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Landscape Containers, Planters and Pottery
Landscape Containers, Planters and Pottery
Architectural Pottery
Small trendy courtyard concrete patio container garden photo in Los Angeles with no cover
Outdoor Kitchen with Stacked Stone Exterior and Primo Oval
Outdoor Kitchen with Stacked Stone Exterior and Primo Oval
Arcadia Outdoor Kitchens
Arcadia Outdoor Kitchens
Inspiration for a small mediterranean backyard patio kitchen remodel in Jacksonville with a roof extension
Polished Modern
Polished Modern
Bartone Interiors
A conversation area that can communicate with guests inside the kitchen (through the accordion doors to the right) or the pool deck beyond!
Example of a small trendy concrete patio design in Raleigh with a roof extension
Tudor Eclectic, Kentucky Estate
Tudor Eclectic, Kentucky Estate
Farris Concepts in Architecture
Porch detail off of Salon
Inspiration for a small timeless side yard stone patio remodel in Nashville with a roof extension
Custom Doors
Custom Doors
Grand View Windows & Doors LLC
C Rollins
Small elegant front yard concrete patio photo in Oklahoma City with a pergola
Moroccan Garden
Moroccan Garden
Christian Duvernois Landscape/Studio
Example of a small tuscan backyard stone patio design in New York with no cover
Fishers Area Patio Overlay
Fishers Area Patio Overlay
Fiano Landscapes
This patio may look like wood, but it is in fact a concrete paver! The paver is a Techo-Bloc product called Borealis. Its natural wood grain surface mimics the beauty of wood, yet gives us the durability of concrete pavers. The pavers were laid directly over the existing concrete patio, which was still in good shape with minimal cracking and settling. The lovely couple that lives here wanted a new cedar pergola. But what they ended up with was that and an entirely new and cool back patio space that will last for years and years!
Del Mar Exterior Renovation
Del Mar Exterior Renovation
SJS Studios Inc.
Concrete Collaborative waterfall countertop, Ann Sacks cement tiles and Teak Wood surround.
Inspiration for a small contemporary backyard stone patio kitchen remodel in San Diego with no cover
Outdoor Kitchens
Outdoor Kitchens
Keystone Granite
Small arts and crafts backyard patio kitchen photo in Orange County with no cover
Mentor Condominium
Mentor Condominium
Svetlana Fedorova
For less than $100, this area was improved by light rearrangement and adding pots and flowers. By the time this condo was on the market in a couple weeks, flowers bloomed, revealing it's true potential.
Refurbish Furniture
Refurbish Furniture
Pica Painting & Design LLC
Pica Painting & Design
Small elegant backyard patio kitchen photo in San Francisco with a pergola
SJS Construction, LLC.
SJS Construction, LLC.
SJS Construction, LLC.
Inspiration for a small mediterranean backyard stamped concrete patio remodel in New Orleans with no cover
Patio and Pathways
Patio and Pathways
Northwest Outdoor Living and Landscapes
Example of a small minimalist side yard concrete paver patio design in Portland
10x10 Painted Octagon
10x10 Painted Octagon
Liberty Storage Solutions of SC
Patio - small traditional backyard patio idea in Other with a gazebo
Birdy Dr. - Outdoor Covered Kitchen
Birdy Dr. - Outdoor Covered Kitchen
Tallgrass Landscape & Construction
Stephen Kurtenbach
Inspiration for a small timeless backyard gravel patio kitchen remodel in Denver with a roof extension
Patios
Patios
Great Goats Landscaping, Inc.
Small mountain style front yard stone patio photo in Minneapolis
Blue Ridge View Home
Blue Ridge View Home
Board & Vellum
Photo by Tina Witherspoon.
Small transitional backyard stone patio photo in Seattle with a fire pit and no cover
Tuscan Inspired Home in Paradise Valley
Tuscan Inspired Home in Paradise Valley
La Casa Builders Inc.
Dino Tonn Photography
Inspiration for a small mediterranean backyard stone patio remodel in Phoenix with a roof extension
Bluestone Patio
Bluestone Patio
KD Landscape
2016 ushered in a complete revamping of the front container plantings which now boast a riot of color. Those featured are by Donna Clark and Heather Blackmore.
Arbors & Pavilions - Impressive Cedar Arbor
Arbors & Pavilions - Impressive Cedar Arbor
Red Valley Landscape & Construction Inc
View of the outdoor kitchen area from underneath a cedar arbor. The patio, outdoor kitchen, and arbor were all installed by Red Valley Landscape & Construction.

Having a small patio doesn’t have to be a negative — a compact area is ideal for creating a cozy and intimate outdoor retreat. Of course, you’ll have to use space wisely, but with carefully selected furniture, plants and decor, your small backyard will be full of charm. While you search for small patio ideas for your home, keep the following design tips and guidelines in mind.

1. Pick One Function and Run With It

When considering your patio design, it’s often best to choose one purpose for your backyard, whether it’s planting a garden, having a dining space or a spot to read and lounge.

2. Hang a Hammock or Swing Chair

Even if your patio is on the very small side, you can hang a hammock or swing chair and create your own private nook.

3. Potted Plants Galore

If you live in an apartment, you may not be able to plant your own garden. Not to worry — simply arrange as many potted and hanging plants around your patio as possible for a lush garden escape.

4. French Bistro Dining Set

You can still dine in your small outdoor patio with a petit bistro-style dining set. Whether you’re having a summer breakfast or some evening drinks, you’re sure to enjoy the old-fashioned charm.

5. Add Some Shade

One of the easiest ways to add a cover to your patio is with a shade sail, which can be attached to your roof, a tree or a fence to create a cool spot. Alternatively, you can plant lush and leafy vines around a wooden pergola or arbor.

6. Hang String Lights

Good lighting is key in a small backyard, and will make the space inviting for intimate get-togethers in the evening. Set a festive mood by hanging string lights across your yard.

7. Install a Water Feature

Adding a fountain, bird bath or trickling water feature is an ideal small patio decorating move, as it doesn’t have to take up much room, but goes a long way in creating a serene and relaxing backyard.

8. Add a Fire Pit

Ambiance, warmth, backyard s’mores — with all this a fire pit can add quite a lot to any outdoor space.

9. Incorporate Color

If you’re in need of some budget-friendly small patio ideas, simply add comfort and color to your yard with vibrant throw pillows or an outdoor rug.

10. Enjoy a Cozy Couch

Having an outdoor sofa in your yard will instantly make the space feel more inviting. If you have limited room, opt for an outdoor loveseat and a lounge chair or two.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a small patio renovation or are building a designer patio from scratch, Houzz has 12,216 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Farris Concepts in Architecture and Tallgrass Landscape & Construction. Look through patio pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a small patio design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful small patio photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.