Do you have a small patio? Do you think its size is limiting what you can do with the space? Don't worry, it probably has a lot more potential than you think!
From the influx of urban dwellers to empty-nesters in transition to even the tiny-home movement, the trend of downsizing continues across the United States. Contrary to popular belief, you can have an impressive patio even if you have a smaller abode.
Here are a few design ideas to help bring your limited patio area to life while maximizing the space:
Add visual interest under foot with a patterned rug. A rug properly placed under a table breaks up a smaller floor, giving the illusion of more square footage. Colored rugs are readily available in a variety of designs. Pick your favorite striped, chevron, or paisley variety and see what a difference it makes.
The natural elegance, gentle gurgle, and sparkle of a flowing water feature can add a sense of peacefulness to any patio. For smaller spaces, easily turn a decorative waterproof container or planter into a beckoning water feature by simply adding water and a smartpond® Low Water Shut-Off Fountain Pump. This smart pump automatically shuts off if the water becomes too low, preventing pump burnout. It's also a great replacement pump option to revive a decorative pre-made fountain that has quit working.
To get the most out of a limited space, think upward instead of outward. Hanging plants are a classic option, but vertical wall gardens are a top trend that's sure to be a conversation starter. You'll enjoy plenty of greenery but also open floor space for your furniture, water feature, and entertainment to ensure a welcoming area for hosting summer parties.
To get the most out of every inch of your petite patio, look for furniture and features that multitask to help save space while maximizing functionality. An easy solution is to opt for a table that opens and turns into a cooler for beverages, or a bench that holds blankets and other patio extras. Just remember to keep scale in mind so you don't overwhelm your space with massive furniture.
Matching is out for 2017, so forget about perfectly paired combos and explore a variety of decor. A great way to try this trend is to add visual interest by experimenting with different materials. Inject your own personality through various finishes. One example: consider setting black resin pots next to a handwoven wicker basket for an eclectic blend of textures.
Don't make the mistake of thinking a small space must have muted colors. Vibrant hues inject energy and style, often making a small patio feel larger than it is in real life. From ocean blue to ferocious fuchsia, an accent pillow here and a throw blanket there will transform your space dramatically.
From DIY water features to vertical gardens, a small patio doesn't have to be short on style or functionality. Let these top trends guide you to create a space you'll enjoy all year long.
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