By Taylor Catherine Fielding, New Homes & Ideas Digital Assistant

Many new homebuyers are opting for smaller outdoor spaces due to less yard maintenance and cheaper water and utility bills. Though there are many benefits to these smaller spaces, many wonder how to personalize their outdoor living spaces within these limited areas. Here are some ideas for making the most of your outdoor space in order to make your small patio work.

Appropriate Outdoor Furniture

Making your small patio workFurniture is highly important when designing your outdoor living space. Rather than going for a classic patio dining set with oversized cushions, try tucking two chairs and a tea table under an umbrella in the corner. Versatile, lightweight pieces are essential in a small space. Hammocks and stackable chairs are easy to store when not in use, and benches can be easily moved against a wall or pushed under a table if additional space is needed.

Unique Focal Point

As in any small space, attention catching features pull the focus off of the size of the space and onto the contents of the space. Fire pits, water fountains, pergolas and colorful flowers are perfect unique focal points for small outdoor living spaces.

Vertical PlantsMake your small patio work

Vertical plants such as ivies and tall grasses are great ways to add greenery to your outdoor space without taking up too much square footage. Not only do they take up less space than the plants in your average garden, but they also create the illusion of added height to the space. This results in your small space feeling more open and less closed off. Hanging plants and vertically planted gardens can also have this effect.


Lighting That Will Make Your Small Patio Shine Bright

Whether hanging Edison lights in the trees or adding solar lights on the ground, lighting is a perfect way to change the feeling of your outdoor space from cramped to intimate. This simple trick showcases what you have in the space rather than the space itself.Make your small patio work

These tips will help to personalize and add character to any outdoor living space, no matter the size.