Your backyard patio space is tiny, you say? You might think it’s a problem. You might think you don’t have room to entertain, or even enough space for a garden. We’re here to tell you that those are good problems to have.
If you’re looking at having a small backyard patio space as a disadvantage, you need to change your outlook. A small space means you don’t have to consider too many aspects when it comes to making it look great. By focusing on just a few simple elements, small outdoor spaces can easily become a unique and comfortable extension of your home. It’s like adding a new room to your house without the big pricey remodel.
Like any home improvement project, it can be tough to know where to start. Literally, starting from the ground up is a good way to tackle it. If you’ve got grass or dirt on the ground, paving stones, or pavers, are a great way to add style and class. They are durable, made to last and come in many different shapes and sizes.
Choosing the size and laying pattern of your pavers is of the utmost importance. Paving stones can help give the space shape and flow. Here’s a great step-by-step on how to install pavers if you’re feeling DIY. Also, any landscape contractor will have plenty of ideas on a great paver pattern.
If you already have a floor surface, a nice outdoor rug is an easy way to add a splash of color. Plus it can make the space feel cozy and help tie things together. There are tons of options for durable, weatherproof outdoor rugs. These rugs aren’t only tough, but they can be beautiful as well. From the simple to the intricate, you’ve got options galore.
Once you’ve got the ground taken care of, you can move onto the color palette or theme for the space. Themes and simple color combinations work well for small spaces because they can keep the look of the furniture and accessories focused. Perhaps you’d like a nautical theme or Moroccan theme or a simple zen theme without too much color or clutter. Keeping your theme and color palette focused will help with planning and will surely get you plenty of compliments when it’s finished.
Even in a small space it’s easy to make the most out of a wall or fence space. A large mirror in a frame to match your theme can help the patio feel bigger. In smaller spaces you may not need much additional lighting, but adding some simple string lighting can brighten things up without taking up any floor space.
Even though you’ve got a small space, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden. Adding a wall mounted planter box or tiered planter box with increase the functionality of your small backyard patio and provide you with herbs and veggies when you need them. You can find ready-to-mount planters of varying sizes or you can even repurpose old items you may already have around the house to create smart and functional planters. These can be used for flowers or a small herb and vegetable garden.
When it comes to a small backyard patio space, the problem isn’t that you don’t have so little space, but that you have so many options. With some insightful inspiration, careful planning and a little elbow grease that small, problematic backyard patio is really no problem at all.