How to Make the Most of Small Outdoor Spaces

Many New Yorkers dream of having their own outdoor space. Are you one of the lucky ones that actually do? No matter what size your patio or balcony is, here is how your can make the most of these small outdoor spaces!

Many New Yorkers dream of having their own outdoor space. Are you one of the lucky ones that actually do?

No matter how tiny it is, here’s how your can make the most of these small outdoor spaces!

Add Somewhere to Sit

During the summer months, you’re going to want to spend as much time outside of your NYC home as possible, so why not add some seating?

Since your space is small, choose lightweight pieces that are easy to move around and don’t take up a lot of visual space. A small bistro table and chairs would be perfect. Keep extra chairs folded in the corner for guests.

Add color and texture to your outdoor space with cushions and pillows created with outdoor fabric. These simple touches are an inexpensive way to add style and comfort.

Small Outdoor Spaces: Add Seating

Image Source: Flickr/Rob Brewer

Turn Your Thumb Green

Plants add warmth and beauty to small outdoor spaces, so be sure to add a few pots.

You don’t need a lot of room to cultivate fresh herbs, flowers, and vegetables. If you’re not sure what to grow or how to care for your plants, head to your local gardening center. The experts there can help you pick out the perfect plant, as well as give you tips on how to care for it.

Small Outdoor Spaces: Grow Something

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Brighten It Up

An outdoor space needs lighting to maximize its potential. There are many types of outdoor lights, so choose the ones that fit your space and personality.

Lights with motion sensors are convenient and low maintenance. Candles will add romance to your space. Choose citronella varieties to keep away the bugs.

Another way to brighten your space is with string lights. Look for lights with decorative bulb covers and hang them around your door or windows for a fun effect.

Small Outdoor Spaces: Add Lights

Image Source: Flickr/Wicker Paradise

Use Your Walls

When square footage is at a premium, go vertical and use the walls surrounding your space to their full effect.

Outdoor walls can hold lights and candles. Use planters to create a vertical herb, vegetable, or flower garden. Don’t forget to add personality with art and plaques. Pinterest is full of inspiring outdoor wall decorating ideas.

Small Outdoor Spaces: Create a Vertical Garden

Image Source: Flickr/Mike Linksvayer

Make the Most of a Window Sill

Does your small outdoor space consist of a window sill? Make it work for you!

Gather small pots and plant your favorite herbs. Many don’t need a lot of light to thrive.

Are you allowed to hang a window box? Fill it with fresh flowers. They’ll brighten your whole home!

Small Outdoor Space: Hang a Window Box

Image Source: Flickr/Spencer Means

Try one or more of these tips for making to most of your small outdoor spaces this summer!

Main Image Source: Flickr/Johannes Martin

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