The rosé season outside is approaching more and more and it is really high time to think about setting up a small patio or apartment balcony so that you can spend pleasant moments outdoors. Because really no one can resist the spell of good weather and most of us want to get as much vitamin D as possible before the cold returns in winter with colds and viruses..
Small patio layout with simple decor with two gray armchairs and small coffee table
The arrangement of a small patio or apartment balcony should in no way be synonymous with simply putting a table and a few chairs. With a little bit of planning, the small patio or balcony can easily become your next favorite space in your home. And in this article we’ll give you creative ideas and tips on how to transform your outdoor space into a little paradise where you can spend sunny days and cozy evenings..
Idea of decoration and arrangement of small patio with furniture and wooden floor
The design of a small patio or balcony is for the most part a matter of personal taste, there are still a few things you can do to help you make your patio or balcony even more beautiful and more cozy. First of all it is very important to think about the proportion. The proportion is the relation in terms of size between two objects. When it comes to the design of your outdoor space, you should make sure that the size of the furniture you are going to choose is appropriate for the size of your balcony. And as you must already suspect, for the small patio or balcony, the smaller size furniture is more suitable..
Small balcony with two rattan armchairs and parasol, surrounded by vested plants
Going for a ‘layer upon layer’ design is also something that can come in handy for decorating the small outdoor space. On the balcony or patio, you can adopt this type of layer-upon-layer design by incorporating a wide variety of textiles in the form of outdoor rugs, throw pillows or even a blanket for cooler evenings. Lights are also a crucial element in making the outdoor space more cozy. So for example if you do not want to invest in permanent fixtures for the patio or balcony, you can very well opt for string lights which are really very beautiful and very fashionable at the moment..
Small patio transformed into a children’s play area and decorated with green plants and flowers
How to optimize the space in the small patio or the small balcony ?
Whether or not you already have a small patio or balcony, the first thing to optimize space is to make a list of the features you want in your patio or balcony. Do you want to use your outdoor space for cooking? Or do you want to use it for growing herbs or as a play area for your children? Or to invite your friends? Creating a list of everything you will want to do on your patio will also help you with the choice of its design, accessories and furniture that you will use there..
Very small balcony with a modern armchair
The next thing to do is pick your priorities from this list and figure out which features are most important to you and which you will be using the most. This will also help you with furniture and things to include in the space. For example if for you it is the most important to have a play area for the children but you also want to be able to have meals outside from time to time, then you should opt for a folding table which can be tidy when not in use.
Outdoor space decoration with elegant designer furniture and green plants
In case you already have a patio or balcony, then what you need to do is clean it up and put it away, getting rid of anything you don’t or no longer need. If the furniture you already have is not appropriate for the priorities you have listed, then it is time to throw it away or resell it as well..
Small terrace with wooden furniture and elegant carpet in black and white
And in case you don’t have a patio or balcony yet and are in the process of designing it, then now is the time to make the most of the space. For example, you can incorporate permanent furniture into it to save space. Another thing to think about is the use of premium materials. This is one of the advantages of working with a small space: the materials cost less because the quantities are so small. This way you can also afford to add more accessories.
Small terrace of modern design with a comfortable sofa decorated with cushions
Multifunctional furniture and wooden floors in the small patio or balcony layout
The small patio or the small apartment balcony typically have a concrete floor which lacks personality. Fortunately, you can modernize the floor in the outdoor area a bit by using interlocking wooden tiles, for example. These tiles are very easy to install by simply mounting them together. And if you are renting, know that these tiles are also very easy to dismantle. When it comes to furniture, multifunctional furniture is perfect for decorating small spaces. Like for example a bench with storage that you can use to store blankets and decorative cushions or why not a mini barbecue or soil for your plants. And it will be even better if the bench is big enough to accommodate two people.
Idea how to transform the outdoor space into a real outer room
‘Look for small, multi-functional pieces that can help you brighten up the space a bit,’ says Mia Jung, interior director at Ike Kligerman Barkley. ‘A small stool can serve you to put down your morning coffee or transform into a extra space to sit when you have guests. But it is better to leave out bulky furniture. For example, use folding chairs instead of traditional armchairs. The absence of chairs visually opens up the space ’.
Here is an idea how to arrange and decorate the small outdoor space
Defining ‘zones‘ that are used for different activities can actually make the small space seem a little bigger. Try to separate a space with a seating area, a bar station, or even a small green space. “It’s about making the most of the floor space by creating zones whenever possible,” says interior designer Caitlin Murray. ‘For a small patio, it is better to have several small pieces of furniture that have different functions. So for example you can use your small bistro table as a dining table and the outdoor loveseat for lounging instead of choosing between a large sofa and a dining table for six. You are definitely going to want to have the best of both and sharing the space actually makes it look bigger, ”advises the designer..
The light garland is a good idea for the decoration of the balcony
Try the hanging vertical garden
“When you have a small outdoor space, then consider a vertical option for plants,” says Chris Lambton, professional gardener. ‘There are plenty of DIY projects you can take inspiration from to create a vertical garden. Fill the space with colorful flowers and fresh herbs ‘And if you don’t really have a green thumb, interior designer Kyle Schuneman has the solution for you:’ I love hanging plant pots that offer greenery without taking up space on the ground ‘
Small terrace with outdoor furniture and green plants
And if you ever have enough floor space to add one or two plant pots or if you have a special space dedicated to plant pots, then you can experiment with dimension and scale very well. “Decorating a small patio with plant pots of varying sizes create the feeling of a larger space by pointing the eyes in a different direction and creating interest at different levels,” says designer Armanda Reynal.
Layout of an exterior bedroom with sofa, table and wooden armchairs
Do not forget the lights in the small patio or balcony layout
You certainly don’t want to stay in the dark when stepping out onto your patio or balcony. “I’ve always loved table lamps on porches,” says interior designer Dana Gibson. “Even on a small patio or on a small balcony, the table lamp creates ambience and makes the space even more magical and cozy when it is dark.” And if you don’t have space for a table lamp, you can also opt for outdoor fairy lights, as already mentioned above. In addition to being very beautiful, these garlands create a dreamy effect and create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy summer nights outside..
Example of Scandinavian decoration for the balcony
Personalize your outdoor space with unique and colorful accents. “Adding a small outdoor rug can create the feeling of having a real outdoor bedroom,” Jung says. “Add a small plant or two and you are ready to enjoy the summer.” And don’t forget the throw pillows: “I’m a big fan of throw pillows for outdoor furniture that can really turn your outdoor space into a real outdoor living room,” says designer David Stark.
Two original ideas how to decorate your outdoor space
Other tips and advice for setting up a small patio or balcony
If you ever want to incorporate a fireplace into the decor of your small patio or balcony but you don’t have much room, there are still other options you can take advantage of. You can choose a small portable fireplace that takes up very little space and put it in one of the corners of the space, a dining table with a small built-in fireplace in the center, or a small electric fireplace that can be mounted on the wall. There are also small portable fireplaces that have a tile border to put drinks on, so this can be a great solution as well..
In case you want to be able to watch movies outside, you can install a foldable screen in place of a permanent screen in order to save space. The new models of projectors hardly take up space, but if you have an old one that is also bulkier, you can put it on a wheeled cart which can be moved when not in use..
Grills usually take up a lot of space, so if you usually cook for four or fewer people, you can ditch your large barbecue and buy a small tabletop grill that you can store away when you’re not using it..
Outdoor patio or balcony bars also take up a lot of space, so if you’re keen on making drinks, you may want to consider packing a murphy bar. Murphy bars look like cupboards mounted on the wall, but when you open them they provide a bar surface with storage space for bottles and glasses.