A small patio is, ironically, the perfect place for big ideas.
Creating a small 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 spaxe, these stunning patios will inspire you to think big.
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.
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 Kristen Buckingham surrounded a wood-topped dining table with vintage iron and wicker chairs and an antique lantern.
CHIC STRIPED TERRACE
The terrace in this classic Hollywood home uses patterned chaise lounges in a Pindler & Pindler fabric, pillows in a Janus et Cie fabric, Moroccan lanterns, and antique English wicker chairs to give a small space lots of texture.
The cocktail table, chairs and sectional by Munder-Skiles turn the covered patio of this Massachusetts home into a cozy cocktail area. The cushions are covered in a Perennials fabric.
STYLISH OUTDOOR DINING AREA
Designer Jamie Durie loves the outdoor dining room at his Los Angeles home, where he dines, lounges, grows food, entertains and works.
MODERN OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE
The garden patio of this Oakland home features sleek chairs from Design Within Reach, the bench is in the style of Lutyens, the windows are by Sierra Pacific Windows and the exterior is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black.
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 Holland & Sherry fabric) by John Good.
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.
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 Perennials fabric. The pool surround and patio are of Kota stone and the topiaries are boxwood.
On the veranda of this rustic Long Island home, the teak table is by Barlow Tyrie, the wicker chairs are by Restoration Hardware, and the antique wood chairs are from Ruby Beets. The pergola supports a wisteria vine and is surrounded by boxwood topiaries.
In this outdoor retreat in New York, a sofa by David Sutherland for Restoration Hardware is covered in a Perennials fabric, the chairs and table are by Paola Lenti and the cocktail table was custom designed for the space.
CONTEMPORARY TOWNHOUSE PATIO
Cushions covered in a Perennials fabric sit on teak furniture by David Sutherland on a small patio, shielded by boxwood hedge, outside a West Village townhouse.
COLORFUL GEOMETRIC PATIO
Argentine designer Luis Galliussi decorated this small patio for model Eugenia Silva’s 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.
BELGIAN BLUESTONE PATIO
A London homeowner salvaged a marble fireplace that was originally from the drawing room to place outside in the patio area. The lamps above the fireplace are by José Ignacio Ballester and the flooring is Belgian bluestone.
SMALL HIDDEN PATIO
Nestled outside a home in Marrakech, Morocco is a small patio designed for peace and tranquility. The swing by the garden and the table were designed by Samuel Dowe-Sandes, founder of Popham Design, and the vintage chairs with red cushions are by Harry Bertoia.
ELEGANT PATIO DÉCOR
A custom-made seating area is covered in cushions encased in a dark gray Perennials fabric on a patio at a home in Alys Beach, Florida. The teak lounge chairs are by Henry Hall Designs and the Spanish hanging lanterns were found in Belgium.
LUNCH ON THE PATIO
A small wooden patio in Paris is a lunch time getaway decorated with lanterns by Casamidy, a table covered with a fabric brought back from Tanzania and chairs by Alinea.
BRICK ROMAN PATIO
Pots of thyme, rosemary and a pomegranate tree sit on a small brick patio outside a Roman housewith a view of St. Peter’s Basilica. The wicker chaise longue and chair are by Manutti.