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Decorating a small outdoor space can be challenging, but with a little planning and these tips you can turn even the tiniest patio into an outdoor haven.

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Select a Color Palette for Your Patio

Choose a simple color palette and stick with it. Tie in your floor covering and furniture accents to create a cohesive look to your space.

Outdoor rugs are a great way to define a sitting area. Bold patterns with high-contrast colors add drama, while neutral palettes can create a more serene look.

Define Priorities when Picking Patio Furniture

Consider your needs when choosing furniture — what do you intend to use your outdoor space for? Will it be a retreat to relax with a good book and enjoy the view? Do you love dining al fresco? Will you be entertaining?

Defining your priorities for your small outdoor space will help you choose better when it comes to your furniture needs.

Patio Ideas to Maximize Space

Many people try to make small spaces look better by being spare with their seating, but this actually has the opposite effect.

Stay away from bulky furniture that overwhelms your square footage. Instead, choose well-proportioned furniture and maximize seating with double-duty furniture like stools that can serve as a tabletop or additional seating when needed. Folding chairs and hidden storage furniture are also great ways to add utility to a small space.

Buy Comfortable Outdoor Furniture

Be sure to choose furniture that is comfortable as well as attractive. Use cushions and pillows to accent the decor, and create a cozy and inviting seating area.

Choose outdoor fabrics that are mold resistant.

Ambient lighting will give your small patio some evening charm. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Riker/The Happier Homemaker)

Hang Some Outdoor Lights

Create an atmosphere with outdoor lighting. String lights and lanterns can turn tiny spaces into cozy retreats!

Try to hang lighting rather than sitting it on a tabletop in order to maximize space.

Add Greenery to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

Finally, use plants to decorate your area. Greenery goes a long way toward creating an inviting outdoor space as well as providing privacy.

When space is at a premium, hanging plants, window boxes and vertical plantings can maximize your garden area.

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