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17 easy and affordable ways to make your small patio better

Leigh Leigh
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When you look at your patio, you may think that there is simply no way to make it look beautiful and aesthetically appealing because of its size. 

Yet, you would be mistaken.

In fact with a little creativity and imagination you can really have a striking outdoor space.

This is why today at homify we have put together 17 ideas that will surely enchant you and inspire you to revolutionise your small, elongated patio.

You won't believe how many changes are possible!

1. Linear distribution that takes advantage of the wall

A great idea to take advantage of the small patio is to place the furniture and decor in a linear way, in order to leave space for movement. This makes for a very organised and orderly outdoor space.

2. Plants in the corners

If the space is too small to place furniture, you can choose to create a tropical forest. Plant some special palm trees and ferns that face the sun and create a path in the centre to take care of gardening.

3. Create a small area for relaxation

Take advantage of the intimacy that your small patio gives you, creating a personal space. Furnish with a pair of special comfortable outdoor chairs, creating a comfortable and cosy space. 

This is the perfect area for rest and relaxation.

4. Decorating the border

If your outdoor area gets a lot of traffic, decorate it with small pines on the one side, creating a little garden. These are easy to plant and fun to prune. Form figurines or create beautiful shapes.

5. A wall with bamboo pots

Take a vertical garden to a whole new level.

Have a look at how you can create and plant a vertical garden.

6. Delimiting areas with different materials

To give your patio a special touch, use white river pebbles to create contrast and introduce texture. You will feel instantly connected to nature every time you walk past them.

7. A green wall

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Take advantage of the height of your wall to make a vertical garden – this time without the bamboo planters. This way you can have as much space as the fence gives you to create your garden and at the same time have a wonderful view from the interior.

8. Add small pots

Give colour to your patio with a little vegetation, whether its plants or flowers. You can also add colourful pots to make your space feel full of charm. You won't even notice the size!

9. If you use the space well, you can install a small pond

If you enjoy a Bohemian style, decorate the patio with candles and lanterns. If you utilise space well, you may even be able to add a tropical pond…

10. A small garden and a bench to contemplate nature

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Hanging racks or hanging pots are another way to take advantage of long, space-constrained spaces by bringing the decorative elements to a height that allows you to keep the floor free for movement.

This will free up room for a functional and gorgeous bench for relaxing!

11. What do you think of wooden style planters?

Planters are a simple form of decor and you don't need a lot of space to use them! Keep vegetation in the rustic planters and ensure you don't obstruct the movement of the space.

12. Custom furniture

 Sometimes the furniture we like exceeds the measurements of our patio.If it is the case, we recommend that you do not panic, you can always send to make customised beautiful furniture with an expert carpenter or interior designer.

13. Make your own greenhouse!

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Tabary Le Lay

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Take a unique perspective and turn your patio into a whole greenhouse. It doesn't require a lot of space and you can adapt it, using it for your favourite plant species.

14. Stones and shrubs

When you get tired of being cramped up indoors, why not relax in your beautiful garden on your patio? This is the perfect space to get fresh air, especially if you're surrounded by white stones and gorgeous shrubs.

15. The best source of all

If you like fountains but do not see much potential in your yard, you can turn it into a wonderful fountain like this. With a vertical garden and LED lighting in these modern lamps, your patio will go from zero to spectacular.

16. A wooden floor will always look fabulous!

You don't just have to opt for vegetation. Use different sources of materials can introduce different textures, tones and shade. 

For example, change your flooring for a unique look and feel.

17. Create a terrace and an organic garden

Remember that a little bit of beautiful furniture can go a very long way, especially if they don't impact movement or flow.

Also have a look at how to create a beautiful garden in a small space.

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