Small Patio Design Ideas
A small patio has a charm that’s quite different from a large outdoor room for parties and family gatherings. Small patio designs can be intimate and cozy — perfect for an early morning stretch and a cup of coffee, romantic dinner for two, or quiet for reading or meditation.
You may have some small patio decorating ideas of your own, but make sure to carefully consider scale and proportion when choosing furnishings. Small patio ideas could include a bistro table and two chairs for dining French café style. Foldable pieces are the most versatile, as is a small rolling bar cart that can hold everything from food and drink to garden pots and hand tools. If there’s a low wall built around your patio, use it to add color with potted flowering plants, or scatter outdoor pillows and cushions in bright colors and patterns on it for extra seating.
Care to throw a few shrimp on the barbie? Simply roll out a sleek and stylish electric patio grill that’s scaled to fit a small space but still provide an adequate cooking area for a full meal. When you’re ready to use it, plug it into any standard 120-volt outlet. Another conveniently compact choice is tabletop gas grill.
Designed for living
Small patio ideas can also center around relaxation. If stargazing is on your list of things you love to do on summer nights, a patio glider that measures a compact 28 x 45 x 38 inches has enough room for you — or two. As the evening becomes cool, you can snuggle up and enjoy the warmth and glow of a fire pit.
Conceived as your personal stress-free zone, a small patio can be the perfect place to relax or work out tension. An outdoor rug with a nature-inspired pattern and color will soften things underfoot so that you can comfortably go about your morning stretches or yoga in the fresh air.
A water feature will help you shut out the noise of everyday life and replace it with the serene sound of moving water. For a small patio, a glazed pot fountain measuring just 14 inches wide is the perfect choice.
-by Kathie Robitz