Ideas for a Small Townhouse Patio


Just because you have a small patio space doesn't mean you can't be creative. Small spaces are perfect for creating a look and theme that's unique---and you don't have to spend as much money on decorating. With just a few items based around a theme, you can make your patio distinctive, personal, entertaining and inviting.

French Bistro

  • A small patio is the perfect size space to create a fantasy French bistro. Use a small bistro table for two to set the mood. Add potted plants and flowers to meld with the outdoor setting, using earthy colors and clay or ceramic pots. Or decorate with French country white and blue planters, and paint chairs and the table to match. Step outside to greet the morning on your French bistro patio with a cup of French roast coffee and a croissant, and enjoy a glass of Chardonnay at sunset to end the day.

Hibachi Patio

  • A traditional barbecue grill can pose size restrictions for small space patios, but that doesn't mean that you have to stop grilling. Japanese hibachi grills are a perfect grilling solution for small spaces. They are usually inexpensive enough where you can have several grills, and dedicate them for multiple purposes like meat, chicken, seafood and vegetables. Cover the floor with Asian-style grass mats to create zen-like tranquility. You can lacquer a Japanese parasol with a protective coating, and place it inside a bucket filled with sand on a small table to provide weather resistance. Decorate corners with small Buddha sculptures, and include a small water feature to further enhance the mood.

Herb Garden

  • Turn a small space patio into a multi-purpose area. Grow fresh herbs to accent patio flowers. Select herbs that you frequently use, like basil, tarragon, sage, parsley and mint. You can enjoy watching the herbs grow, and quickly step out onto your patio to snip off a bouquet of fresh organically grown herbs to add flavor to every meal you prepare. After you gain your green thumb, you can advance to adding tomatoes and vegetables.

Hawaiian Tiki Bar

  • Create a Hawaiian tiki bar look on your patio for entertaining guests and relaxing on weekends and after work. You can find a basic bar at most home improvement stores. Add reed to banisters or overhead areas. Decorate the area with potted palm plants, ferns and tropical flowers. Use Adirondack-style chairs for relaxation. Cover the floors with faux patio grass carpeting and hang colorful paper lanterns from the eaves of the roof. The result can be your own island retreat you can get away to any time you want---no passport required.

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