Do you have a small patio space that you don’t quite know what to do with? It’s easy to get discouraged looking at photos of outdoor living spaces with sprawling outdoor kitchens, massive patios and natural fire pit areas. But if you have a smaller backyard space, you just need to get creative in your design. This is where a micro patio comes in.
By focusing on key design elements like the color scheme, plant spacing and artistic pieces, you can create a stylish, usable space that anyone would love to relax in. Read on to learn how to rethink those tiny outdoor spaces.
Turn “small” into “cozy”
The first step in making the most of a small patio is reframing how you see the space. Rather than thinking about what you don’t have, think about what you do. The fact is, with smaller patios, you have an opportunity to create a space that is highly intimate and cozy.
The photo above demonstrates this philosophy. By surrounding an eating area with plant life, the area looks intentionally cozy rather than cramped. Never mind that this might be the extent of the patio; with a design this private, it’s all you need.
Section off the micro patio with fencing
When it comes to a small outdoor space, it may seem like fencing is the last thing you need. You might think that fencing would merely box in the space. However, many small patios likely butt up against other yards, making fencing necessary if you want privacy.
From a design standpoint, fencing also makes the outdoor space look like its own contained room. Think of it like an outdoor dining room. From there, you can add plant life and other design elements to make it more stylish. The photo above also shows how horizontal, narrow fencing design helps the fencing and space itself appear longer and more open.
Install outdoor accent walls
Accent walls aren’t just for the indoors. Adding a unique accent wall achieves a few goals. On one hand, you can get the segmented privacy that smaller spaces in urban areas often demand. However, it’s also an easy way to add texture and style to the space. And since you don’t have a lot of ground space to work with, using an accent wall is a great way to make that fencing double as a design element.
Focus on color and design
Small space require you to focus on individual style elements that much more. This adds cohesion to the micro patio and draws the eye away from the size of the space itself.
For instance, the patio above uses green cushions to match the surrounding plant life, with purple pillows to accent the flowers in the foreground. Highly textured plant life also makes this space a visual treat. The size of the space truly becomes secondary to how all of the colors and textures work together in this area.
Choose light colors
A common way to open up a room inside is to use light colors, but the principle holds true for the outdoors, as well. The white, solid walls in the photo above don’t box in this little micro space.
Patios, of course, usually have cement on the ground. However, if you have a very small space, consider putting down some bright turf to add color. Added green and white plant life pulls the green turf and white fence together into a cohesive look. The bright green plant life also stops the white from looking too sterile.
Use art outdoors
You don’t have much space to work with in a micro patio, so every detail must be in place. One way to create instant style in a space is to select a design theme using period pieces and artwork, like in the photo above. This Victorian/classic-era patio would be wonderful for enjoying tea. Guests will be too busy admiring the art to notice the smaller space inherent in the micro patio.
Small spaces can be daunting anywhere inside or outside the home, but a little out-of-the-box thinking can transform your micro patio into a cozy outdoor oasis. Are you inspired by any of the ideas above?