Seven small patio decor ideas to refresh your balcony, deck or patio on a budget with shoppable outdoor furniture.
I’m on a kick designing outdoor living spaces this year. I want to encourage you to create a beautiful, relaxing, and romantic patio. Even if you only have a tiny balcony, you can set up an outdoor living space you love. Here’s my guide to everything you need to set up an outdoor dining space.
Small Patio Decor Essentials
- patio bistro set or chat set
- outdoor lighting
- outdoor rug
- shade and/or privacy
- outdoor throw pillows and blankets (optional)
I’ve put together seven different small patio designs to help get your creative juices flowing. Feel free to steal the looks! They’re all inexpensive products available online!
Plants & Vertical Gardens
No outdoor living space is complete without plants. They can create privacy from neighbors, provide shade, dampen road noise (or whatever other obnoxious noise you may have), and make your patio feel like your own private oasis.
I sometimes use artificial plants undercover outside, depending on the climate and season. If you have the natural light and want real plants, then by all means grow some!
I also love to use vertical gardens. These are especially useful for disguising or dressing up ugly fences and concrete walls. They’re also perfect for small spaces. This vertical garden uses an inexpensive planter from Amazon, and here’s a DIY vertical garden we built.
This plant-loving backyard seating area keeps it neutral with black and white, green, and terra cotta accents, but it’s definitely not boring, thanks to this bold black and white plastic outdoor rug from World Market!
A. Black Moroccan Style Reversible Rio Floor Mat, from World Market
B. Mainstays Bistro Patio Furniture Set, from Walmart
C. Woven Striped Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow, from Target
D. Mini Waterproof Lantern String Lights, from Amazon
G. JustToYou Artificial Hanging Plant, from Amazon
Colorful Deck With A Patio Bistro Set
A. Dimitra Outdoor Rug in Turquoise, from Walmart
B Grand Patio 3 Piece Metal Folding Patio Bistro Set, from Walmart
C. Artificial Desert Fan Palm, from Amazon
E. Ridgeline Striped Throw Blanket, from Overstock
F. White Self-Watering Drip System Wall Planter, from Home Depot
Traditional Patio Design with Tropical Plants
A. 3 Piece Acacia Wood Outdoor Dining Set, from Amazon
B. Julianna Oriental Blue Indoor Outdoor Rug, from Wayfair
C. Woven Stripes Lumbar Outdoor Pillow, from Walmart
D. Heavy Duty Outdoor String Lights, from Amazon
Cozy Small Balcony Idea
A. Mod Desert Outdoor Rug, from Target
B. Threshold Outdoor Pouf, from Target
C. Tangkula Eucalyptus Wood Outdoor Patio Table, from Amazon
D. Rattan Natural Lantern, from Amazon
E. White Nylon Lanterns, from Amazon
F. Mustard Honeycomb Cotton Blanket, from Walmart
G. Green Bush Tree in Pot, from Wayfair
Natural Outdoor Patio Decor
A. Unique Loom Modern Geometric Outdoor Rug, from Walmart
B. 3 Pieced Wrought Iron Patio Bistro Set, from Target
C. Outdoor String Lights, from Target
Desert Inspired Patio
A small part of me wishes I lived in the desert so I could design colorful pueblo-style patios like this one!
A. Lewisburg Medallion Indoor Outdoor Rug, from Overstock
B. 3-Piece Acacia Wood Patio Bistro Set, from Target
C. Luminary Bags, from Amazon
D. Nearly Natural 4.5′ Cactus, from Amazon
E. Opalhouse Artificial Cactus in Basket, from Target
Boho Patio Design
A. Round Retro Patio Rug, from Target
B. Southport 3 Piece Motion Chat Set, from Target
C. Solid Cotton Woven Blanket in Coral, from Walmart
D. Better Homes & Gardens Toucan Outdoor Pillow, from Walmart
E. Urban Garden Recycled Wood Planter, from Home Depot
F. Artificial Green Bush Tree in Pot, from Wayfair
G. Outdoor String Lights, from Target
H. Tangkula Acacia Wood Serving Cart, from Amazon