5 Ways to Style Even the Smallest Outdoor Spaces

Maximize your area with inventive ideas that can achieve your alfresco goals. By Diona Valdez

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Rain or shine, the outdoors is a great spot for entertaining family and friends. They make for a refreshing area for unwinding solo, too. If you have limited space though, turning your balcony or backyard into a cozy-meets-chic area can be challenging. But the good news is that decorating a small outdoor space can be more fun than dealing with a huge one because you only need some affordable pieces and a bit of imagination to spruce up your space.

Let these creative tricks inspire you in styling your outdoor nook:

1. Consider the details

Before buying furniture, think about the size and scale of your space. Large pieces can easily overpower, so opt for those that are easy on the eye, such as chairs without arms and those with simple lines and low backs. Acrylic or glass tables and metal chairs with thin lines let the eye see through them, minimizing their visual weight in your area.


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Blue ottoman from Crate & Barrel

2. Double-duty does it

Choose furniture that serves two functions, such as ottomans that can seat guests as well as store items. Foldable tables and stackable pieces are also great space-savers.

Exploring textiles? Make their visual appeal work for your entertaining. A woven rug, a knit blanket, or fluffy pillows are nice to touch and feel, ensuring your guests feel at home.


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Abaca rugs from KaravanPH

3. Mix and match

Add lots of layers to your outdoor area to make it look bigger. Smaller-scale furniture paired with bright accessories cohesively create an illusion of a larger space.

Play with patterns wisely. Stick with the 2:1 ratio — two small-scale patterns or textures plus one bold pattern. If you’re still print-shy, stripes make for a good start as they lengthen and widen limited spaces.


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Pillow Cases from Mandaue Foam

4. Go for potted plants

No need to let go of your garden goals just for additional seating. Collect potted plants of varied species — spiky cacti, leafy shrubs, and colorful flowers offer a charming contrast. Don’t have a green thumb? Low-maintenance succulents brighten any outdoor area.

If you’re going eclectic, pots of diverse materials such as wood, terra cotta, and painted ceramics do the trick.

Bonus tip: tiered and hanging planters up your green game without taking up too much space.


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Plants from JCELYN Home&Garden

5. Light it up

Diffused lighting and soft colors not only make your spot appear spacious — it gets rid of the dull factor, too. Is your balcony or patio looking gloomy? String lights or uplighting can liven it up.

C-31864 Paper Rope Single Pendant Lamp from Mandaue Foam

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