Limited space shouldn’t mean limited options!
You may not have the outdoor real estate for a grand glorious garden or outdoor patio seating for 10, but you can creatively craft a cozy, outdoor experience with the space you do have with surprising little effort. You’ll find many outdoor items at Pier1 Imports, Walmart and HomeGoods, but Home Depot and Lowe’s have great seasonal bargains as well. So here are some tips to turn small outdoor spaces into your own outdoor oasis!
Seating and Décor
Create an intimate seating area with a café or bistro set that fits smaller spaces perfectly (add some blooms from your planters on the table!)
Add some string lighting or outdoor sconces for a special, mood lighting effect
Use an area rug here to visually pull this space together
Change up colorful seat cushions for additional color and emphasis to the chairs (use a color from the area rug!)
Add fold-out or floating wall shelving for a very practical and eye-catching outdoor display solution
Candle lit lanterns and hurricane glasses create a visually warm atmosphere
Don’t hesitate to borrow from your kitchen by mixing in seasonal pieces that can live outside like serving dishes and linens
Space Saving Planting/Potting
Fence planters and window boxes are perfect outdoor space savers by keeping plants higher to save lower ground space
Opt for vertical flower beds or potting benches to layer the look or boarder the area
Add hanging plants to draw the eye up and add dimension
Try companion gardening by adding two or more different plants and flowers to one pot
Add potted trees in a corner to heighten the area
Utilize shade loving plants if you don’t get much sun to still achieve a gardened look (I’ve learned trial by error that plants do need the sun that is recommended!)
Finally, stick with a theme. Use the same style and color shades or patterns to help complete your outdoor look!