Patio season is finally upon us! While many of our friends and family with backyards delight in setting up their backyard for the long stretches of sun, outdoor dinners and patio drinks that lie ahead of us this season (or perhaps they already have an outdoor kitchen; lucky them), those of us who dwell in small spaces (condos) are faced with the challenge of creating a gorgeous outdoor space with limited means.
Cue your inner resourceful design guru, and cue these great tips to make the most out of your small patio space!
Finding a beautiful vintage trunk adds character to the space and is great for storage. If you have additional space, the Knoll Daniel Stromborg Rectangle Table from Gabriel Ross has gorgeous clean lines and would make an elegant addition to your space.
Plants create a welcoming and tranquil atmosphere wherever they are placed. Find plants that can survive the cold and rainy months. Look into Azealas. To create a more secluded, private oasis, try shrubs that offer shelter like Yucca. Check out the latest arrivals at Seaberry Garden & Flower.
Pick a few colours you love and work around those colours. If you decide to stick with a neutral base in terms of the colour of your cushions, it will make the space appear larger than it actually is, and you can add pops of colour through other home accessories. Add beautiful and decorative scatter cushions to brighten your space. Take a look at the Cane Line Wove Scatter Cushion from Gabriel Ross.
Pick a neutral jute rug or a statement rug. Experiment with texture and pattern, which can easily update and elevate a space. The Chilewich Heddle Floor Mat from Gabriel Ross explores the interaction of weaving and colour and was inspired by Bauhaus textiles. Areas of more graphic, floating yarns are juxtaposed with flat-woven fields of subtle stripes.
Outdoor String Lights
Nothing adds a sense of warmth and atmosphere quite like a set of outdoor string lights. Choose a light with a soft, warm glow or something with more of a twinkly shine to make your outdoor space warm and inviting. Check out the selection of lights from IKEA.