!

2. Add Some Lighting

Outdoor string lights

To create an entirely different atmosphere at night you could hang a few strands of lights along the perimeter deck or balcony. Patio lights are in high demand as people use their outdoor areas for nightly entertaining or relaxing. You’ll be amazed by the new ambiance of your cozy and inviting outdoor area. This is one budget-friendly option you won’t want to pass up!

3. Create a Barrier

A patio with a privacy gazebo and curtains

Just because you have a small outdoor space doesn’t mean that you don’t want privacy. To put some distance between you and your neighbors, try adding a room divider. It will not only provide a barrier between your home and the outside world, but it will also provide cover from the hot sun. If you have a small balcony, consider adding a privacy screen that can be installed along the railing to create some separation from your neighbors as well. Another great option is outdoor curtains that you can pull shut or open up depending on your mood.

4. Use Vertical Space

A verticle hanging planter

Don’t just focus on the physical floor space of your outdoor living area, but become aware of the vertical space that is easily forgotten. Install some hanging planters with low maintenance plants to add color and beauty. Think about installing a vertical garden on a sunny wall to grow vegetables and herbs. You can create a focal point by hanging other decorations on the walls, such as trendy metal artwork. And don’t forget, using the walls for storing tables and chairs is a great way to open up more space when you need it while still having enough seating when the whole gang is over!

5. Add a Rug

A backayard deck with an area rug

If you want to make your outdoor space into more of a daily living area, consider adding an outdoor rug that will really bring your exterior together. There are many sizes of outdoor rated rugs to choose from if you’re slim on space- from runners to doormats. Remember, they not only provide comfort to bare feet but can also anchor your furniture and provide a focal point for your area.

A group of people and a dog enjoying an outdoor space

And there you have it, small outdoor spaces can be inviting for guests and the perfect place to cozy up with a book or a fire on those warm nights where you just don’t want to be inside. So extend your home’s square footage by adding furniture, some outdoor lights, and using the walls and overhangs in order to maximize the vertical space you have available. Dual purpose items, such as ottomans, planter shelves, and rugs can help offer more seating and counter space and while still adding an element of design. Follow these simple tips to create a beautiful outdoor atmosphere no matter what size space you have to work with!

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Jackie Greene

Jackie Greene is a blogger, gardener, and nutrition enthusiast. She enjoys creating organic meals for family and friends using the fresh ingredients she produces from her backyard homestead.