Big or small, patio spaces are an amazing way to transform outdoor areas from drab to fab. Depending on the design, layout, and smart outdoor solutions used, creating a serene area for some much needed rest and relaxation for the family is easy. The most important part of ensuring that small spaces are utilised properly is to make sure that all design elements are well-planned and cohesive, for a stunning look that is both practical and gorgeous. With more and more small patio ideas coming out as homeowners and builders let their creativity shine with each project, you’re sure to find some style inspiration for your own space.
If you’re wanting to make the most of your small patio space, take some time to look through our handy guide of small outdoor patio ideas for your next project!
1. Use strategic patio furniture
Small outdoor spaces benefit from smart furniture solutions that make the most of the space without making it feel too cluttered. Consider planning out a seating area or a dining area using furniture that is foldable, making it easy to put away if not in use, whether it’s lounge chairs or a stylish outdoor table. Utilise mirrors, too, to trick the eye into thinking that your outdoor area is bigger, as strategically placed mirrors can exude the feel of a larger patio effortlessly. It’s easy to think of your patio as an outdoor living room of sorts, but it’s important to put the entire space to good use by thinking of how you’re going to be using your backyard patio, whether it’s for relaxation, entertaining, or even dining.
2. Outdoor lighting can make all the difference
Don’t discount the effect that outdoor lighting can have on a small backyard! String lights are a great way to add a magical effect to any space without looking too cluttered. It’s an easy way to take your outdoor living space from day to night, so you can keep repeating the benefits of a well-designed outdoor area even when the sun goes down.
3. Make things warm and cozy with fire pits, rugs, and pillows galore
Whether you’re after a patio for entertaining guests or to extend your living space and enjoy the outdoors, there’s no denying that the addition of a fire pit is an amazing way to add both warmth and lighting to your patio. Not only that, having a fire pit means that come wintertime, you’ll be able to utilise your patio space even as the temperatures plummet, and you’ll actually find yourself looking forward to the colder months, too! Make the space look even cosier with a stylish outdoor rug and comfy pillows to level up the sitting area.
4. Experiment with colours and features
A modern patio usually has a natural colour palette, but don’t let that stop you from experimenting with the colour of your outdoor furniture and design pieces. Bright, inviting colours become a perfect focal point for guests and family members alike, oozing a welcoming feel that amps up the look of your outdoor patio effortlessly. If you’re wanting to add something to ensure visual interest in the space, a water feature is sure to draw the eye, too, whether it’s a large or small water fountain that complements your existing garden.
5. Utilise curtains for dreamy days
A surefire way to not only impart a private feeling to any outdoor space is the addition of curtains. Not only does it separate your patio area from the interior of the home, it also prevents prying eyes from looking into your relaxation space if you’re so inclined. Plus, when the warm weather hits and the summer breeze comes, it’s a great way to keep the heat out and let the cool air in.
6. Add roofing for all-year enjoyment
Take your patio to the next level by adding a roofed area to keep you safe from the elements, come rain or shine. Stratco Outback roofing solutions are a popular choice for homeowners and builders, with high tensile steel that’s made to withstand Australian weather. Make sure that you can enjoy your small patio space year round by taking advantage of Stratco’s wide range of outdoor living solutions, so you can use your outdoor space no matter the temperature.
You can even consider adding a sunroof that you can open and close as needed. If you’re after a Stratco sunroof in Melbourne, give us a call!
7. Use lush greenery for a natural look
If your backyard has a garden adjacent to your patio, make full use of your green thumb and add plants to your design plans! Not only does this add a welcoming look to your patio, but the health benefits that come from surrounding yourself in green spaces is hard to ignore. From potted plants and shrubbery to climbing vines, if you choose to add roofing to your patio, there are a thousand and one ways to utilise natural elements to add an inviting feel to your patio if you so desire.
8. Add timber decking for an extra dose of style
After a naturally classy look? Timber decking has been used over the years not only to emphasise the transition between interior to exterior spaces, but also to level up the look of any outdoor space. Premier timber decking suppliers offer a wide range of high quality timber decking products that are built to withstand Australian weather, following strict quality control standards to ensure timber decking that adds value to the home year after year. Using timber decking adds warm tones to the space, oozing a welcoming vibe that will make you feel right at home in your new outdoor space.
Don’t have a patio?
Any space, whether big or small, can benefit from the right planning. Plain patios can be transformed into stunning outdoor areas using smart outdoor solutions, beautiful outdoor furniture, and an understanding of your own style and how you want to use the space for your specific needs.
And if you don’t currently have a patio but want to liven up your outdoor space? Get into contact with the Outdoor Impressions team and we can chat through your options!