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How to Decorate a Small patio: Before and After

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How to Decorate your Small patio via Live Colorful

Since last week I’ve been working on decorating my small patio. I have been dreaming with a space with lots of color, a pair of comfortable chairs, flowers and pretty lighting. With so little space, I knew I needed to play with colors, textures and add fun details to inject my own personality in the project.

After spending hours shopping and looking at cushions (it was so hard to choose just one style, all of them were great!) I came back home with all the necessary goodies I found at my local Pier 1 Imports store. The things were so beautiful and I was so excited that it actually just took me a couple minutes to get everything in the right place.

Here is the before and after:

Small Patio Makeover. Before and After via Live Colorful

How to Decorate a Small patio. Steps and Tips:

1. Make a List. Before going shopping I recommend you make a list of all those things that you really need to create that patio you’ve always dreamed of. Measure your space if needed, especially if your patio is very small, like mine it’s actually a balcony, and you are afraid that the furniture would take a lot of the space.

Thinking ahead about all those details will help you in the selection process and will make you feel much more confident and enthusiastic. My inspiration board from last week was actually really helpful.

2. Go Shopping! This is probably the best part! When you go shopping remember to look for comfortable, functional and perfect sized furniture for your space. Since my patio is really small, I always look for ways to save space like buying stackable chairs like these or thinking of an original way to arrange flowers.

Tip. Take your time testing the furniture before purchasing. It is always good to be sure we’re bringing something worthwhile and that we truly love.

3. Clean. Cleaning floors and walls a bit before placing the furniture is not a bad idea. I swept a little bit and I instantly felt that the patio looked so much better.

4. Arrange the furniture. The best thing about balconies, terraces and small patios is that you do not need much to fill it up. Start placing the larger pieces first, in my case, it was the pair of chairs and table. And that fast I was done.

How to Decorate your Small patio via Live Colorful

5. Time for Accessories! The thing with small patios is that they look empty if you only put a couple of chairs in the middle. The accessories really give it life and personality! I bought some colorful lanterns as a centerpiece, a couple of colorful string lights, some happy looking potted flowers that I actually put on my old uncomfortable chairs so they don’t get lost on the floor and a pair of fun and colorful cushions and pillows.

How to Decorate your Small patio via Live Colorful

Tip. Lighting is really important to create a nice atmosphere on the patio. You do not need complicated systems, a few strings of lights and candles are ideal for a romantic dinner and not expensive at all.

How to Decorate your Small patio via Live Colorful

6. Enjoy! When your balcony or small patio feels and looks amazing, go back to the kitchen and prepare a coffee or tea. Take your favorite book and sit down to enjoy your new, renewed and beautiful dream outdoor oasis!

 How to Decorate your Small patio via Live Colorful

Last week I spent some time painting the table and chairs in a vibrant yellow shade named “sunflower” that ended up looking lovely. Yesterday I also added some color to those terracotta planters using acrylic paint in different shades, they look so much happier now! Don’t you think? I love doing things like this to personalize my space and make myself feel home.

Now it’s your turn to add something fun to your patio and what better way to get inspired than with an awesome giveaway!

Enter the giveaway here and tell me, what would be the first thing you would buy to create your perfect outdoor oasis? 

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Good luck!

70 Responses

  1. KATERINA says:

    I love your tips, all except n.3..I hate n.3!

  2. Alvina castro says:

    I would buy some chairs. colorful ones to liven up the space.

  3. Wow! Your space looks so festive and colorful. What a great transformation! 🙂 love it.
    I think the first thing I would buy is that bistro table set. in red. 🙂 xo

  4. Betty says:

    I couldn’t wait to see this post from you!!!! Great job!! P.s I need outdoor pillows!

  5. Blanca D says:

    Awesome! I love it!! this would be perfect for my small patio.

  6. Denise says:

    Love your patio makeover! I would buy some colorful lights and cushion to spruce it up.

  7. Danielle says:

    Outdoor lights!

  8. Anonymous says:

    te ha quedado divino hiciste.un excelente trabajo y la elección de colores estuvo perfecto,me encantaria comprar masetas velas y cojines gracias por el sorteo

  9. te ha quedado divino hiciste.un excelente trabajo y la elección de colores estuvo perfecto,me encantaria comprar masetas velas y cojines gracias por el sorteo

  10. GloriaW says:

    Lo primero que compraria son unas lamparas tipo marroqui para mi patio.

  11. allison alexander says:

    I would buy some chairs and add pops of color

  12. Mi patio esta muy feo y necesita una trasformacion tan linda como la que tu has hecho. Lo primero que compraria, seria plantas, una mesa, sillas, y cojines de colores. Gracias por el sorteo!

    • Viste mi patio antes? También me sentía que se veía triste y vacío. Agrega cosas poco a poco y elige colores llamativos y vibrantes para darle vida. Mucha suerte y gracias por participar!

  13. tammy says:

    I love the paint on the terracotta pots.

  14. Debnmike moretti says:

    I am loving yellow right now, so the petals lumbar pillow in lemon would be awesome!

  15. Wow, Elba, it looks gorgeous!!!! Such a great makeover!!!!!

  16. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I would love to buy some dinnerware that can be used outside when entertaining guest. Your outside space looks great by the way!

  17. chelsea says:

    adorable and totally you 🙂

    The first and most important thing for any patio in my mind is exotic candle lanterns. My patio is in desperate need of some!

  18. Trey Borders says:

    I would want candles and lighting things for the porch

  19. Claudya says:

    It looks great. The yellow on the table and chairs is fantastic and all the new touches really make it a fun space.

  20. Claudia says:

    I would love to buy a new set of table and chairs ,Thank you!

  21. Meghan Silva says:

    It crazy what a nice amount of colour can do to a space, really it looks gorgeous.

    Meg | Meghan Silva’s Blog

  22. Me encanto el cambio que le diste!! El color precioso.
    Yo compraria una mecedora y cojines coloridos

  23. Gladys Novoa says:

    Mi patio luce anticuado, colores frios, desanimadoa, me gustaria comprar flores de muchos colores, cojines de colores alegres, lamparitas, sillas y la mesa…..mil gracias por el bello sorteo!!!

  24. cheidy piantini says:

    I thing the first thing is chairs and pillows. Perfect for me

  25. LaTanya says:

    I would buy some chairs and tables.

  26. Lisa says:

    This is exactly my next project for my place, our balcony is small and we have our grill out there, looking to find a colorful items and a comfy chair!

  27. Dollys says:

    I will buy a fey colorful cushions for my living room, just a touch of summer color

  28. Doris Caban says:

    Me encantan los colores, lo primero que yo compraría son un par de sillas con unos cojines igual de coloridos.

  29. Mayra says:

    Un par de sillones con cojines floreados

  30. Bert says:

    Lo primero que compraria seria un par de sillas y mesa para el patio

  31. Lupita m says:

    Le quedo presioso lo primero que compraria seria unas cillas con sus cojines de colores y una mesita lo quiero como le que do a usted bien presioso 🙂

  32. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would buy colorful pillows and candles.

  33. Elisabeth says:

    Looks gorgeous! If I won, I’d buy pillows for our outdoor chairs.

  34. lorena pedraza says:

    una mesa de jardin o la podria hacer yo pero no he comprado el material eso seria el [principio de lo que deseo

  35. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would buy chairs for my patio.

  36. ellen casper says:

    Lots of pillows

  37. Fairy Lights, I would love to have fairy lights all over our courtyard

  38. Ana Perez says:

    Mi primero que compraria una mesita con sus sillas para pasar momentos mas agradables con mi familia

  39. Katie says:

    Where did you buy the yellow table?

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