Whether you live in a crowded urban area, a condo, or an apartment, an undersized patio can present distinct decorating challenges. However, just because a space is small doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish, functional, and fun to spend time in: a place to grill out and spend quality time with friends. With a little planning, you can transform even a small patio space into an outdoor grilling and entertaining haven.
Choose Your Theme
Start by deciding on a theme for your patio space. Go with a garden theme and make plants the focal point of your décor. Display them in hanging planters or plant climbing vines in containers to grow up a fence, wall, or trellis. A small electric waterfall or fountain can help to drown out city noises and make your patio a private oasis.
A country-themed look could incorporate wicker furniture, wildflowers, and gingham accents. Turn a sunny corner into a small container garden for a few vegetables and herbs. Some antique accents and rustic flower pots can finish the look.
Take care not to clutter your patio space. Be very selective in what you choose to put on your patio and go for a “minimalist” look. Remember that less can be more. Include a disguised storage area to help keep the space organized. Choose a grill size that works with your space and position it so that it is accessible, yet not in the way of your guests.
Color Choices and Lighting
Creative use of lights and color can help to make a space look larger and more open. Choose lighter colors rather than darker ones to give the illusion that your patio is larger. When selecting pillows and cushions, choose smaller patterned fabrics in light, neutral colors (as opposed to dark fabrics and larger patterns). A light or neutral-colored outdoor rug can help to lighten up the space while adding comfort. Brighten any dark corners with sconces or up-lights.
Don’t let the size of your patio prevent you from having an amazing outdoor grilling season. Follow these decorating tips and make the most of any size patio space.