40 Best Small Patio Ideas For Creating An Outdoor Entertaining Space

A small patio is, ironically, the perfect place for big ideas.

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Douglas Friedman

Creating the dream patio in a small space may be difficult, but it is possible. With the right furnishings you can turn a simple patio into a stylish and modern outdoor getaway. Whether you have a cement, wooden or bluestone space, these stunning patios will inspire you to think big.

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Joshua McHugh
Private New York City Terrace

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 .

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Simon Upton
Backyard Tablescape

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.

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William Waldron
Limestone Cabana

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.

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Miguel Flores-Vianna
Rustic California Patio

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.

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William Waldron
Elegant Sunny Patio

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.

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William Abranowicz
Chic Striped Terrace

The terrace in this classic Hollywood home uses patterned chaise lounges in a , pillows in a , Moroccan lanterns, and antique English wicker chairs to give a small space lots of texture.

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William Abranowicz
Neutral-Toned Patio

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 .

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Joe Schmelzer
Stylish Outdoor Dining Area

Designer loves the outdoor dining room at his Los Angeles home, where he dines, lounges, grows food, entertains and works.

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Richard Powers
Patterned Patio

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.

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Björn Wallander
Modern Outdoor Living Space

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 .

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William Abranowicz
Cozy And Rustic Guest Patio

At a rustic Los Angeles abode, the guest room patio features a cocktail midcentury table and daybed (which has cushions covered in a ) by .

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William Abranowicz
Garden Dining Area

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 .

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Douglas Friedman
Winter Patio

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.

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Ricardo Labougle
Backyard Lounge

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.

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James Merrell
Petite Poolside Patio

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.

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Douglas Friedman
Graceful Garden Patio

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.

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Francesco Lagnese
Leafy Veranda

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.

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Douglas Friedman
Rooftop Patio

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.

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Francis Amiand
Elevated Patio

The vibrant blue 1950s sofa has cushions covered in an fabric and the chair is from in this Monaco apartment patio.

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Richard Powers
Beach Side Patio

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.

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Douglas Friedman
Bright Bluestone Patio

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 .

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Douglas Friedman
Contemporary Townhouse Patio

Cushions covered in a sit on teak furniture by on a small patio, shielded by boxwood hedge, outside a West Village townhouse.

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Francis Amiand
Neutral Tiled Patio

A custom sofa with cushions covered in a sits on the patio of a Monte Carlo home. The vintage chair is by and the cocktail table is by .

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Ricardo Labougle
Modish Colorful Patio

A sophisticated backyard patio in London is furnished with blue sofas, which were reupholstered in a , and custom designed marble-and-brass tables.

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Björn Wallander
Natural Cleft Bluestone Patio

A pergola covered in white wisteria shades a small patio area in a South Hampton, New York home. The reclaimed teak table is surrounded by rattan chairs with cushions from and a French iron chair.

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Ricardo Labougle
Colorful Geometric Patio

Argentine designer decorated this small patio for model Portugal home, where he included a banquette covered in African textiles found in Ibiza, an urn found in a nearby village, floor cushions that are covered in remnants of antique Moroccan kilims and a Moroccan rug.

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Björn Wallander
Exceptional Patio Furnishings

A backyard patio is filled with unexpected furnishings: The wicker seating is painted in from Beall & Bell, the pillows are covered in a stripped design fabric by , and the folding chairs and painting hanging on the exterior of the house were both found at a Paris flea market.

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Richard Powers
Chic Wooden Patio

The homeowners of this Moroccan abode make the most of a narrow patio by incorporating canvas-covered poufs by , a white wing chair by and white dining chairs by .

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Mikkel Vang
Delightful Secluded Patio

A table covered in a cloth by and antique garden chairs from Provence, France furnish a cozy brick patio outside a home in Normandy.

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Gaelle Le Boulicaut
Charming Patio

Tucked in Capri, an island in Naples, Italy, is a small charming patio decorated with sleek white armchairs and a table by .

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