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Small Patio Design Ideas

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Warm weather has finally arrived, and that means it's time to start focusing attention on your outdoor space. As a small home dweller myself, I’m a firm believer in designing spaces that are both stylish and functional for real life. I love the warm summer months when an outdoor space becomes an extension of a home. It’s like doubling your footage, courtesy of the sun.

Summer marks a chance to transform your little-used patio or balcony into the perfect outdoor spot to entertain friends or enjoy a meal. While small outdoor spaces can initially feel tricky, with a little planning they can become a getaway. I prefer to look at design challenges as opportunities to get creative and think outside the box.


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Today, I’m sharing small patio design ideas to help you transform your outdoor apartment space into a summer hotspot. Before jumping into your design plan, determine how you intend to use your outdoor space. Will you be dining al fresco? Need a spot for morning coffee? Or looking to create an outdoor lounge area to entertain guests?

Below are ideas to help you design a patio that’s stylish, comfortable and perfect for summer.

Bring the Indoors Out.
Treat your outdoor space like you would your indoor space. Your patio or balcony should feel as comfortable and be inviting as your indoor spaces are. If you have an outdoor lounge furniture and chairs, add lots of pillows!  Remember, comfort is key. When selecting pillows for your sofa and chairs, be fearless. It's fun to experiment with color and mix patterns; prints you might typically shy away from indoors feel right at home outside.