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8 Small Patio Design Ideas

By RST Brands
March 22, 2016

Even the smallest of patios can be used to make a big and bold statement, but if a simple setting is more your style that's easily accomplished too. Here are 8 charming ideas to help you put together the perfect small patio for your family. The best part is that each idea is fun, functional, and affordable!

1. Keep it Simple by Adding a Solitary Rustic Bench

There's nothing wrong with keeping things simple when it comes to small patio design, especially if you're starting from scratch. A single rustic bench is a nice, neutral piece that, when left alone, looks natural and unassuming. This will allow you to search for other affordable rustic-themed pieces to make it more cozy and functional as your time and money permits.

2. Old is the "New" New

When your old patio furniture is looking tired, don't throw it out, freshen it up! With a little light sanding and some spray paint, you can make anything look like new. Just add new cushions or a few pillows and your old patio set will be transformed without costing you an arm and a leg.

3. Details that Pop

Incorporating fun details often makes all the difference when it comes to creating a warm and inviting small patio design. Adding colorful throw pillows is always an easy fix, but you can take it one step further and find or paint a brightly colored side table, put down a funky-patterned rug, or group vibrantly colored pots together.

4. Pavers

Every patio needs a good foundation to make it functional, and pavers are a timeless and budget-friendly option. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are fairly easy to lay with a little bit of prep work done beforehand. The best part about using pavers is that you can create fun patterns to make it all your own.

5. Take advantage of Vertical Space

Just because your patio is small doesn't mean it can't be functional. Start thinking of ways to optimize your space. For example, use wall space for a vertical garden as opposed to crowding pots and planter boxes on the ground. It's more efficient when it comes to space and also serves as a fun design element!

6. Light it Up

Hanging a simple string of lights or adding some fun outdoor lamps is one of the best ways to make your small patio feel cozy instead of cramped and extends the time you can use your patio beyond daylight hours.

7. Small Gardens

Every outdoor space should have some "green." A patio is the perfect spot for growing and tending to flowers, fresh herbs, and vegetables with the right containers. And with a little research, you can find plants that will deter a number of bugs and pests, making your time outdoors more enjoyable.

8. Big and Bold

Though your patio might be small, it can still be bold! Fill your space with funky furniture in brilliant colors, nestle together groups of hanging baskets or pots, and have fun! Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns, styles, and colors. If you love it, everyone else will too! For more fun patio design ideas, check out these patio furniture selections from RST Brands.