Enjoying the outdoors when you have a small space is a challenge, but that doesn't mean it's not doable. A bit of creativity, along with well-proportioned furniture, can transform your small patio into the outdoor space of your dreams. From charming country getaways to modern urban retreats, these small patio designs are full of inspiration.
Wood furniture adds character to a patio in an 18th-century row house in the French city of Perpignan. For a personal touch, window grilles and a keystone feature the monogram of the previous owners, the family behind JOB-brand cigarette papers.
For an outdoor seating area in Malibu, designer Oliver M. Furth went for a subdued look with zinc outdoor benches by Piet Hein Eek from The Future Perfect.
Kathryn Ireland's Santa Monica outdoor area is a lesson in bohemian-inspired decor. Along with a built-in stucco sectional, featuring cushions in a custom striped fabric, the inviting space includes wicker pendants, a table from her French Finds collection, and chairs by .
Designer Allison Seidler conjured up a cozy outdoor area that's perfect for entertaining a small group of guests.
Simple black mid-20th-century steel furniture and a sculpture by sit in a backyard patio leading to a beautiful green garden in a home in Paris.
Furniture designer 's Southampton, New York, beach house features a stucco-walled patio, designed by the architecture firm . A low teak table and chairs by set off a wall adorned with staghorn ferns and baskets made in Zambia. The floor is limestone, and the rug is from Morocco.
Adirondack chairs from a flea market, pillows by Archipelago, and a star pendant from Circa Lighting create a rela escape in a 17th-century Dutch bluestone house in Ulster County, New York.
For the terrace of historic Libbey Ranch (a secluded seven-acre family retreat in Ojai, California owned by actress Reese Witherspoon) designer surrounded a wood-topped dining table with vintage iron and wicker chairs and an antique lantern.
A cedar slat screen and planters of boxwood, English ivy and magnolia provide shade and privacy on this New York City terrace. The aluminum table and bench by , lanterns by .
A view of the water makes this patio designed by even more charming.
Jewelry designer Alexis Zambrano's Manhattan patio is full of charm. Potted plants, a small pendant, and a wooden table make for a welcoming space.
In this outdoor retreat in New York, a sofa by for is covered in a , the chairs and table are by and the cocktail table was custom designed for the space.
The front porch of restaurateur Keith McNally's Martha’s Vineyard vacation home is brightened up with bistro chairs arranged around a reclaimed-wood table.
In her midcentury house in Los Angeles's Laurel Canyon, fashion designer Rozae Nichols carefully preserves the laid-back vibe in her outdoor space with a Turkish towel top daybed by Van Keppel-Green and pillows by Gregory Parkinson.
The cocktail table, chairs and sectional by turn the covered patio of this Massachusetts home into a cozy cocktail area. The cushions are covered in a .
Designer loves the outdoor dining room at his Los Angeles home, where he dines, lounges, grows food, entertains and works.
of the Los Angeles–based firm maximized views of the city at the Hollywood Hills home of TV producer Jamie Tarses by placing a custom table and chairs beneath a pergola; the floor is paved with cement tiles from Granada Tile.
The garden patio of this Oakland home features sleek chairs from , the bench is in the style of Lutyens, the windows are by and the exterior is painted in .
At a rustic Los Angeles abode, the guest room patio features a cocktail midcentury table and daybed (which has cushions covered in a ) by .
In the garden pavilion of a historic upstate New York home, a vintage garden table from Finch, in Hudson, is surrounded by dining chairs and illuminated by a pendant light from . The tropical-root table is from Mecox, and the rug is from .
At a Montana getaway designed by Ken Fulk, the outdoor fireplace is flanked by a pair of sheepskin-covered moose-antler chairs. The table is made from an antique snowshoe, and the rug is buffalo hide.
The back patio of a Uruguayan country home — one of four on the property — has a view of a lake. The iron chairs came from a castle in the south of France and the table was made by Ghesquière. The hammock makes the most of the limited space, creating the perfect place to nap and read while enjoying the scenery.
Beside the pool of a historic Long Island farmhouse, the awning is made of salvaged corrugated-and-wired glass, and the custom outdoor furniture is topped with cushions covered in a . The pool surround and patio are of Kota stone and the topiaries are boxwood.
In Rachel Lee Hovnanian's Greenwich Village townhouse, a spiral staircase leads to a pleasant, quaint patio. A black floral sculpture by stands out against a white wall.
On the veranda of this rustic Long Island home, the teak table is by , the wicker chairs are by , and the antique wood chairs are from . The pergola supports a wisteria vine and is surrounded by boxwood topiaries.
A sofa, cocktail table and chairs by sit on a patio in Palm Beach house overlooking the Atlantic. The cushions are upholstered in a , the rug is by and the landscape design is by Peggy Brazzeal.
An antique pendant light hangs above a Chippendale-style cocktail table on a bluestone patio at a Long Island estate. The table is surrounded by furniture with cushions covered in .