As soon as the weather reaches the mid 60’s, I practically live on my rooftop. After months of hibernation, it feels so refreshing to spend all my time in the warm sun enjoying the fresh air. Whether I’m catching up on my reading list, or hosting friends for a wine and cheese night, there’s a 90% chance you can find me outdoors.
If you’re like me and can’t spend enough time in your outdoor space, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about sprucing it up for spring. I know outdoor space can come in limited quantities, especially where I live in Manhattan. But regardless of whether you have a large balcony or petite patio, there are so many ways you can style your space to make it just as inviting as the rest of your home. Ahead, I’ve compiled seven small patio ideas, trends, and design tips to help you welcome the new season in style.
Let’s take this outside, shall we?
Nothing sets the mood for a party or small get-together better than string lights. Reminiscent of your favorite outdoor bistro, string lights are charming and fun. Making even the most simplest of spaces look chic, string lights are a great way to get your space guest-ready. Try this style for a minimal approach, or these lights if you’re looking for something a bit more decorative.
Seating is the arguably the most important part of your outdoor space. And what I love about these Acapulco chairs (besides being uber stylish) is that they can fit almost anywhere. No room for a large outdoor sectional or full patio set? No problem. Even on the tiniest of balconies, you can probably fit one of these. Available in several colors, I personally am a big fan of this blue or grey version.
Pulling double duty for your outdoor space, nesting tables are a great space-saving solution for small outdoor areas. Use them interchangeably as side tables or coffee tables when you need them, or conveniently stack them back together when you don’t. This classic teak set a must for any space, while this wood and metal combo set will add serious industrial vibes.
No matter how small your outdoor space is, there’s always room for a little decoration. From outdoor pillows to throws there are dozens of pieces out there to help elevate your space and make it a true reflection of your personal style. A patterned tray can do wonders for a simple coffee table, while a romantic lantern can amp up the cozy vibes on any balcony.
Having a yard or garden isn’t a reality for most city-dwellers, but luckily there are other ways to get your grow on (even on a small balcony or patio). Outdoor planters are a great way to flex your green thumb and add vibrant color to your space with flowers, succulents, or leafy plants. Mix and match the styles and shapes of your planters for an eclectic look or keep all your planters in the same pallette for a polished feel. This stunning silver and terracotta set is perfect for plants of all sizes, while this patterned earthenware planter will add some artistic flare to your space.
No indoor space is complete without a rug, and the same holds true for your outdoor space. Why should your living room have all the fun? Made in all different sizes, adding a rug is one of my favorite small patio ideas because they can fit in practically any space. Ideal for adding dimension, you can bring texture to your space with a hand woven natural rug or a pop of color with this teal and gray printed style.
Equal parts pretty and practical, garden stools are great option for small spaces because they double as side tables or seating. Available in so many different designs and colors, there’s a garden stool out there for every aesthetic. Fans of classic motifs will love this white double coin stool, while this geometric gold stool would be great for a modern space. Bonus: most garden stools are suited for indoor or outdoor use so you can show it off year-round.
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